Abby absolutely love playing card/ board games, but we aren't always free to play with her. She's been begging us to play Simply Ingenious with her ever since we got the game, even though she didn't know how to!
We've finally got a chance to play together and I'm now wondering why we didn't play it sooner! Not only is it fun, it taught Abby that sometimes you need to take risk for getting something bigger. This girl is taking big risks alright, but Luck has been on her side so she won big too!
Simply Ingenious (rrp £7.99, suitable for 8 years+) comes with 126 tiles in 6 colours (and shapes), rule sheet and rule card. Each player takes turn to open an uncovered tile, if it matches a tile in the middle, they can choose to bank the tile as well as the matching one(s) in the middle pile, or risk losing it by opening another tile, based on the rules. Each time a player has 7 tiles of the same colour banked, they shout "Ingenious!" and gets another turn. The first person who banked 7 tiles of each colour wins the game.
As I said, Abby is a big risk taker, but because of that, she managed to match 3 colours to the tiles in the middle and banked 8 tiles in a go! The maximum of tiles she lost to the middle pile was only 2, so she was definitely lucky in our game!
Funny enough, I caught up with her when she was about to win the game, and we were both after 1 blue star to end it! She could have won earlier by using the Weakest Colour Turn (instead of opening an unknown tile, simply take the one from the middle pile that matches the single colour in your bank that has the least tiles) but she preferred to open the uncovered tiles instead. I guess she likes the challenge!
We both think that the game is fun and you can really tell who's the wuss (*points at self*) and banks their tiles earlier, and who the big risk takers are. I need to keep an eye on Abby don't I... The duration of the game is just right for kids (I can keep going!), and you can always play it again and see who has won most to determine who the winner is. The game guideline says that it's suitable for 8 years+, but I think Abby is doing pretty well and understood the game perfectly. The game is simple, which is great for people who doesn't want a lot of faffing about with rules and set up and just dive into the game. We'll be playing it again very soon!