Reviewed by Debbie Talbot
I am a 40 something big kid at heart so when I was given the opportunity to review Interplay’s Don’t Rock the Boat game I snapped it up. It’s suitable for 2+ players who are aged 5+.
The game arrived very quickly in perfect condition. The first thing that struck me was how appealing the box design was. One of the 16 pirate pieces was even displayed and poking out of the game box. My 7-year-old twins love pirates and penguins, so having a pirate who was a penguin really was the perfect combination for them.
The box consists of:
- 3-piece ship with 3 masts
- 2 planks
- 2-piece water wave
- Balancing rod
- 16 playing pieces – 10 pirate penguins, octopus, crab, cannon, treasure chest, anchor, ships wheel)
The instructions for set up and game play were easy to follow, you simply take turns to balance your pirate pieces on the ship, but you must avoid knocking any of them overboard when doing so. This game is fantastic for fine motor skills and coordination. We spent hours playing this game. We made up funny stories about what the pirate penguins were up to. Having cheeky twins who do love a bit of mischief, the penguins had great fun. The boat in particular is so well made. I love the detail that has gone into it, it even has an anchor on the side. My little boys found it hilarious when someone unbalanced the penguin pirates and one fell overboard. We would all excitedly shout ‘Penguin pirate overboard’.
There is over a 30 year age gap between my twins age and myself and we all had so much fun. Whilst my teenage daughter has not yet played the game, I think she too will love it.
I did take a few minutes to have a look at the Interplay website. The Game of Nasty Things looks perfect for some grown up fun whilst Ultra Dash is on my wish list for my sons. Both of these games are new for 2019. I think both games as well as Don’t Rock the Boat would make a perfect gift for someone special in your life this Christmas time.
We have been lucky enough to try out a good number of Interplay products over the years and every single one of them was fun, challenging and well made. What more can you ask from a board game? The best thing about having wonderful board games to play has been that my sons have seemed to ask for their tablets less. Playing board games as a family has really brought us together and helped with our important aim of having more screen free time as a family and the time we have together really counting.
A quality fun game which is likely to put a smile on the face of every family member whether young or old. Just be prepared to be beaten by your children, like I was.
A fun game of balance, co-ordination and strategy.
For more information or to buy visit interplayuk.com.