Until this month, I'd never owned a JENGA game. It's a classic that I've played in the past, but for some reason I just never had one to call my own. Well, the good folks over at Hasbro Games filled the void when they sent over their new version, JENGA BOOM. The "explosive" package arrived here at Rock Father HQ, immediately piquing the interest of Addie, who was curious why the box had a string on it. That "string," is actually a fuse, as the box is made to resemble four massive sticks of dynamite, bound together as a bomb. Most awesome disclaimer ever? "ACTUAL PRODUCT DOES NOT EXPLODE."
Barbeque Party by Asmodee
Geared toward ages 4+, Barbeque Party is suitable for the whole family and can be adapted for younger players. Here's what it's all about:
"Veggies to grill, and some chicken and hot dogs too! But to win you need 3 of each... Pick a card, it will tell you what you need to grill next... When you pick that card again, it means that it is ready and you need to remove it… BUT… you better be careful, because this friendly barbeque doesn't like to be tickled… One false move and BOOOMMM and your meal will be late!"
Last month, Hasbro Games invited Addie and I to check out their new ELEFUN SNACKIN' SAFARI, the latest addition to their Elefun & Friends Line. Since the little one is already a big fan of the original Elefun (where you catch little butterflies), we couldn't resist another adventure with the big blue pachyderm.
It's been a long time since I played the original bop it! game. Come to think of it, that was probably over 15 years ago, and to think of all the things that have happened since then is just mind-boggling. But here we are in 2012 and the bop it! has evolved over time - spawning numerous off-shoots and reimaginings, the latest of which is the bop it! SMASH. Shipping to retail as I type, the new game leans heavy on the 'SMASH,' while leaving the 'BOP' behind.
I'm a little late to the SKYLANDERS party, but when I was asked to give the new cross-platform game from Activision a spin - I couldn't really resist. Geared toward kids a little older than mine (she's only 28-months), the SKYLANDERS: SPYRO'S ADVENTURE starter pack arrived here at The Rock Father™ house to be played with by the big kid - me.
While my "advance" copy of ROCK BAND 3 arrived just a few days prior to the game's official launch last month, there was no way to accurately review the game in such a short period of time. My fondness for the ROCK BAND franchise goes back to the release of the first game - and in fact, is the reason I got into gaming on the XBOX 360 in the first place. As a guitarist for (now) 18+ years, I was once one of the people that didn't take an immediate liking to rhythm games. That was until ROCK BAND hit and brought drums into the mix.