Bugs in the Kitchen from Ravensburger is a fun, exciting, fast paced game where the momentum never stops until the Hexbug is caught in one of the four traps at the edge of the board.
The game is aimed at ages 6+ and can have from 2 to 4 players. Inside the box is the game board and a couple of bags of pieces which require assembly to complete the board ready for play, but it’s simple and once done, fits back in the box fully assembled ready for the next time you play.
The board consists of the main part where the action happens, which has moveable cutlery pieces and four traps at the edges, a chocolate, fish, bread and cheese trap. There is a wooden dice and the highlight of the game, a Hexbug cockroach!!
The Hexbug comes with battery included and my children were both eager to take it out of it’s tube and watch it scuttle, but being a mean mum I made them wait until we were ready to begin. There were also a sheet of high quality cardboard cockroach token’s that needed punching out and these are the reward if the cockroach landed in your trap.
So as you’ve gathered by now, the object of the game is for the Hexbug cockroach to land in your trap, which results in you getting a token, and after you have won five of these tokens you are declared the winner. The board is set up as a maze with three suggested patterns to start as shown below by simply turning the cutlery accordingly.
The game play is for players to take turns to roll the dice. The dice is wooden and a lovely chunky size with symbols on the sides to include a knife, fork, spoon and question marks. If you roll a piece of cutlery you must turn the relevant piece, although if you roll a question mark you can turn any piece of cutlery of your choice. The idea is to turn pieces of cutlery to allow the Hexbug to reach your trap by turning the necessary pieces of cutlery to allow it through!
It’s like a Hexbug maze and the noise of the Hexbug scuttling around just drives the children crazy with excitement!! Just check out this video clip of the game in action:
They are so eager to get the Hexbug in to their trap that this game is fast paced and causes a frenzy of excitement. It is perfect for family fun and we’ve all sat and played it which has proved great entertainment for us all at any age. Obviously there is some strategy needed to turn the correct cutlery to open the maze up for the Hexbug to go in the direction you want, but my youngest who’s four and a half managed this quite well and loved playing just as much as my seven year old.
This game has proved a great hit with us, and one they love to show their friends, and even got the grandparents playing! For some energetic, interactive board game fun, then Bugs in the Kitchen is the game to get!
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