Hi Lo Flip from Gamewright is a fun, fast-paced card game that is easy to learn and requires no special skills, making it great for family game night, or for kids to play with friends.
As with all our Game of the Month features, read on for information on how to play, tips for playing with kids and thoughts on recommended ages.
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About Hi Lo-Flip
Hi Lo Flip consists of a stack of 100 cards, numbered 1-100 and 1 black plastic flipping token with "HI" on one side and "LO" on the other.
The cards are gorgeous, each one is a different color–yes, all 100! It's like holding a Pantone deck in your hand.
This is a lightly strategic card game, but also relies on the luck of the draw.
How to Play
The object of Hi Lo Flip is to obtain the highest score. You do this by collecting cards with set point values and winning bonus points for being the first player to get rid of their cards in a round. A game consists of as many rounds as it takes for a player to reach a score of at least 75 points.
During a round, players try to shed their hand by playing cards in either a high or a low sequence depending on the flip of the Hi-Lo coin. Certain cards have special abilities, which keep things interesting.
For detailed instructions, watch the video from Gamewright at the bottom of this post.
Tips for Playing with Kids
With young kids, or those who struggle with good sportsmanship, playing to the highest score is not necessary. You can modify the game so that the first player to go out wins the round. That way, kids have more opportunities to win, and thus feel successful.
If you need to simplify the game even further, you can decide not to observe the special ability cards.
Although kids younger than 8-years-old can certainly understand the rules, as with most strategy games, the older the player, the better game play choices they will be able to make.
Hi Lo Flip is now one of our favorite family games!
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