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Drumond Park: Bang On review & giveaway

Published October 21, 2017 by Bizzimummy

Today we have a brand new game from the lovely people at Drumond Park.

This is Bang On. One of those very fast quick thinking type games which keeps everyone interested.

There’s a board, a machine that resembles one of those arcade weight banging machines, lots of cards and a hammer. 


The object of the game – get around the board to the finish space. 

 Playing the game – Bang On is intended as a team playing game. There are only two playing pieces, so two single players could play if they so wished but it’s better in small teams. The non playing team draws a card and dependant on what colour space of the board the other team are on, one of the three questions are asked.   
The Bang On unit gets banged with a hammer on the first answer from the playing team. The team members then shout out all their answers with a Bang of the hammer for each one, thus causing the banger to rise and give extra seconds. Once the banger drops to the bottom, or ten answers are given in time, the team then move the playing piece the number of answers given and then play passes to the other team. 

 Along the board are various spaces with words. Landing on one of these can either help or hinder play. These include “Extra Bang”, gag a player and bust spaces. The bust spaces will have numbers and this means the playing team must give at least that many answers to be-able to move along the board.


Challenge cards are available to be used by the non playing teams if they dispute any of the answers given.

It uses a lot of brain power and really got us thinking about some of the questions. 


When it’s just me a my children playing, Jordanna tends to team up with me and Ryan will help Izebella out; who by the way has no problems joining in with some of the questions even tho she is only 5 years old. The game being designed for 8 year old and upwards, so still a few years above her age ability level. 

 The banger unit needs batteries but that’s really the only setting up that is required. This game costs approximately £27.99 from Drumond park.





GIVEAWAY!
Drumond Park are giving away one copy of their Bang On game. To take part you must be a UK resident with a valid UK address. You also need an email address and both Facebook and Twitter accounts.

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The Game of Things

Published October 20, 2017 by Bizzimummy

We have been testing out and reviewing a lot of games recently. We actually have 2 big cupboards full to the brim of board games and family games which we never get tired of playing, we usually get at least one out most nights.

Our new game is a really unusual one. It’s obviously a really really amazing game too because it even has its very own website all to itself.


There aren’t that many games that come presented in a special wooden box either, the majority come in flimsy cardboard which end up caving in after a few weeks, but not this game. It’s a bit like a large version of a dominos box.

The contents inside don’t really look like much. Hundreds of cards. Score sheets, a few pencils and some answer tear off sheets.

The cards read like this


Hundreds of different questions with no correct answer. Players take turns to each read out one of these cards and then everyone puts an answer on th tear off strips.


The answer can be anything, even something totally random. These answers all get folded up small and into a cup, or something else to be muddled together. The “reader” who is the one who read the card will then undo all the answer sheets and read them aloud. It’s then down to the player next to the reader to guess  who wrote each answer. And that is more or less how it’s played throughout with each player taking turns to be the reader.

Points are given for correct guesses. A wrong guess means play passes into the next player for them to guess,if it’s a correct guess then the person who wrote the answer is then out of the round and play continues until only one player remains.

The winner has the most points and wins the game.


It works much better with more players. The box recommends a minimum of four. I was a little shocked that the age guide is 14 and over but I think this may be down to the fact that some questions could be considered  a little risqué and geared more towards adults than children.

The game of things is a fairly new addition  to the UK gaming market and therefore not that widely available just yet. It can be purcha directly from the Game of Things website for £32.99 and over on Amazon, although it seems to cost more.

I do think it is more an adults game than one for children so I’ll probably be saving this one for when I have friends and family round, and of course for when my children are a little older.

Staccups – cup stacking can be fun

Published October 19, 2017 by Bizzimummy

If I told you I had a game which was all about stacking cups then most of you would think it was boring. I did too when I first heard about it, I mean what’s fun about piling cups together right!

Well it just so happens that this game can actually be lots of fun and bring lots of laughs.

It’s possibly one of the most basic games I have come across. No board, no dice, no batteries etc. The box contains 32 small cups and a plastic device which changes colours. It doesn’t even come with an instruction sheet as the instructions fit on the back of the box.

Gameplay – It’s easy just stack your cups before other players. Well maybe not quite as easy as it sounds. See these cups cause confusion. The cup has two colours, one main colour and a top colour. When stacking, the top colour of the last placed cup determines the next. The 32 cups get divided between up to four players. Each player arranges their cups in stacks and tries to match the main colour of one of their cups with the last top colour.

Confused? Well watch this and you’ll hopefully get the idea.

And that’s just with two of us playing. More players equals more frustration along with laughs as other players block you by placing their cup first and thus changing the playing colour.

There are a few other ways to play. It can even be played solo using a timer. It’s different every time and the winning player is the one who stacks all their cups correctly first.

This game has really surprised me as I really did not think it would be any good when I first heard the description. I can imagine it being a great hit on Christmas Day for all the family, especially so when the spirits start to flow.

It costs around £19.99, cheaper in some stores and released by University Games.

Monster island 

Published October 18, 2017 by Bizzimummy


Monster Island was released on DVD to purchase in UK stores two days ago (October 16th) by Kaleidoscope Home Entertainment.

Monster Island tells the story of lonely kid at school called Lucas. Lucas is getting bullied and his overprotective dad won’t let him go anywhere without his inhaler.The  reason is for that is because if Lucas gets too excited;  it could bring on, not an an awful metamorphosis. The boy’s genetic secret is that he is a monster, as I’d his dad. This then means that Lucas will have to journey to his mythic homeland, Monster Island, to confront his destiny. 


It’s well worth a watch, my children loved it. 

Halloween from Tangerine Confectionery

Published October 17, 2017 by Bizzimummy


This Halloween, make sure your cupboards are well stocked up with sweets and treats for when those mini goblins and ghouls come calling.

Tangerine confectionery are the company behind many known sweet brands, such as wham bar, sherbet dip, fruit salads, sweet champion, black jack and Barrett’s to name Just a few. Most of which can be found in the local sweet shops or supermarkets. 




 These softies are a fairly new product which bring the real retro flavour of much loved fruit salads into a soft squashy sweet. 


 

There is a spooky bag full of Sweet champions bits and bats for the little monsters. This bag contains a devilish mixture of various lollipops, wham bars, refreshers and who knows other sticky sweet horrors lurk inside this pack! 


If your expecting multiple terrors to call all Halloween night or even hosting a terrifying party, then maybe one of these would be much better.

This Sweet Champions treat box is bursting at the seams with ghoulish sweet things. Sherbet and bars and even more big packets of sweeties!

Oh I do hope those pesky monsters brush their teeth at the end of the night! 👻 🎃

Look out for sweet packs and boxes in supermarkets.

My little pony: The movie magical princess twilight sparkle

Published October 16, 2017 by Bizzimummy

Izebella loves my little pony, so she was absolutely over the moon to get the brand new magical princess twilight sparkle from Hasbro toys and Just weeks before Christmas too.

 

This is a big pony, the biggest one she’s had. It’s been released in line with the upcoming new My Little Pony movie which will be showing in UK cinemas from October 20th.
 

My little pony franchise is without a doubt aimed at little girls, and I don’t care what the pc squad say. It’s always been that way. My little pony has been around since I was little, but we never had anything quite like this toy.

Twilight sparkle is adorable with her big eyes and flashing unicorn. She has a long colourful main and tail, both of which can be brushed, plaited and styled. However It’s her interactive features that make her stand out so much.

She needs 4xC type batteries which invade your unsure are the ones smaller than those big bulky D batteries. Luckily I had an unopened pack of 4 in or I would have had one disappointed young lady.

When turned on, she instantly greets with her name and starts to babble a bit. She lifts her legs, moves her head and neck in a slightly contorted way and flaps her wings. Her unicorn also flashes on and off.

 

The little crown she comes with is an optional accessory, it doesn’t always stay on.

Our little video will show her in action.

Yes she tends to waffle on with herself for a while. She has 90 or so different phrases and a few different modes where she will sing, move, flap wings, tell stories or just talk forever. With each mode (via button press) she will be moving part of her body. When her wings flap she will ask to fly. Little girls like Izebella will love to lift her up and imagine her flying off to Equestaria.

 I have no doubt that this new Magical princess Twilight Sparkle will be on the Christmas lists of many little girls this Christmas. I also have a feeling that many little girls may be disappointed as its likely that Santa may just run out of these special ponies. Yes I think they may be one of the most wanted toys this year.
Here’s the few negatives – first the pony does not walk. It moves its legs and wings but for the price I would perhaps have expected slightly more.

Secondly the price – Stores and shops obviously differ slightly in price, but for instance; Argos are selling this for a whopping £119.99. To me this is just too expensive for one toy. I think a more ideal price for a toy like this would be half this price or perhaps slightly more.

And finally she does not come with any accessories apart from her crown. An outfit or maybe an interactive accessory such as food or a bottle etc would have reflected the price a little better.

However despite the cost of this toy, it has made one little princesses day, totally magical as Izebella now has a new best friend.

The mini Hornit

Published October 16, 2017 by Bizzimummy

If a bike or scooter is on your young child’s Christmas list this year, then you may want to consider one of these as a stocking filler.

It’s called the Mini hornit and costs £14.99. There’s a few colour choices and it attaches to most bikes, scooters and probably a few other outdoor type toys.

Mini hornit has multiple functions. It acts as a bright safety light which can be set as still or flashing, the light can also be changed to a green funky flash light too. The best bit however are the many sounds that come from this device. There are 25 sounds in total, it’s fairly loud too so does get a little annoying if pressed constantly. These sounds include fire engine, magic carpet, fart, train, truck, animals and a fair few more.

And here’s a short demonstration. I said it was loud!

The mini hornit can be controlled by the buttons on its base or via a remote trigger that Izebella can hold whilst riding.

It is a fun novelty device which provides an element of safety via the lights. It also means parents know that their child is close as no one can mistake those noises.

I think this would be a great build up stocking filler gift for a child to open right before the big present of a bike or scooter.

Funny Bunny game 

Published October 14, 2017 by Bizzimummy


The bunnies are in a race to get to the big carrot at the top of the hill, but on the way are holes and traps which send the poor little bunnies to the beginning to start their tiring climb all over again! 

This is Funny Bunny from Ravensburger games. No batteries are required for this one and it seems to be a game aimed at the much younger generation of 4 and over. 


The main game board is set out like a big hill with a huge carrot right at the top. A path winds it’s way up and around the Bunny hill. Up to four players can play, each player staring with 4 Bunny pieces. No dice, no spinner, just a pile of cards.


The cards will either show a carrot or a rabbit. A rabbit card means move the shown amount of places. So for the card above this would be one place, this can be u  to three. Any of the four pieces can be moved or played.

The carrot card means the big carrot needs to be turned. There are not as many carrot cards as rabbit cards but the carrots can really alter the game play. Turning the carrot changes the location of the rabbit holes and should any piece fall down a hole then this sends that piece to the beginning. The carrot can also activate the mole which can knock a Bunny piece off and then there is the drawbridge which if up means players cannot cross. There is also a gate close to the end which can knock players onto a spot much lower down.

A carrot turn has caused a few frustrations in our house with Izebella even throwing a piece in anger, she’s a bad loser. We found it an easy game to get the hang of, minimal rules, zero set up and lots of fun sending others back to the beginning.

Buy for £14.99 from many good toy stores. 

Little Tikes Swim to me Puppy 

Published October 13, 2017 by Bizzimummy

Little Tikes are probably better known for their larger outdoor toys and ride on’s, but they also have a selection of smaller indoor toys too. Just like this adorable puppy.


This cute little dude comes with the goggles, a lead and its own little birth certificate.

Puppy needs batteries, he walks on the lead and walks alone. Who needs a real puppy when you can have this one?

  
 But the best thing about this puppy is that he also goes in water. He loves the water and will kick his legs as soon as his puppy sensors feel the water. I was really worried that putting the puppy in the water would ruin the batteries and stop him from working, after all batteries and water just don’t work together do they? I did not need to worry, because puppy works fine after being in the bath, and a bath full of foamy bubbles too. 

 

 I’m not sure if he’s meant for bubble bath, but he worked fine straight after. He wouldn’t turn off until his sensors were completely dry and so ends up walking off the wet around the bathroom, which Izebella finds hilarious. He is quickly dried off with a towel. His sensors are at the front, located under his collar and special button. It’s these that need to be dry or he will just keep on walking thinking he’s still in the water.


Izebella loves her new Swim to Me Puppy, she just couldn not wait to put him in the bath with her. I was really surprised that puppy was fine in the bath, despite it being full of bubbles. There was zero water inside the puppy device, it’s quite baffling how it works in the water as the battery compartment and cover seem the same as any other toy. 


Swim to me Puppy costs between £25-£30 at most toy stores.

Beautiful puzzles from Crocodile Creek 

Published October 13, 2017 by Bizzimummy

Izebella loves doing jigsaws and puzzles and she’s really good and fast at doing them. She also loves anything considered girly, think fairies, castles, unicorns etc. So imagine her delight when she got a box of puzzles with many of her favourite themes on them.

Her new puzzles come from Crocodile Creek who are American based. They sell many unusual puzzles, games and toys and a large range of their items are available via Amazon.

What makes these puzzles stand out the most I think, is the boxes they come in. Just look how pretty this one is.


This one immediately caught my eye. It is a 36 piece floor puzzle with large puzzle pieces. Izebella found it quite easy but she loves the image so makes it over and over again. It is called the “Flower Princess” and retails around £10.00.

 

Equally as pretty is the Ballerina puzzle. Again the box stands out immediately. It isn’t the standard square or recatangle puzzle box and the colours are just so bold. The puzzles look almost vintage or retro. 


Finally a very special box, combining a princess puzzle and pop out playset with figures and a tower.

It’s the box upon a time princess palace set.  

This is just adorable as it’s so much more than just doing a jigsaw, and again Just look at the lovely (and very strong) box. This is not one of those puzzle boxes that will fall apart after a few weeks. 

All these figures are waiting inside to be played with, along with a castle tower. When finished playing it can all easily be stored back in the box. This costs slightly more than the floor puzzles above but little girls who love princesses will love this.


These puzzles were sent to us via Bertoy.

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