You may have thought I was done with the games I picked up at Geekway to the West‘s flea market. You would be wrong. This time I elected to break one of my long-standing rules of not buying incomplete games. I had never run across a copy of Up N’ Over before this. It was missing only a handful of scoring pegs. At $2, it was worth the risk. Especially considering the antique market tag of $35 on the side.
Up N’ Over is a quick “tossing” game for up to four players which was published in 1970. The impressive plastic board is sectioned off into twelve different areas, allowing for each player to have an even amount regardless of player count.
Setting up is as simple as placing the board with its attached ball in the middle of the play area. Each player places one of their player-color pegs in the top hole of each section they control. The object of Up N’ Over is to flip the ball across the board and into someone else’s hole, while they frantically try to flip it back.
Once a first player is chosen, they will lay the ball in any of the sections they control and flip it by pressing down on the end of the board section. This will propel the ball upwards and across the board, where other players will try to flip it back before it lands and rests in a hole.
When a ball falls through a hole, the last person to have flipped it scores a point. They will move any of their pegs down one notch in their section. If you accidentally flip it and it lands in one of your own holes, no foul occurs. You simply remove the ball and begin a new round in the same manner as below.
After scoring a round (when a ball falls through a hole), the player whose hole it fell through removes the ball and begins a new round by flipping it from any section they control. Play continues until one person removes their final peg from the board. They are the immediate winner of Up N’ Over.
Up N’ Over isn’t a particularly valuable game as it can be found on eBay for twenty-something shipped. It is a fast-paced challenge – just the type our daughters love. If you find one at a yard sale, don’t let missing scoring pegs scare you away. You can easily keep track of scores on paper.
What is the last game you purchased at a yard sale?