Help Monsters ride to work without breaking your Elevator

Monsters in the Elevator is 1 of 5 Finalists in the 2017 Hasbro competition!
Monsters in the Elevator is a family card game featuring quirky cooperation, sneaky math, and lots of cute monsters.
Your Elevator is full
of Monsters trying
to go to work.
If the Elevator gets
too heavy it breaks
and everyone loses.
If the Elevator reaches
the 20th Floor without
breaking everyone wins!

a) SIT in a circle: the center is the Elevator.

b) DEAL 3 Draw cards to each player. These are usually kept secret, but families can decide how much they want to share.

c) STATE the Elevator Capacity: 50 x the number of players. So capacity for 2 players is 100, for 3 players is 150, etc.

d) PLAY: Each Floor is a round of the game, with four STEPS: (1). Change the Floor, (2). Exits, (3). Entrances, and (4). Monster Count:

STEP 1: CHANGE THE FLOOR: Take the top Floor card and place it nearby to create the Current Floor pile, so we can see both the current floor and what is coming next.

Both of these monsters exit on the 3rd floor!
STEP 2: PERFORM EXITS: Check the conditions on the Current Floor and the Monster cards in the Elevator to see if any leave.

Which do you choose? The lighter Krawlzer, or heavier Mongo that gets off sooner? Or do you clear the elevator completely with an All Exit Action?
STEP 3: ENTRANCES: Each player chooses a card from their hand and places it face down. Count to 3 and all flip. If there are actions, play them! If an action changes the floor, skip Step 4 and do Exits on the new Floor.

STEP 4: DO THE MONSTER COUNT: Add up the monster weights. If the sum exceeds the Elevator capacity, BOOM, the elevator crashes, and everyone loses. If the sum is below capacity, deal a third card to each player and play the next round!

If your team makes it safely to the 20th floor, congratulations! You won! If your Elevator crashes, don't worry-- all the Monsters are fluffy, and they bounce.

ADVANCED PLAY: MIX-UP MODE!: Remove the 20th Floor card, shuffle the remaining 19 Floor cards, place the Floors deck face down with the 20th floor on the bottom, and play each round with no idea what is coming next!

  • Q: If you skip floors with the going-down Action card, do you play them on the way back up? A: Yes, those skipped floors are played on the way back up! (VERY useful in the advanced game).
  • Q: On the 6th, 12th, and 18th floors, what do you do if an Action is drawn? A: Shuffle those actions back into the Draw deck and keep drawing until you can put a Monster in the Elevator.
  • Q: What is the order of operations if more than one Action is played on the same Floor? A: 1st the actions that effect 1 card, then the actions that effect 2 cards, then those that effect more acrds, etc. Change the Floor Actiosn are played last.

    Monsters in the Elevator is avaiable
    January 12 - February 12, 2017 through
    our campaign!

    PRESS: Industry reviewers take a first look at MITE!:
    * GeekDad
    * The Indie Game Report
    * Card Board Republic
    * MOM READ IT - NYC Librarian
    * John Kaufeld - The Dad Game
    * Unfiltered Gamer: Video Review
    * Cardboard Stacker: Video Review
    Game Images &
    Designer Statement


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