Wednesday, October 9, 2013

A Fun New Game from Ravensburger for Kids 6+: Bugs in the Kitchen (Review)

Disclosure: I was sent a sample from the vendor in order to write up an honest review.  The views shared are mine and mine alone. 
"For more than 125 years, Ravensburger’s stand-out offerings – from “larger than life” 3D building sets and kid-powered toys, to dazzling puzzles and multi-award-winning games – have helped deliver hours of quality play time.  New from Ravensburger, Bugs in the Kitchen is a perfect addition for your home that would definitely entertain your family over and over again!"

For the past few years battery-operated Hexbug® Nanos have been a must have toy during the holiday seasons.  While my girls were too young to ask for them, that didn't stop my husband and I from standing in line at the local toy store, or trying to get our hands on some Hexbug® Nanos for my nephew and nieces.  It wasn't until I saw the Hexbugs up close and in action, that I could see why so many children were asking for these toys.  They are really neat.  Do your kids have a collection of Hexbug® Nanos?  Even if they don't, this new game from Ravensburger, is a great way to introduce them to the Hexbug® Nano craze, while offering hours of 2-4 player fun, for kids and families to enjoy together.  

My family loves playing games, and whenever the extended family and friends come to visit, we usually find ourselves pulling out board games or playing card games.  This past Sunday, when we had everyone over for Sunday dinner, I had "Bugs in the Kitchen" out on the table in the living room.  The kids thought the game looked cool, and couldn't wait to play it.  While, the parents, thrown by the name, wondered how much fun a board game about bugs could be.  But, once the dinner table was cleaned and the game board was set up, everyone gathered around to play.  Those not familiar with the Hexbug® Nano, thought this robotic toy was cool.  It took a few minutes of passing around the Hexbug® Nano before we could start the game.  

Once the game started, playing time lasted about 15-20 minutes, which is a great, as it keeps children's attention, especially the 6-10 yrs. olds.  We couldn't stop laughing and having fun.  Who knew a game about bugs in the kitchen could be so much fun.  The game itself is easy to setup and the rules are easy to read and follow.   And, by the time we put away the game for the night, all the kids in the room, and a few of the adults, agreed that this is one game that they will be adding to their holiday wish list this year!  How about you?  Does your family love board games?  If so, this is one game worth checking out.  


More about the Game:

·         For 2-4 players ages 6 and up
·         Playing time: 15-20 minutes
·         Contains 1 Hexbug® Nano® with 2 batteries

Guide the Bug into Your Trap to Win:

"There's a bug in the kitchen! Hurry--get rid of it! The "bug" is a battery-operated Hexbug nano that crawls across the 3D game board as players attempt strategic moves to lead it into their traps.  The board features 24 utensils that rotate in place to create paths for the bug. Roll the die to see whether you can turn a fork, knife, or spoon to change the bug's trajectory. Start the bug in the middle of the board and move fast to turn the utensils in a direction that will lure the creeping creature into your snare. Be careful, a wrong move can let the bug escape your trap! Each bug you capture earns you one bug token, and the first player to collect five tokens wins the game.

The Hexbug® Nano from Innovation First is a micro robotic creature that reacts to its environment and runs on one AA battery (two included). The board can be set up for 2-4 players. The specially included die shows a fork, spoon, knife, or a question mark, telling the player what utensil they can move. Ages 6+."


"Bugs in the Kitchen" is available at Target stores, as well as online, for a suggested retail price of only $24.99.

Disclosure: I was sent a sample from the vendor in order to write up an honest review.  The views shared are mine and mine alone.

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