Want some new games for your next family game night?? Check out our Karen Game Night where we tried out this game from FormatGames. But that’s not all we tested out! We were also given Wheels vs. Doors and Noggin. I’m excited to share a review of these new games with you so you can see if these games are a good fit for your next game night!
Game Name: Karen (retail price $24.99)
Players: 3-10 Players
Karen Game Summary: The internet is full of “Karens” leaving real one-star reviews! Now it’s your turn to get into Karen’s mind and fool your friends into believing your fake complaints are the real deal. With three different ways to play (write the review of the item listed, fill in the review blanks, and decide what’s being ,reviewed) this game feels different with each round.
Our review: We weren’t impressed by Karen. It has the same feel as Apple to Apples (a family favorite of ours, especially the Disney version) where you want your fellow players to choose your answer as the real Karen. It looked fun out of the box, but from the start, we found the content inappropriate, even for 14 and 15-year-olds. The first review we tried was to guess a product that “made my dog hump my leg.” When they say 14+, they mean it, but be wary that the content may not be suitable for young teens either. The game also takes quite a while to play. With each round, the winner(s) put frowny faces on their Karens. Earn a row of frowns to get a yellow star on your board. The first player to get five stars wins. This was a time-consuming game as several rounds went without anyone winning any frowny faces.
Overall: 2 of 5 stars; unique idea, not as fun as it looks to play
Game Name: Wheels vs Doors (retail price $19.99)
Players: 2-20 Players
Wheels vs Doors Game Summary: What are there more of in the world? Are there more airports or hippos? More bristles on a toothbrush or varieties of cheese? More turkeys consumed at Thanksgiving or professional gymnasts? It’s time to find out! Grab a card and place your bets as two randomly selected categories go head-to-head. When you win, you collect “wheel” or “door” cards (and lose some if you lose a bet) until one team gets either ten wheels or ten doors to win the game.
Our review: Wheels vs Doors is an excellent game for parents and kids! Everyone loved it. You can create up to 4 teams (or play individually with up to 4 people). We played in groups of mixed ages, and it was a lot of fun to see how everyone wanted to bet. All of the kids had fun, though the starting age is pretty firm on this game. Kids younger than eight will have a hard time without much life experience to guide them in deciding which option will win, but if your littles want to give it a good guess, they may be right there with the adults guessing because some of the options are hard to choose between! The research they put into this one is astounding.
Overall: 5 of 5 stars; wonderfully unique, educational, and fun family game
Game Name: Noggin (retail price $14.99)
Players: 3+ players
Noggin Game Summary: Two random letters; seven ways to answer; ten minutes to play; no game is ever the same! Players start with a face-down pile of cards and take turns dealing one card to any of the three play piles until an “action” card is played. With the two letters (shown on the other two piles), the first player to give a word or word combo that matches the action wins the card. The person with the most cards after all cards have been played wins.
Our Review: Noggin is a lot of fun, but you have to think fast and be creative! Younger kids will struggle to come up with correct answers quickly. Wordsmiths will enjoy this one. Our favorite thing is that the action cards are widely varied, and the letter combinations are endless, keeping you on your toes throughout the game.
Overall: 5 of 5 stars, fun and fast-paced
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