Product Type: Avon Outdoor Toy
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Bring the family together
Avon Giant Ludo Game
Member Name: abbadabbado
Avon Giant Ludo Game
Advantages: A good idea, well made
Disadvantages: Lacks storage packaging
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.
Summary: A nice idea for the garden