Sunday, October 31, 2010

Review (Animal Towers/Mastermind)

My son can. not. get. enough!! of Animal Towers Mastermind. The game is for ages 6+, but we play some version of it no less than 3 times a day. He call it "the monkey game!" and asks for it relentlessly. I can't wait to play it with him for many years to come, adding more of the rules as he gets older.

To play the game, each player has a tower that they can slide 4-6 tiles with animals into. Then each player gets a stack of cardboard tiles that show their opponents animals and through questions each player tries to guess the order of their opponents animal tiles. Questions like "Is your monkey above the giraffe?"or  "Is your giraffe under the hippo?" help you to decode your opponents tower. It's a great game and one I haven't tired of yet.

For the older set is Mastermind, a more advanced game of strategy and skill for ages 8 and up. And, one that my husband fondly remembers from his youth. I though hadn't played the game before I saw it presented at the Pressman Toy booth at BlogHer'10 but it's a load of fun. Each player takes turns being both the codemaker and the codebreaker in this game. First, you choose how many rounds you'll play and one person selects to be the codemaker and assembles a series of colored pegs in a particular order and then the codebreaker attempts to crack the code in as few tries as possible. With each attempt the codemaker gives them hints by placing a red peg off to the side of the row if both the color and position of the peg are right, a white peg if it's the correct color but incorrect position, and no peg if the color is incorrect. It's a fun game and packs up compact, so it's perfect for game night or traveling--especially good for us since we are on the go from October to December.

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[Disclosure: Pressman Toy provided me a copy of both Animal Towers Mastermind & Mastermind for test/review purposes and agreed to provide a set to one lucky reader as well. The opinions expressed in this review are mine and mine alone and were in no way influenced by Pressman Toy.]

12 comments:

  1. I loved playing any and all games, but nobody played with me! Especially loved memory, mall madness, monopoly and risk. ~ Alisyne

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  2. I like you, I really do! ~Alisyne

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  3. I shared you on facebook ~ Alisyne

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  4. The board games I loved as a kid included Checkers & Monopoly... but I also loved card games -- especially Crazy 8s, Golf & Euchre. I've tried to get my kids into board games, but they just aren't there yet. Doesn't help that the hubs excels at just about everything BUT board games and gets frustrated when he loses. I do kick ass at Checkers though. Really hope I win this so I can incorporate more games into my kids' lives. I believe games are a great way to get kids to think in different ways, plus it can open up the lines of communication bwtn friends & family.

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  5. I just tweeted about your giveaways! Love this idea btw!!

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  6. If I could like you twice, I would! ;) mommaneedsabeer at gmail dot com

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  7. I LOVED Monopoly (and still do)!
    Jodi

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  8. I also shared you on FB :)
    Jodi Bates

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  9. I like you LOTS!
    Jodi Bates

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  10. I made suggestions about your FB page :)
    Jodi Bates

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  11. When I was little I couldn't get enough of Parcheesi, Life and Monopoly.
    wenmun@aol.com

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