Yesterday was Jasper's birthday! His most exciting gift was an AWESOME game called The Climbing Knights. This is a multi-faceted strategy game with an interesting gameplay. The King is having a climbing tournament. You're a knight, and you need to get to the top of the tower, grab your colors, and get to the bottom without being caught by the guards. Three dice determine your turn - the guard could move around his catwalk, or he could fall asleep. He could catch you, or you could sneak by. If he catches you, you fall down to the next story and lose your progress. Make it to the top, grab your banner, and slide down the front of the castle twice, and you win.
This game is sturdy, TALL, and visually appealing. It requires no reading. Best of all, because of the size of the assembled castle, you can't really play sitting down, so it's perfect for squirrely little kids! The knights are magnetic, and if anything the only concern I would have is that the roof of the castle should be a little taller to accomodate for your knight when he reaches the top to grab his banner and needs to slide back down. They didn't stick very well for us; we kept knocking them off.
It's a Simply Fun game, which means all the pieces are guaranteed - if you lose one, you just let them know and they will get a new one to you. I don't know about you, but my kids lose game pieces all the time - however, they have not actually lost a Simply Fun game piece yet - and we play them ALL the time. I bet I can pinpoint why - the packaging. The boxes feature a molded plastic insert that shows exactly where each piece goes, so they can see if they are missing something at the moment they are putting it away, and can find it then, rather than later when the piece disappears into the ether.
We had a wonderful time playing this game this morning after breakfast. It took about 30 minutes, maybe a little longer because we all had to be reminded what order to read the dice in. The first time through a game is almost always super rough in this house, because nobody is totally comfortable with the rules yet, but for whatever reason, this one was already fun!
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And you totally should - I want you to know, I got this game for $1, thanks to Katie. So join the group, and get a copy for yourself.
Disclaimer: All opinions are my own personal views, I was not compensated for them in any way. I just like to share stuff I like, I don't have to get anything out of it.