My game, purchased for 5 bucks at Goodwill, was in unplayed condition, which I believe is because the timer had a flaw in it. There was a piece of plastic or paper in one of the wells that kept the sand from falling through when it got to the neck of the timer. I need to find a replacement timer.
I hate games that are just copy-cats to other REAL games. This one is Smite and Malice with more cards. Buy a Hoyle's Book of Card Games and you won't have to buy Skip-bo or Uno (Crazy Eights) and you can spend months playing and enjoying so many games you never knew existed.