I love getting together as a family for games night. Particularly now, as the evenings draw in. We are a family of tech geeks, I won’t deny that, but sometimes you just can’t beat a good old fashioned board game. In the cooler evenings, it’s nice to close the curtains, light the stove and all gather together in the living room. We love the classics, but we also like to try out new games too. When we were given the opportunity to try some Megableu games, we couldn’t wait to put them to the test.
We received three games from the megableu collection: Name That, Creepy Hand and Break Out. Each of the games is totally different from the other, so we were excited to have some fun with them.
The first of the games that we tried was Name That. This fast paced word game is designed to put your quick thinking skills to the test. The game consists of 50 cards, each with a category and a letter on. All of the cards are placed in a pile. For each round you take the category form the top card, and the letter from the card below. The winner is the first person so shout out a correct answer.
We had a lot of fun playing this. I was worried the kids wouldn’t be able to keep up, but they were surprisingly fast with their answers. Some of the categories are quite hard. There were times when the four of us were all staring at each other in silence, trying desperately to come up with an answer. There were one or two categories which were a little too difficult for the kids. At 6 and 7, they don’t quite know the names of different rivers around the world, but I guess each time they play they will learn new things too.
My favourite thing about this game is that it is so small, and comes in a handy little tin. It can easily be taken away on holiday, or even just on long journeys to keep the kids entertained. I’ll certainly be popping it in my bag for our mini break to Newcastle this December. It’s a great little game for getting the brain working hard.
Find out more about Name That here.
I’d seen adverts on the TV for Creepy hand, and thought it looked great, so I couldn’t wait to try this one! It’s like a game of truth or dare, but with an added twist. The battery operated ‘creepy hand’ turns in a circle before pointing it’s finger towards someone. That person then has to do a truth, dare or forfeit task written on one of the game cards. If you complete the task, you win the card. The first person to get 6 cards is the winner.
Batteries are not included with this one, so it’s important to pick some up before family games night. Which of course, I didn’t do… Keep that in mind before you play!
The kids loved this one, and it’s definitely a fun take on truth or dare. The questions and dares are all age appropriate for the whole family, although one or two did leave Caitlin blushing. Particularly when she was asked who she would like to kiss under the mistletoe! We all had a good laugh at each other when we had to do silly dares like pretending to walk on the moon or be a cat. I think the kids mostly enjoyed the anticipation the hand turning and wondering who it was going to point at.
The game must be played on a flat surface otherwise the hand won’t turn properly, so it works best on a hard floor or at a table.
I’d say this would be a great game for a party or sleepover, but good for a bit of family fun too, and the kids had a good laugh.
You can read more about Creepy Hand here.
A two player strategy game, this is another one to get the brain working. Two Criminals are trying to break out of jail, and you have to help them escape by placing the ‘rope’ pieces in a chain to allow then to climb down.
The rope pieces can be slid in from either side, and you have to try and make an unbroken chain of your colours from to bottom. Each turn you can choose to build on your own rope, or try to break the chain of your opponent.
The kids faced each other in a couple of games, and it was great to watch them thinking things over and trying to work out what move to make next. My husband and I also had a game, and it really does test you a little bit.
More information about Breat Out can be found here.
Three great games there from Megableu, which have given us something different to play on our family games nights this autumn/winter. To find stockist information, please see Megableu.
What games do you like to play as a family? Let me know in the comments below!
We were kindly sent these games in return for an honest review, however all words and opinions remain my own.