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Product Reviews / Evaluation Report Summaries (ERS)

Induction Certificate Number:   74020130823-616
Induction Date:   August 23, 2013
Certificate License Status:   Active
Product:   Po-Rum-Bo Card Matching Board Game
MSRP:   $19.99 USD
Company URL:  http://www.po-rum-bo.com

Po-Rum-Bo Card Matching Board Game

by:  Rev. James G.W. Fisher, M.S. -  Editor & Branding Development Expert
Evaluation Report Summary (ERS) Date:  08/30/2013

Po-Rum-Bo is a combination of Poker & Rummy played on a Game Board. Using playing cards from all four playing card suits, players place them criss-cross, either “across” or “down” on a game board with bonus squares. You earn points with every play of the game based on the cards played, the hands created and the board bonus squares used.

Product Type Release Year Primary Usage Target Age / Max. Weight Target Gender
Board Games 2012 Consumer 12+

Evaluation Report Summary (ERS) - Index

Evaluation Report Summary (ERS)
Category Rating Scores

Category rating scores are based on scale from 1 to 5. Rating score must be 3 or higher to pass in each evaluation category.

Creative Agenda FunFactor™ Game Structure Marketability Narrative Progression Response Level
5 4 4.5 5 5 5

Final product / service rating is averaged from the sum total of ALL applicable evaluation category scores. Only scores of "3" or higher are published.

There are a total of 357 evaluation categories which are used in our evaluation process.
(NOTE: Not all categories are applicable to any one product or online service.)

Only 6 of the evaluation category rating scores for this New Inductee's evaluation are featured for public view.

Critical Evaluation Information

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About Our New Inductee
A quick yet informative glance at what this New Inductee is all about.

Po-Rum-Bo might be somewhat unique of a name for a board game yet it quite engaging for the players.  The idea of two decks of cards used for Rummy, Polker or similar type card games, and merging with a game board where you perform "card matching", set the stage for the most unusual yet delightful board game you are likely to see anytime soon.  Fast-playing as well as fun, your brain has to multi-task to strategize and think-quickly simultaneously.
 Po-Rum-Bo hourglass timer, two game vards, and game box.

"Po-Rum-Bo really made me think quick and get fully info the game!  It was such a blast to have so much fun playing a board game like this, especially when I'm not into gambling cards. It was a shift."

* A quote from one of our consumer hands-on participants who hates "...gambling card games"

If all this wasn't enough the game developer threw in an hourglass timer to spice things up a bit. Now you have the playing cards, an hourglass timer and a game board, with the objective to not only create "hands", (a specific combination of playing cards), you have to place the cards on the game board, up and down or across to match cards to win points at the conclusion of your turn!

Now remember, this is just a quick glance to see what Po-Rum-Bo is all about. Let's move to the next section to get more info the details of game Play and more.
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Additional Details and Perspectives
More than just a cursory glance with aspects of relative importance.

While you have already gotten an informative glance to familiarize yourself with Po-Rum-Bo, this section will get more into detail about game play and many other details for the curious mind.

Let's get to the basics: Po-Rum-Bo is a 1-4 player board game designed for ages 8 and up. It implements a "pattern building" format of card matching with average game play running about 30-45 minutes. As with all games, your objective is to outdo your opponent(s), or in this case, outscore them.

8 game cards are dealt to each of the players, with the balance of the cards being placed face down to serve as a draw stack. Cards are paced face up on the game board in a single line either across or down, with 1-5 cards able to be played as a "hand" per play. These lines can also intersect with each other.

Image of the Po-Rum-Bo hourglass timer and some of the game cards.
"If you enjoy playing Polker or similar type games you'll love this game for sure. It puts some real kick into the competition.

I was never big on any kind of card game before but this one has me hooked!

* A quote from a participants in one of our consumer hands-on evaluation events."

One of the most interesting factors in the game play is that "...players can build onto existing on the board by extending hand(s) to create a new hand." Unlike most games we review, Po-Rum-Bo can't be easily defined in detail in a small space. To assist you further, we have provided two special links.

Po-Rum-Bo Game Rules
Po-Rum-Bo Strategy

The game has a minimal learning curve and once you have it down, you can be sure you will be playing repeatedly. Once it gets its hooks in you, you're hooked!
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Independent Evaluator Reports Icon Independent Evaluator Reports
Extensive independent study and analysis by credentialed scholars.
The information to follow is comprised of excerpts from inclusive detailed Evaluator Reports pertaining to this New Inductee. These reports have been prepared by credentialed scholars from their own extensive independent study and analysis.
* These excerpts have been posted verbatim, paraphrased, or a combination of both, in order to encapsulate the primary details conveyed in each of the evaluation reports in a brief summary form.

Behavior Change Communications Specialist, Ph.D. MEd.
Chief of Recreational Therapy and Behavioral Study

"Po-Rum-Bo is a board game that draws the players in to fully engage with an extensive level of interaction.  The game has a strong influence on positive behavioral growth through inter-personal communication during Play. players who may normally somewhat reclusive and hesitant to participate find that they are drawn to playing of the game much like a child is to sweets. One game is  not enough.

As with the previous game I reviewed from this same company, the abstract narrative of the game actuates creative strategy development and a higher level of interactive social skills."

The game presents a cross-over of card game Play with board game Play merging the two with a subtle sense of familiarity and challenge that contributes to a greater use of executive cognitive function.  This results in the players developing a higher level of strategic thinking processes and self-surety."

Po-Rum-Bo is a masterpiece of creative thinking development and sustaining a narrative that drives the Play forward repetitively. The stronger the urge to continue with more games played, the greater the level of skill improvement and influence in the further development of beneficial behavioral patterns."

* PLEASE NOTE: At the request of our independent evaluators their names are not disclosed to protect their personal and professional privacy. Their labors are provided at no charge to assist us in providing a well-balanced and accurate evaluation report summary, (ERS). All opinions and or statements from the independent evaluator(s) featured here do not represent the opinion of The Toy Man® Product Guide, any member or division of Epiphany Communications and the International Parenting Institute.

Consumer Hands-on Evaluation
Details about the experience at our consumer hands-on evaluation event.

Po-Rum-Bo created quite the stir at all of our consumer hands-on evaluation events both stateside and across the pond.  No matter where the game was seen, there was so much chatter about how different that Po-Rum-Bo was and how much fun it was to play the game.

One of the most evident signs of the major appeal with consumers was how they were so anxious while waiting for another chance to play the game.  For some, they got down right agitated!  This wasn't surprising though.  Just as with anything else you have a great experience with...you want more!
Image of the Po-Rum-Bo hourglass timer and some of the game cards.

"That game was UNBELIEVABLY FUN!"

* A quote from a mother participating in one of The Toy Man® News & Reviews consumer hands-on evaluations.
The consumers at all events had similar feedback as far as the benefits they saw from the game Play with Po-Rum-Bo.  When you are dealing with strong concentration on pattern forming, numbers, and shapes, skill development is a given no matter what the age of the players.

Cognitive skill development can always continue with a person.  They just need the proper stimulus to the brain to initiate the process of development.  Playing Po-Rum-Bo exposes you to a vast number of combinations of matching and numbers which the brain must identify and disseminate what action to take with same.

The more you play, the more you grow.  Consumers picked up on this.  Taking all of the feedback from consumers into consideration about Po-Rum-Bo, there was no question that it easily passed this segment of our evaluation process.
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