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Induction Certificate Number:   74020110812-511
Induction Date:   August 12, 2011
Certificate License Status:   Active
Product:   Knock Down, Drag Out
MSRP:   $14.99 USD
Company URL:  http://www.interactionpoint.com/
Rating: 

Knock Down, Drag Out

by:  Rev. James G.W. Fisher - Editor / Product Evaluation Specialist
     
Evaluation Report Summary (ERS) Date:  08/12/2011

Knock Down, Drag Out lets you join the hectic melee of a Wild West bar fight. The rules are brutally simple and the action is fast-paced! Punch, kick, and club your opponents. Be the last patron standing to win!

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Product Type Release Year Primary Usage Target Age / Max. Weight Target Gender
Card Games - Recreational Play 2010 Consumer 8 years + Female/Male


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 / Narrative Development funQuotient™ Learning Curve Marketability Response Level Overall Visual Appeal
5 5 5 4.5 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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ASTM Complianteco-Friendlyeco-Conscious
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  ATS, Inc
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Flammability - Solids/TextilesLabeling of Hazardous Art MaterialsiWatchDog™ Approved
(Complies with ICCS™ Certification Standards)
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UPC Code / ISBN#Manufacturer SKUAge Grading
978-1-936326-04-4 Labeled/Appropriate



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U.S.A.

 

About Our New Inductee

Before you buy a product, it's generally common practice to be familiar with what it does, the branding, and other details. We feel that the same rule applies to our "New Inductees" we announce each week, so this section is titled "About Our New Inductee." The information in this section will provide you with a quick yet accurate glance of what the product or service is all about.

Image of some of the Knock Down, Drag Out game components. Them Is Fight'n Words, Let's Dance!

The folks at Interaction Point Games have pulled their britches up and got it goin' at The Thirsty Cactus!  Hoooeee!  A hectic melee of fist fights and free for all with their card game, Knock Down, Drag Out.

If y'all are hanker'n for a good old fashioned brawl, The Thirsty Cactus is the place to be! Ladies and gents just hav'n some honest fun and frolic and git'n a bit of the stress out, y'all just gotta visit some time.

What you have here is a delightful card game that draws you into a fast-paced frolic and hilarious escapades. Draw your cards to make your next decisions.  A punch, a kick, do this with a broken leg of a chair; this is all but a mere glance at what's coming for your characters or the characters of your opponents!

The intense beauty of Knock Down, Drag Out is how it is associated with a subject that virtually every human being can and will make a connection of familiarity. After all, whether through TV Westerns, personal life, or daydreaming, we all have a familiarity with the idea of a knock down, drag out fight.  Knock Down, Drag Out provides a medium to participate in a fight with via role playing with the game cards and enjoy it without negative consequence.

Knock Down, Drag Out is so much more than just a fun game.  It is an experience where you identify with characters on the cards who look so healthy yet could very well become hurt in the game. The mechanics of Knock Down, Drag Out deliver a fast-paced experience in a card game playing with a Western style theme that is simply irresistible to play! Ya just gotta kick some butt!
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Additional Details & Perspectives

While it's great for some people who just want a cursory glance at what a New Inductee is all about, there are many others who have a greater appetite for more information. This section is titled "Additional Details & Perspectives". and will provide you with additional details and perspectives associated with the product or service being featured here.

Some of the characters from Knock Down, Drag Out card game in healthy and hurt conditions. In the image at left you will see some of characters from Knock Down, Drag Out card game.  Knock Down, Drag Out provides not only the characters and tools to really the game on!  The artwork on the cards is highly detailed and consistent in level of color, contrast, and tone.

The highly detailed images not only add substantial value to the marketability of the game but the game play itself. So simple yet such a masterpiece!

In Knock Down, Drag Out you have a card game where the instructions are simple, easy to understand, and a learning curve that is practically a zero.  You have the game cards, a single sheet of paper with all the rules on it, and single black plastic die. The single goal of the game is to be the last character standing at The Thirsty Cactus saloon.

Now The Fun Begins...

With Knock Down, Drag Out, each player has a Character Card. A Character Card has two sides; one for Healthy and one for Hurt condition. Before you even ask, every one of the players begins the game in a Healthy condition with their Character Card on the playing surface facing up.

The next step is for each player to draw a total of 3 cards from the playing deck to form their hand. A key point to remember is that not all cards are the same type.  They can specify various attack methods, actions, or items.  As the game progresses, players may opt to spend their turn drawing more cards.
  • ATTACK METHODS: Kick, Punch or an Uppercut
  • ACTIONS: Duck, Play Possum, etc.
  • USEFUL ITEMS: Broken Chair Leg, Firewater bottle, etc.

Players take turns attacking each other as the game proceeds. The amount of injury sustained is dependent upon the number rolled on the die. If your target is injured, they flip their Character Card over to the "Hurt" side. If they are injured twice (before being healed), then they are knocked out.

Just as with any other game evaluation, I could go on and on with so more exciting details for you to discover but you can find all that at the Interaction Point Games web site - http://www.interactionpoint.com/. An even better idea is just buy the game! I will now move into the excerpts from our independent evaluators report.

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Independent Evaluator Reports

In this section we have called upon the assistance of top industry professionals to evaluate the product in this evaluation summary. These scholars form their own opinions from extensive analysis and produce detailed, in-depth reports connected with their own personal study and evaluation of the products submitted for independent evaluation.

The information to follow is comprised of excerpts from the independent evaluator reports that have been paraphrased, posted verbatim, or a combination of both in order to encapsulate an accurate presentation of the primary details conveyed in each report. This approach provides a completely independent perspective in the evaluation each product.


Image of the Knock Down, Drag Out card game box front and back.
PRODUCT | ONLINE SERVICE
Third and Long - The Football Card Game
TARGET AGE GROUP:
8 Years +
NUMBER OF PLAYERS:
2-10
LEARNING CURVE:
Minimal
GAME PLAY TIME:
Average 15-21 minutes
Overall Rating Average: 4.5 Star Rating Image





This Week's Independent Evaluators

Professor of Education PhD. Ed.D. - Professor Emeritus
Director of Creative Arts Education & Development

"A quality card game must be designed with a combination of education, action and entertainment. The principles of gaming, balance and usability must be carefully exercised to plan and devise the game rules and mechanics. It must create an entire gaming experience where the interest is maintained from start to finish. 

These are the words is shared in an evaluation of Third and Long, a companion card game product of Knock Down, Drag Out. Just as its companion game, the same quality, if not even better was achieved in the creation of this Wild West game. "

"What you have here is a card game that stimulates the cognitive skills in a dramatic manner while at the same time affecting development / improvement of quick response levels. Knock Down, Drag Out is a powerful game that provides a sarcastic caste of detailed images and color combined with a mathematical influence from which the players can benefit.

Once again, just as its companion card game, the mechanics of the game bring a numerical analysis process into the Play which leaves no room for lazy brains. The players learn something with every turn with a compounded gainful result."

"Quick action, spontaneous competitive game play is synonymous with this game. The short term Play with each game serves to provide an engaging experience that encourages multiple sessions of Play."

Professor of Advanced Educational Psychology Ph.D., Ed,
Graduate School of Education

"Knock Down, Drag Out is an adrenaline rush catalyst with a little Jalapeno pepper added.  The game play is fast and furious yet like a jalapeno pepper, it leave a strong memory of the experience with the game, prompting more activity to ensue. Knock Down, Drag Out has a reverberant effect with each game played, that incites new techniques in learning from playing Knock Down, Drag Out into other daily tasks of their environment ."

"A unique contribution is given without hindrance by Knock Down, Drag Out to each player.  Although the game play is a limited period of time with game, the development of better psychosocial interaction skills is impacted to a far greater degree than most games.  The fast paced game denies the opportunity to formulate assumptions of personalities/characteristics of other players.

It might be said that Knock Down, Drag Out is like a nitro fuel dragster;  quick start, fast run, and adrenaline rush beyond measure. Playing Knock Down, Drag Out assures a gainful experience for every player with every game without exception. it fosters a motivation to develop better strategies, improving skill development and learning in the game play and every day life.
"

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* 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 product or service evaluation summary. 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, division of, or Epiphany Communications itself.



Consumer Hands-On Evaluation

Nothing is more powerful than hands-on experience by a consumer with a product when it is under evaluation. Based upon that fact we put a number of products we currently are slated to evaluate at the mercy of consumers in a hands-on evaluation where anything goes. The information to follow will explore the responses from the participants in our spontaneous hands-on consumer evaluation of the products available for their review.

Image of Mrs. Maryland holding Third and Long and Knock Down, Drag Out Games
Knock Down, Drag Out along with its companion game, Third and Long have probably seen more cities, states, and celebrities than most new card games on the market! During that time, we had a very unexpected surprise in this phase of our evaluation process. This was probably one of the top 10 for us.

The image at left was shot with a cell phone and sent to us by someone with "Mrs. Maryland", one of the contestants from the Mrs. United States Pageant. She was posing for a photo for Mrs. Virgin Islands holding Knock Down, Drag Out and Third and Long.

Knock Down, Drag Out and Third and Long were two of the 1,000+ products that the staff of The Toy Man® Product Guide gave away at the Disneyland Resort parks in Anaheim, CA a few weeks back

It was an experience like no other for myself and my staff assisting me. Just imagine seeing a father and son playing Knock Down, Drag Out or Third and Long while waiting in a 2.5 hour+ line for one of the new rides at Disneyland! Knock Down, Drag Out and Third and Long were impressive as they held the same high level of attraction with consumers as we had in our consumer hands-on evaluation at the L.A. Convention Center in Los Angeles, CA during the E3 Expo.

This was probably one of the most unusual and lengthy consumer evaluations we have ever done before. After reviewing all of the videotapes, evaluation category scores, it was without a doubt that Knock Down, Drag Out passed this segment of our evaluation!
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A Sampling Of Our Evaluation Category Ratings

The rating of a product is useless if you do not fully understand and comprehend how the ratings is reached or what the value of the rating represents. This need for clarity encouraged us to have this section titled "A Sampling Of Our Evaluation Category Ratings." To assist you in gaining a greater understanding of the evaluation category ratings we use, a small sampling of the individual category titles & rating scores from the complete product review itself for this product or service are featured here.

The categories which have been selected to be featured in this evaluation report summary for public view, specify some of the primary points of how and why each specific rating score was reached.

The Featured Category Ratings Sampling For This Evaluation Summary Are Listed Below:

CREATIVE AGENDA / NARRATIVE DEVELOPMENT: Rating Level - [5] an image of 4 gold  stars

Knock Down, Drag Out was knocking everybody out at The Thirsty Cactus in this evaluation category for CREATIVE AGENDA / NARRATIVE DEVELOPMENT. The creative agenda and narrative development of the game is exceptional.  This is especially important considering it being a hybrid product.

The well thought through mechanics of Knock Down, Drag Out delivers a guarantee of a strong narrative progression and response level.   This of course contributes to the development of creative thinking and cognitive abstract symbolic reasoning. If a player wanted to win, they have to think and develop new strategies from reflective memory with every single game.

Despite the incredible level of hard core analysis of the game, Knock Down, Drag Out pulled a perfect score of [5] Stars in this evaluation category for CREATIVE AGENDA / NARRATIVE DEVELOPMENT.

funQUOTIENT™: Rating Level - [5] an image of 4 gold  stars

Knock Down, Drag Out pulled the stops out when it comes to funQuotient™.  It manages to maintain an equal and solid balance with skill development and improvement of social skills in comparison with the level of funQuotient™.

With Knock Down, Drag Out being associated with the Wild West and the melee of action was responsible for the creation of a strong level of funQuotient™ with Knock Down, Drag Out.   This game had a literally endless number of narratives which could be developed to inspire unique strategies to win the game. Knock Down, Drag Out was dominant in the saloon in this evaluation category with a perfect score of [5] Stars for funQuotient™.

LEARNING CURVE: Rating Level - [5] an image of 5 gold  stars

Knock Down, Drag Out provided a no challenge in determing the LEARNING CURVE of the game.  It was an open the box and Play type of card game. A single sheet of paper to read and understand the rules for game play was all that was needed. Knock Down, Drag Out scores in this category with a perfect score of [5] Stars in this category for LEARNING CURVE.

MARKETABILITY: Rating Level - [4.5] an image of 4 gold  stars

Knock Down, Drag Out owned the saloon by time the games were all over in regard to MARKETABILITY. The portability, visual appeal from the incredibly detailed playing cards, and having a simple yet familiar title, Knock Down, Drag Out pulled through this well with the fundamental elements needed.

The only real issue was a minor one, the visual appeal and readability of the game box.  It was okay yet just not the same quality as the highly detailed and colorful cards inside the box.  After careful examination of all details in the reports and evaluation scores,. Knock Down, Drag Out fell short of a perfect score by just 1/2 a digit with a final score of [4.5] Stars in this category for MARKETABILITY.


RESPONSE LEVEL: Rating Level - [5] an image of 5 gold  stars

Knock Down, Drag Out was undoubtedly a powerful contender when it comes to RESPONSE LEVEL.  In every single instance of our evaluation, the response level was over the top with the players.   Plenty of activity and reactions we so common with Knock Down, Drag Out.  It is more than obvious to see that Knock Down, Drag Out maintains a very solid and consistent level of response from the players in every game. Knock Down, Drag Out came in for a with the highest ratings yet again with a final score of [5] Stars in this category for RESPONSE LEVEL.


OVERALL VISUAL APPEAL: Rating Level - [5] an image of 4.5 gold  stars

OVERALL VISUAL APPEAL posed no real challenge for us in our evaluation. The game box is visually appealing yet not quite the quality we feel it could be yet the playing cards overshadowed that with the highest level of color and detail you would ever imagine.  There was outstanding imagery on every single playing card.  Knock Down, Drag Out met the goal with a powerful perfect score rating of [5] Stars in this category for OVERALL VISUAL APPEAL.


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