Paul Lamond Games Review
"Are they for a review?" he asked.
"Yes, they are," I replied.
"Are you going to pay me to play them?" he queried.
"Erm...should I?" I asked, in return.
"I think it's only fair!" he declared; I'm doomed and he's destined for greatness!
Dr Suess - I Can Do That!
I managed to avoid getting into any further financial negotiations by suggesting we play the 'Dr Suess - I Can Do That!' game first - anything that involves a foam fish in a bowl has got to be a winner, right?
Eight red, blue and yellow cards and a foam fish in a bowl make up the playing 'pieces' of this game and the object is nice and simple: the youngest player starts first (kids always love this!) and turns over three cards, trying to find one of each colour; if you don't find one of each then those cards get turned over and it's the next player's turn.
If one of each colour is found then you order them red, blue and yellow and DO what they say. For example, it could be: skip (red card) to the back door and back (blue card) with the fish tucked under your left arm (yellow card).
If the task is successfully completed then that player gets to keep the cards, the game continues until all the cards have been won and the player with the most cards, WINS!
This is such a wonderfully funny and simple game to play, it produced lots of giggles and plenty of general silliness; both Edward and myself loved it and for £3.99 both agreed it's an absolute bargain for so much fun and give it an all-singing-all-dancing (with the fish tucked or balanced somewhere) 10 out of 10.
It's A Chicken!
Playing It's A Chicken was next on our agenda - think Pictionary for kids with a bit of a twist and that's pretty much the deal here.
There are drawing pads with different shapes on them and picture cards to tell you what you need to draw - you draw what's on the card and the other players try and guess what it is.
The twist is that younger players can choose the easy option on the card that gives them a drawing they can copy if they get stuck.
There is one more element to It's A Chicken though, an electronic chicken timer that clucks and counts down the time and points that can be won by guessing the picture being drawn at any time until it runs out.
It's LOUD, it's irritating, it doesn't have an off switch and we didn't like it. It also requires three AAA batteries, which aren't included - with a retail price of £10.95 I'd rather like them to be.
You also need a tiny little screwdriver to unscrew the battery cover to put them in, not good when you have a six-year-old who wants to play NOW!
We abandoned the chicken timer pretty quickly and used an egg timer instead, a silent egg timer; if one of us guessed the drawing we got a point, if no one guessed, no one got a point and we moved on.
Without the noisy chicken timer we enjoyed playing It's A Chicken; with the noisy chicken timer we didn't and so, on that basis, our overall score is 7 out of 10.
Dr Suess 24-Piece Alphabet Floor Puzzle
If you're a regular PlayPennies reader then you'll already know about my love for jigsaw puzzles - the Dr Suess 24-piece Alphabet Floor Puzzle was the Paul Lamond games item I was looking forward to playing with most.
There's not much I can really tell you about it that you won't have already worked out for yourself: it's a 24-piece puzzle that retails for £8.99 and, when put together, forms a complete picture of the letters of the alphabet along with all the favourite Dr Suess characters.
It measures 490mm x 685mm and I SO want to tell you that it was fabulous and that you should buy it, but I can't.
You see, I thought our 'problem' with it was perhaps just isolated to us - the puzzle didn't lay flat on the floor, adding puzzle pieces to others would break the join between others, then pushing those pieces back together would cause others to pop apart.
I wondered if it was something to do with the carpet in the lounge, but having subsequently gone onto Amazon I've read that other people have had the very same issue.
Three puzzles all doing the same thing? I want it to be coincidence, I want this puzzle to be wonderful and it would be apart from the pieces not laying together very well.
Edward was frustrated, I was disappointed and so we can only give the Dr Suess 24-piece Alphabet Floor Puzzle 5 out of 10.
By far the biggest winner of our selection from Paul Lamond games was the Dr Suess - I Can Do It! card game - it's just so much fun for £3.99 that I almost feel it should cost more!
If it was up to me, I'd drop the noisy chicken timer and then drop the price of It's A Chicken. I know that kids like noisy things, but this one is just a bit too noisy and both me and Edward felt it didn't really add anything to the game.
And as for the puzzle, well I'm still disappointed and even going back to it a week later (perhaps it had got damp and just needed to dry out) didn't make any difference. If all the pieces fitted together properly and laid flat then it would be perfect.
So, there you go - a bit of a mixed bag but you won't go wrong with the I Can Do It! card game.