Friday, November 1, 2013

Three Great, Fast, Fun Games for #FamilyGameNight @blueorange

Blue Orange is a company that encourages families to unplug and have some good old-fashioned fun.  Their quality games are made to last and be passed from one generation to the next.  And they do good for the planet by planting two trees for every wooden game they make.  All the more reason to love them.  But of course, I love them first and foremost for their great games.  They sent me three new games to try for free.  They have not let us down and have all three quickly become our favorites.  It is no wonder that all three of these games have won so many awards!  (Note:  Amazon links contained in this post are affiliate links.)

20 Express
Ages 7-adult, 1-100 players

Game for a large group, family game night
The goal of 20 Express is to make the longest number train possible in ascending order as number chips are drawn from a bag.  Sound easy?  Not quite.  You only have so many boxes to write your numbers and once you commit to a space, your number has to stay put.  So, depending on what is drawn, you may have to start a new train.    No matter how clever you play, sometimes, winning comes down to the luck of the draw.

This game is played quickly and lots of fun.  Number recognition, probability skills and strategy are all important, but it also boils down to luck.  In addition, kids get extra addition practice when they add up the score.  My girls, ages 7 and 9, love playing this with their family and friends.  (Note: additional game sheets can be downloaded from Blue Orange Games.)

Ages 7-adult, 3-6 players

Flash--the game you can play in a flash!  This is a relatively simple, fun game for kids ages 5 or 6 to adult.  Each player gets 6 dice.  All players roll at the same time and keep rolling until they get the chosen combination (i.e. straight, 3 pairs, etc.).  The die each have a lightning bold on one side, which can be any number desired.  When someone get the chosen combination, they call out "Flash" and grab a scoring chip (the one with the highest points).  When all 8 number combinations have been played, scores for all games are added to find the winner.
dice game
Once again, we loved this game.  I like that anyone can easily win, even the youngest in the group as it is a game based on luck.  It encourages children to concentrate and focus and also helps with addition skills, fine motor and probability.

Ooga Booga
Ages 7-adult, 3-6 players
Ta Rumba Toto (fist bang) Yonka, kiki, grr, (stick tongue out), pooka, ooga, kana, toto, ta, ha...Ooga booga!

What is this craziness?  It is a word chain my daughter just said from a game of Ooga Booga.
memory game
Ooga Booga is reminiscent to the alphabet game I am Going on a trip and in my suitcase I have...  The difference is that the only trip you are going on is one to hilarity and the words are fictitious.  In fact, you are taken back to cave man days and the clan is getting together to chant in search for a new chief. Each player has a hand of card with a picture and a non-sensical word.  The game begins when the first player turns a card with a nonsensical word and picture.  The player says the word, adds "ha" and points to the next person.  That person adds a nonsensical word card to the pile, covering the last word, says the word chain, adds "ha" and points to the next player.  Of course, when someone forgets, says something incorrect or doesn't repeat fast enough, other can challenge by chanting "Pabo, Pabo."  If the player was in the wrong, the player must pick up the pile of cards.  If the challenger was wrong, they pick up the pile of cards.  Either way, a new chain is begun.  Play continues till someone runs out of cards, in which they call out "ooga booga" and are deemed the new chief!
This has to be the most hilarious game we have played as a family.  It is played quickly and win or lose, everyone has fun.  It sharpens memory skills and even speech skills as you are required to say new words.  No wonder it has won so many awards!  We love it so much that I have already ordered 3 more for gifts!  And two are for "kids" over 18! (Amazon sells it for just $11.)

To learn more about any of these games, visit
Disclosure:  Blue Orange provided me with these games in exchange for an honest review.  As always, this review contains my honest opinions.


Remus said...

I haven't heard of either of these. I have been wanting to add to our collection of games for family night.... thanks for the review!

AdventuresFrugalMom said...

wow I love families who play games together. I always wished my family would do this. You found some cool games as well.

Hobbies on a Budget said...

My kids Love games! These sound like fun - especially Ooga Booga! Guess I need to check these out!

Unknown said...

I have never heard of any of these before, but they all sure sound fun! I will definitely consider them while gift shopping this holiday season!

Charissa said...

I love games! Haven't heard of these before, but they sound fun. Hope to try them out one day.

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