Gibsons

Chicken Out

Best IG Game of the Year (BIGGY): 

Nominated

Best Family Game Award: 

Gold

Best Maths Game Award: 

Gold

UK Games Expo Players Choice Award: 

Nominated

Number of players: 

2-6

Game duration: 

10-30mins

Country of origin: 

United Kingdom

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Count your chickens and out-fox your friends! Take it in turns to play cards from your hand with the aim of reaching 21.

Each player in turn plays the top card of their pile, adding the value to the previous player's total and announces the new count. If a Chicken card with a black number is played, the number must be added to the running total. If a Chicken card with a red number is played and it brings the total to higher than 21, players can subtract the value from the previous total to avoid them going bust.

Watch out! Hidden among the flock are 10 cheeky foxes that will either help or hinder your chances of winning.  The first player to run out of cards rules the roost and wins the game!

Pass the Bomb

Pass the Bomb - IG Awards 2017

Best Family Game Award: 

Gold

Best Literacy Game Award: 

Silver

UK Games Expo Players Choice Award: 

Nominated

Excelled In Schools Award (Year): 

2018

Number of players: 

2-10

Game duration: 

10-60mins

Country of origin: 

United Kingdom

Created by: 

Published by: 

Distributed by: 

You will need all your brain cells firing as you frantically try to think of a word containing the letters on the card and pass the infernal ticking Bomb on to the next player. As you hold the Bomb, there may be only seconds to come up with an answer and beat the variable timer!

1. What does the game involve? 

Pass the Bomb is a simple concept that involves throwing a ticking bomb around a circle of players – the aim being not to have it blow up in your hands! Primarily, it’s a word game: each player draws a card from the top of the deck and has to use theletters, in their order on the card, in a word – something that requires quick thinking! To make it more challenging, players can opt to use thedice provided. On each player’s turn they roll the dice to determine whether the letters on the card should appear at the front, the end or in themiddle of the word. Naturally, this is not a game for the faint of heart!

2. What skills can you build/gain from the game? 

The fact that Pass the Bomb is a word game confers obvious benefits to players’ vocabulary but, mainly, the game teaches you to think on your feet and respond quickly to challenges.

3. What's your favourite tactic or are there any tricks you can teach us? 

I find that the best approach it is to picture the words, visualising theletters in their particular order. That way, you can quickly determine whether the letters on your card will match up with the word you’ve thought of. When in doubt, however, look at the environment around you – there might be some inspiration!

4. Do you have any funny/heartwarming stories about a game of Pass the Bomb? 

Amusingly, a story about a copy of Pass the Bomb Junior being confiscated at an airport made it into the national papers. It’s laughable, of course, because the “bomb” is so clearly a toy and not a danger to anyone! http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3142977/Young-mother-upset-airport-security-guards-confiscate-children-s-board-game-called-Pass-Bomb.html

Pass the Bomb Junior

Pass the Bomb Junior - IG Awards 2017

Best Family Game Award: 

Gold

Best Literacy Game Award: 

Silver

UK Games Expo Players Choice Award: 

Nominated

Number of players: 

2-10

Game duration: 

10-60mins

Country of origin: 

United Kingdom

Created by: 

Published by: 

Distributed by: 

Children will easily recognise the familiar scenes on each card and taking it in turns, they must say a word that would fit into the picture and pass the Bomb to the next player before it explodes! Turn over a picture of a sandy beach and ‘bucket and spade’ would be a good answer. With a random timer, children will squeal with excitement as they frantically think of an answer before the ticking Bomb explodes. Hilarious fun for all the family and educational too!


1. What does the game involve? 

Based on the same concept as Pass the Bomb, where a ticking bomb is passed round the players as each try to get rid of it as quickly as possible, Pass the Bomb Junior comes with picture cards rather than cards with letters on. Each player will have to come up with a word that can be logically associated with the scene on their card before they can pass the bomb on to the next player. Think fast, or you might explode!

2. What skills can you build/gain from the game? 

The game has an obvious focus on vocabulary and word association. In addition, it requires children to think and respond quickly with words logically connected to the picture in front of them, allowing them to practice articulation and thinking on their feet.

3. What's your favourite tactic or are there any tricks you can teach us? 

Try to throw your opponents off by coming up with challenging or funny words as quickly as you can, while making sure they can be connected to the picture on the card, of course!

4. Do you have any funny/heartwarming stories about a game of Pass the Bomb Junior? 

Amusingly, a story about a copy of Pass the Bomb Junior being confiscated at an airport made it into the national papers. It’s laughable, of course, because the “bomb” is so clearly a toy and not a danger to anyone! http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3142977/Young-mother-upset-airport-security-guards-confiscate-children-s-board-game-called-Pass-Bomb.html