Another week, another THREE brilliant games brought to us all the way from Russia! We predict these games will be extremely popular; filled with fun and encouraging the use of a variety of skills. Here's the next additions to our 12 Days of Gaming from Bonaparte; Tripolo, Prehistoric Junior and Sneak Peek!
We love a good looking game and Tripolo doesn't disappoint! Visually, the game tin is so colourful and appealing that we couldn't wait to get this one open. A portable little game of observation and fast reflexes! Be as quick as possible to put your cards in the correct place by either colour, letter or character and be the first to use up all your cards. The game is pretty quick, and takes around 8-10 minutes to play a game (but we're guessing you're likely to have more than one game!) It's suitable for 2-4 players to play at any one time and can be played by age 6 and up. Can you create a Tripolo?
When you open the game tin, you'll find a selection of 64 Tripolo cards, each with different colours, letters and characters. The aim of the game is to get rid of all your cards by all players playing together to form a Tripolo; a set of three cards in a row that match in terms of colour, letter or number. However, this isn't all... you keep playing and forming Tripolo's until all your cards have disappeared!
At first glance, this game looks deceivingly simple. However, it turned out to be something I enjoyed immensely with the kids!
- Amazon customer review
To set up the game, give the cards a good shuffle and use 9 cards to make a 3 by 3 grid. Each player is given 4 cards to use as their hand and the rest of the cards are distributed equally between players as their draw pile. Make sure you concentrate...things are more tricky than they first appear!
All players play together to try and use up all of their cards. They must look at the four cards in their hand and try to fit one on the grid; if one of your cards will complete a row of three in either a colour, letter or character, then you can form a Tripolo! These rows can be formed horizontally, vertically or diagonally. When the first player uses up all their cards, they are the winner!
A great fast paced game of observation and pattern recognition. Players need to work fast but also accurately to really succeed in this game. A brilliant addition to the 12 Days of Gaming this year!
A great game for a steady hand! Prehistoric Junior is a simple game of balancing for not only the youngsters, but for the older ones too. It's suitable for 2 to 6 players and takes around 2-10 minutes depending on age. The aim of the game is to get all of the dinosaur pieces onto the 'tectonic plate' without it tipping over!
The game tin looks great. Inside it you'll find a wooden board which is the tectonic place, two wooden pedestals to balance the board and a mixture of wooden figures that you'll need to balance on the board, including dinosaurs, eggs and rocks; some are bigger than others which may make your task a little harder!
A beautiful game that our kids really enjoy!
- Customer game review
The game is set up by firstly balancing the wooden board on the two wooden pedestals. This creates the tectonic plate! The wooden figures are shared between all players and each player chooses a piece to place on the board. They'll have to be careful; a player loses the game if any of the pieces fall!
Prehistoric Junior is a fantastic game to improve fine motor skills and logical thinking. Players will need to think about the weights of the wooden figures and where they should be positioned to prevent a fall. To make the game a little more difficult, you can change the positions of the pedestals or even use one pedestal! Experiment with the game and challenge yourself.
Do you have eagle eyes and fast fingers? Whether the answer is yes or no, you'll love Sneak Peek! The game is suitable for ages 5 and up for 2-4 players, and is very portable. The aim is to collect the most cards by spotting what is similar on a selection of cards placed in front of you. How well can you observe?
Similar to Tripolo, the game tin includes a selection of cards with different sets of images in different colours. To play Sneak Peak, the whole selection of cards is shuffled and put into a pile. Players take it in turns to reveal 3 cards at a time and compete to find cards that match. The winner is the player with the most cards at the end! The cards can be matched in the following ways:
- 3 of one colour
- 3 of one shape
- 2 matching pairs on 3 cards
- One pair of a colour
- One pair of a shape.
There is also another variation of the game, Sleek Seek! In this one, all players turn over a card in turn and as soon as a player sees a match, they shout "Seek!" Another great way to play the game.
Sneak Peek is a great one for observation and encourages the mind to look for matches in different ways. Although it may seem tricky at the start, practice makes perfect and you'll soon be the Sneek Peek champion!
Christmas will soon be upon us, and these are great family games for under the tree! Also, be sure to keep a look out for our competition question about one of today's featured games by Bonaparte on our social media; answering the question, sharing a competition and tagging a friend will ALL get you entries into our prize draw. This year, you could win a HUGE games pack worth hundreds of pounds. This is not to be missed!
Please note, we're NOT including the games from our 12 Days of Gaming promotion in our competition. This is purely because stock is extremely limited and can be purchased on a first come first served basis from our website. We regret that we are unable to ship prizes and 12 Days of Gaming items outside the UK.