Showing posts with label #boardgames. Show all posts
Showing posts with label #boardgames. Show all posts

Sunday, 4 March 2018

... Snow Day Fun With University Games ...

Saturday was another Snow Day, the boys had pretty much the whole week off due to the snow, so they were starting to tire of it.
Thankfully the post was delivered on Saturday and in our big pile of bills, we had an exciting parcel from University Games.

We had already planned on a pyjama day so with the arrival of some brand new games to play we decided it would be a pyjama party!

The boys have seen Googly Eyes all over Kid Tube so were desperate to play it.
We even dragged Daddy into the mix.

We split into two teams
Me, Ru and Noah Vs Daddy, Alex and Oscar

Rules Of Play

Be the first team to successfully make it around the board.
Players take it in turns drawing challenges for their teams to guess.
Get it right move on, get it wrong stay where you are.
Each different coloured spot on the board represents the different lenses you have to use.
Blue = Hard,
Yellow = Medium,
Green = Easy.
For each different lens, you have a different time to do the drawing in.
45 seconds for the Hard lens, 30 seconds for medium and 15 seconds for the easy lens.
You have 54 cards (162 challenges).
Players 7+ for up to 18 people.

As all the boys minus Noah are under the recommended age, we thought they might struggle but they all gave it a good go and we were all still able to guess what they were drawing.
To help them I would tell the twins what they were going to draw so daddy could guess and Jon would do the same for the Ru on my team.

We had such a laugh playing Googly Eyes, and even though are drawings were all pretty shocking we all still managed to understand what they were.
In the end, My team won!!

RRP £19.99 available from Amazon, Toys R Us and Argos.

After we had finished playing Googly Eyes Jon and Noah gave up on game time and just left the little ones to play, so we opened up Don't Rock The Boat.

This really is a perfect game for little ones.
It's super easy to set up and its great for them to learn balancing skills.

Rules Of Play,
Take it in turns to place your Penguins on the boat without them falling off.

They each had 5 penguins and took it in turns to place them on the rocky pirate ship.

It's not as easy as it seems and it took them a good while to figure out where the best places for the penguins to stand without falling off.
The boys all played really nicely and I was able to get some Uni work done without them fighting over the Ipad.

Ages 5+. For 2-4 players. RRP £14.99, available at Amazon, Toys R Us and Argos

Both games kept us busy for a decent amount of time and made our pyjama day even better and the best part was that Ipad was left well alone and everyone had fun, having fun as a family!


Tuesday, 4 July 2017

Rainy Day Fun With John Adams Games .....

The boys love spending time with both Jon and myself playing fun games, so when John Adams asked if we wanted to review some games for them I was more than happy to say yes!

Last week was a bit of a wash out, which meant it was the perfect time to stay inside and keep ourselves busy with some fab new games!

We were sent;
Mr Bucket,
Giggle Wiggle and Don't be a Donkey.
All 3 games are for 2 - 4 players.
Recommended age range of 4+.

Up first was Giggle Wiggle.

Aim of the game...

Be the first to place all your coloured balls onto Giggle Wiggle’s moving hands to become the champion of the game

The boys loved this game.
They thought it was hilarious trying to get their balls onto Giggle Wiggles hands as he danced around to Salsa music.

I've also been using it to help Ru sort his colours.
The game comes with four sets of different coloured balls and he really enjoys placing them in their different compartments.

The game requires 3 AA batteries that aren't included.
RRP £24.99

Up next was Don't Be a Donkey.

Aim of the game...

Players get to choose a card from their hand to pass onto the next player, then keep on swapping cards until someone gets a full house of matching donkey cards and shouts out ‘DONKEY’. 
Then it’s a race to grab one of the carrots on the table, but watch out as there are not enough carrots to go around, if you are too slow you must lift-up one of your donkey ears. 
Miss out three times and you get to wear the donkey nose completing your transformation into a donkey and losing the game.

This game took a little explaining for the twins to understand, but once they had watched Noah and myself have a few rounds they soon cottoned on.
This is a great game and something for all the family to enjoy.
The twins enjoyed being the donkey far more than they should have and I'm sure they lost on purpose.
It has been a great game for Jon, myself and Noah to play on our Friday games nights.

The game comes with everything you need.
4 Headbands,
4 sets of ears, 
3 carrots,
a set of Donkey playing cards and one Donkey snout.
RRP £24.99

Last but not least Mr Bucket.....

Aim of the game....

As Mr. Bucket moves and waves his arms, he likes to pop balls out his mouth. 
Grab a shovel and chase Mr. Bucket, scooping up and returning all three of your coloured balls. 
Be quick as he pops out balls almost as fast as you can drop them in! 
When all the balls have been dropped in, lift Mr. Bucket by the handle to win the game!

Rupert has never really been a big fan of games, as he can't quite sit still enough so this game is perfect for him.
He could run around putting the balls into Mr Bucket all day quite happily.
The twins got a bit fed up with it, as they couldn't quite manage to get all their balls in before he spat them back out again.
So, so far Mr Bucket is the remaining champion on Mr Bucket.
Again this is another game that Ru likes to sort out the colours with.

Mr Bucket comes unassembled in the box but literally takes 5 minutes for you to click him all together.
The first time you get him out you have to stick on his eyes.
He requires 3 AA batteries which aren't included.

It's the perfect game for preschoolers like Ru.
RRP £24.99.

**  We were sent the PR Samples in return for a blog post, all thoughts are my own!

Saturday, 1 April 2017

My Top 5 Date Night Board Games

Jon and I try and have a weekly date night, we don't go out as no one is brave enough to have all four boys at once.
So we tend to stay in and play board games and drink wine.

Below i've pulled together 5 of our favourite games to play.

Colt Express*

 In Colt Express, you play a bandit robbing a train at the same time as other bandits, and your goal is to become the richest outlaw of the Old West. 
The game consists of five rounds, and each round has two phases: 
Phase 1: Schemin' Each player plays 2-5 action cards on a common pile, with the cards being face up or face down depending on the type of the round. Instead of playing a card, a player can draw three cards from her deck.
 Phase 2: Stealin' The action cards are carried out in the order they were played, with a player's best laid plans possibly not panning out due to mistakes and oversights! The game takes place in a 3D train in which the bandits can move from one car to another, run on the roof, punch the other bandits, shoot them, rob the passengers, or draw the Marshal out of position. 

At the end of the game, whoever fired the most bullets receives a USD1,000 braggart bonus, and whoever bagged the richest haul wins!

This is a new one on our date night board game list but ever since we first played it we have been hooked!
This is probably also one of the only games that I can win.
I must have been a Wild West bandit in one of my pervious lives!

Trivial Pursuit 2000s*

 The game features 300 trivia cards with 1800 questions from six categories, 
including Places, Entertainment, Events, The Arts, Science and Tech, and Sports and Hobbies.

I'm sure at some point during your life, you've played Trivial pursuit.
Jon and I play it at his parents over Christmas, so when I was offered the brand new version to review I jumped at the chance.
Anything to improve my knowledge before we are set before the in laws.
With the new version I have to say I know a lot more than I thought I did.
Some are still pretty tricky, but its all great fun!

Dungeons & Dragons

A family classic- updated for the next generation of board game players! Dungeon!, the time-tested family board game of fantasy adventure has been redesigned with a new look that's sure to stand out on your shelves. This latest version is set to appeal to long-time D&D fans and reach an audience of new players. Players choose to adventure as a Fighter, Rogue, Cleric, or Wizard searching for lost treasure in a dungeon filled with monsters. The rules are easy to learn and play is fast-paced. The goal is to be the first player to collect enough treasure and escape the dungeon!.

An 80's classic that both me and Jon love playing.
Jon of course always wins, but I'm sure he cheats.
We have tried to show Noah how to play but he doesn't quite get it and does understand how me and Jon get so into it.


The game that tears families apart, is actually a game we love.
We like to jazz things up a bit by playing the geeky versions.
We are both big GOT fans and Jon is slowly getting me into Zelda.
9 X out of 10 Jon always wins, he has some sort of cheating system that always works.


Noah was given this for Christmas, and we've played it a few times and its pretty addictive.

Labyrinth is the race for treasures in a moving maze! Be the first to collect all your treasures by shifting the walls of the labyrinth to create a clear path. Players take turns to search the Labyrinth for their magical objects and characters by carefully moving through the constantly changing maze. The treasure cards are divided between the players, without revealing them to the other players. The maze cards are randomly placed on the playing board and the first player uses the extra card to start moving the first wall. It is up to you to strategically move the walls so you can collect your treasures, but block the path for the other players. 

Our date nights used to be chilling in front of the TV but we decided that we do that most nights, so to change things up a bit we cracked out the board games and have never looked back! 
We properly interact with each other and end up having a really good laugh.

What do you do on your date nights?

*PR samples

Sunday, 5 February 2017

Family Fun // Yeti In My Spaghetti

Since the twins have started school, they are a lot less crazy at home, which means we can actually sit around the table and play a game.
Where as before they wouldn't of wanted to sit still for more than two seconds, so when asked if we wanted to review University Games - Yeti In My Spaghetti I was more than happy to say yes.
It looked like a game they would love!

It arrived on a day that Sam was round, so we ripped into it straight away.
The game is aimed at ages 4+

The object of the game is to pull out the spaghetti with out knocking the yeti into the bowl!
The boys loved it, and it was lovely to see all of them playing together so nicely, as usually when Sam is round, Noah and him hide out in his bedroom playing with their WWE figures or on the playstation.

It is nice and simple to set up, and we each took a turn to set it up once we had finished one game.
It got rather addictive and we spent most of the afternoon playing.
Lots of laughter was had.

Yeti is fast becoming a family favourite and the boys always want to play it once they're home from school!

You can buy it from amazon for £12.99