Labelled as "the great game of frantic finding fun", Drumond Park's latest offering Dig In! is the perfect game for all the family to enjoy this Christmas.
Inside the box, you get four bags of coloured plastic pieces, a plastic dish, some games cards (with things to spot) and a 15-second timer.
The plastic pieces represent everything from trees, boats and stars to, the kids' favourite, a toilet !
You empty the four bags into the dish and mix them all up, dish out the cards and you're ready to go.
Press down the timer and you get fifteen seconds to rummage through with both hands and try to find the items on your game card. It's easier said than done and the time seems to go so quickly !
Then it's time to pass it on to the next player until everyone has had a go.
This is where things get totally hectic - now it is time for a free-for-all where everyone tries to grab the final missing pieces from their cards using just one hand. Be prepared for lots of squealing and complaining when someone mixes up all the pieces just as another player is about to grab their final piece !
You can see how fast-paced it is from how rubbish my photos are - it made us laugh because every time I was just ready to take a photo, the timer buzzed and everyone stopped playing !
As with all good games, you can adjust the rules depending on the age and number of players. We found it was just as much fun and saved lots of arguments if people joined up into groups of two, to balance out big age differences (although the younger players actually seemed to find more than the older ones, much to their delight !).
On the backs of the cards are black and white versions of the things to spot so if you want an easier and less fraught version, you can use that side and allow players to pick the items in any colour.
The game is designed for players aged 8+ according to the box - I would assume this is due to the danger of very young children putting the pieces in their mouths because apart from that, younger players could certainly join in. It's an enjoyable game for all ages though and the grown-ups definitely had just as much fun as the kids !
If you like playing board games together as a family on Boxing Day (or any other time of the year), look no further ! Also, don't miss my giveaway, coming right up, where you can win a copy of the game in time for Christmas.
star rating : 4.5/5
RRP : £19.99
for more information : www.drumondpark.com
Disclosure : We received the product in order to write an honest review.