Colt Express – Review

Colt Express is a Bandit Train game for 2-6 players aged 10+ RRP £27.99. This game is an award-winning board/card game with a bit of a difference. We have tried other games from Esdevium and were looking forward to something new.

The box contains, 6 playing pieces and 6 sets of action cards. Marshal, Locomotive, 6 cartridges, 13 bullet cards, 17 story cards, 18 purses, 6 jewels, 2 strong boxes. Also assembly instructions game rules and 6 player profiles.

colt express

Colt Express sounded just the sort of game that my family would enjoy so I was interested to see what they would think to this different style of board game. The box looks fairly traditional but once you open it you will find that unlike other games it has no board. Instead you have to build the Colt Express train which will act as the playing platform for your pieces. There are 6 carriages, the Locomotive, as well as money, jems and even a few scene setting cacti. When you first set up this game it is worth noting that it will take some time and care freeing the pieces, to build the train cars. We found that if you tried to rush this process there was some damage to the playing pieces. The card is of very good quality, but it was almost impossible to avoid a few tears in the pieces. Assembly instructions are included and this took about half and hour to complete.

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Once you have built the Colt Express Train it is worth having a good read through of the game rules. We decided to have a play through to get a feel for how the game worked and did find that the rules are quite complex. Once you have played a few times the rules become clearer and we found after two games we had worked out where we were going wrong. The basic idea of the game is to move your bandit playing piece around the carriages of the train using action cards, collecting as much money as you can. There is extra bounty to be earn’t for being sharpest shooter, and robbing the Marshal.

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You start the game buy choosing your bandit, each has a special power that comes into play when you get into the second part the “stealin’ phase” of the game. You set out the locomotive with the marshal and one of the strong boxes. You then need to add a carriage for each player. Each player has a set of 10 action cards, six bullet cards and a purse of $250 to start. Shuffle the 7 round cards and choose 4 to start your story as well as one end story card. Set up the train with the number of loot tokens indicated on each of the carriage floors. Choose a starting player and this person puts their bandit in the last carriage. Even numbered players go in the next carriage along, and odd numbers in the back. Now you are all set to start the first phase, the Schemin’.

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Colt Express game play has two phases, Schemin’ and Stealin’ In phase one  you take it turn to lay action cards following the descriptions on the round cards. This is quite tricky to work out the first few times you play. There are additional rules, and this is the part where you have to concentrate on where you opponents end up!  Once all the cards are placed it is time for player one to read through the story in the “Stealin” phase. This is the fun part, as if you have “Schemed” correctly then you will be collecting the loot. Get it wrong and there is plenty of shooting into thin air! There are added events on some of the story cards meaning you need to think about where your bandit ends up at the end of a story too. At the end of the 5 parts to the story the Bandit with the most Loot, including shooting bonuses is declared the winner. In our case this was most often the boy, but I have managed to win back one game.

This is only a brief explanation of the game rules as there are additional play rules for experts, 2 player games and games with more players. Once we had mastered the basic play Colt Express has been a great way to spend a wet cold evening. It is a game that the boy feels he has no disadvantage with his age, with both an element of luck and mastery needed. The added special abilities of the bandits mean you tend to find a favorite player and stick to them. We had fun banning dad from his favorite player Ghost, or playing with players we hadn’t tried before. Colt Express is best played in a group of 3 or more and I can imagine is great fun in a bigger group, the age recommendation is about right as you need to have a good understanding of the complex rules and cause and effect each action card has on a player. There have been plenty of laughs as well with Colt Express as sometimes you have no option but to shoot or punch nothing, or even better being shot by the marshal and not ending up on the part of the train you thought. We even managed to persuade Granny to give it a try, and despite not really understanding fully what was happening, she said she could see it was good fun and something a bit different.

I have the chance of one of you to win this great family game, so if you think you would like to win Colt Express for your family then enter with my gleam app below.

Colt Express

Colt Express is already winning awards, and we can agree it is a great fun family game. Esdevium distribute this game in the uk, and you can find out more by visiting their Facebook and twitter pages. Colt Express is available to buy now from Waterstones, or Amazon. Have a look at my Amazon affiliate link below

 

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National Childrens Book Week 12th – 18th May

This week I am celebrating National Children’s Book Week which takes place from 12th to the 18th May. I don’t usually need an excuse to share books with you, and am looking forward to sharing a few of our favourites this week along with some new titles to get everyone reading.

Children’s Book Week is all about celebrating your favourite books, authors, and illustrators! From comics to mysteries, from magic to history…you can find anything between the pages of a book!

National Children’s Book Week events have been taking place across the world for the last 95 years, and are a celebration of everything written and illustrated in the world of books. Why not join in and tell me about your favourite finds, childhood memories or just your latest book your little ones are reading. I would love to hear all about your books, and in return will be giving you the chance to win some new books along with some classics. so keep your eyes peeled for lots of wordy fun this week.

Why not start by entering my giveaway to win a copy of How to Catch a Star by Oliver Jeffers, one of the boys favourite authors.

My first giveaway is now live win all three of the new paperback Bing books.

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You are never to young or old to find a discover a love for books!

The All New Catch Phrase Board Game

The All New Catch Phrase Board Game from Drumond Park is a game based on the increasingly popular TV show hosted by Stephen Mulhern. You will find all your favourite parts of the show transferred into this fun board game. Recommended for ages 8+, 2-4 players with one player being the game host, and costing RRP £19.99.

We first reviewed this game just before Christmas last year, and have had fun playing, what is a great family game. We discovered that Bingo Granny is very good at this game, and the boy struggled a bit. We decided to team up for a few games to give him a chance. Playing more recently the boy has improved, as he becomes more confident in how the game works. He has enjoyed playing the Catch Phrase board game and as we already had a copy, we decided to pass on the spare one to the hospital where we recently spent the night.

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The All New Catch Phrase Board game box contains:

  • 96 Double sided regular catch phrase cards
  • 15 Double sided bonus cards
  • 48 Single sided super cards
  • Mr Chips
  • Bonus catch phrase picture frame
  • 9 Window covers
  • Frame clip
  • Sand timer
  • Red filter
  • 60 Asst bank notes

The game starts with one person being decided as host and it is their job to set up each of the rounds award the winners their money and keep the time.

Round 1: Individual Round

In this round each player takes a turn to solve as one individual catch phrase within the length of the timer. If they don’t manage it within the time, then it will be opened up to the other players to try to steal and the fastest answer wins. The correct guess is awarded with £100. The host then reveals one window from the bonus catch phrase (in number order 1-9) and everyone gets one guess. play continues on this round until all 9 windows have been revealed or the correct answer is guessed. The winner receiving £300 to add to their kitty.

Round 2: Rapid Fire Round

This round is played in a similar way to round one, except each of the catch phrases is open for all contestants to answer. You can have as many guesses as you like with a total of 5 catch phrases to be guessed. The correct guess will win £200.

Round 3: Super Catch Phrase Round

For this round the Super Catch phrase cards come into play, with the host setting out 6 cards face down on the super catch phrase board. Starting from the bottom players all have the chance to call out the answers as each catch phrase is revealed. The bottom row wins £300, next row £400 finally with the top row worth £500. The host can check the answers on the bottom of the card with the special red filter.

The winner:

Once you have had the first round a new host takes over, and when everyone has had a go at hosting the winner will be the person with the most money.

can you guess the catchphrase

We still love this game, although as you work your way through the cards the boy has started to memorize some of the answers. The boy also enjoys being the host, and this is done in an enthusiastic style as his current favourite tv channel is challenge! I would like to see a top up set of cards available for this game, and also our My chips who is made from cardboard has started to look a little tatty. This is still a fun family game and if you would like the chance to win a copy then why not enter my giveaway below.

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Dobble

Dobble is a great family card game available from Amazon from RRP £12.99. If you have never heard of Dobble until now you are not alone as up till January neither had I. When I was visiting the London Toy Fair with Mary from Over 40 and Mum to One we were invited to give it a try, with mixed results! This game reached the dizzy heights of 27 in the game chart last Christmas, I think it will be set to beat that in 2014 as one of the simplest but fun and handy card games I have tried.

Dobble

Dobble is a round tin containing 55 cards, each with eight symbols (pictures) with only one symbol shared between any two cards. Yes that is it, but here is where the fun starts, with several different variations of how to play lets start with:

Mini Game #1

Shuffle the cards place one face down in front of each player, make the rest of the pile the draw pile, face up in the middle. The object of the game is to shout out the pair of symbols in common with your card. First to shout out wins, and the person with the most cards at the end is the winner.

Dobble Mini Game 1

There are 5 mini games in total and our family favourite is hot potato! Each variation of the game is fun and fast, and can be played with lots of age ranges as you can adapt the rules to suit. Dobble is recommended for 2-8 players ages 6+ but we think this is flexible and you could play in teams, as well as letting the younger ones play snap with the cards.

Dobble will be coming on holiday with us in October, as it will be ideal as the queuing boredom buster, and even Bingo Granny couldn’t complain about the simplicity of learning this new game. Dobble is also available for download in the i-tunes store, and can be played on i devices, with Android and even Facebook versions on their way. Beware! I have found this game highly addictive and so will you, it could even be the new Flappy Birds.

If you would like the chance to find out more about Dobble, have a look at their Facebook page, Esdevium on twitter or buy online from Amazon below.

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Gross Magic

Gross Magic is definitely not for the squeamish, so when we were asked to review this box of gross tricks I thought it would be right up the boys street. Gross Magic is recommended for ages 8+ with an RRP £19.99. The box contains too many parts to list, with posts of slime, props and instructions for over 40 tricks.

gross magic

Some of the Gross Magic tricks in the box are ones that the boy has in other magic sets, but just a little bit more sticky or gross with everything from cockroaches to pots of pretend poo! (Well I hope its pretend) The boy was impressed with the amount of tricks in the box, the instructions detail over 40 tricks, but I am sure that you could make up more as there are plenty of props to work with. I was realy surprised that the boy wasn’t more keen to get his hands dirty with Gross Magic, but he has decided that it was too scary? He wasn’t keen on the plastic cockroaches or the slime opting for the tricks he could perform without having to touch anything. This is not something he would have been worried about when he was 5 or 6 so I wonder if this is a set better suited to this age group.

We set about testing out some of the props and here are a three of our favourite tricks.

As you can see the boy was not particually happy about the tricks, but still managed to perform them easily. I think if he had performed them infront of some mates the enthusiasm may have been different. We both agreed that some of the instructions and tricks were more difficult than others and would need some practice. The set is pretty full of some interesting props and I think any magic fan who is bored of the normal card type tricks would love this set.

whats in the box

Gross Magic is available from toy shops, as well as online stores and you can find out more by having a look at the website here. If you would like the chance to win a set of Gross Magic then why not enter the rafflecopter below, but beware its not for the sqeemish!

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Another chance to win Dinogami

Dinogami is a fab new book from Parragon Books RRP £8.00 the kit includes an awesome book of ideas with 20 scaly papers and a ready-made dinosaur as an example.

Contents

Contents

The book starts with a Pteranadon, using one sheet of the pre-printed papers this is a great and easy starter model. The boy enjoyed making this model and there were two papers supplied so we were able to sit side by side and the boy copied my folds.

Here is another chance to win a copy of Dinogami from Parragon books in this rafflecopter giveaway.

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Mr Nutcase a New Phone Cover

I treated myself to a new phone last week, Ok I would have loved an i-phone but my budget doesn’t stretch that far so I plumped for a more modest Samsung. Anything has to be better than the Motorola that I have put up with for the last 18 months. To be honest I don’t know how I have stopped myself from putting it through the nearest window!

Back to my new phone, ok so the first plan will be to protect my phone from bumps and knocks, and the sticky boy fingers that I am sure will be coming its way. I would usually go for something cheep, but Mr Nutcase have such a fantastic range of bespoke and personal cases I thought I would design something a little unique for me.

Mr Nutcase certainly is a name that sticks in your mind, and the service was the best I have had in a while. They promise delivery the next day if you order before midday, I ordered after this and still had my case by post the next morning. The case is perfect too, I chose the slightly more expensive flip leather case which I designed with my Soup Dragon on the front. The phone fits tightly into the customer made holder and there is no chance this will come out. The case is very well made and isn’t showing any signs of wear.

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I found the website easy to use, and you can choose your own design, or one that has been uploaded to the site. You then choose the layout, wording and even clip art. I like simple style so chose my favourite picture. There is even the chance to put your design forward if you are the arty type and then you earn commission on all orders from other customers using your graphics!

With cases for all the latest models, not just phones but also tablets, you can choose from a snug slim line plastic case or the leather flip version. Prices start from just £14.95 with free shipping and a free screen protector if you like their Facebook page!

So if you fancy something a little special to keep your phone tidy then why not have a look at what Mr Nutcase has to offer!

Now five of my readers will have the chance to win a phone case of their own with this fantastic giveaway from Mr Nutcase, simply fill in the rafflecopter below.

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Another chance to win Money Fight Club

Here is another chance to win a copy of Money Fight Club by Anne Caborn & Lindsay Cook, a great new book available now for RRP £11.99.

I love any way to save money, so when I saw this book I knew I just had to share it with you. It can be tough being a parent as children cost money, any way I can save a few pennies is good news. This book is here to help with practical advice on how to look after your money.

For more money safing information, or where to get your gloves on a copy of Money Fight Club, visit the website, as well as Twitter and Facebook.

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Red, Blue, Peek-a-Boo

Red, Blue, Peek-a-Boo from Caterpillar books is a brand new interactive lift the flap book for children aged 3-5 RRP £7.99. With bright pages, and hidden treasures to find this is the type of book the boy would have loved when he was smaller. 

An ingenious colours game! This lift-the-flap colours book features peep-through holes to allow toddlers to guess what might lie beneath the flap. Name the coloured objects on the flap, then lift it up to see what they become! Bright and colourful illustrations by Katie Saunders add an extra element of fun to learning colours!

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Time Traveling Toby by Graham Jones

Time Traveling Toby by Graham Jones and illustrated by Neil Parkinson is a new book available online for RRP £6.99. With the aim to bring English history to life, the first book in a series, Time Traveling Toby visits the battle of Britain.

The story of Toby a boy living in un unremarkable village, with its rhyming text, and a magic time traveling car is an easy to read book. The story tells of Toby and his brothers and their journey back in time. We start with Toby and his brothers facing the German bombers at Dover, can they raise the alarm in time?

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The book is full of bright illustrations that the boy loves. He seems to have a fascination with anything to do with the war, and the army. This book gently takes children back to a time of their grandparents, but without anything to scary for younger readers and some great facts for the older ones. As a gentle introduction to a difficult topic, I think this is a great book and the boy enjoyed it too. Plenty of information for him to ask questions about and the right amount of detail. I am sure that Toby will be having lots of great adventures and I wonder where he will end up next?

If you would like to find out more about Time Traveling Toby you can visit the website where you can find out more about the book and its creators, you can also find them on Facebook and twitter.

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