Fast Flip & Dr. Eureka: Awesome Summer Bordem Busters from Blue Orange Games!
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Fast Flip & Dr. Eureka: Awesome Summer Bordem Busters from Blue Orange Games!

The kids are more than halfway through their summer break. Are you already running out of ways to keep them entertained at home until the new school year starts? Blue Orange Games can help you out with new games from their 2016 collection, such as Fast Flip and Dr. Eureka, which I was recently given the opportunity to try out with the rest of my family. I can't wait to share with you how much fun we had playing both games!

It is totally fine (fun) to play with your food in this fast-paced fruit-flipping matching card game! Fast Flip comes with 54 cards, 10 tokens and illustrated rules in a cute tin. The objective of the game is to be the first player to find the match between two cards. It is designed for 2-8 players and can be played in three different ways, with or without the tokens.

Each card has a series of different fruits on its front side and either a number or a single fruit printed on its back. Each round, the top card of the pile is flipped face-up, and the next one is kept face-down. Players race to find the number of times a fruit is shown or the fruit that is shown certain number of times depending on what comes up on the face-down card. The magic distribution of fruits on the cards guaranties that there is always one correct answer. Players can simply call out the correct answer or use the corresponding token to rack up points till the last round of the game. Each game runs for about 10-15 minutes, but you can adjust the rules for a shorter game.

While the game is intended for ages 7 and up, the rules are so easy to understand that my preschooler has no problem playing with us and he even won a couple of times. The cute, colorful fruity images are definitely appealing to the kiddos. This high-speed, addicting game helps players develop visual perception, processing speed, and focus and attention. I also love that Fast Flip is lightweight, compact and therefore highly portable, good to play while on the go and easy to share with friends. Get your own copy here for just $12.99.


Designed by the award winning Roberto Fraga, Dr. Eureka is a tactile problem solving and brainteasing matching game that lets you become the maddest scientist around. Inside the box, you will find 12 test tubes, 24 balls in red, purple and green, 54 challenge cards and illustrated rules. The objective of the game is to be the first player to match the arrangement of colored balls in exactly the same order as shown on the current challenge card. It can be played by a maximum of 4 persons. There are two variations for more advanced players and one for single players.

At the start of the game, all players must place 3 test tubes in the same pattern as shown in my picture (bottom right). Once the top challenge card is turned face-up, players simultaneously race to complete the challenge by transferring their balls between tubes without touching or dropping any of the balls. The first player who replicates the correct combination calls out "Eureka" and scores 1 point once his solution is confirmed right by all the other players. The first one to score 5 points wins the game.

Mix the molecules. Master the formula! Dr. Eureka is apparently more challenging than Fast Flip, but also more exciting to win. It suits older children (ages 8+) and adults. The game helps develop problem-solving skills, fine motor skills, visual perception, focus and attention, and processing speed. Once you've mastered the basic game, you will want to challenge yourself further by moving onto the expert or puzzle mode. Dr. Eureka retails for $19.99 and you can grab a copy online here.

Be sure to visit Blue Orange Games website for even more games like these that are both entertaining and educational. Enjoy the rest of your summer!

Disclosure: I received free products to facilitate my honest review. All views and opinions expressed are my own and may differ from yours.


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