Mama OWL Blog: Hedbanz Game & Eiffel Tower 216 Piece 3D Puzzle [Toyologist Reviews #4 & #5]

Hedbanz Game & Eiffel Tower 216 Piece 3D Puzzle [Toyologist Reviews #4 & #5]

Monday, 24 September 2012

Hedbanz Game

I love the idea of Hedbanz, such a simple concept but LOTS of fun. The kids found it hilarious that they could see each other's cards but the person wearing it could not, cue much laughter when cards such as 'chicken' and 'cow' were selected...

Hedbanz is for 2-6 players and is recommended for ages 7 years +. I also recommend waiting until your loquacious two year old is in bed before you start playing, as otherwise you'll find you have to change your card a few times after she has proudly informed you that you are, in fact, a banana.

To play, you set up all of the cards in the middle of where you are playing. Each player puts on a headband and is dealt one card, placed face down. Without looking, you have to put the card in to your headband so that everyone (except you! & no cheating!) can see the picture, and each player is dealt three blue chips.

The youngest player goes first, you flip the timer and take turns asking each of the other players a question that will help you figure out what is on the picture on your card. Once you've asked everyone a question, you begin a new round. There are some 'question cards' to use as inspiration if you get stuck for what to ask. You can use any question except "What am I?" but at any time you may ask "Am I a...?". If you guess the picture before the timer runs out, you take another card put it in your headband (no peeking!) and continue asking questions until the timer runs out. For each picture card you guess correctly, you bank one of your chips, and then it is the next player's turn. To win the game, you have to be the first player to get rid of all of your chips.

It's a great game and we really enjoyed playing it, but after a while we did alter the rules to suit ourselves and make it easier, doing away with the chips & timer and just taking it in turns to ask questions, so that the first person to guess their card was the winner. To be honest, you could play it either way and it is still a very enjoyable game and is ideal for a family game night to suit younger ones and the grown ups, I can see it being a firm favourite in the Mama Owl household.

Hedbanz will soon be available to buy from Toys R Us.

** Disclaimer: Toys R Us sent the Hedbanz game free of charge for my family to review as part of the 2012 TRU Toyologist program. The views shared are my own honest and personal opinions of the product.

Eiffel Tower 216 Piece 3D Skyline Puzzle

When I spotted this puzzle in the box, I knew that J in particular was going to have a great time building this 3D replica of the Eiffel Tower from Ravensburger, available to purchase from Toys R Us for £14.99 at the moment, on sale from £19.99 and is recommended for children aged 10 years +.

It took him three sittings to complete as he was fitting it in between school and football but he was completely engrossed in building the puzzle and quickly developed his own system for finding the numbers he needed next. As the puzzle is in three sections, he used the boxes to separate the pieces for each section and worked his way up. The puzzle pieces are numbered and also feature arrows which point in the direction of where the next piece should be fitted. The pieces are made of plastic, and are very sturdy & robust, not made out of cardboard or at all flimsy like one might expect from your usual run-of-the-mill puzzle.

I think my favourite thing about this puzzle is that it really encouraged J to want to do something besides play on his computer games, he asked if there are other puzzles like this one and wanted to know if we would get him "Big Ben" for Christmas (which we will be). As he neared the end of 'construction' you could see the excitement on his face and how proud he was that he had built it by himself, he had a real sense of achievement and satisfaction and couldn't wait to show everyone. He found it a bit fiddly as he reached the top and the puzzle narrowed but with a little help from the Mister he managed to get it done.

I think it is a great new spin (3D) on an old idea (puzzles) and it has provided J with hours of enjoyment and no doubt will again & again in the future, it's a real winner in our house.

** Disclaimer: Toys R Us sent the Eiffel Tower 216 piece 3D Puzzle free of charge for my family to review as part of the 2012 TRU Toyologist program. The views shared are my own honest and personal opinions of the product.

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