Product Type: Orchard Toys board games
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Orchard Toys Party Party Party
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Orchard Toys Party Party Party
Advantages: well made, appeals to young and old
Disadvantages: gender specific
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.
Summary: a great addition to the games cupboard
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