Colorio: The game of not wanting the most color

Recommended Age:6+
Players:2-5
Cost:$24.99
Play Time:10 minutes roughly
Company Site:mindtwisterusa.com
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Contents:6 Two sided color strips, 1 Game Board, 25 white caps
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Colorio is a fun memory type game from Mindtwister USA, whom we discovered at Gen Con 2014. This is one of many wonderful games made by them that we have played and I’ll get to show you more later. Colorio is great for our whole family since the Diva can even play! It’s memory with a twist!

Let’s get one thing clear before we start,  Colorio is not about finding matches. In fact you don’t want to uncover 5 of one color or you will lose. This sounds easy enough to avoid but you don’t exactly know where the colors are and sometimes they get covered up again which means if you are like me you forget and uncover the wrong one.

2014-12-20 18.11.40-4 copyThe board is made of plastic but seems pretty sturdy and doesn’t come apart easily. It even has its very own velvety feeling base in the box so it doesn’t slide around or get damaged. The other parts go on or into the board so there isn’t any folding or much in the way of setup which is neat. However, there are two ways to play so you can have more of a challenge if you want….I’m not there yet.

The white covers are rubbery circles that just sort of sit in the holes. They are easy to put in and easy to take out but they don’t just fall out or are easily bumped out. There are strips of smooth thin plastic and each has two sides of color with white or gray arrows to show the side. Fun little faces are on each color and these strips slide into the board on one side.

The game is easy enough to learn and play but the strategy part will be difficult for younger kids. My Diva so far has just removed all her pieces. A strategy that has her undefeated in our house so far much to the annoyance of my Gentleman who actually tries to plan ahead and remember. I’m not exactly a fan either since she’s won against me as well…lucky little…Diva. I’ll try to explain and then explain how you might adjust for your younger one.

Objective:

Be the last person in the game! Try not to uncover 5 of the same color before everyone else does.

Setup:

Setup is pretty easy. First cover all the holes with the white caps. Then mix up the color strips and without peeking slide them into the slots. I would recommend using the Gray side up first but make sure they are all the same color arrow.

Decide who goes first and prepare to remember, giggle and think ahead.

Play:

The first player on the very first turn ever HAS to remove 3 caps and keep all 3 off. JUST that very first turn of every game. After that every player on their turn gets to remove 3 caps, one at a time, and choose to either keep it off or cover another spot.2014-12-20 18.44.06-1 copy

You do HAVE to keep at least 1 cap off each turn and you cannot cover the spot you just uncovered and instead have to pick another spot to cover.

This all sounds easy but as the game moves along and more and more pieces are left uncovered your options for covering up other colors is limited and if your memory on where those covered colors are isn’t great (like mine) you might end up setting yourself up instead of other players. My kids are a little dramatic so my son tends to act afraid when he has to uncover a cap.

My Gentleman actually tried to remember where colors were and counting the colors as he removed caps and I have no doubt he will get better the more he plays.  As I mentioned earlier my Diva just wanted to remove her 3 caps and keep them off…we are considering adding a rule that you have to put ONE back at least. She gets what she is supposed to do she just doesn’t want to do it. Her name is Diva…

If playing with little ones you can adjust the game but in doing so you will later have to switch back to the original way to win. Having said that you could adjust the game to be a matching game. Getting your little ones to identify matches first and then 3 of one color and 4 of color and eventually 5 of one color WILL help them with that part of the game later. Eventually you’ll switch to NOT wanting 5 colors but you might start with 3. This creates shorter games too.2014-12-20 18.43.09-1 copy

We play normally and the kids are learning strategy while I try to remember where colors are. I also try to convince the Diva to cover up colors and help the Gentleman by giving him a few options or reminding him of how many colors are there. I have to do this less and less though as he learns very quickly…the Diva on the other hand is still just wanting to remove caps and keep them off.

It is more challenging when my husband and I play but that might be because we are competitive…a bit.  You can add options to make the game even harder but we haven’t started doing this…yet.

This is a very well rounded game and is one of our go to games when we have little time but want to squeeze a quick fun game in. Colorio is a great game for all ages. It’s easy to learn, quick to play, simple enough for young kids yet can be challenging enough for older kids and adults.

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“Children learn as they play. Most importantly, in play children learn how to learn.”
~ O. Fred Donaldson

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