It’s time to introduce you to two more great games from Blue Orange Games. I know, I know… I gave away how I felt about them already, but did you expect anything less than the best? Fast Flip & Dr. Eureka are two more great games from a company that continues to impress me with games that are both fun and educational. Let me tell you a bit about each and what I thought…
Fast Flip is such a quick game to pick up and play. It doesn’t take a lot of studying of rules, which makes it great for kids. The concept is simple. You have two cards… one with a number and one with fruits. You have to quickly count the fruits to determine which fruit matches the number card. It’s fast-paced and really builds those skills for quick thinking.
I was impressed once again with the quality of Blue Orange Games. The cards are sturdy. They’re in a fun shape that is easy for small hands to hold. All the cards and the rules store into a triangular tin that is a great size for tucking into a backpack or travel bag. This would be a great road trip or airplane time killer.
The game is designed for ages 7 and up, but I feel like the game is better suited to the 5 to 10 range. Xander (age 5, almost 6) can play round after round. He’ll even play it solitaire style for an hour or more. It’s great to see him building those number and pattern skills. For older kids and adults, the game play got boring and repetitive rather quickly. It’s great reinforcement of skills and helps build up your ability to think quickly, but you probably will only play a few rounds at a time. I still highly recommend having it in your repertoire for boosting your family’s brain power!
Pros: Great educational gameplay. Teaches patterns and counting. Builds ability to think quickly. Sturdy cards in a travel-friendly tin.
Cons: Game play gets boring to older kids and adults.
Fast Flip Overall Rating
We have had the Dr. Eureka game for several months now and we still play at least once a week. It’s that fun! It’s such a simple concept, but simple often makes the best games… it makes them easy to pick up, simple to modify for additional game play options or ages, and great to play in a variety of settings. You have a series of “test tubes” and colored balls. A card is flipped and you need to match your own test tubes to the card before anyone else does. Oh, did I mention you can’t actually touch the balls? This is another fast-paced game that will have you laughing and groaning and having a blast!
This game is designed for ages 8 and up. We’ve played this game with ages 5 to 65 and everyone had a ton of fun and wanted to keep playing. We did modify the game rules a bit for younger players by allowing them to actually touch the balls to place them. A great game for building many skills including dexterity, pattern recognition, and quick thinking. They also include game modifications for mixing things up and making it more challenging for experienced players. (Can you complete the puzzle in three moves?)
More great construction from sturdy plastic test tubes to the surprisingly hefty colored balls. I couldn’t even find a single rough edge on any piece, which is really important when you’re fumbling around trying to quickly move little balls between little test tubes. Getting a cut while playing a game would be a mood killer. Even the box is built more sturdily than you typically see from board game companies. I continue to be impressed. I know which company I’d look to for games I am gifting!
Pros: Fun, fast-paced game play for all ages. Really well made game. Plenty of variations for long-term playability.
Cons: No complaints at all!
Dr. Eureka Overall Rating
Blue Orange Games was founded in 2000 by Julien Mayot and Thierry Denoual in San Francisco, California. As a company, they are driven to spread the timeless pleasure of connecting face to face with family and friends around a great game.
- Fast Flip – Get ready to scramble for the match in this crazy fruit salad! Match your fruits to a number, or numbers to a fruit; you don’t know what match you’ll have to find next! Whether you play with the tokens or with the cards alone, all players of any age will be fast flipping for this brain teasing match up. The game comes complete in a tin for your cards and tokens, making it an easy travel item. The magic distribution of fruits on the cards guaranties that there is always one correct answer. You just need to be the fastest to find it! ($12.99)
- Dr. Eureka – The brilliant Dr. Eureka has important experiments for you to complete! Pick a challenge card, 3 test tubes and 6 colorful balls to solve his scientific formula. Carefully move your materials from tube to tube without dropping them, and position them as illustrated on the challenge card. This brainteasing party game can be played solitary or competitively. The high quality components and the creative concept make it a challenging game for the whole family. ($19.99)