Product Type: Drumond Park board games
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Doh! I lost my dough!
Drummond Park Rapidough
Member Name: isobelj
Drummond Park Rapidough
Advantages: Reasonably fun
Disadvantages: Can drag a bit, expensive at full price
We love playing board games, and we regularly have people round for games and drinks (which sometimes works but sometimes descends into a complete drunken chaos). Rapidough is one that we bought hoping that it would become another one of our rotated favourites, but unfortunately we just haven't warmed to it enough for that to happen. As it stands we enjoy getting it out once in a while but we prefer others such as Cranium, Articulate and The Logo Game.
The premise is very similar to Pictionary, but instead of drawing, you mould your word with playdoh. You split into teams and one person from each team is the modeller. A card is selected, and depending on the card type all the modellers could be making the same thing, or they could be doing different things. All the cards are printed on both sides, one side being easier than the other, so you do have an easier option if you're playing with children or if you want a quicker game.
The first team who guesses what their modeller is making wins, and they can use the provided plunger to take away a lump of dough from all the other teams. Alternatively they can choose to reclaim some of their lost dough.
The game is quite versatile, and we often play twists on it. Sometimes we'll forget the plunger and just play first to ten, and other times we'll set a timer for five minutes, give each team a different set of cards, and see who gets the most points.
It's really tempting when you're moulding to do actions because it's amazing how much stuff looks the same when you reduce it to a simple, easily mouldable form. The starting point is nearly always a circle, a cylinder or a square! Usually I find myself trying to think outside the box and mould the individual syllables or you're there all day. You could make it that miming is allowed because I think that would make it more enjoyable for children, I suppose.
We usually play the hard cards and to be honest they can be a bit too hard. None of us are exactly creative geniuses and sometimes if it's something really difficult or something really simplistic in shape then a round can drag on for ages. This is funny at first especially as the modeller gets more and more frustrated with your stupid guesses but after about 5 minutes of guessing rope, necklace, string, chain, thread, fishing line, whip, snake, worm, scarf... you start to get a bit fed up.
The components are reasonably good quality. You get boards to model on, which helps to protect your carpet and furniture, but as with all playdoh it does tend to dry out over time if you're not playing regularly. We usually have to spend a few minutes kneading it out before we can play, and it gets much less malleable when it has started to dry out. Luckily that part can easily be replaced with any kind of playdoh.
Overall this is a reasonably entertaining game but the fact that we probably only get it out twice a year speaks volumes. We like the versatility of it and usually we can't be bothered with the proper rules so we just play however we feel like. It just isn't as engaging or interesting as some of the other games we have.
We got it from a charity shop, so it was only about £3. For that price I'd say definitely snap it up. There's a new look version (ours is purple, this is black) on Amazon for £39.99 and I'm afraid I absolutely couldn't recommend it at that price. For me, it's only an okay game. I'm docking 2 stars because it can get a bit boring and because it's so expensive.
Summary: Limited family fun
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