In a world that has become driven by technology, finding the time to enjoy the outdoors or even enjoy a simple board game seems to be easier said than done. However, I am very thankful to have grown up during a time that was the exact opposite and I hope to instill the same appreciation for the “simple” things in my own children.
Morphology Games is a relatively new line of board games, created by Kate Ryan Reiling, which proves “simple” doesn’t always have to go hand in hand with “boring.” Now tell me, what would you do if I handed you these items?
Could you turn it into something that is fun? Could you make a game out of it? After being snowed in for the evening, Kate and her friends came up with a bi-lingual game using a dictionary, Jenga® blocks, and Pente® pieces. The ease, simplicity, and pure creative fun that ensued during their, otherwise boring, night launched the idea for Morphology.
After being released in late 2009, Morphology Games quickly gained many accolades including two “Top New Toys of 2010” nods by the New York Toy Fair, TIME Magazine’s #2 “Toy of The Year for 2010,” and “Best Party Game” by About.com Reader’s Choice. In 2011, it was awarded one of Dr. Toy’s “Top Vacation Products of the Year” and was proclaimed as Timberboodle’s “Game of the Year.” Although the original game was geared to an older age demographic it drew quite a following from the younger crowds. Earlier this year, after raising over fifteen thousand dollars through KickStarter, Morphology Junior was finally born. Now, kids and adults, alike, can enjoy everything that is Morphology – remarkable creativity, free play, and hilarious fun.
Morphology Junior was recently included in the “12 Great Games for 2012” list by Good Housekeeping, and rightfully so. Here at Eighty MPH Mom, I had the opportunity to review the original game and I cannot tell you enough about it. The game play does remind me, quite a bit, of the Cranium® and Pictionary® lines of games but still holds enough ground to stand alone. We had a blast playing it and coming up with our own wacky creations for each word. The kids, still in their toddler years, even wanted to join us! They began making shapes while we managed to put together and “build” words like an elevator and roller coaster. We will definitely be picking up the Morphology Junior game to add to our compilation as well. I don’t believe that there can ever be such a thing as “too many” board games, especially with titles that include Morphology.
And here it comes – the best part! One lucky Eighty MPH Mom reader has the chance to win one! Your choice between the Morphology and Morphology Junior games! No worries if you’ve been down on your luck either. Just keep tabs on their Facebook and Twitter pages for more chances to win. Good luck!
*Randi received the above product(s), free of charge, to facilitate this review. All opinions are those of reviewer only.