Lately we’ve only been finding card games when we shop at thrift. Any time we happen across something else, it is either missing pieces or is way overpriced. With the resurgence in the popularity of board games, I guess this shouldn’t come as a surprise. Any time demand exceeds supply, prices will rise.
So finding a good non-card game is now more of a treasure hunt! Fortunately this week we struck gold when we happened across Cadaco’s Get Over It at our local Goodwill. As a bonus it isn’t your normal board game. It falls squarely into the “dexterity” category and handles the mechanic a little differently than the other games in our collection.
In April we highlighted Chop Stix, which requires you to build a tower by picking up pieces with the included chopsticks. Chopstick Dexterity 3000 is a regular in our game night bag and also challenges your chopstick using skills, but this time in a race to grab the right pieces from the bowl. This week’s Thrift Treasure is also a race using chopstick-like tools, but instead of relying on your own utensil handling skills, you must pair up with another to pick up the pieces!
Included in Get Over It is a 2-piece tower (assembly required), 22 GeoShapes, four GripperSticks and a sound timer. Two teams of two pair off with each member receiving one of the GripperSticks. The tower is assembled and placed in the center of your play area. Spread the GeoShapes out near the tower and separate by color. Each team chooses one color of the GeoShapes to work with.
The GeoShapes are made from plastic with a slightly-textured surface. Each one is also molded with a number, representing the number of points they are worth. Once the timer begins, teams must work together to pick up and place their GeoShape into the tower and repeat the process as many times as they can before the timer runs out.
Grabbing the GeoShapes is no easy task. Because you control only one of the GripperSticks (and your teammate the other), getting the pieces into the tower successfully is harder than it sounds. And you’ll want to concentrate on the higher-valued pieces, but of course they are also the most difficult to wrangle. Plus the tower is designed in a way that will tip over easily if bumped. If your team knocks it over, you lose the round immediately.
When the timer runs out, the tower is emptied and the points on each piece are totaled. The team with the highest total wins the round and in case of a tie, neither wins. Subsequent rounds are played in the same manner with the GeoShapes being distributed around the tower and the timer restarted. Get Over It is played until one team wins five total rounds and are declared the overall winners!
Not available in stores any longer (this was originally issued in 1995), you can still find copies in good condition on eBay. We didn’t have any dexterity games in our collection that required this level of teamwork, so Get Over It will stay on our playlist for a while!
What is your favorite dexterity game?