Reviewed by Laura S
Here we are again homeschooling but with less enthusiasm as last time, lack of good weather and knowing what a difficult time it is for our children and ourselves. The dread of the daily battles to get the home learning tasks completed, coupled with the guilt that maybe we aren’t teaching our children to the best our ability. Learning needs to be fun as does family time but fun isn’t always feasible with the juggling act we are all managing. Little Gibsons have a new game to the market, ‘Rockpool’. I was so excited when I was asked to review this game with my family.
Gibsons is a brand that I associate with high quality puzzles and games. The idea of the game is to collect as many shells and pieces of rubbish from the rock pool before a big wave washes everything away. Each person has their own set of team cards which are played throughout the game in order to win the contents of the rock pool. Collecting the rubbish has more value than the shells in order to help you win the game. The age is aimed at 6+ years with 2-6 players.
I found the instructions a bit tricky for my 6 year old to understand, there is a lot to remember as you are playing. I actually googled the instructions and found a video by Gibsons that explained the rules very well. This help my 6 year old understand the rules better. I’m sure the more you play the game, the more you will remember all of the different rules with practise.
The quality of the game is outstanding, the cards are high quality with bright, fun, crisp illustrations as are the board and box to the game in. The same high quality as the Gibsons adult jigsaws. I love that this is a family game that helps children develop their numeracy, environmental and tactical skills. Best of all it is educational and a great example of how learning can be fun. When I have struggled with homeschooling, we have left the activity in hand and played this game instead to lighten the mood, bringing our smiles back. Fun back into out day. We are big beach lovers, with my child very aware that rubbish left on the beach washes into the sea, causing harm to the ecosystem and environment. They enjoy that the game is beach themed but that there is also a competitive element to collecting the most rubbish and keep the beach/sea clean.
Overall, I rate the game 4/5. It is a high quality educational game that is fun at the same time but think that the instructions are over complex for a six year to fully understand. However, it does mean that the game has longevity. I love that Gibsons is a British company that has been around for over 100 years and is proud to use British artists for all of the artwork on their jigsaws and games.
This product can be purchased from the Gibson Games website here.