Frui10: Great Arithmetic Card Game

 Game: Frui10  Age: 7+
 Publisher: Zoom HK  Time: 15 minutes
 Players: 2- 5  Replayability: 7/10

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I haven’t had a chance to try out many children’s games and quite frankly, I blame it on the lack of content available. I think it’s hard to find a children’s game that is educational, thrilling like a toy but also capable of incorporating modern era gaming components. With games like Gloobz  and Cat Tower, I know it’s possible, and I’m sure with the right searching, I’ll stumble across some good games. Frui10 is a game that can incorporate any age and any level of gaming experience.  This card game is a great example of a matching card game developed for all ages. We are looking at a card game that not only relies on quick reactions to number values, but it also helps strengthen your basic arithmetic.  Not to mention, Frui10 elaborates the rules for each variant (depending on difficulty level) clearly and comprehensively throughout the rulebook, located in a small box with cute animal artwork.

Frui10 is a matching card game that has you and your opponents play cards simultaneously and then will match together values of either fruits or colors from your card with the center card in order to win points. You can play games that strictly win at a value of ten, or try other variants like ascending the value every round by one starting at three. Your choices while playing are to make matches of values from similar fruits (pear 6+ pear 4= 10) or match values  off color (red 3+ red 7= 10).  When the deck is depleted, count your score and find your winner.

My Experience

I played this title with my cousin and his friends (they are all ranging from six to eight). We all drew a card and turned them over at the same time. I could sense the tension in everyone as they looked at their card and looked at the center card for values. You’d hear hesitance as they might have found two matching components that added up to ten but were not too sure. As the deck grew thin and kids stacking up points, my cousin and his friends felt more comfortable just shouting out an answer as soon as they might have seen it. Apple tens or green 10’s, the values were added together quicker as we played. Eventually, the deck depleted and they were ready to start over (no really, no one counted their score. They just made a new pile).  I told them how to play the ascending value variant and they felt they were ready to take it on.

We started with three. Everyone simultaneously flipped over their card and found a matching fruit or color with the center card. A three was listed with a green apple two on the center card and a red apple one on their card. We moved on to four, everyone turned over their cards and looked for the matching four. Eventually, we made it up to ten and everyone was as enthusiastic as ever to have finished the game. They saw it more as a cooperative experience to count up to ten, being happy that they all made it. Regardless of a winner, I am glad they all felt like they played their part in winning the game.

Final Thoughts

Frui10 is a great game for 2- 5 players but I am positive you can play with more. The length of the game is made up of the size of the deck, so adding a couple extra players to the game would only shorten the game slightly. There is no interaction aside from snatching cards from calculating faster than everyone else, however, the experience I had felt more like a cooperative effort to win. I think the designs are great and the cards are easy to  read. It’s a short game but my cousin and his friends had a blast trying it. Unfortunately, I don’t think this is color blind friendly as it uses colors like red, green, blue, orange, and yellow.

You will like this game if you’re looking for number matching and color matching. It’s a quick experience so you can get a lot of playthroughs out of it. It also comes with different variants creating replayability.

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Joseph Nicholas

Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Indietabletop. Communication major. Favorite mechanics include: Bluffing and Deduction, modular boards, and action point allowance. Favorite video game genres are Rpgs, Puzzles games, and Sim/Tycoons.

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