A good board game is always popular in this house and looking ahead to Christmas it’s always good to have a new game or two to play after lunch on the day itself. We’ve been trying out a couple of Ravensburger games over the last few weeks and they have both been big hits.
First up is Bugs in the Kitchen where you take it in turn to move the pivoting pieces on the 3-D board in an attempt to lure the Hexbug Nano into your corner. It’s a lot of fun and requires a mix of skill and luck (the bug doesn’t always go where you think he will go). It’s for 2-4 players and for ages 6 and up. H had no problem understanding and playing it at 8 and I think the age rating is about right. It’s a bit of a noisy one as there is a certain amount of shouting and squealing as you watch the Hexbug move, but it’s all part of the fun.
Next we tried out Scotland Yard. This was a monster hit. We played this as a family, but you can play with as few as two players or as many as 6. It’s for ages 8 and up and I think that’s about right. H at 8 found it a challenging, but manageable game. Basically one player is Mr X and the other players have to try to find him. Mr X reveals his position every few moves, so you can tighten the net. H was asking to play this every night – he was really keen.
Us adults thought it was a good game too and it has a limited time span because you only have 21 moves to catch Mr X. We thought this was a great game and it’s our current favourite for Christmas Day afternoon.