Showing posts with label Board Game. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Board Game. Show all posts

Tuesday 5 December 2023

Scribble Shakedown! by Paladone Games - A Review

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We have several budding artists in our family, so my children love any opportunity to show off their artistic skills. I was therefore really excited to introduce them to Scribble Shakedown, which is a drawing game with a difference.

Scribble Shakedown is by Paladone Games and is described as being a fast paced wobbly drawing game, that is suitable for ages 6+. It can be played by 4 or more players, which makes it perfect for larger families like ourselves. The front of the box is really artistic and stands out with its doodles galore across the front. 

The rear of the packaging continues with the doodle theme, as well as providing some brief details on how to play the game, as well as a list of contents which includes:

  • 2 x Shaking Pens
  • 1 x Sandtimer
  • 2 x Paper Pads
  • 100 Cards
  • Instructions

I feel it is also important to point out here that there is small writing at the bottom which states that each pen requires 1 x AA 1.5V DC batteries and these are NOT included within the box. Unfortunately I didn't spot this until we were ready to play, so we had to delay gameplay until I could pop to the shops. However, once the battery situation was resolved, we sat down again, ready to put our drawing talents to the test.

The game can be played in two different ways, with the first being Team Battle. The aim of the game in the team battle, is to be the first team that draws and guesses 5 different objects correctly. Each team must have a shaking pen and their note pad ready, and someone must shuffle the cards from one of the packs and place them face down in the centre of the table. Each team can consist of two or more players and the youngest player picks a card and selects which object they would like to draw.


Once they have chosen, then they must also show the player from the other team who will also be drawing, at which point both players then have one minute to draw the object using their shaking pens. The first team to guess correctly will win the card and should place it in front of their team. Should no one guess correctly then the card goes back to the bottom of the pack and the youngest player from the opposing team now picks a card and chooses the object instead. This gameplay then simply continues until one of the teams guesses 5 objects correctly.

It is super easy to get the hang of and encourages plenty of laughter as you try and guess what is being drawn. In our case a lot of the pictures looked so different to the intended object which we found hilarious, and I personally found it got harder to draw with the shaking pen as the minute went on as I kept loosening my grip whilst laughing.


The second way to play the game is called Quick Fire Scribble, where just like the first game, you separate into teams, but this time you try to draw as many objects on the card as quickly as possible until the sand timer runs out. You can only move onto the next object though if you team manages to correctly guess what you are drawing. In this game the winner of the card is the team that manages to guess the most objects, with the overall winner being the first team to collect 5 cards.

Overall, we really enjoyed this game, it's super simple to play and easy to understand and it's an enjoyable one for adults to join in with too. We will definitely be playing this with our guests on Christmas Day and Boxing Day this year as it's loads of fun and provides plenty of entertainment. My only negative would be that there are no batteries included, but this is easy enough to resolve and I would happily recommend Scribble Shakedown to others.

If you would like to purchase Scribble Shakedown, then this is currently available to buy at Next subject to stock availability with an RRP of £20.

*Disclaimer - We were gifted a copy of this game for the purpose of writing an honest review of the product. All thoughts and opinions are my own unless otherwise stated. This post may contain affiliate links, which means that I may receive a small commission should you choose to purchase.

Thursday 26 October 2023

Farplace The Game - A Review

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Farplace The Game has been produced by Farplace Animal Rescue which is a registered charity that looks after and rehomes animals that have sadly been rejected elsewhere. As a family of animal lovers this really appealed to us, and I feel that the game is a lovely way to raise awareness about the charity and the work that is involved in caring for different kinds of creatures and pets.

The game comes packaged in a lovely bright and vibrant yellow box that features several animals across the front, which include a cat, dog, rabbit, pigeon, hedgehog and guinea pig. The front of the box isn't overcrowded with information and the images are lovely and surrounded by various different paw prints. At the bottom there are some recommendations of the game being suitable for ages 8+ and requiring 2-4 players.

The rear of the box provides some further information and briefly explains the aim of the game. There is also a contents list and the game includes:

  • 1 Double Sided Playing Board
  • 4 Key Cards
  • 1 Rule Book
  • 4 Meeples
  • 4 Player Cards
  • 4 Turn Reminder Cards
  • 20 Vet Cards
  • 70 Animal Cards
  • 87 Object/Action Cards
The purpose of the game is to race to the finish line whilst saving animals along the way. I found it interesting that each animal has a different way of moving across the board, which adds an additional element of fun. We all agreed that the illustrations on the cards were lovely and also felt that the game board was nice and colourful. 



To begin you choose which side of the board to use and place this in between all the players, who each pick a meeple. There are four to choose from which are Dog, Cat, Rabbit or Pigeon. You then also take the matching playing card and check the 2 rules for their animal.

You then shuffle the animal cards and deal three to each player. The remaining cards can then be placed face down beside the board. The object/action cards should also be shuffled and this time you deal four cards to each player. I liked the combination of both cards and a board game as it was quite different to other games we have played. There are quite a few rules to learn, but there is a large instruction sheet that explains everything and it is easy to refer back to it when needed.

Each player then takes it in turns to carry out two actions out of a choice of four. This is where strategy can come into play and it is possible to take the same action twice. The game ends once a meeple passes the finish line, however any animal cards that remain in hand can cause you to move back places, meaning that just because you pass the line first, doesn't necessarily make you the winner. We thought this was a really good twist and encourages you to think more about the actions you take throughout the game.


Overall, we really loved the concept of the game, however my ten year old son did struggle initially with the rules, so it took a little while for him to understand. We referred to the instruction sheet quite a few times, but once we had all got the hang of it, we found the game to be enjoyable and I particularly liked the learning element. It really makes you realise just how much work and care goes into supporting each animal, due to their different diets, behaviours or needs, which I think is a great way of raising awareness. 

If you would like to find out more about Farplace The Game, then you can visit their website here: https://www.farplace.org.uk/product/farplace-the-game/

The game currently retails at £25 plus shipping costs.

*Disclaimer - We were gifted this game for the purpose of writing an honest review of the product. All thoughts and opinions are my own unless otherwise stated. Details provided within this post are believed to be correct at the time of writing but can be subject to change.