Tuesday 16 October 2018

Rainbow Rush Family Game Review Age 8+ (Sent by Big Potato Games)

My next review for Big Potato Games is Rainbow Rush, which is suitable for anyone 8+. This is a really fast-paced game for 2 or more players. The winner is the first to collect a rainbow of colours, but it's not as sweet and innocent as it sounds - this is fairly frantic!

No wasteful packaging and everything is stored in a neat little specially shaped box, ideal for storage and transportation, which you keep in sight during play to remind players of the rainbow order.

Inside the box are 2 packs of cards (hard and easy), 7 coloured stacks made up of 10 blocks and instructions. Set up takes no time at all and nor does learning the rules - Christmas morning-friendly.

We saw an issue straightaway in that my 2 colourblind boys cannot distinguish between the colours, nor can they match the colours on the cards to the coloured blocks which make up the stacks, so they had to sit this one out.

There are two packs of cards which are used for the 2 different main games. The easy game (fluffy clouds) shows a rainbow with 2 colours in the wrong place, the hard game (gloomy clouds) shows a rainbow with 2 colours in the right place.

Players need to work out which colours are the 2 odd ones out and then grab those colour block stacks from the table before anyone else.

If you correctly grab a stack then you take a block from it. If 2 players each are first to grab a stack then they take a block each. The aim of the game is to be the first to make an entire rainbow.

Obviously you end up with doubles and if you have 3 x unwanted blocks of any colour, you can swap them for a block of your choice.

A few of the cards in both packs show a perfect rainbow. When you see one, first to shout "rainbow" takes a block of their choice. Incorrectly shout and you lose all of your blocks - harsh. We would have to relax this with our youngest because he's quite easily deflated.

The blocks stack really well, which is handy because it can get really quite frantic and you do have a few flying blocks occasionally. You can play with 2 to 8 players. 2-3 works very well, I think 8 would be manic.

There isn't a lot of room for tactics, luck plays a huge part in which colours come up, so this is a game in which all players have a fairly even chance of winning - as long as you are quick and fairly ruthless. Reaction time and hand speed are everything. Best played with people who have short nails...

Each full game takes around 30 minutes, so you don't need to commit a whole evening. The entire playing surface can be very small too, we've even played two-player on the sofa. It's a great 'warm up' or spare half hour game, and ideal as a travel game too, although there are small parts to be careful with.

If you master the Easy and Hard Games then you can try Super Hard Ninja by mixing the two packs of cards. This is ridiculously hard and confusing and we are utterly pants at it. Truly pants. It's a challenge for only the truly competitive...

Rainbow Rush (also occasionally labelled Rainbow Rage, but it's exactly the same) is made by Big Potato Games and available to buy now priced around £15 from all good toy and game shops, including online at Amazon*(Affiliate link below).

We've reviewed a handful of Big Potato Games, including:

We were sent our copy of Rainbow Rush for review. *Amazon links are affiliate, which means I earn a few pence as a thank you for my time if you order through my link, but you don't pay any extra. It all helps keep the website running and the menagerie fed.

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