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A Nice Quiet Game!
Tomy Sssh! Don't Wake Dad
Member Name: wendybull
Tomy Sssh! Don't Wake Dad
Advantages: Keeps the young ones amused
Disadvantages: Can be repetative
The adverts were rolling around prior to Christmas and one of the games my children saw and wanted was Don't Wake Dad. It was around the £15 mark in all the major shops and Amazon so I decided against it in the end but I recently saw it in a charity shop for £4.00 and snapped it up.
The premise of the game is to make it around the board from your bed to the fridge, without waking up the sleeping dad in the bed in the middle of the board. This is done by rolling the dice and moving along on coloured squares around his raised bed. If you land on a square and do not have the corresponding card to match it, you have to press a button on his alarm clock the same number of times as the number on the square.
The sleeping dad will eventually pop up, during one of these alarm clock presses, and the player who "woke him up", has to go back to the beginning again.
I love this type of game that I can play with my children. It is easy for them to understand and there are no hard words for them to try and decipher. All they need to know are their colours and their numbers from 3 to 8, as these are the only numbers shown on the cards. I have a 7 year old son and a 4 year old daughter and both are confident with these skills. The box suggests a recommended age of 4+ and this is probably about right, although I can't see a child past about 8 years old enjoying it for too long.
Another thing I like about it is the sleeping dad in his bed. It adds something a little more interesting to the game as there is a real "toy" bed and dad in the middle of the board. You can't take it off the board but the dad can be removed when you pack away, although I don't do this as the board fits into the box, dad, bed and all without dismantling it. It does take 2 AA batteries to make dad snore, but I am still using the ones that were in the game when I brought it from the charity shop so I am guessing this is not a game that will eat the batteries.
It is very much a game of suspension, as the children (and myself) almost hold our breath when we are pressing the alarm clock button, just anticipating the dad sitting up in bed and his nightcap flying off. It does actually make you jump and as the waking action is very random, you really don't know when it will happen. If you land on a square with the number 8 on it, and don't have the matching card, you almost shout with anticipation as you press the button 8 times, thinking any minute you will get sent back to the start.
This is a good idea for the games age range as well. It is hard for younger children to be "out" of a game and so just having to start again from the beginning of the board means they can still participate but learn to accept they will not be in the lead or win all the time. This doesn't mean that you won't win if you get sent back of course, as any player can wake dad at any moment and get returned to the start line.
Overall this is a really fun game that both my younger children enjoy very much, and as each game takes on average 5 to 10 minutes to play it is something that is easy to fit in between jobs and school runs etc. Luckily it can be played with 2 to 4 players, so even when my son is at school myself and my daughter can still enjoy a quick game giving her pleasure but giving me satisfaction that she is learning from the colours, numbers and turn taking as well.
I highly recommend this game if your children like Buckaroo, Shark Bite, Pop up Pirate or any suspension game that makes them jump - it is well worth looking out for.
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