I was really pleased to be able to purchase this game for only £3.99 in Sainsburys recently as we love Orchard Toys games in our house and this is one that we hadn't played before and I thought the rocket theme would be really good for my little boy as he loves rockets and spaceships and anything of that ilk.
The game follows just about the same kind of play as any other Orchard Toys game, quite a simple formula but it works. Sometimes I feel like if you have one Orchard Toys game you have them all but this one is a bit different although it still follows the, spin for your go, pick up a card, formula like the other games. However, I find that my kids get on with these games really well, pick them up quite easily and then really have fun playing them so I don't mind too much.
From the back of the box we are told: Choose a launch pad and blast into space collecting as many loop-the-loops as you can on the way! At the end of the game count the loops and the player with the most wins.
In this game you have picture cards that are placed face up on the table with the rocket smoke plumes and loop the loop hidden on the underside. You then spin and it will then land on 6 different characters. These include a Spaceman, a planet, a Martian in a flying ship, a regular MArtian, the earth and a sun with rings around it. When you land on one of these pictures you then pick the corresponding card and on the back of this card you will find a plume of smoke that comes from the space ship as it is taking off. This will either have quite a few loop the loops in it or it will be straight. Obviously as you want to end up with the most loop the loops you really don't want the straight bit of smoke.
The spinner is absolutely awesome as instead of a little arrow like you usually get this one features a rocket ship which spins around.
The launch pad features a similar but different picture on it in that it shows either a boy or a girl waving off a rocket as it blasts off from its launch station. Obviously there are six launch pads as this game can be played by up to six people and each one has a different coloured launch pad. The colours featured are red, green, pink, blue, purple and yellow, all with either a girl or a boy waving. I like this because my girl usually chooses the launch pad with the girl on it or the pink launch pad and my little boy chooses one with a boy on. Mummy and Daddy get what they are given!!
The cards are really thick and sturdy and so far look as good as new which is great after quite a bit of heavy play. They are designed really well and are quite dark blue colours which I think goes really well with the space theme.
Orchard Toys say that their fun learning games encourage children to communicate, share and play together. This game develops counting and matching skills, encourages social interaction and turn taking and is linked with the National Cirriculum Maths Key Stage 1. On the box it says is from ages 4-7 but I have started my kids off way earlier than that, (2 and 4) and they play really well with it although they need a bit more help than older kids would need.
I think this game is great as its fun but it is also good for learning too. A game I definitely recommend.