Well, it doesn't rule, but my daughter loves it. It is one of her favourite games (and oddly enough does not seem to exist in Sweden). It has helped her with her counting and number recognition skills, as well as helping her to learn about how to play rule based games, taking turns, playing fair, being a gracious winner or loser. We play it a lot, and you can see the difference in the enjoyment she gets from playing it now. I've also got it in my classroom, and it is a very popular free choice game. The students love the large format, and it's really interesting to watch them play and see which of them have those game skills, and also to see how the ones that find it hard at the start improve during the year. I recommend it as a game generally, but it does take a lot of space when you are playing. Great for family game times when the kids are younger. The only downside with the big plastic mat is when the kids put it away it tends to get a lot o creases and folds which means it does not look quite so nice after a while, and it can be a pain getting it nicely flattened out. Buy and enjoy.