Friday, 24 July 2015

Summer Boredom Busting Games from MEGABLEU

It’s only just the summer holidays, yet the children are apparently “bored” and mummy is officially exhausted already!  So a delivery of games from MEGABLEU was very timely indeed.  The great thing is each one is very entertaining but still simple enough to get the hang off, so your children can play them on their own, giving us parents a very welcome moments peace (huge sigh of relief!).

Ultimate Spiderman (5+ years RRP £32.99)

This game proved to be very popular with both my boys (aged 6 and 8).  You shoot Rhino as many times as you can before the time runs out.  My six year old keeps this in his room and if he is ever at a loose end he starts playing it again.  He really likes it because its Spiderman themed but he also quite enjoys trying to beat his high score and competing with his brother and friends.  All the children who visit our house are keen to have a game.  It certainly seems appealing for the age range it’s aimed at.

You need to close the curtains so it’s dark enough to see the projection, but other than that there is not a huge amount to do in terms of preparation.  There are 3 difficulty levels depending on how much of a challenge you like.  I am quite happy for my boys to play this game as it encourages them to be more active, running around after the next projection, burning some surplus energy!

Ghost Hunter is the original version but they now have the NEW Spiderman one I reviewed above and a Toy Story themed set.  It is useful to know you can buy a different set depending on the interests of your child.  Although I think whichever one you decide upon it will be well received by them.

Creepy Hand (7+ years RRP £24.99)

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This is quite a novel game; the creepy moving hand was a definite talking point.  Once the boys got over their (short-lasting) initial fear of the hand they wanted it to keep pointing at them as it walked around in a little amusing circle.  It is a great way to learn some facts about your fellow players when they decide to answer a truth, although personally I am not sure if I want to know whether any of them had eaten snot!!! 

The dares are quite varied, hum a theme tune, pretend to be a pirate (easy with my crush on Hook on Once Upon A Time) and flamenco dance to name but a few, some are fairly challenging depending on your skill base!

You can do a forfeit if you are unsuccessful with your challenge for one last chance to try and hang onto your card.  Again this game is not complicated to play as long as the children playing have a good level of reading ability.  They can keep themselves amused and learn lots more about their friends.  It would probably work even better in a bigger party set-up, although I could see a few potential blushes when the player answers about which person playing is the most attractive!

My six year old liked this game; I think the 7+ rating might be down to the reading ability required, as he cannot manage to read the cards on his own.  Although younger children might find the moving hand scary.

COBRATTACK (5+ years RRP £24.99)

I loved the idea behind COBRATTACK, it’s like the classic childhood game statues where when one person turns you freeze in position.  In this case when the cobra’s eyes are red you must remain still as he is watching you!  When they go green you quickly try and get closer to your prize (the emerald on the basket).  If I am honest we did find this very tricky – not once did any of us get the emerald!  But we still found it to be interesting to play.  I guess we liked the challenge, hopefully one day that sacred emerald will be ours!!!

So if your wondering what to do this holiday head to the MEGABLEU website and purchase some games!

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