USAopoly has been making games for families since 1994. When I first saw this review offered, I got sucked right into their website – there are quite a few games we’ll be adding to our collection for family game night! Even if the two I’m about to talk about don’t strike your fancy, be sure to check out what USAopoly has to offer. I’ll bet there’s something there for you!
First up: Tapple. This is a word game. I was a little worried about how Boobear would be able to handle this game, but he loves it. You have a round “board” that has a red button in the middle and buttons for letters on the side. Game play is simple: simply draw a card, hit the big red button, name something in the category on the card, hit the button that has the first letter of that item’s name, hit the button. Done.
Each card has four categories. One side is easy – those are black and white, with two categories. The other side is harder categories and is yellow and red. Categories can be anything from pet names to sports teams to things you get at the grocery store. As long as it fits in the category, it’s the right answer.
The trick is this: you have 10 seconds. That’s all. Just 10 seconds to think of something, hit the appropriate, and then hit the red button to stop the timer. As time goes on and more letters are used (because you can’t reuse them,) it gets really challenging!
The game is designed for 2-8 players and for those 8 years old and up. I had to adapt a bit for Boobear at first, but he’s loving the game and will pull it out to play with stuffed animals if no one is available at the moment. It currently lives with two other games in the corner of the living room by the fish tank where he can grab it easily.
Next up: Wonky.
This is my favorite of the two games. In this game, you have nine cubes in three sizes and colors. There are purple, green, and yellow cubes. They are sized small, medium, and large. Some sides are flat and smooth and some are curved.
Again, play is very simple. Each person receives seven cards and you choose a card and place the block it tells you to use. You might need to use a large block on top of a small one or you might have a card that has a special move. It’s a lot harder than it sounds! Boobear has become a master of the game, and he loves figuring out how to place the curved sides just so to make the tower fall. The winner is whoever either places the ninth block or gets rid of all their cards.
The game is for those 8 and up and 2 or more players. It’s a fast game, so even if you’re busy, you can still squeeze in at least one game on a busy day.
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