For my daughters birthday I was on the lookout for games we could buy her that wouldn't take too long to play so that I could always make her feel she could have Mammy's attention which with 2 children a house and a full time job is sometimes quite difficult. I bought these cards from a toy shop for about £6.99 when we were on a day out although my daughter has never paid any attention to Handy Manny so it wasn't for the fact of the character but more for the fact of the game itself.
The cards come in a cardboard box which after many uses no longer fastens down very well. The box has Handy Manny on the front with some pictures of the cards inside behind him, inside the box you find 4 joker cards, an instruction manual and 28 playing cards. The playing cards are made up of 6 different pictures, there is a pink tape measure on a green background, a hammer on a pink background, 2 screwdrivers on a red background, Handy Manny with his toolbox on a blue background, pliers on an orange background and finally a wrench on a purple background. The backgrounds behind each picture has relevant pictures outlined on it such as behind the hammer there are little pictures of more hammers and some nails, each of the main pictures has a smile and big eyes. The cards are nice and brightly coloured with friendly characters so they do appeal to young children.
According to the instructions the game is not quite played how the game of Dominos was played when I was little. The instructions tell you to deal 6 cards to each player or 5 cards if there are more than 5 players, the rest of the cards are placed face down in the middle of the table. The top of the cardstock is turned over and each player takes it in turns to match a card either end of the cards which are already in play. If a player cannot match or they run out of cards then the player will take from the cardstock in the middle. The joker cards can be played at any time and the instructions state that each player can play one card per game however that won't work when there are more than 4 players as there are only 4 jokers. The winner of the game is the first person to play all their cards once the cardstock is used.
In our game we deal all the cards amongst the players and then we take it in turns to play a card that matches until someone finishes their pile of cards, this is how I was taught dominoes when I was little and i think this way is easier for young children to grasp. My daughter plays the game with ease although she does try and cheat and make sure she gets the double hammer card as the picture is on the pink background which is her favourite colour. The game doesn't take too long to play and helps teach young children patiences whilst waiting for other people to take their go. My daughter enjoys this game and I would say it is quite enjoyable too, the cards are much nicer to look at than traditional dominos and the game didn't cost too much either. The only drawback is that these cards could do with coming in a tin rather than a cardboard box as the box is now useless as it has been played with so much.