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Lego 3848 Games: Pirate Plank
Member Name: supersonic75
Lego 3848 Games: Pirate Plank
Date: 05/12/11, updated on 06/12/11 (62 review reads)
Advantages: Good quality, LEGO brand, fun for children
Disadvantages: Difficult instructions and much smaller in appearance
Because my son Kieran's birthday falls within a few weeks before Christmas (as does my younger son - timed that a bit wrong didn't I?), his dad and I always give him the option of a more for Christmas and smaller presents for birthdays which he is always in favour of.
I wanted him to have a few presents at least to open on his birthday, and as he is a massive fan of all things lego and loves pirates I thought Pirate Plank by Lego seemed the ideal gift for him.
*~*What is it?*~*
The aim of Pirate Plank is to be the last pirate standing, and avoiding being made to walk the plank where you will end up being fed to the sharks, ultimately ending your turn in the game.
Pirate plank is a modern take on the traditional board game, and is suitable for ages 7 upwards and can be played by 2 to 4 players with each game lasting on average 10 to 20 minutes according to the instructions. It is made up entirely featuring lego pieces and firstly you are required to build up the board from scratch, and even the special dice included is a large lego piece.
Included are four small lego pirates and one captain - which are much smaller than the average lego man, and seemingly have no arms or legs which Kieran wasn't too impressed with to start with I must say!
As mentioned there is also a lego 'dice' (read on), enough lego to form the pirate ship, 4 'planks', sharks, a captain and a large blue base which simulates the sea.
*~*Price, packaging & availability*~*
I purchased this for £12.99 from my Littlewoods catalogue only because I had a hefty sum of commission saved up so in actual fact this came for 'free', though I have seen it around the £8.99 mark at Toy Master and of a similar price at other retail outlets that sell toys and games so it's worth looking around for (including online).
The game comes presented in a rectangular shaped cardboard box, which is predominantly white with cartoon lego images of the game on the front. On the underside of the box there is a list of what's included and a brief synopsis of the game which is given in four different languages, whilst on the side is a picture of what the game will look like once it is built up.
Inside the actual box is a series of lego bricks and pieces which when built up make the basis of the game, also included is a reasonable sized instruction booklet though the majority of it is printed in other languages so there turns out to only be around 2 pages in English.
*~*Our verdict on the game*~*
Kieran received this game from us several weeks ago and it's steadfastly become a firm favourite with both himself and younger brother Zak. I personally find the idea of the game easy enough but the instructions make it seem really overwhelming, and as for the numberless 'dice' this has sections where different lego pieces are clicked on and off and change intermittently determining how the game is played but because of it's size I find it a bit cumbersome to throw so imagine it is more difficult for children.
I do apologise to anyone reading this review if the 'how to play' sounds a little confusing..but basically it is!
I think the whole appeal of the lego game is the fact that it has to be built up from scratch, so is ideal for avid lego fans, and I found Kieran seemed far more interested in the actual building than playing the game.
I have attempted a few games of this with my boys and it is enjoyable enough but to me not as exciting as the packaging would lure you into thinking, plus though the box it is packaged in is of a reasonable size the actual 'board' when built up is really quite small so is quite deceiving. That said though both of my boys seem to enjoy this and being Lego brand it is of a very good quality so no breakages yet though some of the pieces are very small so can be easy to misplace.
All in all it is a fun game for children to make their own rules up to and they will probably have more fun just building the boat and sea background up like my two do. I think £12.99 is far too expensive for what is in actual fact a few pieces of lego but given the fact that lego is far from cheap these days paying around the average RRP of £9 seems about right I suppose.
This is an okay game but certainly not one I would look forward to play as it's not simplistic enough and requires far too much thinking! It seems to be a hit with my children which is the main thing and Kieran has already asked for other lego games and at the end of the day if my children are happy with it then that's all that counts.
Summary: *okay* and that's all I can say
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