Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Flea Circus - A Review

Product:  Flea Circus

Price:  $15.95
Exclusive Crew Coupon:  CREW20 (20% off until 12/31/2011)

Age Range:  6 and Up

Company:  R and R Games

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Brief Description:  (from the website)

STEP RIGHT UP! Calling all Cats and Dogs! The Flea Circus is about to begin!

It's a wild time under the Big Top as dogs and cats race from one show to the next. Players use their best Flea Circus acts to attract the most cats and dogs. Play your cards right and you can steal the audience away from your neighbor! But watch out for the Animal Catcher... He'll snatch your cats and dogs away!

With all this excitement, how's a Flea Ring Circus supposed to keep up? When all the cats and dogs are gone, whoever ends up with the most animals at their show wins the game!

My Thoughts:

I played this game with my 3 daughters: 12, 9, and 2.  When I first looked at the directions, I thought it might take some time to catch on, since each card has its own rules.  But after a few rounds, we were catching on.

The game is simple and easy to follow.  My 12 and 9 year olds had no trouble playing along.  The 9 year old really likes the game; the 12 year old plays but considers it too young for her. My 2 year old had fun doing her own thing with the little cats and dogs, but also caught on a little bit.  My best guess for enjoyment would be 5-9 years old.

The basic idea is to play the right cards so that you get more cats and dogs, and in some cases cause your opponents to lose theirs.  In the end, the one with the most wins.

I like the game because it is a nice one to play when you want to play a game, but want to keep it quick and simple.  Some board games can continue for over an hour and you sometimes have to call it in the middle of the game.  So this is a good alternative, when you don't have that much time or your children don't have that sort of attention span.

Young children will appreciate the cute factor.  What is cuter than dogs and cats?  The squishy little animals are cute and my 2 year old thinks they make great action figures.  Sadly, one of our cat's tails fell off.   Guess they aren't intended to be rolled on.  Ha-ha.

Another bonus for young children - No reading is required.  Just basic numbers.  For example, if you play a card with a 3 on it, then you get 3 points.  A dog is 2 and a cat is 1.  So you would pick up 1 dog and 1 cat, or 3 cats.

My overall impression?  A cute game that I enjoy playing with my children. I would recommend it.

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Disclaimer: I received this game free of charge to review, as part of the TOS Homeschool Crew. The above is just my opinion. Please remember that opinions may, and do, vary.

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