Family and Kids Board Games

Beat That! Game Review


Reviewed by Elly Sax

I love games and I especially love playing things with the kids that don’t involve an electronic device or screen. At Christmas we usually buy a new board game to play as a family, this year I was able to have a go at Beat That! Perfect to play after Christmas Dinner or on Boxing Day when everyone is feeling a bit sluggish. I think it would also be a great addition to any New Year’s celebrations as we had so much fun playing and It really got us giggling.

Beat That! Reminds me of videos I have seen online, where people try and attempt wacky or ridiculous challenges, only Beat That! is the offline IRL version. Who in your family is best at bouncing a ping pong ball? Who is able to stack cups against the clock? Who is a wizard when it comes to rolling a 6? Beat That! Let’s you discover talents you may not know you have.

Inside the box, which is really sturdy, are all the pieces you need to play. There are 160 challenge cards, each belonging to one of four categories; solo, battle royale, buddy up and duel. All you need to do to play is put the challenge cards in the middle of a table and give everyone a set of betting tokens. That’s it, so easy to set up there is no chance of the kids getting bored before you have even started. Once everyone has their tokens you take it in turns to choose a challenge card and then bet on how well you think you will do, or in the case of ‘buddy up’ challenges, how well you think your team will do.

I liked the fact that everything for the challenges was included in the box, no hunting for dice or having to use your phone as a timer, and all the included parts were well made and easy to keep tidy due to the sponge insert. The game is designed for ages 9 and up, 2 -8 players with just a small change if you are playing with just 2 people in that you remove the ‘buddy up’ cards as they would not work with just 2 players. We played with 3 players and found the challenges were really fun. We had 2 adults and 1 older child, some of the challenges were really simple and some only sounded simple…ever tried stacking dice using only chopsticks? I have and it isn’t as easy as it sounds. It was easy to adapt when we came across a challenge which our daughter didn’t feel able to have a go at and with 160 challenge cards you could effectively play the game 16 times before you came across challenges you had attempted before.

Overall if you are looking for a fun game to play this Christmas with a mixture of older children and adults then Beat That! would be a great choice. It is easy to set up, play and pack away and kept us entertained for a good hour, lots of fun and a great addition to our games collection. Overall really good value for money and easy to play at home or transport to friends or families houses.

Rating: 5/5

RRP: £24.99

This product can be purchased from Smyths Toys here.

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