My family enjoys playing games together. Games have always been a great way of connecting after a busy week. We give high priority to our family game days during the weekend. Though we aren’t limited to just playing on the weekend, we play during week day evenings too. I often bring learning games out during our schooling time. Games I’ve found to be the perfect tool in easing into a new concept learned or to enhance skills such as critical thinking, fine motor, and the abilities to play well with others.
In being a member of the the Schoolhouse Crew Review Team, I was introduced to USAopoly , a leading developer and manufacturer of board games and puzzles. This company generously sent two games for my whole family to enjoy and share our thoughts upon. The first game is Tapple: Fast Word Fun for Everyone and the second Wonky: The Crazy Cubes Card Game. My husband being the avid gamer that he is has opted to share his thoughts and our family experience with each of these games below.
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Tapple is an award-winning word game that revolves around a wheel. The wheel has a circle of letters on the outside and a timer button in the center. The game play is done in round that center on a topic. The topics, such as Bodies of Water, Girl Names, and Heroes, come on cards that are stored in the bottom of the wheel. Each card has an easy and a hard side, and each side has 2 topics. Each player on their turn tries to think of a word starting with one of the remaining unused letters on the wheel, taps the letter, hits the timer button and the turn goes to the next player. When a player doesn’t come up with a word in time, they are out for the round. The last player remaining wins the round. Recommended age is 8+
We have fun with it. It gets the brain thinking fast to try and find the barest thread of connection to the topic to hit another letter. Not all the letters are on the wheel, Q, Z, and U for example are missing, and a couple others. They are letters that aren’t used to start words that often, but it can be frustrating when “Unicorn” is a valid answer and you can’t use it. But, it’s basically no different than that letter already having been used. We enjoy Tapple, it’s simple, fun, and flexible enough to house rule it to make it fit the needs of younger players.
Wonky is a block stacking dexterity game that uses non-symmetrical blocks and cards. A player has a hand of cards that match the various colors and sizes of the blocks, includes wild cards, and cards with special effects such as reversing play order and skipping your turn. Some require block placement and have an effect. On your turn you use your cards playing and and placing a matching block on the forming tower. If after 3 seconds it doesn’t fall, play passes to the next player. You win the round by playing your last card successfully. It must be a block card, and not one that’s just an effect, like skip turn. Recommended age is 8+
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