When was the last time you had a board game night in your home? It’s been awhile hasn’t it. My friend and I try to have them every other week. Depending on when everyone is working, it normally falls on a Friday. A week or two we played these games; Balance Beans, Escape the Room: Mystery at the Stargazer’s Manor, Yoga Spinner & Clue Master from ThinkFun.
I have to admit out of all the games – I’m not sure I could picked my favorite. They all cover different aspect in a game, to the point it makes it enjoyable for all ages. The kids loved the Yoga Spinner game. While it was entertaining as all get out watching the adult do the different poses – the kids won that game. Clue Masters reminded me as sudoku – first I was kinda confused, but then when someone said it was like that – it all made sense after that. The younger kids didn’t catch on as fast as the adults. It was overall fun though.
Balancing of the Beans is fun for all ages. I think I had the most fun with. It definally made you think if nothing else. Last but not least, Escape the Room – Let’s face it, first we were confused. There’s clues for the game on ThinkFun’s website, that helped us out to get the game started. You have 2 hrs to “escape” the room and we solved it in less than a hour. I played with people who wanted to figure out all the puzzles themselves, not much of sharing the task, that kinda ruined the game to me honestly. To be able to have a game night without electronics is always a win-win for me.
Clue Master™, Ages 8 and up, single player, MSRP: $12.99
Your goal: Help Tippy the dog return to his dog house! Young players use deductive reasoning to place Tippy’s chew bones, tennis balls, and food bowls in the correct order to unlock the secret door and send Tippy home. The more you play, the more deductive tricks and strategies you’ll learn as you reason logically from the clues you’re given!
Balance Beans™, Ages 5 and up, single player, MSRP: $17.99
This bean-filled game with a fun seesaw, introduces algebraic equation and physics. The player must determine where to place the colorful beans on the seesaw to keep it from teetering. As challenges progress from “easy” to “super hard,” players rely less on trial and error, and more on their math and reasoning to balance the beans.
Escape the Room: Mystery at the Stargazer’s Manor, Ages 10 and up, multiple players, MSRP: $21.99
Escape the Room events are happening in cities all over the world, and now one can happen in your home with the first play-at-home version. In this timed party game, players decipher clues to unravel the mystery of the town’s well-respected astronomer – without actually locking anyone in a room!
Yoga Spinner®, Ages 5 and up, two or more players, MSRP: $14.99
This game stimulate and calm the mind simultaneously, while encouraging teamwork & physical activity. Yoga Spinner players give the spinner a whirl and perform the corresponding pose to win the pose card. To win the game, players need to collect a card from each of the four categories of yoga poses.
Which of the ThinkFun games do you want to try?
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