Wednesday, June 30, 2010

GameWright - Game Review and Give-away

Our family loves to play games together (not just Wii games). Last Christmas, Santa stuffed a couple of new games from Gamewright in our stockings. Amberly got a card game called Sleeping Queens and Utah Dad got another card game called Loot. Both games were instant hits in this house. Since school got out and we have loads of free time this summer, we've been playing lots of games together. The Gamewright games are our favorites.

Sleeping Queens features twelve sleeping queens that can be aroused from slumber by a king or stolen by a knight or put back to sleep by a magic potion. The first player to collect a certain number of queens wins. Along the way, there is some matching, simple math and a few jokers. The cards are sturdy and the artwork is colorful and clever. Amberly immediately loved the game and even Neal was willing to play whenever she asked. It's a quick game so I can squeeze in a round or too while dinner cooks.



Loot is a pirate card game and it's a hoot. There are cards with pirates and cards with merchant ships. At the end of the game whichever player has been able to "loot" the highest number of merchant ships is the winner. The strategy is involved and this game is definitely for older players. Neal gets it. Amberly doesn't. Just like with Sleeping Queens the artwork on the cards is humorous and colorful. There's nothing boring about this game. Utah Dad especially likes this game--probably because he almost always wins.



Because we became such fans of Sleeping Queens and Loot, I wrote several months ago to Gamewright to tell them how pleased we were. I also mentioned that I wrote a blog and would love to do a review of their products. I was delighted last week when a FedEx package hit my front door and I discovered two of Gamewright's newest games.

Dweebies is another card game meant for elementary age children. As soon as we opened the game, my children were clamouring to play. We were all delighted. The game features colorful Dweebies. There's Astronaut Dweebie, Ballerina Dweebie, Fisherman Dweebie and more. It's a matching game with a twist. Using strategy, probability and matching, players try to collect the most cards to win. Again, the game is quick and there's no way it could become tiresome--the Dweebies are too cute.


The second game in the box, was a bit different and completely unique. Rory's Story Cubes are a set of nine dice with random pictures. There are countless ways to play with the cubes. The most obvious is of course to roll the dice and then the player incorporates the pictures into a story. My four-year-old LOVES this game. He cracks himself up with his own (weird) stories and loves to listen to every one's tales. This game inspires creativity to the max. It stretches the imagination. The Story Cubes would come in handy in the classroom, in the tent during a rainy camping trip, a road trip (the box doubles as a handy rolling areas) or any where. I told my husband he should take it to his writing club as a little warm-up exercise. The game can be quick or you can play for hours. It's awesome.



These games are fabulous. I've looked over the Gamewright catalog and their website and I'm excited to get some more. Their prices are also reasonable which makes my budget happy.

Gamewright, these awesome creative geniuses, are also offering
one copy of Dweebies
 to one of my lucky readers.
 How cool is that? You can get in on the fun.


All you have to do to enter is:

Check out the Gamewright website by clicking *HERE*. Peruse their lists of games. Come back to Utah Mom's Life Blog and leave a comment about what game tickles your fancy on this post.

You can get extra chances by:
1. Becoming a follower of Utah Mom's Life Blog
2. Becoming a fan of Gamewright on Facebook
3. Telling all your friends about this give-away on your blog or Facebook.
(Be sure to leave an extra comment for each extra thing you do.)

Entries will be accepted until next Wednesday, July 7th at 11:59p.m. (MST)
The winner will be announced on here the next morning.
This contest is only open to residents of the US.
(I had to have some fine print.)


34 comments:

Heidi B C said...

All the games look so fun. I like duck, duck, bruce and the bingo link. My daughter would love all these creative games to play with.

Heidi B C said...

i'm now a follower

Heidi B C said...

just became a fan of gamewright on facebook.

Heidi B C said...

i posted a link on Facebook about the giveaway!!

mandy said...

the games all sound great! take the cake looks great to me!

mandy said...

i follow!

Rheanna said...

We have Hit or Miss and absolutely LOVE it! I've always wanted to try In A Pickle though-it looks like tons of fun!

Rheanna said...

I'm also a follower!

Rheanna said...

I also blogged about it!

Katie Stoddart said...

I would love any of the games. My kids- especially Cameron- loves games.

Katie Stoddart said...

I am a follower!

Jen said...

All the games looked FUN! Very different from what I usually see :) I liked the Go Away Monsters game. My kids would like that :) I couldn't really decide on all the games ages 3 and up. Thay all looked like fun for my kids :) Great giveaway! Thanks!

Jen said...

I am a follower of Utah Mom's Life

Marcus, Angie & Bug said...

there were a couple games that i thought would be fun for my little kids...hula hippos, feed the kitty, and step to it. they looked simple but fun

Annika said...

I definitely think dweebies sounds fun! I can see my kids loving it!

Annika said...

I'm a follower!

Annika said...

I just fb'd your blog! I hope you don't mind if I follow your awesome example of give-aways!

Strong Family said...

Yay! Love that you blogged about this....what a great website with so many fun games. We liked Pandamonium and Frog Juice and lots of others :-)

Strong Family said...

I'm a follower

Kerri said...

Okay so II'm a follower!

Kerri said...

Posting on my blog....

Kerri said...

The games are REALLY fun. We had a great time trying them out. I'm thinking Ryan's birthday is the 8th and he could really use the Pirate one:)

Candice said...

I think Loot and In a Pickle sound fun.

Candice said...

I'm a follower

Candice said...

I'm a fan

Candice said...

I posted a link on facebook!

Tara said...

I like Dweebies! I think my husband might even play that one with us!

Tara said...

I'm a follower!

Tara said...

I'm a fan!

Ammon and Jen said...

I'm a follower.

Ammon and Jen said...

I was overwhelmed by the possibilities when I looked at their website. I can't choose!! (But hopefully I will win and then I won't have to. :)

Michelle W. Nate said...

I'm a follower and any of those games seem really fun for my family. Thanks! Hope I win.

Michelle W. Nate said...

Leaving another comment...putting it on my blog.

Michelle W. Nate said...

I'm a fan!!!