REVIEW: What a Performance! from Orchard Toys

This is a redesign of this family board game; a game that has proved very popular. The challenge is to perform a variety of noises, actions and activities. The categories are: Who am I? where the player pretends (soundlessly) to be something such as a ballet dancer, aeroplane, cat and so on; Make a noise, perhaps humming or an animal noise; Actions – do what is written. Then everyone else has to guess. With over 300 hilarious challenges there is plenty of variety in the games, meaning they play out differently every time – and for even more variety and

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REVIEW: Orchard Toys – Superhero Lotto Game

This is an excellent game for developing those all-important memory skills – all the family can benefit! Four fun child superheroes with special powers are the stars of this game – perfect to appeal to young children (recommended age 3 – 7). Players need to employ their memory skills to match power tiles – the winner is the first to complete his or her board. Players must talk about the interesting items as the game plays out; this is perfect to develop vocabulary and conversational skills. The double-sided lotto boards include fun superhero fact files on the reverse, as well

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REVIEW: Dobble Animals from Asmodee

Dobble Animals is a new addition to the highly popular Dobble range and will especially appeal to children – it’s recommended for age 6+, but we found our 5 year old could compete on equal terms with others. The game is suitable for 2 to 8 players, making it ideal for families or for children’s get-togethers. It’s a fast-moving observation game, rather like an enhanced and more fun version of Snap. Players have to be first to match an identical animal between the cards, shout ‘Dobble’ and put their hand on the card; each has a number of different animals

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REVIEW: Bananagrams Cobra Paw Game

Quick reflexes, sharp recognition skills and mental fortitude are all attributes which will pay dividends in this game of tile-snatching .Players take turns rolling the dice (featuring six different symbols), spotting the tile with the matching pattern, then grabbing it before their opponents. The first player to grab six tiles wins the game and bestows honour to the Grand Shidoshi, Master Meow. The pieces are well made and a pleasure to play with. “The Cobra Paw tournament derives from an ancient stone-snatching game called Clawfuku, believed to have been invented by a mysterious rogue known as Phee Lion.” It’s a

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REVIEW: Schleich Wild Life 4 x 4 Vehicle with Winch

There’s always something new from Schleich, and the new toys always fit in well with existing ones, thereby extending the play value of children’s entire collections. Learning about animals offers a fascinating world for pre-school and older children too. The 4×4 vehicle is recommended for 5 to 8 year olds on the box, but I am sure young children will thoroughly enjoy it too. The additional ranges, which include this 4×4 vehicle, really add to the play value as children’s imaginations have plenty of scope added. Unusually, this set does require putting together to make the vehicle, but that just

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