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3Up-3Down Card Game Review by Brittney Rutherford


3Up-3Down, from OK2Win, is a fast-paced card game for the whole family to enjoy together. The game is advertised for ages seven and up, 2-6 players, and 10 minutes of play. For more players, simply add a second deck of cards.

After reading the instructions, it is easy to explain the rules to a wide age range of children for a quick start. Everyone receives three hidden cards, and six cards they can view. The goal of the game is to be the first to discard all your cards. The deck of 84 cards includes number cards and “Clear” cards which serve their own purpose of course. Certain cards give players the ability to take extra turns, and of course, players do not want to end up with the discard pile!

This is a game that does not require reading, only matching and comparisons, so if children understand numbers up to 10, they can play! The age recommendation of seven is appropriate for the rules, though a younger child may be able to catch on with some extra help. The game requires a little strategy, but also a little luck, so younger players are not going to be at a disadvantage. I used this game with children ages 7-13 years old, and everyone enjoyed the game! It is a fun treat during our homeschool day to take a break and play a quick round.

The rules are clear and easy to understand, but there is a video tutorial as well. The print instructions include multiple variations on the rules, including an optional point system for playing multiple rounds to determine an ultimate champion. Having only played the original version, it has been satisfying. The fast nature of the game makes it ideal for younger kids, a brain break during school, or as a quick family night game. At approximately $10, this card game could be a stocking stuffer, basket filler, prize in a “treasure box” for a classroom, or tucked away for rainy days. The game is great for families, friends, or even small groups within classrooms.

-Product review by Brittney Rutherford, The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine, LLC, October 2020