Thrift Treasure: MixUp Abstract Game

Thrift Treasure: MixUp Abstract Game

This week’s thrift store find is a game by Out of the Box. While no longer in business, this publisher was one of our favorites when the girls were younger. Snake Oil is still a family favorite, as is Squint. We hated to see them close doors a few years back. Now we actively look for some of their older games to fill out our collection.

This copy of MixUp was in like-new condition at our local Goodwill for only $1.88. The production value of the components is as good as any new game today. I might call MixUp an upgraded version of the classic Connect 4. The goal is similar – get four in a row to win. Or you can also make a 2×2 grid to capture victory in an alternate manner.

We found MixUp at Goodwill for only $1.88. The components are great and it is an upgraded version of Connect 4. Need one in your collection? - SahmReviews.com

Inside the MixUp box are 54 game tiles of assorted colors and shapes. Three colors (blue, green and red) and three shapes (moon, lightning and raindrop) are equally distributed among the tiles. Two additional tiles, one featuring shapes and the other highlighting colors, are divided among the two players. This will denote which win condition they are trying to accomplish – either lining up like colors or like shapes.

We found MixUp at Goodwill for only $1.88. The components are great and it is an upgraded version of Connect 4. Need one in your collection? - SahmReviews.com

The game board is a slanted plastic tray of columns, also like Connect 4, but without the need for seeing double-sided. All tiles are spread out face-up in a common pool for either player to draw from. The start player is the person who is trying to line up colors. They choose any tile from the pool and slot it into one of the columns, where it will drop to the bottom. The other player then chooses any tile of a different shape just played and does the same. From here on out there are no restrictions on which tile may be chosen.

We found MixUp at Goodwill for only $1.88. The components are great and it is an upgraded version of Connect 4. Need one in your collection? - SahmReviews.com

Once a tile is placed, it may not be moved and must drop to the bottom of the channel. The first player to either line up four in a row of like colors/shapes, horizontally, vertically or diagonally, or creates a “postage stamp” (bingo jargon) in a 2×2 grid, is the winner of MixUp. If a piece is placed which results in a win for both players, the person who placed the piece is the winner.

We found MixUp at Goodwill for only $1.88. The components are great and it is an upgraded version of Connect 4. Need one in your collection? - SahmReviews.com

As previously mentioned, Out of the Box is long out of the business (pun intended). You can find new and used copies on eBay for a wide range of prices. It is necessary that all pieces be present as it would be unbalanced with even one missing. Make sure the seller guarantees it is complete before making the purchase!

Would you prefer the original Connect 4 or this upgraded version?

Scott

About Scott

A former manufacturing executive, Scott now balances his family life with ownership and backend administration of websites such as SahmReviews.com, GiftCardCollector.com and a number of other online properties. He also is an occasional writer and full-time board game fanatic.

8 comments on «Thrift Treasure: MixUp Abstract Game»

  1. Sue E says:

    You found this for only $1.88?? What a shopper! Personally, I like the first Connect 4 better. I’m not good with change

    1. Pete Donegan says:

      I think I’d prefer mix up. Something about game variants always appealed to me.

    2. Jordan Binkerd says:

      Looks more fun and interesting than the original, methinks…..

  2. Donna L says:

    Sounds like a fun game that I would play.

  3. a says:

    this upgraded version

  4. Frankie Pinnix says:

    I like the original Connect Four.

  5. Ed says:

    I like the original connect 4

  6. Frankie Pinnix says:

    I think I’d like playing this game with my family! They really enjoy Connect 4!

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