The weather’s miserable, E has been choked up with the latest bug doing the rounds and we’ve started suffering with four wall syndrome. What better way to pass the time than to play a few board games?
Over the years we’ve collected a rather large amount of board games which we store in what we now refer to as our ‘Bored Cupboard’ because if your ever feeling bored you’re sure to find something to entertain you within the bored cupboard!
We were recently sent the ‘Googly Eyes’ board game from University Games to rate, review and add to our ‘cupboard collection’.
The Googly Eyes board game is an amusing cross between Pictionary and Cadoo. Suitable for seven-years and over, The Googly Eyes board game provides creative, comedy entertainment for four to sixteen players.
Upon opening the Googly Eyes board game we found that the following items were included:
- 1 Game board
- 1 Pair of wacky oversized glasses
- 3 Sets of tinted and textured interchangeable lenses
- 4 Plastic playing pieces
- 1 Drawing Pad
- 1 Pencil
- 1 Die
- 1 Timer
- 54 Challenge Cards (containing 162 Challenges)
How Do You Play Googly Eyes?
The game begins by rolling the die, players may land on one of three colours (yellow, green or blue) which each represent a different level of difficulty.
Players are to split into teams, one member of the team is selected to ‘draw’ whilst the other team members are to correctly identify what is being drawn.
The teams allocated ‘drawer’ then selects the correct coloured card, the timer is set to the correct level of difficulty and the correct lenses are placed into the ‘Googly Eyes’ glasses.
Once the timer begins the player drawing must attempt to draw an image which their team members can guess correctly all whilst wearing glasses which seriously impair their vision! If the team correctly guess the image drawn within the set time they will then be able to roll the die and to move their playing piece further along the board from which their next turn will begin.
Along with coloured spaces, players may also land on other set challenges including drawing with the opposite hand to which they usually write with.
Bending The Rules
As we have a three-year old who is technically too young to play the Googly Eyes board game, we decided to alter the rules a little to enable our little Princess to take part.
We began by splitting into teams of two, one adult per team and then rather than team members having to guess their own teams drawings, we opted for the alternative teams to guess the drawings to make game play possible with a younger player.
Once we had altered the rules a little, game play seemed a whole lot more enjoyable and easier for our children.
Playing The Game
We each took turns in drawing the images from the tasks set on the cards, some of which were rather difficult to draw even from an adults perspective, never mind whilst wearing visually impairing lenses!
My son initially found this game rather challenging as he felt under pressure to draw within a time limit. Once he relaxed into playing this seemed to ease a little especially as each team consisted of one adult and one child working together to support one and other.
Our three-year old daughter even tried drawing a few images of her own having had the information from the card whispered to her by her Daddy. It was great fun to see the kids getting involved and having fun.
The Googly Eyes Glasses
The glasses were a huge hit, both the children seemed to greatly enjoy wearing the glasses and exploring the different textures and tones of the lenses.
J commented that whilst the lenses are set according to difficulty, he actually thinks that what is said to be the ‘medium’ difficulty lenses should in fact be the ‘advanced/ most difficult’ lenses as he found these the hardest to use.
The Googly Eyes board game is certainly entertaining to play, having played this game a few times now I can see that there a number of benefits to game play including:
- Building understanding of consideration of others that may have difficulties with their sight.
- Simple pencil control
- Thinking skills
- Developing patience
- Team work skills
Pricing & Purchasing Information
Our Final Thoughts
The Googly Eyes Board Game is a fantastic entertaining, it is a great game to play with family and friends, providing players with numerous challenges, building a wide range of skills through a set structure all whilst having great fun.
I would certainly recommend this game to friends and family but would suggest that younger players may find this game quite challenging and some rule alteration may need to be carried out for effective game play.
For further information upon the Googly Eyes board game visit the University Games website.
Disclosure: I was sent the above product for the purpose of this post however all opinions are my own.