REVIEW: Googly Eyes Board Game from University Games

This hilarious drawing game with a difference is a great ice-breaker for parties and family occasions. It challenges your vision and perception and leaves you googling for more! The box includes a pair of wacky glasses and three sets of vision-altering lenses – easy, medium and difficult. The lens to use is ordained by the colour spot on the board. Also included are a timer, paper pad and pencil (always useful to have one in the box, to save hunting around), board, counters, dice and word cards. There are 54 Challenge Cards, divided into three themes – objects, places and entertainment – with 162 Challenges altogether. It would be very easy to make up your own challenges too, to extend the value and variety of the game.

 

To play the game, set the timer then start to draw what the card says while your team tries to guess what you’re drawing. It’s really tricky to draw when wearing the glasses and the results can be unexpectedly hilarious – as can the guesses. Is that an igloo or a turtle? A birthday cake or a fortress? Players (between 4 and 16) are in teams, and they take turns drawing and guessing, so everyone gets a chance to wear the glasses, which have interchangeable lenses. The timer is set to different times, according to the difficulty of the challenge. For an extra challenge, one spot on the board requires the player to draw with their non-dominant hand. A fun game that lets players of different ages and skill levels compete on equal terms, since the goggles make it fun and challenging for everyone. The rules are simple to understand and the game suits the attention span of the younger players – the game is recommended for 7+. Great fun for all the family and very entertaining throughout, keeping everyone involved.

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