Board games bring everyone together and that’s a fact! In case you didn’t know about the various benefits of board games, have a look a my previous post.
In this post, I will be sharing my opinions of three games which was sent to me for review; Bouncin’ Bingo bondissant, Twist & Turn Game and Rummikub Classic. There is also a competition at the end of this post, where one lucky reader stands the chance to win one of these games!
Bouncin’ Bingo bondissant
When I first looked at the box of this game, the first thought that came to mind was, “Old MacDonald had a farm,” and after some familiarity with the game, I wasn’t too far off. The game is played between 2-7 players. Each player gets a Bingo Card – on the top of each card is an animal which the player needs to imitate the sound that it makes, when you score a bingo, opposed to traditionally calling out “BINGO!” So you’d go like, “Moo!” if you have the cow card. Each card has 16 spaces, including one FREE space which doesn’t need to be covered by a chip.
The game is extremely simple to play. Each player gets a chance to toss the ball onto the game board. The first player to cover four spaces in a row on their Bingo card, wins. The winner then gets to act like the animal depicted at the top of his/her card.
This is so much of fun!
Although Kayden is almost 2 years old and this game is for 3 years and above, we had so much of fun with him as we had already been teaching him animal sounds prior this game. The game is filled with bright colours, making it appealing to children.
The game cards are educational as a child can identify or learn to identify each animal and also make the noise of each of them, it’s just funnier when an adult is doing the same to show them how it’s done!
Having said that, although I haven’t tried playing this game with any adults as yet – I DO imagine it being fun! Can you imagine a group of adults making animal sounds! It doesn’t have to be a group of adults, a few of you can and should join in with the kids. It’s going to certainly create lots of laughs whilst playing.
Twist ‘n Turn Game
Suitable for 2-4 players and for any age group above 3 years old. This game helps to develop fine motor skills. It develops balance and co-ordination and it improves flexibility. It is a game of agility! So you get to test your flexibility on the very durable play-mat which can be used indoors or outdoors.
It is great fun for the whole family or a group of friends. Someone will be nominated as the referee, simply throw the die to see what’s the next move as you try to keep your hands and feet on the mat.
Be prepared to get tangled and find yourselves in a knot! It does require a certain amount of skill…if you want to be the last player left in the game, who is then the winner. You’ll have to try not to laugh too much whilst trying to maintain your balance. If you’re an adult playing this game, you’d probably want to wear something comfortable because the last thing that you want to be worrying about, is how you look from whichever angle you’re on, on the mat!
The one thing I didn’t fancy too much about this game which I think could or should possible be changed in the future, is the background of the Instructions – it’s grey waves with black text – the text is legible but I personally find the wavy background a bit distracting.
I like the fact that the images on box represents diversity. I also like that the play-mat is brightly coloured and has various smileys as smileys is something which everyone can relate to, including my toddler.
This game will add a twist of fun to any party!
The Original Rummikub
This is a numbers based game, which may appeal to those who don’t prefer the trivia or word games. It does require some strategy and a bit of luck. Whilst the basic strategies are easy to understand, the more complicated strategies will exercise the mind a bit more.
I’m not sure if I should be ashamed of this or not, but it is the reality: I had never played this game before until it was sent to me for review. So when I looked at the instructions…….I thought, “oh dear….complicated!” I’m not a numbers person – you may have already guessed by my long blog posts that I prefer words. However, it only seems complicated until you try. Once you get the hang of it, it can be very addictive.
You strive to outwit your opponents with cool strategy and sharp moves. Place your tiles in ‘runs’ or ‘groups’. Be the first player to lay down all your tiles and shout Rummikub to be a winner!
Use the joker with caution. He can fire up the game, but if he is smiling on your rack at the end of the round, you lose 30 points
It’s educational for kids as it will enhance their logic and pattern recognition – it may take them a while to understand it at first, but once they do, they will enjoy it.
Put down those electronic devices and connect with your family and friends. Whether you’re considering this for a Sunday afternoon board game or a take along travel game, either way, it will entertain. It can be played between 2-4 players, however, if you buy an additional set, more people can also play. Just ensure that you mark each set so that they can be packed separately.
I do think that the game should have included a little bag for the tiles, which comes in a plastic. So if you’re going to get this game, do get a drawstring bag or similar for the tiles.
It’s excellent value for money and you won’t even need any batteries – just hours of play with real “people” connectivity.
One lucky reader stands the chance to win The Original Rummikub Game.
All you have to do, is visit my previous post by clicking here, have a look at the list of Games at the end of the post and come back here to comment below and tell me which from that list, is your favourite or if you don’t have a favourite, which is the one you want to try next?
T’s and C’s
- This competition is open to South African residents only
- The prize is not transferable nor exchangeable for cash
- The competition ends at midnight on the 16th of June 2018
Disclaimer: This post is in collaboration with Prima Toys. I was sent these products for review purposes. As always, all opinions are my own.