Reviewed by Carron Charlesworth
The game comes well boxed but not over packaged. The game set up is minimal and the instructions are very easy to follow – just what you need when you have over-excited children wanting to play the game now!!! The product is of good quality, and durable.
In brief, there are a pack of cards with a picture on, and each player is dealt a handful of these cards. Each player (up to 4 players) spins the spinner (phew, no need for a tricky dice!) and works their way around the board. The actual board is quite small and what looks like it could be a short game, can turn out to be quite a lengthy one but it does keep all players engaged. The aim of the game is to leave the starting block (a pair of slippers) and move your playing piece over the various landing squares to get to the chocolate cake in the fridge – all this has to be done without waking up the snoring dad (and yes, he really does snore). If you land on a square with which you have the corresponding picture, you’re safe. However, if you don’t have the corresponding picture, you have to press the alarm clock (at the side of Dad’s bed) the number of times shown on the square you have landed on. If Dad pops up during the presses, not only do you all jump out of your skin, but the player doing the pressing has to return to the slippers at the beginning of the game. There are number of twists and turns along the way, but all in all it is a very easy game to follow and lots of fun.
The box says suitable for children aged 5+ but to be honest my 4 year old twins understood and fully engaged in the game (with supervision). It is the first board game I have played with my children, and I am so pleased they were able to understand and enjoy it. It has been out of the box and played with every day, and not only do they enjoy playing it, it is helping them to count better and link the pictures on the board to their playing cards too.
My only words of advice are to make sure that Dad is fully clicked down in the bed otherwise he doesn’t stay down and doesn’t snore– which is quite an integral part of the game!
A brilliant game for all of the family which I would highly recommend, and I already have someone in mind to buy it for at Christmas time!
Suitable age: 5 years + | Players: 2-4 | Batteries: 2x AA Required