We are struggling with UNO right now.
I soooooo cannot wait for the day that UNO is a winner, but until then, I need a game that is going to get my wriggling son up on his feet. Something that will peel him away from a screen and force him to use his brain. No easy task, let me assure you.
The lovely crew over at Talkin Toys sent us a game called Chrono Bomb. I immediately went all Tom Cruise in Mission Impossible and whilst my kids didn’t quite appreciate my theme music, it certainly got me in the mood.
OK all you organised Christmas shoppers; if you want to be the cool Aunt or wish to assist the jolly man in red this year, then you must check this out.
Firstly, though it comes in a traditional box, it is far from the old board game style. It has a number of clamps, a sensor clamp, a string reel and a BOMB! You can set up your laser field any way you can, depending on your space and the age of the kids. Though it is targeted at kids 7 and up, mine are 6 and 4 and we nailed it! Ultimately, your kids need to climb, crawl, wriggle…anything…without hitting the string (AKA laser beams) and setting off the sensor. You must try to collect the cards scattered around your field and make it back within the set time…otherwise BOOM!
Yes; alas, we hit an obstacle before the laser field was set up. Batteries are required and our tiny screwdriver to unlock the back of the bomb had mysteriously gone missing. There may have been tears as I postponed the ‘event’ till I was a little better organised.
Take Two and we were good to go. The kids were thrilled to dress up in their Halloween skeleton suits (kinda channeling a bit of the ninja style there, right??) and though my brain took a bit to visualise just how I could make it work, the instructions are basic and before long my kids ‘stealth’ (clunking elephant) moves were on display. How they manage to sneak silently from their beds of an evening compared to their ‘over eager, up and overs’ I will never know, but there was a lot of bbbuuuzzzzzz’ing to be heard from the sensor. It was easy to mix up the challenge and also the course as it became too hard or too easy. Once I had the knack of it, it’s also easy to set up and pack away, and doesn’t take up too much space.
If only there was a smaller version that I could rig up across the top cupboard in the pantry (where there may or may not be a secret chocolate stash)….???!
If you are keen on finding out the latest on all the coolest licensed games and movies on the market at the moment (especially in the lead up to Christmas), then check out Talkin Toys for some fantastic ideas and fun reviews.