Sunday, September 27, 2015

TOS Review - USAopoly

 USAopoly Review
Up until the last year or so we haven't been a big game playing family. Mostly because, 1) my two children are nine years apart and were never interested in the same games and 2) it was like raising only children which left only 2-3 people to play any desired game. I guess an extra reason might be the fact that myself and Grace were just not big board game fans. About 1-2 years ago something changed and now we all love playing games. We are constantly researching and purchasing interesting games to add to our collection. Through the TOS Review Crew we were blessed to be able to review Wonky: The Crazy Cubes Card Game and Tapple: Fast Word Fun for Everyone from USAopoly.
If you are passionate about playing games USAopoly is the website for you. They have been producing games since 1994 with some of the biggest names in the business. USAopoly is continuously adding new original games to their website with promises of more new games to come in 2016. These folks are passionate about what they do, which makes it fun for the rest of us too!
 USAopoly Review
Tapple was the first game we tried out. I used three different scenarios. First I had Grace and her best friend play the game. They loved it and went through each play card in one sitting. Next it was played after dinner one night and again we played for a long time. Lastly I gave my tutoring students a turn. They too loved Tapple! It is a very easy game to learn. Not much prep time and within minutes you are up and running. Tapple retails for $19.95 and is recommended for ages 8 and up. Tapple is a fast paced, quick thinking kind of game. A card is chosen that will give the players the theme of each round. For example, "boy names". Each player has 10 seconds to come up with a boy's name that corresponds with the letter tiles that surround the playing board. If they are able to accomplish that task the game moves to the next player. The game ends when all the letter tiles have been used or players drop out due to running out of time and one player is left standing.


USAopoly Review
The second game we were asked to play and review is Wonky. Wonky retails for $19.95 and is also recommended for ages 8 and up. Again I tried this one out first on the 16 year olds and they like it. Their main recommendation was for the game to have more cubes, especially if you had a lot of people wanting to play. The younger tutoring students next had their chance and they liked it way more than the teens. In this game your main components is blocks that are "wonky" shaped and the deck of playing cards. Number of players determines how many cards you start out with at the beginning of the game. All the cards have different color and shape blocks which tells you what block to chose and play to build the tower. Some cards will have other actions like reverse, pass, or play any color. The goal is to get the tower built without falling and to strategize so that your blocks stay in place while making it harder for the other players to place their blocks.
USAopoly offers many types of games to purchase. Quite a few of the old classics with new variations. Matter of fact I saw Monopoly in the versions of The Legend of Zelda, Nightmare Before Christmas, and Pokémon that are on my  Christmas List for the kids. USAopoly also offers puzzles with some of the popular fandoms as well.
We thoroughly enjoyed Tapple and Wonky. I plan on sharing them both with my Cooperative students in the weeks to come and any upcoming holiday parties. Visit USAopoly and see if any of the games and puzzles strike your fancy. With Christmas just around the corner I am quite sure there is something here for everyone. Also check out what other Crew Members thought of their game experiences.

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1 comment:

Annette said...

You inspired me to see if this game would go over well in our international students English as a second language class....