Product Type: Pressman Toys board games
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A great game for the whole family!
Member Name: MsRachF
Advantages: Fun for the whole family, competitive, requires concentration, logic and memory
Disadvantages: Could do with a bag for the tiles
I have very fond memories of playing Rummikub at family gatherings as a child, and one occasion stands out where an 8 year old me played with my Grandma and 5-6 of her friends. So of course I had to buy it when my daughter became old enough to play and itdefinitely lives up to my memories.
The Original Rummikub: Brings people together. The family game that's never the same.
Ours is manufactured by Hasbro. Its recommended as a family game for 2-4 players aged 7+.
The box contains 104 cream rectangular tiles numbered 1-13 in blue, black, yellow and red, and a red and black joker tile. There are 4 tile racks which are black plastic. All of the contents are well made and long lasting. In the version I had as a child there was a bag to keep the tiles in, and for the tiles to be picked from, I think this would be handy as it means they're less likely to be lost, and also they don't all have to be spread out face down on the table during the game meaning it could be played in a smaller space.
HOW TO PLAY:
Each play intially chooses 14 tiles from the pool and puts them on their rack.
Tiles on the table have to be in sets of at least three, this can either be a run of consectuive numbers, or a group of the same number of different colours. For the first play each player has to put down 1 or more sets that add up to over 30 (the intial meld), and cannot use the joker. If not able to do so straight away then the player has to pick anoter tile from the pool and add to their rack, this continues until they are able to play their intial meld.
Once a player has played their inital meld they do not have to put down full sets each time, the can add to runs/grops already on the table and manipulate them to allow as many tiles as possible to be played.
The joker can be used to represent any tile. The joker can be replaced by a matching tile from a player's rack or with a matching tile already on the table, the joker once replaced must be used in the same turn.
The rules state that each player only has 1 minutes per turn and that if not finished by the endof the minute all manipulated tiles must be returned to their intial places, any played tile returned to the players rack and 3 tiles picked up from the pool. We never follow this rule, I don't think a minute is very long for my 8 year old, it might be more accepable for older children and adults though.
The winner is the first person to empty their rack. We have only ever played to this point, however the rules expect people to play more than once game/round at a time, and go on to say that the losing players must add up the numerical values of their tiles (the joker counts as a whopping 30) and the total is deducted from their score. The winner of he round gets the total of the players remaining tiles added to their total. the overall winner is the player with the highest score at the end of the session.
This is a great family game that appeals to all ages. It can take a while to get the hang of manipulating the table at first and it requires quite a lot of concentration to remember where planning to move all of the tiles to. I think its probably quite a good game for promoting concentration and logical thinking and aiding memory. I find it brings out most peoples competitive sides! I would recommend this game to others.
Forgot to say, if you want to play with more that four people I'm sure we've done that using two sets joined together.
Summary: Will be used for many years