Did you know that Board Game Wednesdays are now a thing? No? Well, where have you been for the last few weeks?
Every Wednesday at That Comic Shop in Preston we have decided to play test the latest board games with the customers and get their feedback. We have playtested a whole host of games in time for Christmas and would love to share our recommendations for some great family fun games that will cure boredom over the festive period.
Scotland Yard from Ravensburger
A game of hide and seek, but with an element of chess thrown in. You become Mr X and other players have the job of trying to track you down as you move through the streets of London, leaving behind a trail of public transport ticket stubs which are the only clues the detectives have to find the elusive criminal.
We play tested the game, both on the easy mode and hard. The easy mode, Mr X stays visible apart from a few key points in the game and it was quite obvious that this method of play is for a younger audience as it was a very easy way to play and the games lasted only a matter of minutes. In the alternative method, Mr X is hidden apart from a few key moves and even then he can choose to do a double move and throw his chasers off their game. This method of play was a lot more intense, a lot more strategic and got everyone thinking. Mr x fed back his thought at the end of his round.
“The game is awesome and I would give it a solid 11 out of 5! It was so much fun trying to keep quiet when everyone was guessing where I was, they had guessed right a few times but changed their minds.”
The game is one for an older audience and one of communication. A worth while purchase for advising board game fans.
Colt Express by Esdevium Games
Die cut cardboard trains, bags of loot, quick draw shooting and players with various skill sets make this board game fast paced, enjoyable and a whole lot of fun for players. We play tested this game and the game players in That Comic Shop loved it so much we continued playing another five times in one afternoon! It was so much fun that people didn’t want to put it down. It is now a stable of Board game Wednesdays when we have no other games to test out.
A game of silly faces, and out foxing your opponents to fill up their glasses with various facial add ons to make the most random and crazy face – the main aim of the game is to make everyone else look as stupid as possible! The kids loved playing this and after seeing it advertised on TV they were so excited to get their hands on this board game which is becoming famous! If you are looking for a game for the family which is full of laughter that can easily be played by all ages this Christmas then this is the game for you.
Who doesn’t love a fart joke? And after a huge Christmas dinner with sprouts, there are plenty of them flying around in most house holds. Why not add a few more with this game of bluffing and finger pointing, in a who did it fart game?! The kids, and adults loved playing this and trying to keep a poker face. There may have been some real farts thrown in for good measure as well but Who Tooted?
One for the little kids, make sure the sneeky fox does not jump out of his hole and pick off your chickens. A colour matching game with an element of surprise. This game took a while to set up but was fun to play. The chicken coops were a bit hard to lift up and place back in to the wheel with the correct click and did require some adult assistance. It did not deter from the game play too much but it would be worth noting that someone may need to be around to supervise game play.
Another game of colour matching but with shapes and figures. Dig into the bowl and find the items on your card! Sounds so simple but actually is a game of frantic grabbing, make it harder by using only one hand and see who can find their game pieces first. This one was a firm favourite of the older children and one which everyone of any age can join in with and needs no supervision.
Put on the googly glasses and have fun in teams trying to draw your way to victory! Depending on what colour you land on decides which level of googlyness the glasses will have and how hard the task will be for you. All the kids loved the idea but younger ones struggled with putting the lenses in and out of the glasses. The older children made up their own rules of using two different lenses to make it even harder. Very like Pictionary, but with the added challenge of not being able to see correctly and looking a bit daft in the process!
Board Game Wednesdays are becoming a fun afternoon. If you would like to come along and join in, everyone is welcome. Games start from 2pm at That Comic Shop on Friargate in Preston. Check out the Facebook Page for The Motherhood and That Comic Shop for more information.
We were sent the above games to review. All thoughts are our own and images remain the property of The Motherhood. If you have a board game you would like to see reviewed or played on Board game Wednesdays, let us know your suggestions in the comments.