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My daughter has recently become a big fan of playing board games. This is something we have been encouraging in the house and we have been on the lookout for new games and activities to play.
Party Party Party is made from the popular Orchard Toys range and retails for around £9.99. We were lucky enough to find a set from our local car boot sale for the bargain price of 50p.
Party Party Party is predominantly aimed at girls rather than boys due to its pink design and appeal of all things sparkly on the box. It's not to say boys won't enjoy playing it, but you do have to get past the packaging first.
** In the Box **
Inside the box you get quite a lot of pieces for a board game. First of all is the board which is in five pieces and placed together in the form of a jigsaw. The pieces are chunky and well made, and cut to the correct size to fit in the box which is a great idea and saved the folding of a board game.
You also get four handbags which require putting together the first time you play the game. Ours were already placed together as it was a second hand game, but you can see it's done by a concertina effect at the bottom which also doubles as slots for holding your game cards later in the game.
The handbags are made from thin cardboard but they appear to be durable, and we have found them to sit well and don't bend without pressure.
You also have eight sturdy cardboard cut-outs of people which have small plastic stands to be placed on. Two of the cut-outs are of two people and the rest are individuals. As the game is for 2-4 players, four of the cut-outs are the playing counters and the remainder sit in the middle of the board which also acts as the place the party is at.
Game cards and a dice are also included. The cards correspond to each picture that is on the playing board and these need to be collected through the game. The cards are of good thick quality card which are consistent with any other Orchard Toys game I have purchased.
** How to Play **
The basic idea of the game is to go around the board collecting cards until you have enough to go to the party. The first player who gets to the party is the winner.
To play each player in turn rolls the dice and moves along the board. When you land, you either pick up an item (these are the cards that are included in the box), collect a present (if you land on a present square and there are four present cards available, one for each player).
You may land on a broken handbag and this means you have to lose an item from you handbag which is where you store any collected cards.
A mobile phone states you have to phone another player. This is the twist of the game as it means whoever you phone has to remove a card from their bag and place it back with the rest.
The main aim of the game is to collect one present card and five item cards before making your way to the party. As you can see from above you can lose your collected cards along the way and this is what makes the game fun and a bit twisted if you're an adult playing it.
We have found a typical game will last around twenty minutes if four people are playing. You go round and round the board until you have collected the required amount of items to reach the party.
** Overall **
I think this game is worth the full price, but I am so pleased we found a bargain. The game is aimed at children 5-10 years but my four year old has no trouble playing it. It's a great aid for counting dice, sharing, competing, laughing and taking turns.
We play this game frequently and I think it may last us until the required ten years.
Like all games from Orchard Toys Party Party Party is a fun and simple way to learn basic skills.
The game is for 5 - 9 years and 2 - 4 players, it is made up of 1 off (jigsaw) playing board, 4 off 3-D handbags, 28 picture cards , 8 off character pieces with stands, 1 dice and instruction leaflet.
The object of the game is to be the first player to fill their handbag with one present and five party accessories and join the party in the centre of the board.
To play the game each player chooses a character and a handbag, the remaining characters are placed in the centre of the board and the picture cards are spread out face up. The youngest player rolls the dice and moves that many places clockwise around the board. If the player lands on a picture or present they place the corresponding card in their handbag, until they have 5 picture cards and 1 present card. If a player lands on a square with a picture of a dropped handbag they lose a card. If a player lands on a picture of a mobile phone they pretend to phone another player and that player removes a card from their handbag. The players continue to go around the outer ring of the board until their handbag is full. Once they have a full handbag the player can proceed to the centre and join the party and win the game.
This is a simple game to play and is great fun, although it is hard to see in the handbags and an adult is needed until the game becomes familiar.
I bought party party party lets shop for my 7 year old niece she loved it at first it was a little complicated as we couldn't figure out how to play but after trial and error we got the game going and she was giggling and laughing with the rest of us.
My little nephew who was 6 at the time also joined in and was able to play.
The game comes with lots of little cards which are a bit fidly but the kids loved them it came with 4 cute purses and female players sorry to the boys in play.
You race your piece around the board throwing the dice and you pick up items you need for the party when you land on them. Once you have everything you need for the party you head off there where partygoes are already dancing in the middle of the board and PARTY!
I myself thought this game was a little tedious but im not in its targets market my niece loved it so it was hit. If your looking for something totally girly and pink to keep the little girls busy this is the game for you.
"Party Party Party" is a decidedly girlie board game aimed at players from 5-9. It is made by Orchard Toys, who are a British games' manufacturer. It was one of the items my daughter recently received for her birthday, and it is already a firm favourite.
If you are familiar with Orchard Toys, you will know that all their games are made of wipeable cardboard and designed to be long lasting. This game has a board which has 4 pieces that slot together to make the game board, 4 paper 3-D handbags and a number of stand up characters, a suitably girlie purple dice and 24 party accessory cards which have printed pictures on them. This is a game for 2-4 players.
The aim of the game it to race your party goer (there's a selection to choose from), around the board by throwing the dice and pick up items for the party. You need to get a present and 5 other items and put them into your bag. You can pick up an item if you land on its picture and if no one else has already taken it. Once your bag is full you must continue to throw your die and make your way to the "party" - the centre of the board. The first player there wins and the rest can carry on until they join the party too.
The handbag has a corrugated bottom into which to stand the cards, before racing to the centre and being the first to party. There is a slight twist, in that if you land on the mobile phone icon you "phone" another party goer of your choice and can nab one of their items. It's pretty simple stuff, and perhaps rather less educational than your typical Orchard game. That said, trying to acquire pictures of bits of make up, jewellery and other "girl stuff" does seem to appeal to a girl audience, my daughter and her friends seem to enjoy this game and are able to play it by themselves as it is straightforward. There is no real challenge or skill involved to this game (other than choosing who to be nasty to when you "phone" them), and it is essentially a game of chance.
The handbags are a fun idea but no longer pristine after a bit of use - they are not as well made as the board and box. The game is maybe a bit "pink" but let's face it exactly the kind of thing that pre-teen girl market seems to have embraced these days. It is probably best suited for girls who will play carefully.
This is a pretty good game for the price that will provide lots of fun. It is currently available as part of the 2 for £15 offer at Argos, which makes it an ideal party gift in my opinion, elsewhere you can expect to pay around the £10 mark. We love Orchard Tiys games in this house, and it is nice to have a game that is a bit more grown up than some of the others we own. I recommend it for any little girl who likes to party!