Today’s review is for One Up, a family strategy game.
Disclosure: I received a complimentary game for review from Timberdoodle. All views expressed are my own.
One Up is a four-in-a-row strategy game for 2 to 4 players. It is recommended for ages 8 and up.
The game board is hefty, with round grooves for the playing pieces to rest in. Playing pieces are marble-sized ball bearings encased in colored plastic rings. There are four each of red, green, purple, and yellow, plus one black. The sets of four are for the players, and the black piece is for keeping track of the round.
How to Play
To set up the game, players take turns placing their pieces on the board. All 16 playing pieces are used, even if there are only two or three players. The black marker piece is placed beside the “1” on the side of the board. In the first round, each player moves any one piece over one space. The marker piece is moved to “2” to indicate round two. In this round, each player completes two moves. Then, three, four, and so on, until one player has all of his pieces lined up in a vertical, horizontal, or diagonal row.
My family enjoyed playing One Up on New Year’s Eve. It is easy to learn and quick to play. This is a fun game to have on hand when you want something different to mix things up but don’t want to spend a lot of time learning or explaining the rules. It’s also good for Game Night when you want to play an assortment of games throughout the evening.