Let’s play… Soccer Dinosaurs!

When Pam whipped out Soccer Dinosaurs from her bag, I thought to myself HA! Xan will surely like THIS! The dinosaurs look cute, rules are simple, game pace can be fast and most importantly, can use DIE! Not sure why the fascination with dice throwing but hey, whatever makes the kid happy right?

Since we don’t have the habit of playing board games with the kid, he hasn’t grasp the concept of rules and waiting for turns. When we do play (board games, card games or whatever) I will admit we bend rules and alter game play just to make him happy or for the game to end very quickly so we can whisk him off to bed pronto.

Basically, Soccer Dinosaurs is a memory game where the first player to reach the goal line and score a goal wins. To do that, the player has to first roll the die and whatever colour (red, blue or yellow) you roll will be the piece you will use for the game. In front of the Player can now decide which tile to turn over be the first player to dodge the red crosses and score 2 goals. As with all sports games, a referee will always be guard, standing on the side of the field (there are footprints on the board to indicate where the referee should stand) to keep an eye on you when you make a mistake or turn over a tile with a red cross. Sounds really simple. What could possibly go wrong?

Full concentration for the 1st 5 minutes.

I think we’re not very good at making the board game sound exciting. At least not exciting enough for him to hold his concentration longer than 5 minutes and then scamper for Team Umizoomi. Maybe because we’re not very sporty folks who knows how to do that thing sports announcers do to rah rah the crowd and get them all excited. Yep, we’re a pretty boring bunch my husband and I 🙁

My nephew enjoyed it a lot more than Xander.

Undeterred, I decided to try the game with my nephew who is a little over a year older than Xander. He liked it a lot more than Xander but after a few rounds he decided he had enough and his ‘Facebook’ was more interesting. That green file near his hand in the picture is his ‘Facebook’. A file filled with faces he could colour. Ha ha!

Despite that, I think this game is simple for 3 years old and up. It will be even better if you can get a few kids to play together so that once they start to get the hang of the game and get competitive, they will enjoy it even more.

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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.

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