Anyone that regularly reads this blog will know how much we love our games nights, or at least how much we love the idea of them until they result in tears, tantrums and sulks from whoever didn’t win, usually Daddy! Over the past 12 months we have encouraged our boys to play board games on a regular basis in a bid to promote turn taking, sharing and an ability to win and loose with some decorum, the last one is still a work in progress, but we have had some fun along the way.
We have played some great games, some not so great games and introduced the boys to old classics as well as discovering new games together as a family. This week we were asked to review a new game, Googly eyes, by University games, and of course we agreed.
Googly eyes is, in my opinion, the equivalent of being asked to draw a picture whilst wearing your beer goggles. Depending on what you roll on the dice you will have three varying strengths of glasses and different time constraints put on you, but the concept is the same – wear the goggles, draw a picture and pray that somehow your team mates can ascertain that your rather strange squiggles are in fact elephants. The first team to reach the end of the board wins.
Simple concept, ridiculously easy to play and well yes that sums it up really, simply ridiculous! It will guarantee laughter and frustration in equal measures and will absolutely draw out the competitive streak in all players. An absolute must for all family games nights.
The recommendation is for players aged 7 and over but our 5 year old joined in and as long as someone on the opposite team read the card to him he was more than capable of joining in. The fact his drawings are already somewhat questionable at the best of times asking him to wear the super strength goggles really did just add to the amusement.
This game will definitely be being played again and again in our house.
(This game was sent in exchange for a review but all opinions are my own).