“ Brand: Avon / Type: Outdoor board game for children „
Looking through the Avon Christmas Campaign and the reduced sale campaign I was searching for stocking fillers for my daughter and step son (age 7 and 5). I saw this in the sale brochure (priced at £4) and thought it was a perfect little filler and gift from the man himself! (Santa). Although designed as a garden game it is still a game you can enjoy in the house and my initial thoughts were that it was something different to what they already have. When i received the product I was slightly disappointed that it was packaged in a plastic bag which wasn't re-sealable, it was however easy enough to find a nice box to keep it in from a local shop. The mat is a large wipe clean plastic and lightweight, it will need something to hole down the corners if playing outside as the wind will just grab it, we were also unable to get rid of the fold marks which, at certain points of the game made your pieces slide. the game pieces and the dice where a nice large size we definatly 'shant be losing this dice! When the children opened this present they wanted to play straight away, the brightly coloured 'home' corners made it appealing to both of them and was easy enough for them to choose which colour they wanted to be, may not be such an easy decision for same sex siblings/friends/players. The children enjoyed playing the game and it kept them happy for a full game with no arguments. In all this was a great buy and look forward to summer days when we can play it outside.
As my daughter's birthday is in the summer, we often get a few toys given to her for the garden. This year our next door neighbour gave her a giant game of Ludo. At four she is just starting to understand and enjoy board games, so we were all looking forward to playing this. The game is designed to be a garden game with large counters and dice, and a wipe clean large matted area for the game board. We have learnt that whilst it's better to be played out on the grass due to not slipping etc, you can get as much enjoyment from this game by laying out on the floor inside as well. The game board is made of a durable thick plastic that arrives folded up. We found that the creases stay prominent when laid flat, so you do have to be careful when playing the game that your counter doesn't get stuck on a ridge. Incuded are 16 large plastic counters. These almost look like milk bottle tops and with the exception of yellow, you could actually use milk bottle tops should you lose the counters at any time. The dice is a decent size for an outdoor game and it's made of foam. This is fine in itself as it's a solid type of foam not one that looks as though it would fray easily, but I wouldn't recommend leaving it outside in damp grass. The mat itself is brightly coloured and the size of the spaces are large and easy to see. My one criticism of the plastic area and the fact that the mat measures approx one metre square is that it makes it difficult for any player to reach the whole way around the board wherever you sit. You have to rely on your opponents to help you move the counters, otherwise the plastic counters tend to slide all over the place if you nudge someone else's. We liked the different coloured home areas as they have bright pictures in each corner. This definitely attracts children to the game which is a bonus to encourage the learning or playing of a new game. Essentially the aim of the game of Ludo is to move your four counters around the board and reach back to your home area. The player who manages this first is the winner. Ludo is a very simple game and can be played with two to four players. This version of Ludo was purchased from Avon for the sum of £6.99. I thought it was a shame that it only arrived in a plastic bag, as despite being a garden game, we still needed somewhere to store the dice and counters when the mat was folded away. For basic packaging, I thought the game as a whole was sightly over priced. For enjoyment purposes, I think the game has been worth every penny that was spent by my neighbour, as it has brought us all together as a family when we have been outside on nice days.
We have a four year old niece on my husband's side, and I often buy her toys or gifts as a treat. I work as an Avon representative when my poor health allows, and I had noticed a nice range of toys and gift items in a recent brochure. After a little consideration, I decided to buy the Avon Giant Ludo game, as I liked the look of the design, and thought it was the type of game that my niece would not outgrow too quickly. The game is fairly simple in both its concept and design. It consists of a large plastic mat with the game printed on it, a generous handful of plastic counters (I believe there are 16 of these included, with four of each of the four counter colours provided) and a large dice that is made of a foam material. I paid £6 for the Ludo game from a recent Avon brochure. When the game arrived from Avon, I was very impressed. The designs and images on the four corners of the plastic mat were a lot nicer than I had originally given them credit for, although it is easy to understand why, given the extremely small image of the game that was in the Avon brochure when I decided to buy it. Now that I had the chance to look at the game in closer detail, I could see that the images on the plastic mat were extremely cute, consisting of a variety of a variety of animals such as a pink cat and a pink poodle. Presumably to ensure the game is not aimed at a girls-only market, there are other, more 'unisex' images such as some cute-looking aliens and little spaceships. There is no aspect to this game at all to suggest it is aimed at only one sex, and I cannot see any problem with both boys and girls playing it. The concept of the game is simple; each player puts their coloured counters at their 'home' squares, and throws the dice in turn. We played it that when either a three or a six was thrown, a counter could be added from the 'home' squares onto the squares on the board, but this is down to personal choice. We felt that because we were playing the game with our four year old niece, we would have two numbers to allow new counters to be added to the game, so that the game did not take too long. Her attention span is not particularly good, but she is only four after all! This rule could easily be omitted for older children, making the game slightly more difficult by having only one number (usually a six) allowing new counters to be added onto the board. The counters, once they are moved onto the main area of the board can be moved around the squares according to the number thrown on the dice. This seems to be a very easy concept for young players to grasp, and my niece had no trouble with understanding the point of the game and the rules. There was no problem with navigating the counters around the board, thanks to the bright printed arrows that are evident at each players' 'home' station. The game can be played with up to four players, as there is a 'home' station at each corner of the square mat. My husband and my niece and I played a round of the game with a second game being played later in the day with just myself and my niece, and both games were a success. This is a useful aspect to the Giant Ludo game as I sometimes baby-sit my niece by myself and a lot of games that she already owns require three or more players, which is extremely annoying given that I then need to explain to a disappointed four year old why we can't play with this game or that. I can imagine too that older children would have no problems with playing this game by themselves given the simplicity of the game and the ease of set-up, as well as there being no definite need for a third or even fourth player. The plastic game mat is a reasonable size and is square in shape. Approx measurements are 100cm x 100cm. The fabric of the mat is not the most robust I have ever come across, but it is sufficient enough for outdoor use as well as indoor use, and we played this game with my niece in the garden last weekend as the weather was nice. When we brought the game indoors I could see that there were one or two grass marks on the reverse of the mat which washed off very easily with a damp cloth and some washing up liquid. The mat is also easy to fold and store, given that the size of the mat is large enough for four people to play the game at any one time, whilst not being so big that it is a cumbersome item to fold up or store away in a cupboard. I think it is worth noting too that the game would be ideal to take away on holidays or trips, given that it is not overly heavy or cumbersome to carry around. There is no element to the game that would get damaged if it was used on a beach either. Come rain or shine, the Avon Ludo game can be brought out, set up and played with indoors or out, and all in a matter of minutes. Though I do have to wonder if the foamy dice in the game would be robust enough to survive if it got wet! When it comes to the Avon Giant Ludo game, the only thing on a slightly negative note that comes to mind is why the creators of this game didn't think to print another game on the reverse of the plastic mat. The counters and dice could EASILY be used in another game such as snakes and ladders or something, and this would have made it a bit more versatile. I am being a nit-picker here I suppose, but the plain white back of the reverse side of the plastic mat just seems like a waste to my mind. Overall, I would recommend the Avon Ludo game, and for what I paid I am happy with my purchase. The Avon Ludo game is available to buy directly from your local Avon representative, or there is an Avon website at www.avonshop.co.uk, where the mat is currently on sale for the reduced price of £4 - bargain!!