Wednesday, 14 January 2015

John Adams Family Games

Although I planned our first big Christmas family gathering, with so many people around and a new house, some of the things fell off the to do (lots of singing, go out shopping and play games) and to eat (mainly those that contains fibre!) list, and some unplanned ones came up (bathroom leak, norovirus and head lice).

One thing I was really disappointed about was that we didn't manage to play the John Adams family games I was sent before Christmas. We did have a go at the games ourselves and knew instantly that we would have had so much fun during Christmas if we did!

I especially like the Split Seconds game, which is really colourful, and you get to write on the panels with the included white board pens, which reminded me of TV game shows where the contestants have to write their answer on a board and reveal it when time is up! In Split Seconds, you release the panel after you've written your answer and it will slap back to the middle of the game unit, making a slapping sound that made me jump!

The game is meant for children (and adults) above 8 years old as questions can be tricky for younger children, but even I couldn't answer some of the questions, eg something about Spongebob Squarepants! I also find that you should have at least 3 players to enjoy the game fully, where one of them play as the game host. 2 players is playable but only one person will be answering the question in the limited time and I think it's less fun than competing with someone else to be the first to release the answer.

Although Think Words! is also a game for 8 years and above, Abby and Clay really really like the game unit, and that is before I put in batteries! The electronic game unit make a 10 second ticking sound and a Ding sound when time is up, which makes me jump every time! The ticking sound is also unnerving, making the game even more exciting. One thing we noticed was how the cards are stored underneath the game unit, which we think is very clever! The game is very easy to play so you can almost jump straight into it after a quick read. The subjects aren't too difficult either, for example Hobbies, Things in the Countryside, so Abby can play too. But I guess it's harder for them to play with a 10 seconds time limit. It's very easy to improvise to make it suitable for younger children though.

Rummikub took us slightly longer to figure out as there are many ways in manipulating the game. As Abby is a bit slower in thinking, we took away the 1 minute per turn limit so she could work her mastermind freely. It's definitely better to play with a faster pace though, and I do like a good strategy game!

We love our video games, but we do enjoy a good board game and spend some quality time together with family too.