The pandemic has changed a lot of things for everyone. For example, even though my entire family is vaccinated, we still wash our hands many times per day. When we don’t have access to soap and water, we use sanitizer (we have several bottles in each car).
My family and I have also stepped back considerably from going out in public places. Take for example the mall. We still wear our masks (even though they are optional for vaccinated people), and we only go in for a short time.
We also have not gone to the movie theater, even though I really wanted to see the new Fast and the Furious movie. I guess I have to wait for it to come out on digital to rent it.
Another thing we’ve done is played more games together.
When our children were younger, we used to play games often. We had a “family game night” at least once a month, usually on a Friday or Saturday evening (unless the kids had no school the next day). We had a lot of games. Sadly, as the kids got older they hung out with their friends more, got jobs, and took on college classes.
My husband and I would play games together, but some games are more fun with 3 or more people.
Since the pandemic, our kids have been home more often too, and they have actually sat down to play games with us (my husband and I) on many occasions. I truly enjoy the family time together, most especially because my “kids” are in their early 20’s now.
I’m happy to review games, especially ones my whole family can play. Some games, even though not geared towards their age group, can still be fun. Such is the case for the Not It! games from the Good Game Company.
Not It! is a fast paced card and dice game geared for ages 6+. It’s more fun to play with these games with AT LEAST three people. It can be played with two people but it’s not nearly as fun.
Each player is dealt 5 cards. Then players take turns putting the dice into the game “box” to see what dice role out.
Each dice is different. One is a color dice, another is a pattern dice, and the last one is a character dice.
The object of the game is to be the first one to slap down a card in your hand that does NOT contain the color, pattern or character that was rolled out by the dice. If you are the first one to put down a card, you are the winner and can discard of the card. If you do not have a card you can put down, you lost that round and you need to pick up another card.
The winner of the game is the first person to get rid of all their cards. It might sound easy enough, but trust me, it’s tricky.
I was sent all three editions to try out for myself and with my family. My personal favorites are the Cryptic Hunters Edition (I love monsters and horror movies), and the Not It! Crazy Christmas Edition. We’ve played it, but put it away to play again at Christmas time. It’s Christmas themed, so it will go great on a chilly winter’s night with some hot cocoa and cookies.
Even though the themes of the Castle Land and Cryptic Hunters seem like they are geared more towards boys, I think young girls will find the games equally as fun.
I’ve read that you should do things that challenge your mind in order to keep your brain “young and healthy.” That is why doctor’s recommend things like crossword puzzles and continuing education. If you are looking to keep your brain active, you should definitely pick up one of these games. WOW! They really get your mind going, trying to scan your cards to see if you have one that doesn’t match the dice, and slap it down on the table before anyone else does.
The color and characters dice are easy enough, but the pattern dice is the one that always makes me stop and think. There are so many patterns (circular, zig zag…) and it’s not always easy to make them out behind the characters quickly. That is the one dice that always slows me down, but I am getting better at it.
The Not It! Castle Land Edition dice features a knight, wizard, dragon and more. The Not It! Cryptic Hunters Edition features Big Foot, the Kracken, an alien and more. The Not It! Crazy Christmas Edition dice feature Santa, Mrs, Claus, Rudolph and Elf and more.
All three games are fun to play. They are challenging too, which I appreciate.
I especially love the containers the games come in. Not only are they small and compact, but the dice and the cards fit neatly on the side of the box behind a sliding cover. The games take up very little space, making them great to take along when you travel, go camping, in an RV and more. A child could even tuck one inside their backpack for rainy day fun at school if they can’t go outside for recess.
My kids are in their 20’s, and they think these games are “cute” and “fun” to play. Initially they were turned off because they thought they were “only” for little kids (based on the images), but they now know that all ages can enjoy these games.
You can find all three games on Amazon. The prices appear to vary on Amazon from $14.95 to $17.15. You can also look for these games in specialty toy stores.
If you are interested in learning more about these games, or other fun games from The Good Game Company, visit TheGoodGameCompany.com. I also found the brand on Facebook. I am not sure of what other social media accounts they might have.
Does you and your family and/or friends enjoy playing games (board games, dice games or cards games)? If so, what is your favorite game to play? Feel free to comment and share your thoughts. I always love to hear from readers.
*I received free product samples to review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way.