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Wordinoes

Submitted by on August 4, 2010 – 4:16 pmNo Comment

There are some great words to put together so you can laugh when someone makes a great pun.

Buy online at Wordinoes.com

Price £19.99

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Initial thoughts: We are great fans of dominoes in our house, because it’s a brilliant game to travel with; it’s a great way to while away the time before an evening meal in a restaurant and really good for camping.

So when we went to Morocco on a half term break, and I knew we would be travelling with other children, Wordinoes seemed to be a great game to try out.  Actually I was very surprised when I asked who wanted to play to hear a resounding yes from the children, and the Mums too.  The girls were between 7 and 9 years old and took a while to grasp the rules – they’re more complicated than dominoes – and they all played pretty well.  It’s quite a taxing game if you’re not used to wordplay (and under 10).

We liked: There are some great words to put together so you can all laugh along when some makes a great pun.  The rhyming words are good too.  I particularly like the fact that the game will have different editions with new words in and it’s nice to play a game that encourages the intellect and sharing of knowledge among little minds.  The girls were very keen to help each other play.

We weren’t so keen: This is a great concept and could be a lot more tactile for the players if created in slightly different materials.  I would suggest to the makers that they use sustainable wood for the tiles to make it less noisy and perhaps a cotton bag for them.  The addition of scrabble type tile holders would help children to organise their thoughts better

Overall: It’s the kind of game to keep in the cupboard for get away from it all holidays and camping – you don’t need batteries or chargers just bright little minds.  Adults can join in too and the game is very simple to compile, unlike a lot of quiz games.

[Eva, Nixd Minx]

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