Ready to press your luck in a fun family card game? Our game of the month is going to make you do just that. Farkle Flip is a “The Card-Flipping, Risk-Taking Card Game” from PlayMonster.
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Farkle Flip is the perfect size to stuff in a stocking on a certain Eve, easy to learn, quick to play and great to take with you on your next road trip. Basically, it has it all.
About Farkle Flip
The Farkle Flip deck consists of color coded numbered cards and “Farkle” cards. There is also a handy-dandy scoring reference card.
On each turn players flip over cards from the center deck in an effort to create runs and sets. Players can collect completed groupings of cards to accrue points but the must “cash in” before drawing a Farkle card or else they go bust.
If a player goes bust, the next player has the opportunity to capture the runs and sets left behind, provided he doesn’t go bust himself!
Creating runs and sets is a concept familiar to anyone who has played rummy or Yahtzee, and others will catch on easily. It is fairly easy to earn points but extremely tempting to press your luck and thus, kids who play will quickly learn how best to strategize.
Why You Should Play Farkle Flip
I like press your luck games like Farkle Flip because even the youngest players will be able to compete on even footing with grown-ups, once they get the hang of game play.
The manufacturer recommends Farkle Flip for ages 8 and up, but I think kids even as young as 5 or 6 can play, provided they are experienced with a variety of card games, or have played the original Farkle.
Alternatively, 5-7 year olds can partner up with an adult and strategize together over how big a risk to take during each turn.
Players exercise some basic math skills using high numbers, since players must reach 10,000 in order to win. In my personal experience, numbers this big often have an “excitement” value for kids.
PlayMonster has a video showing the Farkle Flip full instructions.
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