Check the Fridge Review (Melon Rind)

Check the Fridge
What It Is

Check the Fridge is a new family card game that puts your math and bluffing skills to the test. 


Starts by shuffling up the deck and dealing each player a set of five cards to begin. Before gameplay begins, check your hands first for sets of 25, which is a set of three matching cards that total up to 25 points. If you have a set, place it down in front of you and replenish your hand. 


The game begins with players taking turns completing the following actions: Ask other players for one of the five foods (cauliflower, carrots, peas, eggplant, and radishes). All other players then check their hands. If a player has that food, he or she must hand over all and only those food cards. Players who don't have the food must bluff and offer up something else from his/her hand. All cards (real and fake) are presented to the Asker face down. It's then up to the Asker to decide whose cards to take. All other players' cards that were not selected go back into their hand. 

Players then replenish their hands up to five cards, as needed, and play continues around the table. As you play, players continue to try to form sets of 25. 

If the deck runs out of cards, play still continues. 

If one player runs out of cards, play still continues for other players. 

The game ends once all sets are made. 

Watch out!:

There are three Smelly Cheese cards located throughout the deck, each worth a negative point so you don't want to end up with these cards at the end of the game. 

How to Win: 

Players tally up their sets at the end of the game and the player with the highest score wins. 

Is It Fun?

We like the simplicity of the gameplay and that it does require a bit of strategy and a good poker face. We also like that it can be a playful way to get kids working on their basic addition and math skills. 

Who It’s For

This is a three- to six-player card game for ages 8 and up. It will appeal to families looking for a fun yet somewhat educational game to play together. The portability of the game also makes it well-suited for on the go.

What To Be Aware Of

The game comes with 48 cards and is made for 36 players. 

  • Fun

  • Repeat Play

  • Assembly & Instructions

    None or Very Easy