I think that games are so much fun for everyone. Â What isÂ better than spending time with family or friends and having fun while playing a game? Â Plus, they teach children how to follow rules and play well with others. Â Some of my best memories from my childhood are playing games at family gatherings or when hanging out with friends. Â I have already created fun memories playing games with my girls. Â I have reviewed several games for Eighty MPH Mom in the past, and I always take the opportunity to review more when they come up!
A couple years ago, I reviewed some of my favorite childhoodÂ games fromÂ Winning Moves Games, which makesÂ many differentÂ board games, card games, and puzzles for children and adults. Â There are several new games offered by Winning Moves Games this year, and we had a chance to play four of them!
Game of the States is forÂ up to four players,Â ages eight and up. Â I thought it would be some sort of state trivia game, but it’s a lot different than what I thought! Â It is a little hard to explain, but here goes. Â First, you each get $500 to buy and sellÂ products. Â You each draw four state cards and place your “packages” (colored wooden blocks) in those states. Â Then you each draw another state card and place your truck in that state. Â To play the game, you take turns spinning the spinner for the number of spaces (states) to move. Â The goal is to move to a state with another player’s package and buy the packageÂ from that player. Â Once you land on the state, the other player decides which productÂ from that state to sell you (based on the pictures on the game board). Â You then spin the spinner to land on an amount to pay the other player for that product. Â If the other player thinks that amount is too low, then you spin again and pay the other player the amount shown on the second spin. Â You then draw another state card for the state to which you must deliver the package. Â Once you move to that state, you sell the package to the bank in a similar manner (spin the spinner for the amount to be paid by the bank for your package, and if you think that amount is too low, you can spin again). Â Once your package is sold, you move on to another state to buy another package. Â The game continues until all packages have been bought and sold. Â The winner is the person with the most money. Â This game teaches children important lessons in economics (buying and selling for the right price), as well as interesting facts about each state. Â The game board shows common products sold in each state (like oil and fish in Alaska, cotton and peaches in Georgia, and dairyÂ and automobiles in Michigan). Â Plus, all of the state cards have information about each state (including capital, date when the state entered the union, state nickname, state flower, and state bird), and a fun STEM fact about the state that a player must read aloud when drawing that card. Â There were things that I did not even know, and I consider myself pretty knowledgeable about the states. Â This game is definitely for older children (I found myself getting a little confused at times whether I was buying or selling an item and where I was supposed to go).
Nibbled is a really fun game for younger children (ages four and up). Â This game comes with sixteen plastic fish and a deck of cards that have one, two, or three fish on them. Â You first divide the fish among the players and clip them on your clothing. Â You take turns guessing a color (red, blue, yellow, green, or purple). Â After guessing, you flip the top card in the deck. Â If there are any of that color fish on the card, then you remove that number of fish from your clothing and clip them on any other player. Â If there are no fish of that color, then your turn ends and the next player goes. Â There are five Frenzy cards in the deck. Â The player who flipped the Frenzy card yells “Frenzy!” and each player can clip one of their fish onto another player (except for the one who flipped that card). Â If you are the first to remove all of your fish, then you are the winner! Â My girls had a great time playing this game, and I enjoyed hearing them giggle while playing. Â For some reason, they liked to clip their fish only on me! Â I usually ended up with the most fish at the end of the game, and I have yet to win (which is okay with me, I love seeing my girls win).
The goal of Sunk!Â is to add water to a cup without causing it to sink. Â First, you fill the Sunk TankÂ up halfway with water. Â You then place the plastic float cup inside the Sunk Tank and fill the plastic water pitcher. Â You take turns rolling the special die,which tells you how many drops of water to pour from the water pitcher into the float cup. Â If you roll the “C,” then you have to take a challenge card and perform the action on the card while pouring the required number of drops into the float cup (challenges include “Close one eye while pouring 3 drops” and “Keep one hand on the table while pouring 2 drops”). Â The person who causes the float cup to sink is eliminated, and the float cup is emptied out for the rest of the players to continue. Â Whoever manages to never sink the cup is the winner!Â It is a little tricky to pour, and it took me a while to get the hang of pouring out the exact number of drops – I would always pour too much! Â It is okay if you pour more than required number of drops, but the risk is that the float cup will sink. Â My oldest daughter loved this game and was pretty good about pouring out a few drops at a time, but my youngest kept sinking the float cup with one pour. Â I think that Sunk! would be a great party game when played with a lot of players (it is for ages ten and up).
Finally,Â This Game is Bonkers is based on the classic 1978 version of this game. Â It comes with four different color tokens and pegs, forty track cards, four Lose cards, dice, and a scoreboard. Â The goal is to be the first to score twelve points. Â You earn points by landing on one of the three “Score” spaces on the board. Â Each player gets four track cards at a time and a Lose card. Â You take turns rolling the dice and moving that number of spaces around the board. Â If you land on a space with no track card, you put one of yours down and follow the directions on that card (i.e., move ahead 6 spaces, move back 3 spaces, and roll again) to move to the Score spaces. Â However, there is a “Lose” space on the board that you have to avoid or else you will lose a point (and there are two permanent track cards on the board that send you directly to the Lose space). Â You can also play the Lose card at any time by giving it to another player to cause that person to lose a point. Â Since you are building the game board each time with the track cards, every game is different! Â This game took a little bit of strategy to plan on what track card to play to get you to the nearest Score space, so I had to help my daughter choose which cards to play (and she ended up winning).
You can buy Game of the States ($20.95),Â Nibbled ($15.95),Â Sunk! ($15.95),Â This Game is Bonkers ($15.95) and other games from Winning Moves Games. Â You are sure to find something that everyone in your family will enjoy and have fun making memories!