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MFG: Blue Orange Games
#of Players: 2 - 9
Age Range: 5+
Overall Construction: Ring It comes in a round tin that is tall enough to fit the cards and a desk bell. The bell is blue with an orange plastic top. There is a deck of round cards that are a little difficult to shuffle because of their shape, but with some practice you can shuffle them as good as you can a regular deck. The rule book is an accordion style book the same shape of the tin.
Gameplay: The game is multi-tiered. The object is to gain the most cards in a similar fashion to the classic card game “War”. Each player is dealt 10 cards. In turn each player will place a card face up. In a basic game, players will watch to see if the colors or numbers on the cards match. If you do see a match, be the first one to clap & ring the bell. There are also “Ring It” cards & “Trick” cards. They look almost completely identical except for the skull and crossbone ring around the edge and below the bell. The “Ring It” cards should be treated like any other matching set, because you have to have a matching “Ring It” card. The “Trick” card is there to trick you into thinking there is a “Ring It” card in play.
DO NOT clap and ring the bell if you flip it. If you do you will get penalized. If you make a mistake by ringing, but forgetting to clap or clapping & ringing for the “Trick card, all face up cards in play get discarded & you also have to discard 3 more cards.
Once one person runs completely out of cards he round ends. All players count the number of cards in hand and whomever has the most cards wins.
There are 2 other ways we found to make this more interesting. 1. Use the ring it cards as “Wild” cards. 2. Separate the whole deck among the players and play it like a standard game of “War”
There are advanced rules that allow you to use the characters in the outside ring and there are 4 other rules variations in the rule book.
Yes/No Recommend: This game is really fun. It’s a great way to teach color, number, pattern recognition, hand-eye coordination, & basic motor skills. One of the things I like most about this game is watching adults struggle to match the colors & numbers faster than children do.
The downsides are that eventually the bell sound starts to wear on you, but by then break out a different game & because of the perfect cut of the rule book, do not place it in the bottom of the tin. If you do you run the risk of ripping it when trying to remove it from the tin.
Something we encourage is to tinker with the game and see if you can find new ways to play the game. Reach out and let us know if you have any good ideas on how to play the game differently.
Where To Get It: This is a fairly new game and may not be in many places yet. Start with your local game and hobby shops. IF they do not have it and cannot order you a copy feel free to check Blue Orange’s website to see if they have a store finder or if it is available for purchase online. Here is their web address so you can check out this and other games available from Blue Orange. http://www.blueorangegames.com/index.php/games/ring-it