*I have been compensated for this post in the form of a product. All opinions are mine and mine alone. Pressman Toys and Goliath Games sponsored this post*
There is no better way to spend quality time with the kids than with fun games. Around my house, games are a sure-fire way to get the kids away from their screens and actually interacting with each other. The boys tend to get bored playing the same game, however, so we are always looking for something new to play. I was delighted when Goliath Games and Pressman Toy Company sent me four of their family oriented, fun games to review.
Pressman Toy Company has delighted families with classic, innovative games since 1922. After making a name for itself in 1928 with the release of Chinese Checkers, the company has continued to create games that bring families together and spark imaginations. Some of their top-selling games include Rummikub and Mastermind.
Family owned Goliath Games was established in 1980. Specializing in toys and fun games, the company creates products that encourage people to spend quality time together. Some of their hit games including Pop the Pig and Doggie Doo. In 2014, Goliath acquired Pressman Toys, but the two companies continue to operate as separate entities.
Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego? Card Game
Based on the 1980s classic computer game, Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego?, this fun game sends players on a top-secret mission. You must travel the globe and try to be the first one to catch Carmen Sandiego and recover the treasures she stole. Relying on memory and recognition skills, your goal is pair Loot and Location Cards. To be successful however, you must keep track of the other players’ cards by taking notes or writing down clues. The first player to have a correct Loot-Location match wins the game. This game is for 2 to 4 players ages 8 and up. It is only available at Target.
The computer version of Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego? debuted way back when I was in school. Back then, we didn’t have the technology we do today, so playing the game in computer class was often the highlight of our day. I was delighted to introduce this game to my kids. When I first explained the game, they complained that it sounded boring. As soon as we started however, they really got into it. I love that it teaches light geography facts.
Googly Eyes is a family game that lets players put their drawing skills to the test. Players take turns drawing something on a tablet and their teammates guess what it is before time runs out. It’s not as easy as it sounds however, as the player drawing the picture must wear vision-altering goggles. With three pair of lenses that distorts the player’s vision differently, drawing even the simplest of objects poses challenges.
To play, you roll the die and move to the correct space on the game board. The space where you land indicates the color of lenses used. You pick a card, put on the glasses, set the timer, and draw. If your teammates guess correctly, you take another turn, but if not, you pass the die to the other team. This game is designed for 4 to 16 players ages 7 and up. It is available from Amazon, Wal-Mart, and other major retailers.
This board game puts a new spin on Pictionary. It takes just minutes to learn and it is guaranteed to elicit laughter from kids and adults. My boys love being silly so they have a great time playing. The goggles really do make it harder than it seems to draw simple objects, which adds an extra element of fun to gameplay. It would definitely be a great choice for entertaining at parties.
Stuff Happens is a 2-player PG-13 friendly card game that presents some pretty disastrous scenarios and lets you rank them based on how bad you think they are. The events range from “getting stung by a bee” to “3rd degree sunburn,” and each one has been ranked on a Misery Index. To play, you rank a card and check to see if the Misery Index agrees with you. If it does, you keep the card, but if not, the next player takes the card. The first player to rank 10 cards correctly is the winner. You can find Stuff Happens at Wal-Mart.
My boys are always playing “Would You Rather” so this game was perfect for them. The box says ages 13 and up, but I went ahead and let the 12-year-old play after reading through the cards. This game is interesting as it presents wild scenarios and with some, you really have to think about which disaster is worse. My boys like taking the cards with them while we are in the car so they can ask either which event they would rather face.
F in Exams
Based on the popular book series, F in Exams is an interesting game that tests your wits. You will laugh as you read totally wrong real answers to test questions and bet on the one you believe is correct. If your guess is right, you win poker chips, but if you’re wrong, you have to give one up. Designed for ages 7 and up, it accommodates 2 to 4 players. The game is available at Toys “R” Us and Amazon.
This hilarious game has you cracking up as you read the cards. You will find yourself wondering how kids came up with these off-the-wall answers and how the teacherd responded. Like the other fun games mentioned above, this is great for the entire family, though younger kids may need a little help reading some of the cards.
Be sure to browse large selection on the Goliath Games and Pressman Toys websites to learn about some of the other fun games they offer. They make great gifts for any occasion!