Games are always a fun Christmas present to get for families. They’re lots of fun and give them a chance to spend time together.
I recently got a box of games from Wonder Forge to try out, so one evening, I gathered my best friends and some kids (a 6 year old boy and 9 year old girl) to put these games through their paces.
I can happily report we had a lot of fun with these games, though a few were a bit challenging to figure out at first.
Our overall favorite Disney Frozen Surprise Slides. This game is similar to the classic game Candy Land, but with the twist that you can pop out pieces on the board and change the game track. It adds an extra level of strategy to the game, but it’s easy to knock over game pieces doing this. Our 6 year old and 9 year old testers loved this game, and it was fun for the adults, too. Much laughter was had during the game. This game is for 2-4 players; Ages 3+ (beware of small pieces).
Our second favorite was Pictopia – Disney Edition Trivia Game. This trivia game uses cards with pictures of various Disney characters, film, and park attractions, with each card having several questions on it. It really is a test of how well you know your Disney trivia, and it can be tough for younger players, even though it says for ages 7+ on the game box. Even our 9 year old tester had trouble with some of the questions. I would say the adults can play the game as is, but if you have younger players (say 13 and under), maybe fish through the card pile and find some of the easier cards with characters and movies they may know. This game is for 2-6 players; Ages 7+.
We also enjoyed the Star Wars Face Off Dice Game. Played similar to Yahtzee, there is a Star Wars twist in that you can make matches based on the Jedi/Hero side or the Sith/Villain side, with different rules for each. Heroes get to try to make regular matches – a straight, 4 of a kind, full house – rolling until a villain dice shows up. Villains get one re-roll, and then must bluff what their hand is. If they win they get the points, if their bluff is called the other person gets the points. Our 6 year old was having trouble with the bluffing, but the 9 year old was starting to get the hang of it. Even if you omit the villains rules for younger kids, it’s still a fun game. This game is for 2-4 players; Ages 8+.
For sheer variety of games in one box, you can’t beat Disney Frozen 6 in 1 Games. This box has Frozen themed versions of six classic games: Bingo, Go Fish, Crazy 8’s, Four-in-a-Row, Domino Tiles, and a Match game. Most of the games won’t interest adults, but the kids really liked them all. The two card games are best if adults play. The others I suggest just letting the kids play, though there are some smaller pieces, so keep an eye on younger kids. This game is for 2-4 players, depending on the game played; Ages 3+.
The Star Wars Force Grab Game relies on memory and quick reflexes, and can get rather chaotic. The game has 15 Star Wars-themed plastic pieces that are rolled on the table. Players than try to match the position of the pieces to one of the cards, which is flipped up. There are four pictures on each card, each with a different color corresponding to four lightsaber pieces. If the position of a piece matches an image on the card, you grab the colored lightsaber that matches the color background of the image. If you can match 3, then you pick up the “3” piece instead, and the “0” piece if none of the images match a piece position. The chaos comes when everyone is grabbing for the same lightsaber, but you have to be quick in this game. This game is for 2-4 players; Ages 6+.
Star Wars Rebel Missions had a bit of a learning curve, but was fun once we got the hang of it. This is a game of teamwork, as all players work together using dice and resource token cards to sabotage the Empire’s plans. As you play the game, the timer plays an ominous soundtrack of music, and occasionally makes buzzing or chiming sounds when symbol codes are entered. The kids, both fans of the TV show Star Wars Rebels, enjoyed the tie-in with the characters. The game will also need an adult or older kid to set up as the timer requires 3 AA batteries (not included) to work. This game is for 2-5 players; Ages 6+.
Thanks to Wonder Forge for the opportunity to try these games out. The kids now want all of them for Christmas.