Codenames and Splendor – Review for Bloggers Board Game

Codenames Pictures is based from the award-winning original game of the same name and one we enjoyed reviewing and playing earlier in the year. Distributed by Asmodee and suitable for 2-8 players aged 10+ RRP £16.99.

Codenames is a quick game to set up simply choose your team if playing with four or more players. Decide who will be the spymaster for each team. Then the other players become agents for their chosen colour. A key card is chosen at random and the picture cards are shuffled and laid out in a grid format.

The gameplay starts with the team colour indicated on the chosen key card and the spymaster for the team has to give clues that will lead to his teammates to guessing the correct picture card. If they can give clues that lead to more than one card being covered with their correct agent card then it is time to party!

Gameplay continues between the teams with each correct guess, and ends with incorrect guesses, or uncovering a bystander. When the assassin is uncovered that team loose. Spymasters need to be cleaver to lead the team to success by completing all their coloured agents cards and not uncovering the assassin.

There are alternative play games for 2 or 3 players and we have enjoyed the 3 player variation of Codenames. We discovered that the Picture version is a little easier in some ways than the word version. But don’t be fooled as it still takes some thought and quite a bit of discussion! Perfect entertainment for a family get-together.

Splendor is an Asmodee classic game based on trading precious stones to create jewellery that will impress to win. For 2-4 players aged 10+ RRP £25.99.

Splendor game set-up is easy, simply lay out one row of each of the three level development cards. Sort the required number of tokens for the number of players and lay out in a grid. The Nobel cards are added to the top of the rows and play can start.

There are four different moves each player can choose to make. They can take 3 different coloured jem tokens. They can take two of the same colour (provided there are 4 or more left on the pile) You can choose a development card to keep in your hand. Or finally you can choose to purchase a development card.

The aim of Splendor is to add up points from purchasing development cards and maybe even earn a visit from one of the nobles. Each development card has a different value and the harder cards from the grid earn more points. These are the basic rules, and we found them easy to pick up. The winner is the first player to have development cards totalling 15.

Once we started to play we soon discovered that you need to have a plan. The boy and I also worked out that we were trying to gain a visit from the same noble. Splendor is a nice easy fun game that requires some strategy and thought. A cross between a card game and a matching game, it turns out the boy is pretty good at it!

We enjoyed Splendor and as it doesn’t take long to play one game it is great as a quick after school game. I love the quality of the counters and cards they feel like they will last for a long time and many Splendorous years to come.

Disclaimer we were sent these games as part of the Bloggers Board Game club and have not been paid for this post. The opinions remain our own.

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Cheatwell Games – Review

Cheatwell Games have a great range of family friendly games, here are some of our favourites.

What’s in the Box is a game for 3 or more players aged 8+ RRP £12.99.

What’s in the box looks simple enough but as discovered even the simplest game can be made harder! The boy chose to play this one while we were in our hotel last weekend. It was easy to play at the table while we waited for our food. Winning or guessing proved harder.

The rules are simple enough think 20 questions. First you choose a box keeper and they choose an item to place in the box. You can play with one of the picture cards included. We found that you can fit large and small items in the box. Having a shake as one of your goes added to the fun. You have two guess cards, which once used you can earn more. The idea is to ask a question, or have a shake then make a guess. It turns out the boy is good at being box keeper and me and Dad Dragon are not that good at guessing.

The first item was a watch and despite working out that it had number, a light, glass was mineral and was useful we were still stumped. We had great fun with this game and it would be perfect entertainment for a big family group or simply like us passing the time while you wait for your food.

Quirky is a game for 3 or more players aged 10+ RRP £10.99

This is a fast question and answer game against the clock (sand timer). Where the answers may not be quite what you think! First select a questioner and an answerer. The answerer rolls the quirky dice. This will give the number of the question to be asked. The timer is turned and you have to answer as many of the questions in the time as possible. Get stuck and you can choose to throw the dice.

The idea of Quirky is to win as many cards as you can, while the other players can challenge your answers. At the end of the round any challenged questions are discussed win and the challenger gets to keep the card. Some questions are observational and others are simple instructions like “touch something brown!”

This game is very speedy and best played where noise doesn’t matter. We found there was lots of family discussion on some of the strange answers given. We love this bright little box and think its a great game for friends and family to play. You can set the length of a game to whatever you like so play can continue all afternoon if you want it too!

 

Baffled is a game for 2-4 players aged 8+

Baffled is a memory board game where you compete to be the player to remember the positions of 12 hidden symbols. These more around the board so be prepared to be baffled. The object of the game is to stay in play longer than the other players.

Start by deciding how many lives you will each have up to the maximum of 7. Then choose your coloured elephant counter. Each symbol tile is placed in the middle and covered. These are then shuffled and placed on a labelled letter on the board. The covers are removed for 60 seconds so you can memorize then replaced.

Players roll the dice moving their elephant counter around the board. Follow each of the instructions on the place you land on. Uncovering the correct tiles and remembering where they are will keep you in the game. Fail to find the correct tile and you will lose a life. This is a great memory game that may seem simple to play but will definitely test all your skills. The winner is the last player on the board. Working out connections between pictures and their locations is key to winning.

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Make it Medley – Review

Make It Medley is a new 1,000 piece puzzle from Ravensburger, number 11 in the perplexing puzzles series for ages 12+ RRP £12.99.

Make it medley is a Ravensburger puzzle filled with items from the craft cupboard. At first glance it may look impossible but I enjoyed the challenge that this puzzle gave. The perplexing puzzle series are a fun mix of clutter and colour in a photographic style puzzle. Created by photographer Greg Shepherd Make it Medley must have taken hours to set up and photograph.

I started with the edges and from here worked on the bold patterns of ribbons and the beads were also easy to pick out. I found from here is was best to pick out a colour or texture and then work in patches across the puzzle. I love crafting and this is a crafters dream. I love the mix of vintage items included in the image. Pinking sheers remind me of my Nan!

There are plenty of bold colour in the make it medley to keep the interest till the puzzle is completed. There are lots of bright colours and while I have found other Ravensburger perplexing puzzles challenging found this one relatively easy.

The last part I completed was the embroidery threads, even these were finished pretty quickly. I loved the detail of the photograph and would recommend this to all puzzle lovers. Make it medley is available now from stores or online with my affiliate link below.

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Dixit – Review with Bloggers Board Games Club

Dixit is one of Asmodee’s classic games for 2018, for 3 – 6 players aged 8+ RRP £29.99

Dixit is a word game, or maybe better described as a storytelling game. With many awards already to its name I was keen to see what the Dragon family made of it. Dixit can have from 3 – 6 players which is great for our small family. The rules and play are slightly adjusted for 3 players. To set up you choose your coloured rabbit marker and place on the 0 on the board. Next the 84 image cards are shuffled and dealt. With 7 cards to each player in a 3 player game. The remaining cards are set aside in a pile.

The storyteller is then chosen from the first person to describe a card from their hand out loud. This person then looks at their cards and without showing the others makes up a sentence, word or noise to describe the chosen card. The other players then look at their pictured Dixit cards and decide which they think would best match the storytellers card. In a 3 player game each player chooses 2 cards except the storyteller so 5 are shuffled and placed face up on the table.

The next stage of Dixit is to use your numbered tokens to choose the number of the card you think belongs to the storyteller. Points are awarded to those that can guess correctly. There are 3 points for the player and storyteller if they guess correctly. one point for a player where they have a vote on their picture card. Two points to each player if know one guesses the storytellers card. Points totalled the rabbit counter is moved along the board.

The game of Dixit ends when the cards run out and the player with the highest score is declared the winner. The trick to this game is not to be to obvious with your description that everyone guesses. While being to hidden with your meaning will result in no points for you. Dixit may look easy enough but as we found is a game which needs balance.

We like games that are played easily with three players and Dixit hasn’t disappointed. The rules were easy to understand and after a couple of goes the scoring became second nature. I can see why Dixit has already won awards as it seems so simple but is a great game for an active imagination. Especially good for those who are good with words like the boy who found the descriptions second nature.

I love the styling of Dixit and the way it stores in the box. This is a great quality game and one I think we will enjoy trying out with family when we next get together. You can buy Dixit from toy stores as well as online via my Amazon link below.

 

Disclaimer: we have been sent this game as part of the Bloggers Board Game Club with Asmodee Games and have not been paid for this review. #BoardGameClub

World Landmarks – Review

World Landmarks from Ravensburger is a 1,000 piece puzzle for ages 10+ RRP £11.99.

World landmarks as the name suggests is a puzzle with famous landmarks illustrated by Adrian Chesterman and squished into this engaging 1,000 piece puzzle. I love traveling so was interested to see how many of the 50 landmarks I would recognise.

I started the puzzle with the outside as normal. Quickly finding that it was easiest to pick out the landmarks that I recognised. I found the colouring of the sky easy to find. Then the landmarks of statue of liberty. Next Pisa and the Eifel tower and the gherkin were easy to pick out. I love the photographic style detail of the illustration and how the landmarks are all slotted into the picture.

The world landmarks has a great illustrative style and I did think it was a photograph at first glance. Adrian is known for his digital hyper real illustrations and this makes for a great puzzle experience.

The puzzle was interesting and not difficult to complete. I love to addition of the reverse of the picture sheet telling you the 50 world landmarks. It was nice to be able to check of the ones I recognised. I didn’t take long to complete this puzzle and didn’t get bored at any point.

This is a great puzzle for world travellers or people who just have a love of architecture. You may also like the illustrative puzzles of Colin Thompson this is one of my favourites. You can buy World Landmarks from stores or online with my affiliate link below.

Disclaimer I was sent this puzzle in return for a review, and have not been paid.

Pandemonio from Drumond Park – Review

Pandemonio from Drumond Park is a game for 2-8 players aged 8+ RRP £19.99. Pandemonio is a fast family party game with easy to learn rules. Contents include a board, 8 playing pieces with rings, 64 cards and Colin the cup timer.

Pandemonio is one of the newest games from Drumond park and came out towards the end of 2017. It is a fast card swapping game that is very easy to learn but mastery and being a winner make take some practice.

Game play starts with each player choosing a coloured playing piece and placing this on a picture on the starting line of the board. Cards are chosen for the number of players and shuffled. Each player then starts with a hand of eight cards. Colin is wound up and set off on his track down the board.

Pandemonio as the name would suggest is a frantic game as players attempt to swap their cards to get as many of the cards their playing piece currently sits on before Colin reaches the end of the board. We found game play frantic and loud even with just the three of us, as you barter market style to get the cards you need.

At the end of the Pandemonio round you count up the number of matching cards you have and move this number up the board. Collecting a ring at the top and returning down the board the winner is the first to cross the starting line.

Pandemonio also comes with a super version with slight alterations to scoring where you get to move extra moves or maybe choose to move your opponent back a few spaces! This can mean a few tactical moves can come into play for those with a competitive nature like the Dragon Family.

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Pandemic – Review for Bloggers Board Game Club

Pandemic is a cooperative game from Asmodee for 2 -4 players aged 8+ RRP £29.99.

Can you save Humanity?

This is the question Pandemic asks. Pandemic is a cooperative play game so there will never be just one winner, but as we found out this doesn’t make it less challenging. In order to save the world from the deadly diseases you will need to work with your individual skills to cure the 4 diseases before they breakout takes over.

I have come to expect well made and packaged games from Asmodee, and Pandemic doesn’t disappoint. The playing pieces have a lovely weight and feel and each part comes with its own zip lock bag so there is very little additional plastic packaging. The box and board a are a very good long-lasting card. The player cards also have a good long-lasting feel.

Game set up is fairly straight forward and is set out well in the instructions. Cards are dealt in relation to the number of players, and roles are also chosen at random. We have enjoyed playing this game as after our first try an average game lasts about 3/4 of an hour. The rules were also pretty easy to pick up and we only missed one which helped greatly on subsequent games.

Play follows three parts with the first being 4 actions, moving your and other players pieces around the Pandemic board. This can be setting up research stations of helping fellow players to cure the diseases before they spread too far. Players draw more cards and then infect cities. Play continues until you either cure-all four diseases, or you run out of players cards.

We discovered that we could save the world on our first attempt of playing the game, and then have failed on our last two pandemic games. It turn out I think it was beginners luck. Pandemic has been a refreshing change to the games we usually play which can be very competitive. It is great for encouraging conversation and co-operation. It is also not as disturbing as the name mas suggest.

Pandemic has won many awards and will also be featuring in the Asmodee Classic games promotion for 2018. This classic version of the game is a great start, and if you enjoy it then there are other variants of the game. Pandemic Legacy looks like a great with slightly different game play as well as various expansion packs.

Pandemic is available now from your local games store, online and via my Amazon affiliate link below.

Disclaimer: we have been sent this game as part of the Bloggers Board Game Club with Asmodee Games and have not been paid for this review. #BoardGameClub

Who’s The Dude – Review and giveaway

Who’s the Dude is just one of the new games this year from Drumond Park. Best suited to ages 16+ 3-8 players £24.99. Who’s the Dude brings the game of Charades into the 21st century!

Who’s the dude is based of the old game of charades. But now you have the ‘Dude’ to help you act out your words. The box contains a full size inflatable figure and 110 scenario cards as well as a scoring pad. Players can play alone or as teams and rules are simple. Download the Dude app for a handy timer and fun extras.

The first thing is to inflate the Who’s the dude figure. Be careful not to over inflate him so that you can still move his arms and legs easily. Shuffle the cards and starting with the youngest player choose a card. Act out as many of the options on the card in 45 seconds. Players score a point for each correct guess and the actor scores one point for each successful charade.

There are 4 rounds with round four being a double up round. The winner is the person with the highest score. Team play is similar with the winners having the highest score at the end of four rounds.

Who’s the dude is going to be our Christmas party game, and is best played with adults as some of the charades may appear a little risqué. I love that this game is such a simple concept, so know it will be perfect for the festive party. Acting out being a fitness instructor, or dancing on the ceiling. Or even what famous couple are we? Torville & Dean. Even the thought of these makes me smile.

Who’s the dude is available online and in high street stores now or use my amazon affiliate link below.

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Catan – Review for Bloggers Board Game Club

Catan is a game for 3-4 players aged 10+ RRP £44.99, find Catan from Esdevium at your local toy store by searching here.

This month the Bloggers Board Game club sent us Catan to have a look at. I knew as soon as I saw the front of the box that the boy would enjoy this one. Catan is a trade, build, settle game and that is exactly what you have to do. The box contains terrain hexes with a frame border. Tokens, resource cards, dice and playing pieces including the robber.

The Catan rule book looks daunting, but this games comes with an alternative way to learn how to play. There is a handy game assistant which you can download onto you phone or tablet. This runs you through all the basic play and I found was a great way to get the game started. The Tutorial helps you to set up a basic three or four player game. It covers how to lay out the hexes, settlements and roads. It then takes you through basic turn taking, trading and building.

We very quickly found we were playing the game without the apps help. The rules at first look complex but we found easy to learn. Catan progresses as each player trades to enable them to build up their settlements upgrading and gaining victory points. The games winner is the first to 10 victory points. These can be gained for different achievements such as longest road or most battles won.

Play progresses with a throw of the dice, and then collecting your resources. Trading these with other players and then using them to build up your roads and settlements. Trading can be fun and a little frantic if there is a particular card you need. We found there was a little ganging up on the player in the lead to try and stop their progress. This just added to the fun of the game.

Catan is a game I can see we will be playing lots over the winter as it is very well suited to three players. Catan also offers the possibility of changing up the board and moving from the beginners set up to the more tricky variable set up. We haven’t quite braved this as we are getting used to where the beginners board takes us. There are also a range of Catan extension packs available so the play-ability of this game is endless.

Disclaimer: we have been sent Catan as part of the Bloggers Board Game Club with Esdevium Games and have not been paid for this review. #BoardGameClub

 

 

Accentuate – Rainbow awards review

Accentuate is a game for 4+ players ages 16+ RRP £17.99. We were sent this game as part of the Rainbow Awards testing panel and have received no payment.

Accentuate is a team party game and I can remember when it was on Dragons Den! The box contains two sets of cards one has an accent and points and the other a film quote. there is a timer and also special pictorial dice.

Firstly you need to set up your teams and choose who will be the speaker. Team one then rolls the dice which gives you a special instruction such as swap, pass, play and all. Then a black film quotation card followed by a white Accent card. you then have till the end of the 30 second timer to say the quote as many times as you like in your version of the accent. Your team then have one chance to make a guess of the accent, film and year of release.

You score points from the card for the accent, 1 point for the film and 2 for the year. The winning team is the first one to 15 points or you can play to the amount that suits you. Accentuate is such a simple game to play and learn it would be perfect for a party. It was a bit tricky playing with just the three of us so I don’t feel we were able to have the full Accentuate experience. We will have to save that for the festive season.

Accentuate is available now from toy stores, online and via my affiliate link below

Disclaimer we were sent this game as part of the Rainbow Toy Awards testers panel for 2017, and have not been paid for this post.