When we have rainy or cold days, I like to stay in with the kids and do crafts and play games. As in with any activity, it has to be fun, entertaining and engaging. I was asked to review a game with the kids, and as the weather has been so up and down this week, this was a perfect time to play games, whilst we had a bit of rain outside.
Tactic Games have just launched Crazy Cafe. Now because I cook a lot, and myself and my daughter watch most of the baking and cooking programmes, I thought this game would be perfect for us.Ok, so there's no cooking involved, but its restaurant related, and that's good enough for us foodies.
It comes in your standard sized gaming box and it has a fun bright cover, so it is easy to spot in the shops. It's aimed at children aged 3 plus for 2 plus players. Its all about balancing, counting and whether they can keep their nerves!! The aim of the game is to basically try and leave as many items on the table after pulling the tablecloth from under them. Sounds easy right !!
This was the very first attempt and everything came off. To win the game, you have to pull off the tablecloth three times without dropping anything off the table. I had a funny feeling this was going to take a while.
The more the girls played the better at it they become. Here's a good example. A full table and a great pull!!
I enjoyed watching them and joining in. I did wonder if 7 was too old for the game, but when my daughters friend left, she asked her Mum if she could buy the game....."pleeeeeeease Mummy, it's so much fun, I really need it".
I tried the game out with two 5 year old boys as well. Quite surprisingly (for me) they actually sat and played the game correctly for about ...shall we say 15 minutes. Which I think is really good for two boys. We did get to the point of items being thrown at each other, but at least they were having fun. The plastic items are so light, that they would never have been able to hurt each throwing them about. they are also very durable, so unless they were strodden on, I'm pretty sure they wouldn't break either. The boys really did try to keep everything on the table, and they were actually very good. They didn't get as competitive as the girls, they just played it purely for fun. The spinner was also a good way of sounding out letters and spelling out the words. So educational wise, it was really good for the younger ones.
The only thing is, I think this game is perfect for two to three children at a time. I wouldn't have asked all four to play at the same time, it would have been a really quick game and probably would have got way to competitive. Plus the table is not that big to fit four around it easily. But, that's just my opinion.
I would recommend this game for all different ages. You can make it quick or you can make it last as long as possible. For the older kids, this is also a game they can play on their own, so you can do your own cafe set up in the kitchen whilst they are playing.
Buy yours HERE from Amazon and enjoy the fun !!