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What It Is
Flippin' Out is a party game where a letter or player is eliminated with the flip of a chip. Mix the 24 letter chips around so they are not in any order (Q,X and Z are on one chip). Each player or team places his pawn on the start space on the game board. The first player spins the spinner to choose a category card and then reads the category out loud. For example, a category could be rock bands. That player then flips over the 10-second timer and the player to the spinner's left has 10 seconds to name a rock band that starts with any letter of the alphabet. So if that player said Def Leppard, he would flip over the D letter chip. Once a letter is flipped, it can't be used again that round. Play continues, with each player or team given 10 seconds to come up with an answer using whatever letter chips are left. If you can't come up with an answer before time runs out or if you use a letter that's already been used, you're out for the remainder of that round. The player or team left standing wins the round and moves their pawn forward one space on the game board. The first player or team to advance his pawn to the finish space is the winner.
Flippin' Out comes with 24 letter chips, 220 category cards, four pawns, a game board, a 10-second timer, and instructions. It is for two or more players.
Why It’s Fun
With this fun party game, players must think fast to answer. It's an easy game concept, but the gameplay does get challenging—it gets harder to think of things that fit into a specific category when you have fewer and fewer letter chips from which to choose and only 10 seconds to think of an answer.
Who It’s For
Flippin' Out is for ages 10 and up.
What to Be Aware of
Even though there are 26 letters in the alphabet, there are only 24 letter chips in this game because Q, X, and Z are combined on one chip.