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Subject: Colorio is a good memory game for kids - The Board Game Family review rss

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Trent Howell
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One of the first games kids learn is Memory – where players turn over tiles to find matches. If they turn over two tiles and the images don’t match, they turn them face down again. It’s a simple game for helping kids develop their thinking.

Colorio is also a very simple board game where players reveal spots on a board and try to remember which color is in each spot. However, rather than looking for matches, players are trying not to reveal too much of a color.

It’s a good, simple board game for kids and others that like a quick and easy memory game to play with their kids.

How to play Colorio
The main goal in Colorio is to be the last person left in the game. Players reveal spots of colors on the 5×5 game board. There are only 5 total colors and once a 5th spot of a color is revealed, that person is out of the game. Pretty straightforward. But the twist is how spots are revealed.

On each turn, a player must remove three plastic covers from the board. As they take off a cover, they can choose whether to remove it from the game or place it over a different revealed space. However, at least one of the covers needs to be removed from the game each turn. If a player reveals the 5th spot of a particular color, that player is eliminated from the game. Play continues until one player remains in the game.

Can the whole family enjoy Colorio?
Colorio is a fun memory game that’s suitable for everyone in the family. However, it’s definitely most suited for the younger kids in the family. The essence of Colorio is a memory game. As players uncover colors and cover up other spots, everyone will be trying to remember where all the colors are. The better their memory, the better chances they have of surviving.

The choices are straightforward, but also require some planning . Players will need to play a bit of strategy to decide when to cover over colors and when to leave colors exposed (and which colors). Some of this strategy depends on how many players are in the game. If it’s just two players and it will be your turn every other turn, then you may want to plan things a little differently than when there are 3 other people taking a turn before it’s back to you.

These are very basic strategic elements that are good for young kids to learn in developing these skills. Of course, there’s elements of luck involved as well, so kids still do have a chance of beating their parents and winning – something they love to do.

Fantastic components!
We need to also mention that the quality of components in Colorio is top notch. There are a lot of ways a game like this could have been published. Mindtwister has chosen fantastic materials and styles to make this a good family board game. For starters, the color spaces aren’t just boring colors – every spot has funny facial expression that adds a fun element to the game.

The game board is also fantastic. It has slots in the sides where the double-sided color strips are inserted into the grid. This simple set up makes it very easy to mix things around and change where the color spots are located.

But what we love the most are the plastic caps that cover up the spots. They’re made out of a soft plastic that has a great feel to it and helps them fit snuggly in the board as spot covers. We love the tactile nature of these pieces. Great job.

How does Colorio score on the “Let’s Play Again” game meter?
Colorio only scores in the mid-range of our “let’s play again” game meter because of the current age of our kids. It’s such a quick board game that’s it’s easy to play back-to-back games and thrown down rematch challenges when you don’t win. And since there are some strategic play choices, it can be fun for a bit. But in the end, there isn’t a lot of depth to keep older kids engaged in repeated plays of the game.

If you have younger kids in your family however, we can see them enjoying Colorio over and over.

Thanks Mindtwister for providing a copy of Colorio!
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