Saturday 16 April 2011

Orchard Toys Party Party Party! Game

When Orchard Toys kindly selected a product from their range for us to test and review, they were spot on in their choice. We received Party, Party, Party!, a board game for little girls aged 5-9. Needless to say, 6-year-old Juliette and 9-year-old Sophie were the perfect target audience.

The rules of the game are simple. You choose a person, a handbag, then roll a dice (yes, I know that should be die but it always sounds wrong !) to move your chosen figure around the board. Most of the squares contain a picture of a present or a girlie accessory which correspond to the little squares that you lay out around the board. If it's available, it's yours. (Great use of observation skills trying to match up the identical pictures as some of them are very similar apart from the colours, and simple maths, for counting the number of items in your bag (adding and subtracting) as well as the number of squares to move.) You have to get one present and five accessories in your bag then you can go to the party in the centre of the board. The winner is the first one to get there.

Along the way, there are a few "snakes and ladders" type squares. If you land on a dropped handbag, you have to put back one of the items in your handbag. If you land on a mobile phone, you can phone a friend and tell them to put one back instead. The girls - Juliette in particular - thought this was hilarious (especially when she "phoned" Sophie just as she was about to win !) and I was amazed to see that there was no squabbling or sulking !

The girls both loved the game, especially the little 3D handbags (although, as a grown-up playing along, I have to say the opening is a bit small for big fingers !) and the fact that the board is made up of four pieces of puzzle that you have to fit together to set the game up. They both wanted to play again as soon as we'd finished which speaks for itself really. As each game lasts about 20 minutes, it's the perfect length for young children who won't have time to get bored.

Ideal for a great bit of girlie fun !

star rating : 4.5/5

RRP : £11.50

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