How do you like to unwind after a hard day? For some its a good book, for other its vegging out in front of the television. Since returning to school, my kids and I have decided that the perfect way to unwind is a board game night once a week. After homework is done and lunches are prepared for the next day, the older two boys and I bond over a friendly board game. I love how animated the boys get when the board game is set out. Not only are they learning valuable social skills (and how NOT to be a sore loser!), they are using their brains, problem solving and continuing the learning without even knowing it. Plus its a great time to laugh, joke and enjoy each others company.
Each week we take turns choosing our favourite board game to play. One board game, in particular, seem to be chosen week after week. That game is Squashed by PlaSmart. Squashed is a fantastic 3D game that takes board games to whole new dimension. Recommended for ages 6 and up, this game can be played with 2 to four players. Each player choose a colour to represent them. Then on the cube-shaped board, you place the pegs in their “Home” spots. The youngest player goes first, rolling the special dice and moving one of its players left or right or up or down, based on the number on the dice. There is one large King Yellow pin that sits on the top of the cube. The object is to move your men to the King’s court (the area surround the king pen) and if you do, you have the option to rotate the dice and literally squash your competition. When the cube is moved, the pins on the bottom portion of the cube are squashed and pushed into the cube, causing them to removed from play. The King is then moved to the top of the cube and the game continues until 1 pin is remaining. The very nature of the cube being flipped, causes dramatic power shifts in the omnipresent race to the top of the cube. Can you wrap your mind around this 3D battlefield?
The game Squashed was created by Nick Metzler. By the age 6, Nick had already invented over 20 board and card games. At the age of 16, Nick won two Chicago Toy and Game Fair’s Young Inventor Challenges with his games That’s Cheating in 2010 and The Cube – the initial name of the Squashed – in 2011. Plasmart recognized the brilliance of Nick’s one of a kind board game and believed it was the perfect accomplice to the smart and amusing products they already proudly distribute around the world.
As mentioned above, my kids loved this game. The race to the top with hopes of smashing another player’s man provide entertainment and a rush. The kids loved how one minute they could be literally on top of the world and the next minute at the bottom of the pile. Although we did deal with many tears when one player would seek out the other, it was a great learning experienced. I love how durable the cube was. No worrying about the board ripping or tearing as its made out of thick plastic. I also love how the cube opens and provides a storage area for the men and dice when they are not in use. The addition of the Smash cloth was brilliant. This allowed us to play on any surface without worrying about the game scratching it.
We highly recommend this game for children ages 5 and up! Its a great bonding experience.
When’s the last time you played a board game?
And what was it?