Published on November 8th, 2012 | by Celina0
Wiggles 3D: Holiday Games For All Ages
Not every ‘board’ game has a board. Some of the best, in fact, are card games- or dice ones. And plenty of them are aimed at adults, but today’s set is for kids and families. Which means that if you’re looking for something for your boy or girl, or even your next family-friendly party, we’ve got some options for you to consider.
Several of these titles, all from Wiggles 3D, are actually new twists on old classics. And there is nothing wrong with that- kids may frown at traditional packaging or styles but perk up at bright colors and new themes. So let’s start with one of them! The first is a take on dominos, called Randomonium, that is the best party game on this list- aimed at ages 10+, it requires some vocabulary. It’s cute and clever, if pretty random- each player lays down tiles connecting various words, competing against a twenty second timer. Connect words- like quick and baby, quiet and gnome- in a fast-paced game that is a bit silly but not quite suitable for older teens, since the words and gameplay are pretty basic .
The weakest of the set was Army Vs. Aliens. This one gave us trouble from start to finish, with misprinted rules (update: we received an early version; they’ve been corrected in the edition on shelves and in stores) and unclear instructions. It’s a simple dice game, with a nice packaging and quirky art. But the stickers on the dice peel quickly, and there isn’t a whole lot of strategy to the game. It goes fast, if you can figure out just which units can kill which ones, but seems to regularly end in a sort of stalemate that means even a winning player can lose with several rounds passing with no attacks. We’d suggest giving this one a miss.
Space Checkers, by contrast, is probably the strongest game. It takes a bit longer to play and setup, and is best with four players. But if you can get a game going with some balanced opponents, it’s a fun balance of luck and strategic ‘cosmic challenge’. There are weird warps, and wild areas, and each player starts with twelve cute space ships. The first to capture ten others wins. It’s a little complicated, and we felt like the units could have been a little more detailed or fun somehow, but the game itself is pretty unique and worthy of checking out. 6+, and good for a family where you can try a couple of rounds to get the hang of it.
Finally, one that is aimed straight for the wee ones, ages three and up. Fingertips is kind of like turning fingerpuppets into a game, with matching cards and cute animals. We didn’t get much of a chance to play with the easily distracted youth, and it’s not exactly educational, but it’s simple and kind of adorable.
All four games are available now, online and in stores, for $10-$20.