When I was growing up, I would spend every summer with my cousins. We would spend our days playing outside (pool, building forts, going on “adventures”), and in the evening, we would either play with toys or games.
We loved to play games. Between me and my cousins, we always had a plethora of games to choose from. Games are a great way to connect with other people, talk, laugh, and have a great time.
Sadly, these days the games kids play are either on smartphones, tablets or the television. Not too many kids play board games anymore. Oddly enough, I’ve seen a lot more adults playing games, most especially since the pandemic started.
As for my family, we always had a family game night at least once a month. As our kids got older, the would rather be with their friends than be at home with mom and dad. After the pandemic struck, and we were stuck at home, our kids learned the value of playing games once again. Dare I say they even have fun doing it.
I work with children (K-6th grade). We have games at work, but the kids would rather TALK about their favorite online games (electronics are not allowed in our program). That saddens me, especially because we have games there for them to play, rather than TALK about playing games.
I wonder if a lot of it has to do with they are the same old games that have been there for ages? Perhaps if they had new and exciting games to play they would be more interested in “real life” games instead of games on their phones.
I was sent to review a variety of fun games for the whole family from the brand Ultra Pro. Ultra Pro has a variety of unique games for children, adults and families. I say “unique” because I have never seen these games, or anything like them, elsewhere.
These are the games I was sent tor review.
The Burger Academy game is a learning game that combines the playfulness of hamburger building with STEM-oriented coding curiosity. The game has been the recipient of several recent awards, including the National Parenting Product Award (NAPPA), the Mom’s Choice Award and the Academics’ Choice Award.
Burger Academy comes with foam burger parts (buns, burgers, tomatoes, lettuce…), fries, plates, cards and playing dials, to name a few.
The game is made for ages 8+, and it has multiple levels of difficulty, so kids and adults can both enjoy the game. I would recommend starting at the easiest level (as adults) until you get into the “swing of things.” The first game or two is a learning experience, but once you know how the game works, you can advance upwards.
To play this game, each player gets a play dial and a plate. The burger pieces are placed in front of everyone in piles (the pieces are piled randomly).
Decide what level (or levels) of difficulty you want, and select those cards (there is 10 cards per level). Flip the cards upside down so no one can see them.
When you are ready to play, simply flip the burger card over for everyone to see it. Each player takes their dial and moves it to the number that matches the amount of moves they feel they can replicate the burger on the card. For example, if I choose the number “4” on my dial, that tells everyone that I believe I can reproduce the burger on the card in just four moves.
The person who thinks they can do it in the least amount of moves plays the card. Taking the burger pieces, the player needs to get the pieces needed to make the burger. They can move pieces from one pile to the next, or flip pieces around, in order to get the parts they need. Every move counts, so plan wisely.
If the person can make the burger in the amount of moves they said they could, or less, they get a French fry. If they don’t, everyone else gets a fry.
It sounds a bit confusing, and it is the first few times you play it. But once you get the hang of it, it can be a lot of fun. You’ll be amazed at how analytical your mind becomes when you play this game. You have to mentally plot out how you would construct the burger, and what moves you need to make. For that reason, I think adults would enjoy this just as much as kids. It might look like a kid game, but it’s not.
This game is super cute. It’s a two-person game, which is unusual for a board game.
The game comes with playing squares, cute dinosaur figures, and mini-cards which are used on the board.
To play the game, set up the game squares in any configuration you want, as long as the sides are touching.
One player gets the blue dinosaurs, and the other player gets the yellow ones.
Place the dinosaurs on the boards where indicated (look for the colored spots). Next, place face down the “grass” cards on the deck so that all of the spots are covered.
To play the game, players take turns moving around the boards in straight lines and take the grass cards. On the other side of the grass cards are points and pictures. Some pictures allow you to do certain things on the board, but watch out for the T-Rex cards. If a T-Rex card is picked up, the player loses their dinosaur, and a T-Rex comes into play. Players can now move a T-Rex around the board to gobble up their opponent’s dinosaurs.
You can win the game one of two ways – have the most points from the grass cards, or be the only dinosaurs still on the board (if your opponent’s dinosaurs have been eaten by the T-Rex).
Here is a brief video that explains it a bit more.
This is a really cute game. It’s made for children ages 7+. Adults can play this game too, but I would lean more towards this being a children’s game.
I like that you can change the board around with each game, and the grass cards are randomly placed on the board, so the game will be different each time.
The dinosaur pieces are well made and really cute. This game would appeal to both girls and boys.
Geek Out! comes in different versions, but the one I received to review is the 00’s version, meaning the questions pertain to things in the year 2000 onward.
The cards are divided into different subjects such as movies, television, music and so forth.
You can play against other people, or in teams. It’s up to you.
To play this game, someone rolls the dice to reveal a color which will correspond with the question that is asked on the playing cards. The person to the right picks up a card from the deck and asks the question. Each question asks you to name a specific number of things, such as “one film with a western theme,” or “four fictional characters known to wear top hats.”
The player can accept the challenge or not. Then it moves on to the next player. That player can choose to “up the ante” in order to get more points, or pass. Say for example I know I can name three films with a western theme, I can bid on that. The person next to make might be able to name four (or more). The bidding goes around the table until everyone has had a chance to bid or pass. The person with the highest bid must answer the question with the number of answers they said they could name. If they are successful, they get a point and move up on the board. If not, they lose the point and move backwards on the board.
The person to get five points first wins.
We played this game a couple of times with our young adult children. They had a hard time answering the questions than me and my husband. You would think growing up in the 00’s would play to their advantage. I guess it’s because my husband and I have an interest in music, movies and television more so than they do (our son doesn’t even watch TV).
It’s a fun party game. There are A LOT of questions, and the dice color show up by chance, so the likelihood of getting the same questions over and over again don’t even seem possible.
If you love trivia games, then this is worth checking out.
This game is a lot like another game I’ve seen before (but for the life of me I cannot remember the name).
To play this game you need to have two or more teams, ages 13+
Someone from the team needs to select a card which reveals the title of something (book, movie, television show and so forth). Next, they have to give clues to their team mate in order to help them guess the title. But what out! There are a list of “spoiler words” on the card that you cannot use. If you do, you’ll lose the amount of points next to it. So you’ll have to be creative to get your team mate to come up with the title without resorting to any of the words on the card.
Try to have your team mate come up with as many titles as possible before the timer (provided) runs out.
For example, if I wanted my team mate to come up with the title A Nightmare Before Christmas, I might use keywords like Jack, Horror, Animation, Halloween, Christmas and so forth. The keywords to avoid on the card are presents, rag doll and skeleton.
Another example would be for Curious George. The keywords to avoid are monkey, trouble, yellow hat. I might use the keywords book, children, classic, ape, mischievous.. and so forth.
Some titles are a lot easier to get answered than others. A few gave us problems here and there, but for the most part we all did well with this game. It might sound hard, but honestly, it’s not hard at all. You just need to watch out for the timer. Time goes by quickly, so don’t hesitate too much when coming up with clues.
This is a fun, quick, easy to learn game for ages 6+
There are no elaborate game boards or cards for this game, just dice. That means this is a game that is very portable and you can take it camping, traveling, school and other places.
This brief vide explains it all.
I have only played this game with my family. I cannot wait to take this game to work with me when school opens next month. I know the kids are going to love this game, especially because I work with kids K-6th grade, and this game is great for all the kids, which means a kindergartener can easily play with a 4th and 6th grader. I especially like that there is no reading involved.
Cute, easy, fun game. I love that it’s very easy for everyone to learn too. It’s just a matter of identifying the dice, and doing what you are suppose to do with them (pass them, get rid of them…).
This is also a quick game to play.
I would recommend getting a sandwich bag or some kind of a bad you can seal to keep the dice in.
This is a card game for ages 13+
This card game comes with a velvet pouch that you can put the cards in if you want to discard the box. That makes this game very portable and easy to take with you. You can carry it in your purse, backpack, luggage or even the glove box of your car.
We’ve only played this game a couple of times. We’re still not 100% sure if we’re playing this game correctly.
All players receive three cards to start. Upon a person’s turn, they draw another card from the deck in the middle. Then they decide which card from their hand they want to play. Some cards are played in front of the player, such as the “attraction” cards which will help you to win the game. “Star” cards will give you additional abilities with each turn.
You can play “sideshow” cards in front of any other player. What the card says only applies to the player that the card was placed in front of.
Event cards require an action, then they are discarded.
The first player to complete their goal wins the game.
This game can be played rather quickly. Maybe 10 minutes, if not less.
Out of all the games I’ve reviewed from Ultra Pro, this is probably my least favorite. But that is OK. I’m just one person. Someone else might totally love this game. To each his own, right?
If you are interested in learning about any of these Ultra Pro games, or other games that they offer, visit UltraPro.com. The brand can also be found on social media. Those links are found on the bottom of their website.
Do any of these games sound really interesting to you? Which one sounds like your favorite? Feel free to comment and share your thoughts.
*I received free product samples to review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way.