I love playing games, unfortunately it's not something I get to do much these days, generally due to 1. I'm too tired in the evening, 2. I can be a sore loser (particularly at Monopoly) and 3. we're just too busy to do the whole playing games thing, which is a real shame. However, when I was offered the chance to review a couple of games I took this as the perfect opportunity to switch the TV off and take it back to basics!
First up is the Smart Egg, Labyrinth puzzle......now this is right up my husband's street, not so much mine as I have the patience of a gnat. My husband, however loves a Rubiks Cube type challenge and this is similar in the sense that it is one of those frustrating, brain aching puzzle's!
|Doesn't it look pretty!
There are varying difficulty levels that can be purchased, we were sent a dual layered, level 1 (dragon) to have a go with. It looks like a cute ornament, it even comes with a little stand that you can pop it on when not use which I think is a great idea!
To begin the puzzle you simply insert the wand into the top of the egg and guide it through it via the varying paths and holes. There is the inner labryinth that you can also move to try and find the correct path for the wand. The object of the puzzle is to release the wand out of the bottom.......simples........or not!
The concept as with all of these type of puzzles is simple, but actually to complete are really quite tricky! As I suspected when I had a go, although I enjoyed it I just didn't have the patience to see it through for longer than half an hour! My husband on the other hand enjoyed it and and although he hasn't got the wand out yet he won't be beaten. It's the kind of thing that you can just pick up and tinker with as you're watching the TV.
We really liked the concept of these and they're good for keeping the mind ticking over and logical thinking. Retailing from just £5.99 (available from most Waterstones stores) these are great and would make a lovely stocking filler for Christmas.
The second item that I am reviewing is a fantastic little game called Timeline. As soon as I saw this I knew that the person that I would play it with would be my Dad, he loves all things historical and I thought I bet he's going to be pretty good at this! The idea behind this game is super simple but great fun. The game involves players placing cards that represent events or objects and the date they happened in a timeline. Whilst playing you are not allowed to look at the date on the other side of the card, you just guess as to when the event or object took place. Once placed in the timeline the card is then turned over to discover the date and whether it has been placed in the right place. If not, the card is then discarded and that player then draws a new card, the winner is the person to get rid of all their cards first.
It really is fun, so simple and easy to get the hang of but quite challenging in a way as some of the historical events I had never even heard of and just had to guess when they happened. As I suspected my Dad was pretty good at it but I did give him a run for his money!
Timeline is available from Waterstones and costs just £12.99, there are various different versions, we played historical events but there is also inventions, music and cinema, science and discoveries and general interest to choose from. I think I'd quite like to try cinema and music next! I really enjoyed playing this and will definitely be bringing this out at Christmas (after a few alcoholic drinks might be even more fun!).
Any other games fan out there? Fancy having a go at either of these?
* Please note I was very kindly sent these free of charge in exchange for an honest review! All thoughts and opinions are that of my own and I will always give my truthful views of items.