“ Manufacturer: Mattel / Type: Board Game „
I bought this a while ago from home bargains as it was reduced and my boys are mad for Thomas, so I thought a Thomas game sounded really good! I took it out one rainy day thinking it would keep them very enterained, especially my 3 year old but I was a bit underwhelmed by it.
There is not really much to this game, the 4 differently coloured plastic station pieces and one Thomas engine is all that you get in the box, even though the box is quite big and looks like it could have more things inside. I have to admit I really expected there to be a bit more to it.
The concept of the 'game' is very simple - Thomas tells the colour station he wants, and the child must drive him to that station. So for children who already know their colours they won't really learn anything and as the box says 3+, most 3 year olds already know the colours so I think its better for a younger child if you want them to learn something. I would say it is okay for 18 months+.
The other mode is to have Thomas in 'freeplay' where he just says the name of the destination when he goes over each of the plastic stations - which are Brendam Docks, Knapford Station, the Quarry, and Tidmouth Sheds. This is the mode my boys seem to prefer.
It's not really a 2 player game, the instructions for playing with more than 1 player simply says to take turns with it. It would have been much better if two engine were included eg Thomas and James, then 2 could use the game at the same time and it would be more of a game rather than a very basic playset masquerading as a game...
However, even though not quite what I expected my 3 year old and 2 year old still quite enjoyed it. I would say its worth it for young Thomas fans if you get it at a discounted price, and I wouldn't really recommend for children older than 3 years. My 2 year old is enjoying it more as he still asks for it fairly often (although he only plays for 5 mins and puts it back), 3 year old seems more bored of it now.
The idea of a Thomas Game seemed really good, if it was a proper board game or something a bit more too it but it is really really basic!
The only good thing would be that it does not require any reading skills, which is mentioned on the packaging, so atleast very young children can play the game themselves without requiring help from an adult.
This game is currently 10 pounds on Amazon, and I paid a similar price of around 8 pounds from home bargains. I would not say it is worth the retail price of 21.99 considering you get very little in the box! For the discount price I paid it was not too bad but wouldn't say it was a great bargain really. There are much better Thomas toys available than this.
I have also reviewed this on Amazon under the name M. Marikar (but have expanded it here)