Product Type: Orchard Toys board games
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Yo ho me hearties!
Orchard Toys Yo Ho Ho
Member Name: cha97mw
Orchard Toys Yo Ho Ho
Advantages: easy to set up and play, few rules to follow so great for young kids, improves memory
Disadvantages: none unless you don't like pirates.
I like having a selection of board games in the house when it is the winter months, and we are lucky that we have been bought many different types of games from my friends and relatives for the boys to play.
One which is quite popular is this Yo Ho Ho pirate game from orchard toys. We have a few orchard toys games now, and all are well thought out, well made, and a lot of fun to play. This particular game can be played with 1-4 players, and is basically the game go fish, but with a pirate theme to it.
There are 40 cards altogether, 4 of each of ten designs. The cards are really thick so even young kids can pick them up without them bending and spoiling the game like you can get with a normal pack of playing cards.
The designs go through a map, a treasure chest, a jolly roger flag, a mermaid, a parrot, a rat, a cat, and 3 different pirates. The images are cartoon like and all printed on a blue background. The back of the cards is a dark blue with the words Orchard toys printed many times on the back in an identical way to other games from the brand.
Setting up the game is really easy. All the cards are placed face down so you can't see the pictures. The aim of the game is for a player to pick up 2 cards to see if they match. If they get a pair, then they keep the cards, if they don't then the cards get turned upside down. The next player then turns over 2 cards and does the same thing. The overall winner is the person who has the most pairs.
The games start off quite tricky, and get easier in my experience as some of the pairs are matched and removed from the game area.
This is a game of memory, and not much else. The person with the best memory will find the most pairs. I find myself having to pretend not to remember to avoid winning myself every time.
My boys both love this game as they love pirates, and they both seem to have good memories for the game. An average game lasts between 10 to 15 minutes for us if we are all playing which is a good length for their attention span. None of us get bored, and this is an easy game with few rules to explain and follow. The variety in pictures would appeal to both boys and girls in my opinion.
They have to concentrate quite hard to find the pairs, and they enjoy the challenge it brings. At first my 3 year old found this tricky, but he has got quite good with some practise.
I think orchard toys make lovely games, and this one is great because if need be, my eldest can play it on his own and still have a lot of fun, and you can't say that about too many games in my opinion. I don't get fed up when I play it, and it is a game suitably sized for taking out with us when we go as all you need is a table or bit of floor space to play.
Summary: Fab little memory game to play with kids.
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