Racko game

by Amanda Nettgen

The Racko game has been around for over 50 years, but it's still a fun family game. Click to buy from Amazon.Game:
Game manufacturer:
Parker Brothers/Hasbro
Number of players:

Quick verdict

Racko is the card-shifting numbers game that’s entertaining for the whole family. It calls for your individual game rack to be organized to win.

The game and gameplay

The Racko game has been around for more than fifty years, but most likely you’ve overlooked it when shopping for a game for your family to play. I think you’ll find that it’s a clever little game that surprisingly fun for its age.

Click here to Put Your Foot Down: submit your OWN Footprint Rating and leave comments for this game!In the game, you begin by dealing ten cards facedown to each player. It’s their duty to carefully place these cards in the exact order in which they were received in the slots of their game rack, from back to front.

Everyone needs to resist the temptation to make sense of the chaos of numbers, as it’s the whole point of the game. The remaining cards form the STACKO, with the top card flipped over and resting next to the pile. This is all part of the set up.

Racko is played in rounds, with a final score of five hundred+ (for two players) to win. On your turn, you may opt to pick up the top card from the discard pile (next to the STACKO), or draw a fresh card from the tower.***rackobay.shtml***No matter the origin you select, you must now swap your new card with one in your rack, aiming to establish some order with each go (if you drew a fresh card, you are allowed to simply discard it, meaning you had an empty turn).

The Racko game has been around for over 50 years, but it's still a fun family game. Click to buy from Amazon.Green Prime cards also come into play any time you discard one. The game says these babies have "special powers" in which you can take an additional turn, mess up two of an opponent’s cards without looking, or get a free extra swap for your own rack. You’re forbidden from picking up a discarded Prime card at the beginning of your turn.

When a person succeeds in arranging his cards in succession from lowest to highest, he shouts "Bingo!" – oh wait, that’s another game – I mean,

"Racko!" and the round ends.

You then record everyone’s score on your TRACKO (gamespeak for whatever scratch paper you’re using). Whoever went Racko banks seventy five points, while the others get a measly five points per number in order, starting with the first card (stinks if you got stuck with a high card there at the end).

You can also do Bonus Racko where you are awarded extra points for having a straight (e.g., four, five, six) of three or more numbers in your queue. Bonus Racko is only for those who’ve gone Racko to start with - I guess so you can really cream your fellow contenders.

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Pros and cons

Racko is a tidy game of strategy and luck. The game says it might make you go WHACKO when you first start playing it (didn’t know there were so many ways to rhyme Racko, did you?). The cards include factoids regarding the number listed, which is amusing until you’ve read them all.

Turn-by-turn attempts to rearrange one’s rack might be confusing for some youngins, or perceived as uninteresting. You can modify the game play for kids (or just to have a shorter game) to be that a player wins the entire game as soon as he goes Racko.

Overall, Racko is a cheap, travel-friendly family or couples game.

The verdict

The fun of the game eventually wears off, but it’s priced right in that you’ll get your money’s worth with the number of times you replay it. It’s a sure buy for a lot of people.

Boardgame Beast gives Racko three footprints out of five. Click here to leave comments and submit your OWN score for this game!

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Dec 29, 2012
Love this game! NEW
by: Anonymous

Fast moving, a little luck and a some strategy that won't tax your brain too much!

Aug 22, 2012
no more replacement cards NEW
by: Ralph

I went online today and chatted with a customer service representative who told me that RACKO is discontinued and they no longer carry replacement cards :(
I guess my only other option is to go to the hobby/games store and get some blank cards which I can print my own RACKO numbers on.

Dec 01, 2011
playing online NEW
by: Venita

can i play online?

Aug 02, 2010
Replacement cards
by: Tom

On the Hasbro.com website, they have a printable form that you can use to order a set of replacement cards for Racko. It lists a price ot $3.00. I haven't tried it yet..here is the website:


Mar 10, 2010
replacement cards
by: Dan

Sometimes Target has sold replacement cards that is where I purchased mine.

Dec 22, 2009
Racko game
by: marie

One of the first, and best games, I learned as a kid. I like numbers and this game starts you on rudimentary statistics and probability. Yes I know it says you just put numbers in order, but like Clue, there is a whole layer of strategy that if kids can figure it out gives them a feel for advanced math.

Dec 11, 2009
fun, not so hard
by: Anonymous

I love playing Racko. My husband does not, he calls it Whacko. I just think it takes a certain mind set. He loves playing Skipbo. I don't understand why people think Racko is so hard.

Nov 07, 2009
Missing Card
by: Cisco

i just bought mine at a yard sale for $1.00. i first played with my mother-in-law and loved it, so when i saw it today i had to jump on it. but i'm missing card 50. but its still fun.

Sep 01, 2009
looking for a missing Racko card
by: PMD

I'm a big fan of Racko and just picked up my 3rd game at a thrift shop. However, card number 14 is missing from c. 1992, 1997.

If anyone has a lead on where I might locate a replacement I'd love to hear from you!


Apr 25, 2009
by: roxy

i love racko

Apr 25, 2009
by: roxy

hi i love racko it's really like the best game ever

Apr 25, 2009
by: roxy

hi i love racko it's really like the best game ever

Mar 22, 2009
RACKO is awesome
by: jeff

this game is very fun for the whole family

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