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Manufacturer: Lego / Family board game / 3-8 players / Age: 7 Years+

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      21.02.2014 17:26
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      Great game made by the familiar Lego Company, fun for everyone.

      LEGO
      Lego has been very popular since it was created, in 1932 (when they were wooden blocks) and remains popular today, from young children to adults enjoying Lego for playtime and even building structures. The name Lego was chosen in 1934, the name was taken from two Danish words 'Leg Godt' meaning 'Play well.' It wasn't until 1947 that they changed the material to plastic and two years later they became the interlocking, plastic pieces that we know today.

      Lego is great way to learn and develop, becoming and exploring the creativity side, by clipping the solid cube/cuboid pieces together with the simple yet complex design, with the top of the pieces having raised circular knobble, which fits flush within the indent of the bottom of the pieces, clipping and holding the pieces together.

      Over the years Lego have increased their range adding different types and shaped pieces and themed sets that come with instructions on how to build them, still giving you the option to re-build it however you wish but giving you a guide. They have also bought out board/building games for groups of people to enjoy and play together, such as Creationary.

      CREATIONARY
      Creationary is a 3-8 players game, for 7 years and older, which tests your building skills, creativity and guessing power and has an estimated game play of 30-60 minutes.

      CONTENTS
      Upon opening the box, which has Lego people playing the game on the front, with a white background, you will find a black plastic tray, with 13 compartments; these hold all the game pieces, 96 cards, buildable die, Lego pieces and the extra pieces like the wheels and little character you can use in your scenes.

      The 6 sided die has interlocking pieces just like other Lego bricks, but instead of the usual die with numbers from 1-6, you have to place on the category tiles. The categories are nature - which is a green tile with an image of a tree, buildings - which is a red tile with an image of a house, vehicles - which is a yellow tile with an image of a car and Things - which is a blue tile with an image of a spanner. The last 2 remaining tiles are a black question mark tile, which allows the builder/player to select which ever category they would like and an orange tile which means double points.

      HOW TO PLAY
      The game also includes an instructions leaflet of how to play, there are a few different explanations but the aim of the game is to roll the die, pick up a playing card (depending on the difficulty, you will select a card with either 1 question mark, which is the easier difficulty, 2 question marks for medium difficulty level or the card that has 3 question marks on the reverse, for the highest difficulty level.) and build the relevant item with Lego pieces. The cards have 4 pictures on, one for each category, so if you were to roll a tree, you would choose the nature category and build what you see.

      The person to guess the correct answer wins a point and so does the builder, you can keep track of your points by keeping a card, 1 card = 1 point. If nobody guesses then no one is rewarded points.
      You can play this is groups, teams or separate guessers.

      WINNER SELECT
      The winner is selected either after a certain time frame, if somebody reaches a certain amount of points or when everyone has had a go at building.

      TIME LIMIT
      There is no time limit on how long you have to build but we like to set a timer for 2 minutes to make the game more interesting, difficult and to speed things on. We like to choose a winner when we have had so many goes each, we select the number of goes before we start the game, so we are all clear and nobody is cheating.

      OUR EXPERIENCE
      We first came across this game in our local B&M store, sitting on the end isle with a Lego Star Wars game. Beings as I love creating and enjoy Pictionary, which is also a guessing game and my partner, even in his 20's still being a lover of Lego, but then who isn't? We went for Creationary as more it was more versatile, suiting more people and would be great when friends and family were over.

      This is a fun game, for both young and old, male and female, but we do adjust the rules to our own needs, by adding a time limit on each turn, as mentioned above, just to help it along and giving us more than one turn per person.

      We love how you can change the rules to suit your needs, the ease of playing and how they incorporated the dice to be a piece of Lego too. We believe that it could do with a few more pieces or more varied pieces and maybe they could have included a timer, writing underneath each picture on the cards, as to what they actually are, would have been very useful too, as we (and others have stated) aren't always sure what it is supposed to be that we are having to make, so either roll again for a different category or change the card.
      It is very well made, just like Lego's other products, we expect quality and that is what you get.

      I would definitely say this is a good game to have in your cupboard though, so would recommend this.

      COST AND AVAILABILITY
      This game is available to buy from most toy stores, online auction sites and sites such as play.com and Amazon, it is occasionally in supermarkets and stores like B&M, which change their stock regularly. Currently selling for between £15-£30 (Feb 2014) so can vary quite a bit, we were lucky to find it for £15 at the time of purchase. But the Lego website itself has stated this is a retiring game and cannot be bought through Lego themselves and might not be available in other stores soon.

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        16.07.2012 12:49
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        Good idea but doesn't work well in practice!

        I bought this game for my daughter who is is a big lego fan. I liked the idea of it because we love playing games and pictionary has been a long-time favourite in our family. We already had two other lego games which we enjoyed.

        The game:
        Lego Creationary is a game for 3-8 players, the suggested age is 7+ and Lego advise the game will last 30-60 minutes.

        Aim of the game:
        If I was to say its like pictionary with lego I'm sure most people would get the idea? You roll the dice which gives you a category, the choices being nature, vehicles, buildings or things. If you roll a question mark you get to chose your own category (before you look at the card), if you roll 'x2' then the player to your left choses for you with the chance to win double points. You then pick up a card and build a creation using the lego pieces. There are three sets of card - basic, advanced and expert. All the other players must attempt to guess what you are building, and if guessed correctly both you and the guesser score a point. The first to five points is the winner.

        Like other lego games there are several suggested variations on the basic game.
        BIG SCORES where the number of points you score depends on the level of card you chose - 1 for basic, 2 for advanced, 3 for expert, and the first to 10 is the winner.
        EVERYONE AGAINST THE CLOCK a time limit is set at the start of the game, suggested 15 minutes and the aim is to guess as many creations correctly in this time. There is no winner as everyone is playing as a team but its suggested to aim to beat your score next time.
        BUILD ANYTHING chose you own creation within the category you roll.

        I'm sure people could come with a few variations on the rules themselves as well, playing in team like with pictionary for example.

        The pieces and setting up:
        The pieces come in mixed pakets which have to spearated by colour and each colour placed in a compartment in the plastic divider inside the box. The dice is built by clicking the faces onto a cube. It doesn't take too long to set up and all of the pieces are of good quality.

        Experience of playing the game:
        Some of the suggested creations are very hard for example a log, the Taj Mahal, a piece of meat, Sydney Opera House - these examples are from the first four 'expert cards I just picked up (note they also require a knowledge of famous building other examples include Stonehenge, The Whitehouse, The Colosseum, and a few I don't recognise never mind your average 7 year old), Basic cards do give easier concepts at least e.g. a tent, a snail, a petrol station, computer, castle but these are still pretty tricky things to build. Or maybe what I should say is they are pretty tricky things to build at any great speed and without careful consideration. Which is where the game falls down, compared to Pictionary (or Charades or Articulate ) which is fast moving and fun, creationary is slow and boring, even if you were to add a timer element it still wouldn't work as well as I suspect that just means a lot of creations would not guessed. On thinking about why Lego is enjoyable to play with I think people tend to fall into two categories of Lego builders, thos who like to follow the rules and systematically build the piece; and those who like to use the blocks to play around and make their own creations (my daughter does both, maybe most people do), neither of these things are done quickly!

        Conclusion:
        We've only played this game a handful of times. My daughter now mostly uses the lego pieces to make weird and wonderful buildings.

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          07.04.2011 12:06
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          Great idea for using your imagination and building skills

          Going back about a year or so, I wanted to get a game for my son that was a little bit different, something that didn't involve a games console, a game who's brand I know I could trust and I wanted all this for a semi reasonable price. So I ended up buying this "Lego Creationary Game" I got it from Argos and it cost me £24.99

          Lego

          Lego is by far one of the most popular toys ever made, I recently had an argument with my son about how Lego began, he claimed Lego started off as wooden toys, I dismissed him instantly, telling him Lego had always been plastic blocks. He was adamant that he was right, so I decided to find out for myself. After a bit of goggling, I found my son was indeed correct. It was a carpenter from Denmark who began making these wooden toys in 1932 and it was later in 1934 when his company became known as Lego. Apparently Lego is a Danish phrase which means "Play Well". It wasn't until 1947 that plastic bricks were introduced and then in 1949 they became plastic interlocking bricks.

          The success of Lego has just grown and grown. Since turning plastic, Lego have created so many different themed sets, from County Life to Space Ships. There has been Castles, Forts, then Bionicles, Lego games, right through to 2010's Hero Factory characters. The list of things Lego have produced is endless, They have even gone down the technic route producing many exciting sets in that range. They just seem to grow bigger and better all the time. So much in fact, they have there very own Lego theme park "Lego-Land" not to mention the life size house James May helped to build.

          I can see the forever popular "Lego" going on forever, as no one ever seems to tire of it, everyone just seems to look forward to what Lego will come up with next.


          Lego Creationary Game

          This is a game made to test your imagination, creativity, building and guessing skills.

          What you get in the box

          The actual game consists of the box which holds the plastic building tray, this is the tray that holds the Lego pieces, with 13 individual compartments, eight of which hold the bricks of each available color, four of which are smaller compartments, these hold the little extra pieces, including wheels, little figures and the dice. The dice is made to look like Lego itself, it's no ordinary dice with numbers 1 to 6, no, this dice shows six very different sides, which are as follows:

          A question mark, this is free choice, you may choose any category.
          A car, this is the vehicles category.
          A tree, this is the nature category.
          A spanner, this is the things category.
          A house, this is the buildings
          A x2, this is a double. Instead of one point awarded for each correctly guessed creation, you are awarded 2 points.

          The last compartment holds the cards for the game. The cards consist of three different difficulty levels shown by 1, 2 or 3 question marks, easy medium or hard, you can decided who uses which level depending on age and ability.
          There is no game board included as one is not needed in this game.
          Also included are the instructions for the game.


          Playing the game

          Youngest player always goes first. There are four playing modes for this game, so before you begin you have to decide which mode you wish to play in, the modes are as follows:

          MODE 1 One builder - up to seven guessers. In this mode one person builds while everyone else guesses what they are building, the builder will roll the dice and take a card, then without anyone seeing the card, the builder then starts to build what is on the card under the category rolled on the dice. You can chose to let the guessers have multiple guesses or just one each. The person to guess correctly gets a point and so does the builder. If no one guesses correctly no points are awarded. Once each player has had a go at being builder, the player with the most points wins.

          MODE 2 One guesser - up to four builders. In this mode the guesser rolls the dice, each builder takes a card and starts to build whatever it is on the card within the chosen category. The guesser in turn attempts to guess what each builder is building, if the guesser guesses correctly, both he and that particular builder get a point. If the guesser cannot guess then no points are awarded. When the guesser has guessed at all the creations, another person becomes the guesser and play continues. When all players have been the guesser, the player with the most points wins.

          MODE 3 Team - play. In this mode you have 2 - 4 teams of two or more players. One player rolls the dice to select the category, then one player from each team takes a card that only he sees and he then attempts to start building, his team mates have to try and guess what he is building, and the first team to guess correctly gain a point. You can play until each player has had a roll of the dice or the first to 5 points. The team with the most points win the game.

          MODE 4 Collaborative play - one team against the clock. In this mode a time limit is set, then the challenge is to set the house record for most correct guesses, in that amount of time. One player rolls the dice to select the category, takes a card then starts building what is in the selected category, everyone else guesses, if it is guessed correctly the card is scored and the next player has their turn. The idea here is to guess as many as you can within the given time limit, then play again to see if you can beat your record.

          Of course there's no law saying you can't change the rules to the game, you can play the game however you wish. Change and adapt the game to suit you and your family. For ages 7 years and up, for 3 to 8 players. Currently £24.99 from Argos.


          Our experience

          I thought this would be a great idea as we all love Lego (Who doesn't?) When we first opened the box we were greeted with a black plastic tray filled with individual plastic packets which held the colored bricks and the little extra bits and bobs including the dice. The dice incidentally, is great it's made to look like Lego, the six sides are flat pieces of Lego that can be removed from the dice, with a tiny little black plastic spanner, that's included with the set. The cards were wrapped in cellophane and everything seemed to be very neat and in order. However once we'd opened up all the packets, none of us could resist the shiny new Lego pieces and we all dived straight in, just building whatever we wanted. There's something about new Lego that makes you just want to stick your hands in and get building.

          We did eventually play the game in the correct manner. We decided to play in mode 1. There was three of us playing so my son went first. What I found whilst playing the game, was the amount of different pieces the game provides didn't seem to be enough. A lot of the things the cards ask you to build are actually quite difficult when it comes down to it, even the easiest things marked in the easy, one question mark category were hard to do with the pieces provided. I think the game would be a whole lot better with just a huge mish mash of Lego bricks to chose from, as you are extremely limited as to what you can make, as there isn't a great deal of Lego included with the game. My creations were not turning out how I pictured they would, no one had a cat in hells chance of guessing what I was building, I think I even forgot what it was supposed to be. To be honest, we did have lots of fun, even if it did seem to be me at the receiving end of everyone's bad jokes concerning my creations. I didn't want to play in the other modes because I was useless at the game, so they let me just play with the Lego, and I was quite happy and content. (I am older than 4, honestly)

          Although I seemed to have a hard time with the game, at Christmas my daughter and her boyfriend played the game with my son and the three of them got on really well with it, just using the pieces provided. I suppose it's down to the individual playing the game, if you have a great imagination and can build great creations from a small amount of Lego bricks, then I'd say this game is perfect for you or even if you have some Lego already lying about the house, you could add it to the game which would make it easier to create the various different things asked of you.

          The overall quality and durability of the game are good, but then you'd expect nothing less from Lego. The toys and games Lego produce, do indeed go from strength to strength. The imagination and creativity of the Lego company, never fails to amaze me.

          I have to admit, I do prefer to just play with the Lego rather than play the actual game, but that's just me because I'm a Lego freak. I've decided to give this "Lego Creationary Game" 4 stars as I like the Lego but the game is too hard for me.

          Thank you for reading my review also posted on Ciao

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            12.05.2010 12:32
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            A safe bet for a lego fan of virtually any age

            My other half, at the age of nearly 30, loves lego. I love the game Pictionary. It was therefore inevitable that when we saw the game 'Creationary' it was going to have to be an addition to our household.


            What is it?

            Creationary is essentially Pictionary with Lego. It comes with a rule book suggesting several different ways you can play it but each way basically comes down to pick a card, look at the picture on it and make what the picture shows using lego, hopefully to a standard that allows the other players to guess what it is.


            How easy is it to play?

            Very, if you have lego 'skills'. Less so, if like me you're a lego novice and lack imagination. Thankfully the creators of Creationary have tried to allow for this by producing cards of different difficulties, so younger/less talented players can still play and be presented with less challenging items to make.


            Whats the quality like?

            Good, obviously - Lego are renowned for their quality and this is no different.


            Is it good value?

            Well, like all Lego is not cheap, but you do get over 100 lego bits to make your creations with and it is a game that can engage lots of age groups - the box suggests from age 7 but younger children would probably be able to play with help. And of course it draws in all the 'big kids'...


            Would I recommend it?

            Yes, but with reservations. Its novel and fun, but the multiple parts make it potentially a rather messy game prone to being rendered useless by careless tidying up and because of the time it takes for the 'creations' to be made it risks being far more fun for the player doing the making than for everyone else.

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              With a few tweaks here and there it could be a great family game.

              I bought this game for my kids for Christmas. I spotted it on offer in Argos, and as our whole family love board games and playing with Lego it seemed ideal! I must admit though, it didn't live up to my expectations, I'll explain why shortly, firstly let me tell you a bit about the game...

              ***Setting up***
              The game comes in quite a large box, about 43 x 27 x 6cm. Inside the box is a plastic tray with 13 different sections. You also get little plastic bags full of Lego pieces, and three sets of cards. The pieces are all good quality as you would expect from Lego. Firstly, you have to divide all the Lego pieces into their separate colours into the tray. Which begs the question- why didn't they bag them up in their separate colours to begin with? This was annoying to say the least as it took a good 10 minutes to sort them all out. You then shuffle the cards and set them face down on the table in three piles- easy, medium and difficult. You then have to 'build' the dice, which involves clicking 6 coloured Lego squares onto the sides of the dice. The sides of the dice show each of the four categories, which are 'nature', 'buildings', 'things' and 'vehicles'. The other two sides of the dice are 'choose', where you choose your category before taking a card, and 'double', where the player to your left chooses your category and you win double points if they guess correctly what you've built.

              ***Aim of the game***
              This is basically like Pictionary, but with Lego. You build something; the other players have to guess what it is. You get points for guessing correctly as well building well, and the one with the most points at the end of the round wins.

              ***Playing the game***
              The instructions give you four options of how to play the game.
              1. One builder and up to seven guessers
              2- One guesser and up to four builders
              3- 2 to 4 teams of two or more players
              4- One team against the clock.

              In each game the dice is rolled to determine the category, a card is picked to determine the object within that category, and that object must then be built well enough for other players to correctly guess what it is. Guessers and builders get a point for each correct guess. I was expecting the cards to show detailed diagrams of how to build the objects but was disappointed to find instead illustrations of the objects. This meant it was difficult for the kids sometimes to build the objects shown from the Lego pieces given! Examples of things to build are- banana, chair, birdhouse (easy), reindeer, train, toilet (medium), cabbage, blender, husky and sledge (difficult). My six year old son particularly struggled and he loves building things from Lego (although in fairness it does say age 7+ on the box). This meant that after a short while the kids were pretty frustrated and bored, although they did manage to build well enough for me to guess what they were making. Perhaps playing in teams would be better with young children?

              The different 'modes' of play determine who rolls the dice/ picks the card, and whether you play against each other or the clock. I like this idea as you can vary the game each time and not get bored with it. It also gives you some ideas on how to change the game further by inventing your own rules and using your imagination.

              As I said the recommended age is 7, however I think younger children would enjoy joining with the building and guessing with some help. It states that's it's for 3-8 players and that each game lasts 30-60 minutes. I find we can easily play for an hour now that my son is more used to the game and realises that his creations are never going to look exactly like the illustrations on the cards. So far we have only played it in a group of four, I think it would definitely be more fun with more players.

              ***Summary***
              I thought this game was ok- I wasn't blown away by it and I don't know if it's worth the full price if I'm being honest, although Lego products are expensive in general. I was expecting the cards to be more instructive, and really I feel you could play a similar game with regular Lego bricks and a little bit of imagination- in fact the children would probably have preferred this as they could then decide what to build for themselves! It does make a nice change from the Wii and DS though, and it definitely gets everyone thinking. It claims to be 'a challenging game to test your imagination, creativity, building and guessing skills to the max', and I really can't argue with this.

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