Let’s play… Spot it!

Spot It! is a visual perception card game in which players race to find the one matching picture between one card and another. The pictures can be different sizes.

The cards are round and feature an assortment of colorful images of items like insects, plants, symbols, and smiley faces. Every card is unique, and has only one picture in common with each card in the deck. The game is very portable and includes a deck of 55 cards in a round, tin container that is the same size as the cards.
Information taken off My First Games website

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Trying out Spot it! among ourselves.

We met Pamela from My First Games at Upper Crust and played a few rounds before we went home with the games. The latte was mine. I needed caffeine to concentrate. Oi, we’re playing games leh, need to concentrate one! According to Pamela and the rules, there are a few ways to play the game:

The Tower: +1 point per card collected / +5 points to the player who has collected the most cards
The Well: +10 points to the first player to run out of cards / -20 points to the last player
Hot Potato: -5 points per round lost
The Poisoned Gift: +20 points to the player who has collected the fewest cards / +10 points to the player who finished in second

I’m ashamed to say I was the ultimate loser of the afternoon. I’m not very observant nor do I react very fast. I’m quite pathetic at games that involves speed and concentration. Don’t judge me but I like simple games like Puzzle Bobble. Instant gratification mah…

Despite the fact that I was the ultimate loser, I really did enjoy the game. It’s almost like Snap but a lot more challenging and definately more fun because there are 8 symbols on each card and only 1 symbol will exist between 2 cards. We were thinking “Really??” then flipped most of the cards over to find the matching symbols. Ya, they weren’t kidding. I was thinking this will make an excellent drinking game for the adults, yah? YAH? Add a bit more speed, fewer cards, higher stakes, BAM! Perfect party game!

Later that night, Daddy and I tried to play the game with Xan but all he wanted to do was to distribute all the cards to Daddy and me then move on to another game. Well, the recommended age was 5 years and above but Xan is only 3+. Oh well, at least we tried.

In a nutshell, this is a fun, simple and compact game you can take anywhere.

Go to My First Games and take a look at their full range of awesome games they have available.

Let’s play… Pengoloo!

My First Games Pte Ltd is an importer, distributor and retailer of premium quality Euro-style boardgames and educational products. Pamela from My First Games invited us to try out some of the games to see how our kids or ourselves respond to it. I’m a big fan of games so when she made the offer, I jumped at the chance lah! First game to review is Pengoloo.

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From the description on the box, Pengoloo is suitable for ages 4 & up but if your kid has mega concentration skills, the game is good for 3 year olds too. The game is pretty simple, roll the dice, find the matching hidden eggs. Be the first to collect six penguins to win. Easy peasy!

Playing with penguins

I didn’t realize until we started playing the game that Xan doesn’t really understand the concept of “waiting for your turn”. The first few games were quite a challenge but after that Xan really enjoyed the game especially the part where he gets to find the coloured eggs regardless if it was his turn or not. To make the game a little more challenging, the players are allowed to steal the penguins away from their opponent. When Daddy started stealing the pieces off Xan’s iceberg, Xan got peeved and ALMOST cried when Daddy wanted to steal another piece. Haha! Immediately after that, we decided to stick to the original rules. We are happy when Xan is happy.

Overall, I liked the Pengoloo. Easy to understand, easy to play.

Go to My First Games and take a look at their full range of awesome games they have available.