A couple of surprise snowdays last week meant one thing…time to build a snowman.
The children and I wrapped up warm and headed outside. We quickly realised it was the wrong kind of snow (it was also a bit cold) so we decided to go back inside and try out the new games we had received from Cheatwell.
What’s in the box?
A simple concept. The ‘Box Keeper’ places an item in the box and the other players work individually or as a team to guess what’s in the box within 21 questions.
The guessers can shake the box and feel the weight but can’t look. For a more abstract game, cards are included that include ‘large’ items like pianos, benches and the Statue of Liberty.
The each guesser has only two chances of guessing what’s in the box so needs to play tactically and pay attention to the questions of others.
Seth was a little too young to fully play by the rules but Aoife loved finding the most random items she could find to put in the box, I mean who wouldn’t guess they plastic bit from the pencil case?!
It’s a great little rainy day game, barely any pieces to lose and easily adaptable for players of all ages.
What’s in the Box has an RRP of £12.99 and is available from most good toy retailers.
The instructions tell us that the object of the game is “To win the most cards in the time allowed by: (i) giving answers that other players cannot challenge successfully; (ii) making successful challenges to other players’ answers and winning their cards”
Piece of cake. Or not.
You choose how long a game will last, 30 minutes is advised, and then you go. The first player throws the die and will have 45 seconds to answer as many questions as they can.
The questions are simple enough that they can be answered, by both adults and children. However, with no ‘correct’ answers on the card and the option to ‘challenge’ an answer by any other player, the most successful player is going to be the one with the gift of the gab. The one who argues most convincingly.
Though the rules initially seem pretty convoluted, it’s essentially the person who can answer most convincingly (Rory), or the most challenging person (Aoife) who will do well in this game. Once you’ve started playing it’s easy to get the hang of and a lot of fun to play. There’s no need to ‘dumb it down’ so the children can play, especially if your child has an answer for everything and is always right!
Quirky has an RRP of £14.99 and is available from most good toy retailers.
We received these games for purpose of review, all opinions, as ever, are our own. That there is an Amazon affiliate link, if you decide to click it and buy the game I’ll get a penny or two, literally just a penny or two.