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We have this game for about two years and still play it every so often. One of its best features is that it can be enjoyed by a range of ages. It consists of 9 large square tiles. Each card is covered on both sides by small pictures of all kinds of things. There are also a pack of colour coded cards, an egg timer and a coloured dice.
How to play:
There are a number of different ways to play, depending on the age of the kids involved. As my three year old likes to join in I tend to keep it simple. You can spread all the tiles out on the table and depending on the colour coded card, everyone will have to find a particular picture on the tiles. The first to spot it shouts 'Pictureka!'. Another variation is for everyone to take one tile and have to find something on that tile only. The egg timer means that there is a time limit within which they have to find what's required.
I love its flexibility because I can vary how we play to cater for my youngest, yet my six year old still loves it and finds it enough of a challenge too. It is really easy and quick to set up - just set out the tiles and your pretty much ready to go. In addition, the rounds don't take long so the kids don't get bored with it. As it doesn't have many parts, its easy to tidy away and there's not too much chance of bits getting lost.
Won't be donating this to the charity shop anytime soon!
My nine year old niece got Pictureka for Christmas last year and it has fast become a favourite for everyone, including myself. The game is still being played on a weekly basis at her house which, in today's world of technology, is testament itself as to how good this game is.
My niece received this as a present but I believe it retails between £15 and £20 and is easily available.
The game comes in a standard games box, square in size and easy to store. The lid is decorated in a similar style to the game tiles (more on them later) with the word 'Pictureka' blazed across in bright red and a set of lips! I'm not quite sure what the purpose of the lips is but all in all its pretty eye catching and does the job. It's a sturdy box, still in one piece seven months later so that's pretty impressive in a house of three kids. The game comprises game cards, tiles, an egg-timer, a coloured dice and a numbered dice.
So what is the game? Well personally I had never heard of it before until I was round at my brothers over Christmas and the kids begged me to play. They explained the rules to be pretty quickly which shows how simple it is.
The game-board is made up of nine tiles each covered in loads of little pictures. These individual tiles are printed on both sides so they tiles can be flips, as part of the game, or just to give the game more variety over time. Players can be individual or teams. A player roles the coloured dice which dictates what colour card they take, this determines how the turn is played. Players then have to find certain pictures on the board in different manners and always timed. For example, a player may have to find just a single picture shown on the card. Or, they may have to find a certain number of something, e.g. stars, within the time space. There are a number of different ways a game may be played, it would make it seem complicated if I explained them all and the game is certainly not complicated at all.
For each turn completed correctly the player or team gets a point, the winner is the first to six I think. Come to think of it that's a bit of a random number; perhaps the wee kiddies have been lying to me!
As you may have already guessed from the tone of my opinion of this is pretty high. First of all the kids love it! The little girl it was bought for is 9 and quickly gets bored of playing more simple games with her younger brother or sister. She loves this game because they can play this with her and they all enjoy it. It is recommended for ages 8 and over, my 7 year old niece can handle it pretty well, surprisingly so can my 5 year old nephew! Granted it has taken him some time and he does do better when he is in a team with an older person but he understands the game well enough to participate which makes it a great game for all the kids! Brilliant!
Now never mind the kids I love it! Granted it wouldn't be my first choice of game for a grownups games night BUT it would certainly feature. I love this game to play as teams with adults and kids, most importantly that's the way the kids like it too.
All in all a fantastic family game. Suitable for all ages and fast becoming a family favourite. I think we can expect to see this one lasting a long time. Hurrah!
If you want a great family game that's fun for Christmas or any other occasion really then you sould certainly contemplate looking at Pictureka made by Hasbro. I own a lot of games made by Hasbro and for me they are one of the best games manufacturers out there today. I bought this game last Christmas for around £14 and myself and family and friends have have a great deal of entertainment from playing it ever since.
So what is this game? Well it's a board game that 2 or more players can participate in and they advise this to be for ages 8 and over which I think is probably just about right. Of course, there are different levels that make the game simpler or harder, so you can play from a much earlier age really if you want.
The game itself consists of 9 large playing boards with a load of pictures on each side of them. These are put down in a square on the board that is 3 x 3. There are various coloured sets of cards and it can slightly complicated from this point. You have to throw a dice with a certain colour on it to determine which set of cards you choose from. If you pick from the blue set there is a picture on the card and when you turn this over the first player to find this picture wins that card. Then the other two sets of cards have different options. For example, you might have the option to find monsters for example. For the green set of cards you have to roll the dice to see how many monsters, for example, you need to find before the clock runs down. Once again if you achieve this then you win again. Throwing red means players can take it in turns to bid how many items they can find. The first player to win six cards wins the game but it's not that easy. I think this is why it's for players of 8 and over as it can get a little confusing but is fast and furious.
This for me is a great game for the family as it never lets up and gets boring as there's always something to do. It's fast moving and challenging too. You should definately try this out to play at Christmas or before.
I like playing board games and always played them a lot when I was growing up myself. My children also like playing them now, but it can be quite tricky as there is a 5 year age gap between them, and I have a teenage stepson, so it's not always easy to find games that we all enjoy. Pictureka is one of those games though, as it has a few different levels to it.
The game comes in a box as shown above. The main part of the game is made up of 9 square cards, covered with line-drawn pictures in a random pattern, on both sides of the card. There are all sorts of things in the pictures - sheep, boat, skeleton and one of our favourites, the farting horse! You set the game up by laying these 9 cards out, any which way round, in a 3 by 3 square.
The game also comes with three different sets of cards, with different colours on the back - there are a lot of blue-backed cards, then some green and some red. These are what give the different levels to the game - I will explain below. There is also a numbered dice, a dice with coloured (red, green and blue) spots on, and a sandtimer.
The idea of the game is basically to take a card and spot the item on that card on the game board. However, this is where the three colours can make it a little trickier. To take a turn, you first roll the coloured dice - whatever colour you roll, you pick up that coloured card.
The blue-backed cards all simply have a picture on them. Everybody plays when it is a blue card, you just have to find that picture, point to it and shout 'pictureka' at the top of your lungs before anyone else does. At first, I thought this would be too easy, and that you would remember where each picture was. However, as there is so much drawn on each game board, and every time you play you put them in a different pattern, different ways up, this doesn't happen. Also, some of the game cards have arrows on the back, which mean you have to turn over, swap, or rotate one of the game boards. My youngest who is 3 absolutely loves these cards, and we generally let him play just with these as he prefers it, and has just as much chance as anyone else of winning his turn.
If you roll a green, it's a bit different. Only one person plays these cards. The green card has three types of object written on it - maybe things that need electricity, noisy things, and legs. You pick which category you are going to spot, and then roll the number dice. You have to find that number of that type of object before the sandtimer runs out. This is really fun.
The red cards are like the green cards, but instead of rolling the dice, you then bid for how many you think you can find, and whoever bids the highest has to go for it - our youngest has NOT got the hang of this and thinks that bidding fifty-four-hundred-ten is mighty fun! He does find the green and red cards tricky because he doesn't always understand the categories, but can often do it with a bit of guidance. The older two love out-bidding each other and then rubbing it in when the other just can't find 22 stinky things!
If you win a turn, you keep that game card, and the game is over once one person has won a certain number of cards.
This really is a great fun game which we all enjoy, it can become quite hysterical. The drawings are very comical and some are downright bizarre, which all adds to the hilarity. By the end of a game you will find people just shrieking 'pictureka' while falling about laughing - and that's always fun!
This was given to us as a gift, but it's available on Amazon for £14.99. It is more of a premium board game price, but I would say it's definitely worth it, the game played as described above is great fun for everyone, but we have also had lots of quick 5 minute blue-cards-only sessions, especially with my youngest. Recommended.
Find it fast, find it first! This is truly a fantastic game for all the family!
It's become a bit of a family tradition to spend Christmas time playing games as a family. On Christmas day our family ranging from 6 yrs to 78 yrs enjoyed a wild game of Pictureka!
The game is comprised of 9 double sided cards which you place in a 3 by 3 grid, 3 coloured sets of cards and 2 dice.The aim of the game is to spot objects from a range of curious cartoons including a pile of poo and a farting horse (favourites for the children in my house!), musical notes and cartoon figures and to collect cards. The first to six is the winner!
Sounds simple? Well ,add the opportunity to rotate, flip and swop
cards, take personal challenges or bid on how many objects you can swop before the time runs out and it really is fun for all the family!
No two games are ever the same so the fun never ends!
'Pictureka!' is a board game for 2 or more players, age 8+. Why they've put this age on it I don't know as it can be played by children much younger. It can be played on different levels to make it simpler or harder depending on the ability of the players and how much time you want to spend playing it. It's fast, fun and a nice change from the ds/wii/xbox etc.
How To Play
Basically you have 9 playing boards with LOTS of pictures printed on both sides. You set them down in a 3x3 square. There are three different coloured sets of cards- and this is where it gets a bit complicated! You throw a coloured dice to determine which set of cards you pick from.
The blue set simply have a black and white picture on each card- you turn it over and the first player to find that picture wins the card. At this level the game is suitable for young children and adults alike- although it's not as easy as it sounds to find the pictures. There are so many pictures on the board game it can make your head spin!
The other two sets of cards have three different options of things to find e.g. 'monsters', 'beards', 'something you find in a bathroom'. For the green set you roll the number dice to determine how many of the objects you need to find before time runs out (timer included!), if you succeed, you keep the card.
If you throw a red, players take it in turns to 'bid' how many of the items they can find- the highest bidder takes the turn and if they succeed, win the card. My kids 9 (aged 6 and 9) found this a bit difficult- the 6 year old thinking he could find 100 things that fly in half a minute! We tend to use these cards the same as the green ones for that reason!
Oh, and just to confuse you even more- some cards have symbols on the back which instruct you to flip, swap or rotate one of the nine game boards! This is a good little twist which means there's no point trying to memorise where the pictures are!
The first player to win 6 cards wins the game (of course you could increase this to make the game longer/ more difficult)
This game was nothing like I'd expected- I'd seen it before and assumed it was similar to pictionary which we already own, so I never thought of buying it. My son got it for Christmas and the whole family love it (except grandad who complained the pictures weren't clear enough!!!) It is fast and fun, and best of all the whole family can play with a fairly equal chance of winning. Like I mentioned before you can change things to make it easier or more difficult. It's a very simple but clever idea, and I'm sure it will be played many times during the long winter nights ahead!
A new family game for Christmas is somewhat of a tradition in our house!Over the years some of these have been more successful than others. The long winded comlexityof Monopoly, for example, is NOT a good choice for Christmas afternoon with young children (or so we found out!) Anything requiring batteries is also risky (why do they ALWAYS require the one size of battery you have forgotten to buy?)Twister, on the otherhand, when played after a couple of glasses of Christmas fizz can be very entertaining for children and parents alike!
So on to this year's choice . It was difficult to choose as I was looking for a game that could be played by 6 children,(well OK 5 really as the 20 month old really isn't up to games yet!) ranging in age from almost 4 to almost 12.....Tricky!
And then I stumbled on Pictueka in the Sainsburys' half price toy sale. It does say from age 6on the box, but I thought I would chance it andsee how it went down. After all it was only spotting pictures- so I thought it worth a go!
It was greeted withgreat enthusiasm on Christmas morning by the older children, with choruses of " Oh,cool, we've always wanted that!"...hmmm...first I knewof it! Then we come to Christmas afternoon, dinner hasbeen eaten,glasses of Christmas fizz have been drunk, and I am sneaking aquick 5 minutes sit on the sofa....when I realised that 5 of the children are missing,and, even more worryingly it is quiet! But,then I realised that the silence is broken every now and then by a single word...."Pictureka" shouted with great enthusiasm and glee! Upon further investigation I discover the 5 children sataround thetable thoroughly enjoying the new game -and all done without argument or adult intervention!
**How It Works**
Theplay board actuallyconsists of 9 smaller square boardswith pictures on both sides. The advantage of that is that it means they can be arranged in many different ways to change the positions of the picures and thus stop those more experienced in playing it from having the advantage of remembering where the pictures are on the board!
The game can then be played in different ways, which can be adapted depending on the age and skill level of those playing.
At its simplest level, random cards can beselected with a picture on and then the first player to spot the picture on the board shouts"pictureka" and wins that card. The winner than being the peron with the greatest number of cards.This is actually harder than it sounds as the pictures are all drawn in quite an abstract way and whilst the pictures on the selection cards are balck and white, the colouring used in the pictures onthe board often make it tricky to pick them out! However, played at this simple level,my almost 4 year old was able to join in well and managed to win a few cards ahead of her older siblings!
At a more advanced level youcan be required to find a certain number of a particular item, or you can add an element of gambling and "bid" as to how many items you think you can locate in a certain time!
Overall this seems to bean excellent game. The idea-a board covered in pictures to spot- is simple, yet there are many varied possibilities to provide hours of entertainment for all ages.
Although recomended from age 6, I think a younger child would be able to cope with the simpler levels,whilst the more complicated game play would provide great fun for adults and older children.It is simple enough to be enjoyed by children on their own, yet entertaining enough for a night infor you and your friends!
All in all a good choice for this year's Christmas game,and with lot less potential for injry after a glass or two of fizz than Twister!
Pictureka must have been a real 'must have' for xmas 2008. It sold out rapidly online and I was lucky to get one in my local toy store.
Its a bit like the old I Spy games published by Scholastic. Good old observational fun. A 3x3 gameboard is put down which is covered in intricate illustrations.
The idea of the game is to be either first or fastest to find an object randomly turned up by a dice roll / card selection combo. Collect the most cards to win.
For example: Be the first to spot a rocket. Find 5 cows in 30 seconds. Find 8 things that can fly after winning the bid.
Overall, this is a great family game. Fast and furious finding fun. I would recommend it for a night in with mates or something to do with the kids when they get bored.
Pictureka contains: 100 different mission cards in 3 categories. Includes 9 two-sided gameboard tiles, 108 cards, dice, timer and instructions.
For 2 or more people aged 6+
Find it fast! Find it first! Collect the most mission cards to win! Pictureka is the exciting game of visual hide & seek! Place the 9 game board tiles on the table in a 3 x 3 grid. Players than take turns rolling the dice, selecting a mission card and trying to find objects fast or first! Players either have to find a matching image or objects that fall into a category like "things that can fly"! Three different card decks; blue, green and red keep the game exciting! Red means that you make a bid to how many items you will be able to find on the board! Blue - everyone plays and the first to find the item indicated gets a point! Green means that you read the number on the die rolled and find that many of the item given on the misson card! Watch out, the gameboard can change on any turn! Special mission cards instruct players to turn over, rotate or switch one of the 9 gameboard tiles! In this game its finders keepers: you get the card if you find the object fast or first! Collect enough cards to win, and you're the Pictureka champ! A great way to improve observation and memory skills!