Friday, September 25, 2015

USAopoly Games Review

If I've said it once, I've said it a dozen times.  I've got a kid that loves games.  So yes, when given the opportunity to do a review for USAopoly, a company that produces favorite board games and puzzles, I jumped at the chance!  We received Wonky:  The Crazy Cubes Card Game and Tapple:  Fast Word Fun for Everyone to play and review.  To say my 8 year old was thrilled would be an understatement.

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Wonky:  The Crazy Cubes Card Game
Wonky is a tower-building game that requires patience!  It consists of a deck of specialty playing cards and 9 cubes of different sizes.  There are three large, three medium, and three small cubes.  Essentially, you are dealt a hand of cards and you play a card, stacking the designated block on the tower.  Sounds easy, right?  Except the cubes actually have uneven or wonky sides!   Since you can only play a cube based on the cards you hold, you may have to place a large cube on a small cube, you may have to draw more cards, or you might have to skip a turn or reverse play!  The object of the game is to be the player who stacks the last block on the tower, or the first player to play all of their cards.  We had only played a few minutes when my game-loving junkie yelled out "I love this game!"  The recommended age range is 8+, but it's fairly easy to learn, and non-readers can use the pictures on the cards to play as well.  The age recommendation is probably more for patience and motor skills, because younger kids are likely to get frustrated when they make the tower fall, and they're  more likely to bump into the table.  We've had a lot of fun with this game, and I am thrilled to have it in our game closet!

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Tapple:  Fast Word Fun for Everyone
Tapple is another exciting game!  The game consists of the Tapple Wheel, which has a timer and 20 letters (Q, U, V, X, Y and Z are omitted), and 36 game cards.  Batteries are required for game-play.  Simply put, you start by choosing a card.  The cards have an "easy" and a "difficult" side, and each side has two categories.  You pick a category for that round, and then on your turn say a word that starts with any letter on the wheel that hasn't been used and tap the letter before your time is up!  It's a fun, competitive, exciting and fast-paced game!  It's also aimed at ages 8+ and suggested for 2-8 players.  We've been playing with 3 people (mom, dad and 8 year old) and we've had a blast.  There are more suggestions on the website for playing with younger players, adding more educational twists to the game, playing on teams, and even more playing categories.  This game has a lot of potential for variety and personalizing for your family.

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Final Thoughts
These are excellent games.  They appear to be high quality, although we've had a little trouble with one letter on Tapple not wanting to remain depressed.  It may take several tries for the player to get it to stay down, or it might pop back up, which means the letter appears to still be in use.  This is a little distracting, but overall we've still enjoyed the game.

Both games are fun and require a variety of thinking skills, so even though they're top picks around here for family-night, they offer educational value as well.  For individuals or families that enjoy games, these would make great gifts.  They'd be fun for classrooms or co-ops who use games for small group activities as well.  I would certainly recommend both of these games to family and friends!

Be sure to find out more about Wonky and Tapple, as well as other USAopoly games, and definitely read more crew reviews to see how much fun other crew members have had with these games!

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