Just In Time Board Game Review

My family love playing board games, in fact there is nothing better than a board game night with snacks. It always gets very competitive with everyone trying to win. A while ago I reviewed Indigo from Ravensburger Games and we really enjoyed playing it. I was delighted to get the chance to try another of their games, this time it was a board game called Just In Time.

Just  In Time Board GameThe aim of the game is to place your tiles on the game board faster than the other players which sounds simple. It is not quite as simple as that, as well as placing your tiles fastest you need to try and score points in order to win. The game can be played by two to  four people.

In the box you will find 52 tetris shaped tiles, they come in blue, yellow, red and green and you get 13 of each colour. There are also 40 play boards (10 for each player), 27 challenge cards, a scoring board and an hour glass timer.

The game is played over 10 rounds and each round uses a different game board. To start with the youngest player picks a game board which had a shaped area containing numbers. On the back of the game board is a number.

Just In Time Board GameYou need to choose a challenge card matching this number and it tells you which of the tiles you need to use. You take these tiles out and put the rest to one side.

Just In Time Board GameEveryone starts the round at the same time. You need to fit all your tiles within the shape on the card. The pieces can not stick out the sides of the shape and you also need to leave as many of the numbers squares uncovered as you can. These numbers make up your score. The first player to finish sets the timer marking the end of the other players time. The exposed numbers are added up and the score tracked on the game card. At the end of the ten rounds the person with the highest score wins.

The game play was fast and furious and it encourages problem solving ability. My son found it quite hard to fit the shapes on the board at first but soon got the hang of it. The game is aimed at children aged 8 and above. It is a fun game which we will be playing a lot of over the winter.

The Just In Time board game is RRP £19.99

Disclosure: I was sent the Just In Time board game in order to do an honest review. I was not told what to write and my opinions are my own.

Castles Of Burgundy Board Game Review

Have you ever wanted to own an estate in Burgundy? The Castles of Burgundy board game from Ravensburger allows you to do just that. It is a strategy game which is set in the Loire Valley in Medieval Times and the aim of the game is to build the most prosperous estate by farming your land, trading, carrying out research and trading. The game is aimed at players aged 12 and above and can be played by two to four people.Castles of Burgundy Board Game
This is not a game that can be played quickly and it is one that will take a while to learn. It is a game that requires thought and you need to be able to adapt your plans as the game play changes. Castles of Burgundy is an absorbing game.

The aim of the game is to get the most Victory points and these are earned over the 5 years of the game, each year being in five phases.  Each player has a board that represents their estate. It is made up of hexagons formed into a large hexagon. At the start of the game it is empty and as the game progresses you need to build it up. There is room for villages, mines, pastures as spaces to store your money and goods. You gain points by filling your board and if you complete all the regions of the same colour before someone else you will gain more points.

Castles of BurgundyThe tiles that you need to fill up your estate are placed on a central board. This is split into six groups and at the start of each phase more tiles are added. To get the tiles you need to roll your dice and pick up a tile from a space marked with that number. When you roll the dice you can either pick up a tile from the central board or place a tile of the same number onto your estate.

CastlesOfBurgandy2The tiles are different types  for example grey tiles are mines which help you to gain money, yellows can be used to gain bonuses, green are farm animals and blues are rivers. Dark green tiles are castles. You gain different points depending how these are arranged on your board and two of the same next to each other gains more points.

CastlesOfBurgandy4There are also opportunities to gain money and workers which enable you to do more with your estate.

CastlesOfBurgandy6Castles of Burgundy is an absorbing game which is hard to master. You need to be able to think ahead and plan your strategy whilst dealing with the luck of the dice rolls. Every time you play it you will find you are learning something new. We enjoyed playing this game and it is one we will enjoy for some time to come.

Castles of Burgundy is RRP £19.99

Disclosure: I was sent Castles of Burgundy in order to do an honest review. I was not told what to write and my opinions are my own.

Games for Christmas from Paul Lamond Games

Paul Lamond Games have a load of board games which would be great for  Christmas so if you are looking for gift ideas this is a place to start. They kindly sent me a couple of these games to review which I will be doing shortly, but I thought I would give you a quick overview of the new games as they do look fun.

Games for teens and Adults

QI Board Game

You must have watched QI, the show on BBC 1 hosted by Stephen Fry, its a highly successful quiz programme, which has been a favourite amongst viewers since 2008.  This game brings it into the home, so you can take part in this hard panel game with your friends and family. The game is for 2-6 players and is suitable for ages teen to adult.

RRP £19.95

Fatal Attraction

Harness the power of magnets to outwit your opponents. Each player must fill the boards, but beware the force of the magnets can be used against you as well as for you. Can you use the magnetic force in your favour?

This is for 2-4 players and aimed at age 14 and over.

RRP £17.95

Perudo

A classic Peruvian dice game which will make liars of us all! This game was played in the Pirates of the Caribbean film and has celebrity fans from Stephen Fry to Sienna Miller and Richard Branson. Its a versatile and addictive game which means its suitable for family fun, drinking games and after dinner entertainment at dinner parties.

RRP £17.95

Games for Children

Meerkat Mayhem

The Meerkats are in danger, can you save them from the dreaded Cobra? You need to save your meerkat before the cobra strikes or lose them forever! This is a great game for improving co-0rdination and dexterity. It’s for 2-4 players and is aimed at age 6 and above.

RRP £10.95

Make-over Friends

This is a new addition to the Paul Lamond multi award-winning Chimp and Zee pre-school range of games and puzzles.  It’s a craft activity set featuring three dolls that need to be decorated and displayed on a doll house panel, it comes with colouring sheets, stickers, ribbons,beads and wool to help in this task.  Easy to set up and explain, it can be reused again and again. Suitable for age three and above and can be used alone or with friends.

RRP £9.95

On Safari

Another game from the award-winning Chimp and Zee pre-school range of games of puzzles, this is a safari craft activity. There are three jungle friends to make up and place on a display panel, plus colouring sheets, stickers, a palm tree andwool to help dress up and decorate. The animals can be reused again and again. Great for co-ordination, dexterity, imagination and colouring, it is aimed at ages four and above and can be played alone or with friends.

RRP £9.95

Pretty Ponies

Another craft activity set from the award-winning range of Chimp and Zee games and puzzles, this one introduces three cute ponies to style and display on a stable display. It comes with colouring sheets, stickers, ribbons, beads and wool to use in dressing up and decorating the Ponies. Once they have been decorated they can be played with again and again. Great for co-ordination, dexterity, imagination and colouring skills it can be played alone or with others. Aimed at ages three and above.

RRP £9.95

What’s up?

This is a “What’s on my head?” game which encourages the use of imagination. There are four categories of card – people, sports, transport and animals. These are shuffled and placed in the centre of the table. Each player wears a card holder on their head, and places one of the cards, unseen into the holder. They then have to ask the other players a series of yes or no questions to work out what picture is on the card on their head.  This is great fun and helps the develop questioning skills. The person who identifies the most correct cards wins. Aimed at age five and above and suitable for 2-4 players.

RRP £9.95

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Meerkat Mayhem

Meerkat Mayhem from Paul Lamond Games

I was recently sent a copy of Meerkat Mayhem from Paul Lamond Games to try out and see what I thought of it. The game is based on the well know animal, the meerkat. They are tiny, tenacious and sociable animals who rarely face danger alone. Now they are facing the dreaded cobra and have to escape!

This game is aimed at children aged six and above and can be played by two to four players. The game will increase co-ordination and dexterity whilst being fun to play.

When you open the box you find the game board, the cobra and a selection of meerkats.

Setting up the board is simple, you just push the cobra into the two  holes in the green socket. This causes the  little trapdoors on the board close and the holes are then covered. Each player chooses a colour and is given five meerkats. Each player places a meerkat on the trapdoor in the colour they have chosen.

The players then take it in turn to spin the spinner on the board. If the spinner lands on a colour the person who chose that colour  gets to pull out the cobra. This causes the trapdoors to open and the meerkats to fall. The object is to catch the meerkats before they fall though the trapdoor and become the property of the person who pulled out the cobra.  If the spinner lands on a meerkat the person spinning can take one meerkat from any other player. The winner is the person who gains ten meerkats first.
The game is really easy to understand and you can get it set up and begin playing really quickly. Although the game is simple it requires a lot of co-ordination to catch the meerkats before you lose them.  All the family had great fun with this game, my son soon started pretending he was going to pull out the cobra when he wasn’t and having a good laugh when he fooled me. The game also came out when his friends came round and they played happily with it for quite a long time.  Overall it is better with four players but less can play successfully as well. We found this to be a really enjoyable and fun game.

RRP £10.95
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