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Ring It! Review by Brittney Rutherford

Blue Orange Games
1000 Illinois Street
San Francisco, CA 94107

My family always enjoys trying out new games. Ring It! is a game with a familiar concept, and a twist of action, that has been added to our game closet. Ring It! is a game for children ages 5 and up. The game can be played with as few as two players, but up to nine players. It includes 90 cards, a bell and game instructions. Each player is dealt a set of cards, and as cards are revealed one by one, everyone is trying to be the first to spot a match. If you find a match, clap your hands and ring the bell!

Ring It! targets skills such as visual perception, focus, attention, and processing speed. The rules are very simple. Each player turns one card over in turn, until a match is spotted. A match can be two cards of the same color, or two cards of the same number. This makes it easier for younger, non-readers to join in on the fun. There's also another variation in the rules that would be more accommodating to those that are color-blind. Once you find a match, clap and ring the bell, you get to keep the face-up cards. When one player is out of cards, the player who has the most cards wins! There are also Ring It! Cards and Trick Cards in the cards. If a player makes a mistake, there are penalties, so it's important not to be too hasty! The directions also give directions for changing up the action (instead of clapping) and different variations on the game you can play. Having different variations means you can usually make it more intense and challenging for older players.

The game only takes about fifteen minutes to play, which makes it great for a quick after school activity or game night. I've played with my 6 and 9 year old boys, and we've found it fast-paced and fun enough that even the youngest can make it through without getting restless. The ringer is a lot of fun without the game too, as my kids like to use it for other games we play in our homeschool. The game pieces are stored in a small canister, so it's not as compact for storage as a box of cards, but it's still smaller than traditional board games, if you're wanting to take a few games on a trip. We like the game, and would recommend it to other families with elementary children.

-Product review by Brittney Rutherford, The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine, LLC, April, 2016