Ali from Orchard Toys sent me an e-mail late last week asking if we’d like to try out ‘Rocket Game’. Of course we would! It arrived on Monday morning and I’ve been itching to get into it since, unfortunately due to work, tired kids, work, tired and hungry kids and sleeping baby brothers Logan and i didn’t get to crack into the box until yesterday evening. I held off on my Tuesday re-post this week because I hung on to the optimistic notion that I’d have something new to say, but the adage is right, working with kids is tricky mostly because they don’t really understand schedules etc. Ah well it couldn’t be helped and as you can see Logan and I really enjoyed our wee stint as toy testers this week when we finally got the chance. I let Alexander have the week off since ‘Rocket Game’ is a little old for him anyway.
The game itself is simpler than it sounds, when I looked at the instructions I wasn’t sure if Logan would follow what we were supposed to be doing but he got it no problem. You each get a coloured ‘base’ (launch platform) and the aim is to get as many loops of exhaust as you can before you find your rocket and pop it on top of the exhaust trail. You roll a spinner to decide which card to pick up from the middle, there are a few possibilities under each card: on your turn you may find yourself with either 3, 2, 1 or no loops (just a straight line) of exhaust, alternatively you could find yourself with a rocket. If the rocket matches the colour of your base it’s game over for you, you’ll have to hold out and hope that you’ve picked up enough loops. If, however, the rocket is a different colour then you have to put it back in the middle, face down, and yell out ‘space shuffle’ and mix all the cards into a new order.
It’s kind of a chance and memory game mixed together but the pace is so quick you don’t get much chance to remember much (especially thanks the odd ‘space shuffle’). Logan normally has a good attention span anyway but I think it’d even be good for kids who normally can’t sit still long enough to finish a board game. Also, to be honest, I can see it being OK for slightly younger kids too pretty much because of the attention span thing. We really enjoyed it and ended up playing a few more games after the review. I’m now trying to figure out what to talk about for next week’s ‘Toy Testers’, suggestions welcome, we don’t have any new products to try out next week so I’m thinking we might talk about a toy they’ve already had for a while, possibly the Melissa and Doug castle I talked about in an earlier post. Anyway hope you enjoy the review, comments welcome, Cheers, John