When game designers Granerud and Penderson invented Panic Mansion (Shaky Manor in the US) they were literally responding to the challenge of thinking not outside the box but with it. And so Panic Mansion was born, a dexterity game based around sliding, rolling and shuffling objects within a box. It’s a simple fun concept that’s… Read More Panic Mansion- rolling your way to victory.
I find there’s something satisfying about 3D puzzle games. Mentally rotating objects and building things makes a change from the decidedly 2D world of most boardgames. N was given Triple Triumph for his 5th birthday. It’s made by the makers of Cranium, but there’s really no similarity. It’s a simple game of stacking bi-coloured pyramids.… Read More Triple Triumph- a 3D building game for the whole family.
Review of a beautiful, strategic tile laying game which can be adapted for younger players. Great family games night fun! … Read More Topiary- competitive hedge laying for all the family.
I was excited to introduce N to Dragonwood. It is a basic swords and sorcery themed card game that involves building hands and rolling dice to defeat foes and win points. We started playing it when N was 4.5 but with an official 8+ age, we thought it was always going to be a game… Read More Dragonwood – a swords and sorcery themed card game suitable for under 8s.
Outfoxed is a great introductory level cooperative deduction game for very young kids. The artwork is beautiful and the theme, a bunch of detectives trying to figure out which fox is the thief before he or she goes to ground, is appealing and easy to grasp. We added this to our collection when N was… Read More Outfoxed – a quirky cooperative detective game.
Rat-a-tat-Cat is a fun, quick hand-building card game that’s great for mixed age play. The aim of the game is to build the lowest hand of four cards, and then go out first in order to stop the game before your opponent has built a lower hand. But there’s a twist. Your hands are face… Read More Rat-a-tat-cat Review
Hoot Owl Hoot was one of the first games we bought for N when he was just 3. It’s a cooperative game that’s perfect for introducing a little age appropriate nail biting tension without focusing on who wins or loses. This makes it particularly good for playing with kids who may be prone to falling… Read More Hoot Owl Hoot – a perfect little cooperative preschool starter game
We were absolutely thrilled to find Kingdomino in our Board Games Crate subscription. Kingdomino is great for introducing kids to tile laying games. It’s a reasonably quick game (15-20 Minutes), and simple to learn and play straight away. Most importantly, it’s fun and challenging for the whole family to play together! How to play: Kingdomino… Read More Kingdomino – competitive kingdom building on a smaller scale.
For Christmas I was given a short subscription to Board Games Crate. Retro Loonacy was one of the games we received. I’m not sure I would have picked it up myself so I’m glad it was chosen for us because it is great for young kids. Our edition is ‘Retro’, cue lots of ‘what’s that?’… Read More Retro Loonacy – a fast paced nostalgic matching game.
Strangely this wasn’t the success I was expecting it to be when we bought it for our 4 year old. After his competency with Dobble I assumed a simple fast paced matching game would be easy for family play. The problem is that while preschoolers can make the matches easily, in a mixed ability game… Read More Wig Out Review- a crazy haired, fast paced matching game.