Parker Brothers' Beautiful 1956 The Game of Rio
8 and Up/3-6 Players
Box: 20.25"w x 1.5"h x 10.5"d
Produced in 1956 by Parker Brothers, Inc., of Salem, Massachusetts, The Game of Rio is a delightful game for the entire family. It is a fast-paced, easy-to-play board game that acts superbly as a filler activity for an evening of family entertainment.
For a board game more than 60 years old, The Game of Rio is in great vintage condition. The box cover does have several minor marks, but the graphics on the box top and game board are quite vivid and colorful. The box, both top and bottom, has no split corners or edges, and the components and cards are in mint condition, sealed in their original plastic.
The game consists of 48 cards (four sets of 12 numbers in four different colors) that have to be laid out in a given pattern on the board where a kind of discard-clock is shown. In order to win, you have to get rid of your cards before all other players. You can score in different ways, and you have to decide when it’s the best time to lay out your own cards or ruin an opponent’s winning combination, and also when to exchange cards in your hand with pre-dealt cards on the clock.
Although the rules state that three to six people can play the game, it also works well with two players, and there are variants for partnership play.
With all the different play possibilities, The Game of Rio, makes for a wonderful gift for those who enjoy family games. If someone you know (and that includes yourself) collects vintage games and toys, the beautifully illustrated Game of Rio is an ideal find.