Thursday, 24 October 2013

Board game review : Santa's Rooftop Scramble

In exactly one week's time, it'll be Halloween. We'll be out and about trick or treating, getting dressed up and having lots of fun making ghoulish-looking cakes and treats. But once that's done and dusted, I will have absolutely no qualms whatsoever about starting the build-up to Christmas ! I think I'm probably actually worse than the kids !

Therefore, we were over the moon when Ravensburger sent us through their Santa's Rooftop Scramble game to review. 

When I saw the instructions, I thought it was going to be really complicated but it's actually very simple. You take on the role of Santa and if you ask any child what that means, they'll be able to tell you : collecting the right presents for your Christmas wishlists from the elves' workshop, finding the right houses then delivering them down the chimneys. Well, in a nutshell, that's it !

You start off by distributing the Letter To Santa cards - five per player (two to six players can play) - then spinning the spinner to see if you can land on the gifts on your lists to collect the matching tokens. If you land on the Santa picture, you can pick up all your present tokens in one go. This element of chance means that players of all ages have an equal chance of winning, which is great if you have several children with a big age gap.

Once you have all your gift tokens, you're ready to start delivering. You need to work your way around the board, hoping you'll land on the right address for your gift. 

 When you do, you can post it through the slot in the roof. The first player to deliver all their presents is the winner, but to spice things up a bit, there are a few "jokers" - you might have to go back to the workshop because you've received a new late letter to Santa, be transported to the other side of the board, be allowed to deliver a present instantly or even give one to another player.

It's a really fun game that the whole family can enjoy and is perfect for creating some Christmas magic in the run up to the big day. I'll definitely be starting a new family tradition of playing this every Christmas Eve before bedtime !

 star rating : 5/5

RRP : £19.99

Disclosure : We received the game in order to write an honest review.

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  1. Good game, good game. Would like to try it out.

  2. this looks great! I love all things christmas

  3. Want one! My son's just seen it and really wants to have a go.x


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