Family and Kids Board Games

Interplay Don’t Rock the Boat Game Review

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)
  • Rules

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. This game offers hours and hours of play value and is so robust that it could likely be passed onto another child. You can even make up funny stories about what the pirate penguins were up to. Having cheeky twins who do love a bit of mischief, the penguins are ideal. 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. I found it hilarious when someone unbalanced the penguin pirates and one fell overboard. That can cause a lot of giggles.

There is over a 30 year age gap between my twins age and myself this is perfect for all of us. 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 that you may be beaten by your children.

A fun game of balance, co-ordination and strategy.

Update 4/8/20 – We love this game. It is so much fun balancing the boat and then watching it topple. My twins both like the game, but one in particular is more keen to play it. The little figures are adorable. This is one of our favourite family games for sure.

Rating: 5/5

RRP: £19.99

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