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Wednesday, September 30, 2015

USAopoly Wonky and Tapple Games Schoolhouse Review Crew Review 2015 #hsmommas #hsreviews

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   Family time is important to us, discussions and prayer and game nights are of the top on our list. We are always on the hunt for new games that we can use for family game night and in our school day to break up the monotony. I always jump at the chance to review new games so you can imagine my delight when we were offered not just one but 2 new games to review. USAopoly sent us Wonky: The Crazy Cubes Card Game and Tapple: Fast Word Fun for Everyone.

  These games are both for ages 8 and up, so perfect for my family of teens and us adults too. They both sell for $19.99 each.

  I am going to start with Tapple, this does require 2 AA batteries, not included just so you are prepared when you order it. Nothing worse than the kids wanting to play and not being able to play because the batteries are out of stock in the house. Thankfully we seem to always have this size as we use them for many of our electronics. We love competitive games and word games so this was our first to try out. 2-8 players so the boys can play against each other or we can play as a family and even add some friends. We decided it was way more fun with more people as it gets challenging as the letters get used since one a letter is pressed it cannot be used again until the next round. You really need to be quick thinking and if you have a brain blip you will probably have the buzzer go off. You start by turning the a card over and you will be given a topic. We will use fast food as an example. You start by a person yelling out an answer and pushing down the coordinating letter button. There is not a full alphabet so you have to pay attention. So for this round I am going to say Pop(which for most of you is Soda). So I would push the letter P. The next guess is Taylor and he guesses H for hamburger. You keep going until someone says a wrong answer or runs out of time. to reset the timer for each player after you say the answer you push the red stopper in the middle. If you lose a turn you stay out until the last player is standing. This game got pretty crazy and some of the categories are definitely easier than others. Alyx is taking a board games class at our co-op this semester and he cannot wait to bring this with him tomorrow to play with his friends. They are all 7-12 graders so this will be perfect. If you love fast paced, keep you on your toes word games then this is a game you will love. We give it 2 thumbs up from everyone in the family.
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The second game we received was Wonky, this is a problem solving game again for 2 or more players that involves a steady hand and good problem solving skills. The blocks make it very interesting since they have 3 flat sides as well as 3 curved sides. the cards tell you which blocks to place next and different things you need to do with the blocks. All of this while being very steady and careful not to knock the tower over. We did have some issues with the dogs bumping into the table or the kids bring down their fist in a "fit" of frustration because their move did not go as well as hoped and this sent the blocks all tumbling down. This definitely is a great game to test patience. Something teenage boys seem to lack a bit of. My husband struggled with this game, he has some issues that prevent him from having great problem solving skills so after his first round he quickly decided this was not for him. The boys have enjoyed it and this is one they seem to play more often just the 2 or 3 of them and we tend to use Tapple for more of our family game time. Alyx will be taking this one tomorrow as well to co-op and we will see how it goes amongst the crowd of teens. This one got two thumbs up x 2, 1 thumbs up x 2 and 2 thumbs down by Dad. This was definitely more of a hit with my 15 and 17 year old and kind of a mixed feeling from my 19 year old and I. Dad was definitely out.  So all in all we like it and it gets played but it was not as big of a hit for us as Tapple was. 
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Either of these games would make a great addition to any household for school time, play time or family game time. I can see where they would be difficult for younger kids but if you had an adult pair up maybe have teams it would work for a family that has more of a mixed age range. Having my boys close together even when they were younger this was never an issue for us. If you want to see how younger kids can be included to play along with either of these games be sure to click the banner below and read the rest of the reviews.  I am sure someone can shed more light on this. Christmas is coming and I don't know about you but we always have new games under the tree. These would be great holiday additions.
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