Ravensburger Buggaloop Board Game with Hexbug

Ravensburger Buggaloop board game is a fast paced game featuring a Hexbug nano that is on a mission to push your bugs off their path across the board.  Aimed at ages 6+ and with 2-4 players I knew this would be something they would enjoy after the success we had with the sister game Bugs in the Kitchen.

The contents of the box are the 3D board which stays inside the box for sturdiness, 2 plastic loops which require minimal assembly to stand them up at the start of each game, 12 bug tokens, a dice and of course the Hexbug.  My little boy couldn’t wait to get the Hexbug out and get him moving whilst my daughter carefully set the game up ready to play.

The idea of the game is to get your bugs across the board from one corner to the other.  With each roll of the die which has numbers 1 to 4 around it (1 and 2 appear on two faces) you can move a bug that number of spaces, if they land on a raised space then they are safe from the Hexbug.  During play the Hexbug is continually moving and goes from one loop to the other but as soon as he gets on to the centre of the board play stops, during which time you have to hope one of your bugs don’t get knocked off of their space because if they do, they go back to the start!

As you can imagine the game can get quite exciting with moments of moving bugs, then moments of the Hexbug coming along and everyone gasping and cheering as the Hexbug either knocks their bugs off or misses them.  The game ends when one player has got all of the bugs to the other side of the board and is declared the winner!

My children loved playing this, particularly my little boy who is 7yrs old.  I think it’s the Hexbug that really brings this game alive and keeps the action going. Although you can have a little strategy in which path you take across the board it really is the Hexbugs decision as to which bugs it knocks off so this really is a game of luck but with an edge of unknown and excitement.  Why not check it out for some family fun?

All reviews are my own and my family’s opinions and we received the product along with payment in order to write an honest review. 

Ravensburger Cinderella Carriage 3D Puzzle

Ravensburger Cinderella Carriage 3D Puzzle is a really beautiful puzzle when finished and would take pride of place in any little girls bedroom on the shelf once complete.  With 72 pieces and aimed at 6-10 year old’s this puzzle is a delight to do and a pleasure to look at once finished in it’s 3D glory.

The puzzle comes with the really sturdy 3D pieces, some cardboard pieces to build the carriage and a guide in case you haven’t attempted a 3D puzzle before.

The puzzle pieces are cleverly numbered on the back and you need to find each piece in number order in order to assemble easily and enable the curves to form simply as you build.  Both my children age 6 and 9 are fascinated by 3D puzzles and eagerly worked together searching for the pieces and helped each other build the finished creation.

With a bit of teamwork it wasn’t long before the entire puzzle came together and a complete spherical ball shape had formed.  It looks fabulous and is really sturdy as the pieces are plastic and strong.  The whole structure stays together perfectly and looks lovely sitting upon the carriage.  The ball can be turned around with Cinderella on one side and the fairy godmother on the other.

The Ravensburger Cinderella Carriage 3D Puzzle is a beautiful 3D puzzle that the children loved building and one that looks lovely and can be kept as a decorative piece to admire on a shelf or broken up and done time and time again.  We love Ravensburger puzzles in general and the 3D ones give an extra dimension that brings them to life so if you have a Disney Cinderella fan in your house, this is well worth checking out as it’s sure to be loved by all!

All reviews are my own and my family’s opinions and we received the product in order to write an honest review.

What If? Escape to the Seaside – Puzzle by Ravensburger

The What If? puzzles by Ravensburger come with a twist in that the picture on the front of the box isn’t all that it seems.  With ‘Escape to the Seaside’, No. 17 in the series, it may look like an idyllic holiday home but the puzzle inside isn’t quiet as perfect as it let’s you think.  It’s then up to you to work out what’s going on and piece the bits together accordingly.  What a great way to get the family around the table by competing to find the next piece in a jigsaw puzzle and it gets us glued every time, the addiction in finding a piece that fits, the one to work out where each section goes right up until you get to put the final piece in place.

The popular WHAT IF? puzzle series is created by West Midlands based artist Geoff Tristram and consists of high quality 1000 piece cardboard jigsaw puzzles.  A good size once complete they are 70 x 50cm.  Being a twist on a traditional puzzle they are recommended for ages 12+.

The scene is set:

Henry Knightsbridge has always dreamt of Finding a little hideaway by the sea. He thinks he has found the ideal place in pen draw in, Cornwall. He can’t believe the estate agents (fleasum and bowlte) accepted his offer – it was such a bargain! but what if Henry has been swept away by the beauty of the location? and what if the view from Seaview cottage wasn’t quite what Henry expected? the picture on the puzzle box shows Henry, Chloe, Tarquin and tabatha’s arrival at Seaview cottage, whilst the puzzle actually shows their introduction to life by the seaside.

I really enjoyed starting this off by finding all of the edge pieces, they went together quite easily even though I wasn’t sure what colours were on each side to start with.  It got a lot trickier trying to complete the inside as even if you are able to piece together certain parts, you don’t know where to lay them on the puzzle so after making lots of different sections I then had to drag them around the puzzle trying to find out what part of the scene they fitted into.  I really enjoyed doing this puzzle and it kept me busy over a couple of days in the evenings.

Here are some small glimpses of the finished puzzle and the full picture is underneath, so stop scrolling now if you don’t want to see the finished design.

With a bit of help from some family that visited, we were all really excited to see the puzzle come together and see what the finished picture looked like.  It was definitely fun to do, unlike any other puzzle I’ve tried and a challenge that I’d like to try again in the future!

Below is our finished puzzle:

All reviews are my own and my family’s opinions and we received the product in order to write an honest review.

Ravensburger My First Pets Puzzle 8+ Review

Ravensburger My First Pets Puzzle is aimed at ages 8+ and contains 200 pieces. It is a really cute design containing eleven different sections each with a different type of pet featured in it.  Being broken down into sections makes it easier to identify where each of the pieces go and having a 9yr and 6.5yr old I was sure they would be able to complete this between them.

With my 9yr old out, the 6yr old got started and without helping him, I encouraged him to find all of the edge pieces.  I knew he could do it if he tried and before long he started piecing bits together. He loved the achievement of joining up sections that he had made and had fun identifying which animal each piece came from.  It also gave us talking points about the various pets on the front of the box.

When the 9yr old got home, she couldn’t resist joining her brother and helping him find the inside pieces.  In fact just a few hours later they had completed it all by themselves!  I’ve always enjoyed doing puzzles and I’m pleased to be able to share this pastime with them.  I think it’s great for their brain and makes them think, identify and match pieces which are great skills for adapting into other things.

Overall we loved the puzzle.  The animals are all so cute on the front and having different sections gave each child a different pet to focus on so they weren’t arguing over who was putting which pieces in.  The 9yr old did get to put the last piece in though!

A really lovely puzzle from Ravensburger, with their usual high quality of pieces.  It was a pleasure watching my children complete this and gave them just about the right challenge to do without being too easy. My First Pets Puzzle is cute, fun and perfect for animal loving children.

All reviews are my own and my family’s opinions and we received the product in order to write an honest review.

Ravensburger 1000 piece Puzzle – Munich

The Munich jigsaw puzzle from Ravensburger consists of 1000 pieces and features lots of wonderful architecture from Munich’s Marienplatz.  The town hall makes a prominent appearance with it’s neo-gothic appearance dating back from the 19th century.

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I’ve always loved completing puzzles, something I probably inherited from my mum as she does too, but with two young children it can sometimes be challenging to squeeze in the time to do an adult jigsaw.  With a family holiday planned a few weeks ago, I new this would be something we would enjoy doing in the evenings when the children had gone to bed.

I started the jigsaw one evening and it wasn’t long before my mum joined in and we managed to get the outline finished.  The next day we dipped in and out of puzzle, it certainly became addictive and everytime we walked past, couldn’t resist trying to find another piece.

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The following evening we became gripped with the puzzle and sat up until 2.15am finishing it!  Everyone else was surprised when they came down in the morning to see that it was done, but we just couldn’t resist adding more pieces.

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Jigsaw’s can be addictive and this Ravensburger Munich puzzle certainly captured our attention with the various architectural features on the buildings to look out for and the peaceful sunset in the sky above.

The Ravensburger puzzles click together so nicely making them a pleasure to do, so if you are looking for something to do in your leisure time then why not try one of these?

All reviews are my own and my family’s opinions and we received the product in order to write an honest review.

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Disney Frozen Race to the Palace Board Game

Disney Frozen Race to the Palace board game from Ravensburger is aimed at 5yrs plus and can be played by 2-4 players.  Initially it appears a fairly simple game of climbing places to reach the palace, but it has an interesting combination of three dice and the fact that you don’t just move your own player makes it more complex.

Frozen race to the palace xInside the box are three pieces that join together to create the playing board, along with a large card that stands up to be the Arendelle palace and five figure cut outs with stands, four tokens and three dice.

The game is easily assembled and then play can commence.  The characters used in this game are Elsa, Anna, Kristoff and Olaf.  There is also Hans although no one own’s him and the aim of the game is to race him to the castle.  If he gets there first then he wins, but if another character get’s there first then they win.

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The game starts by each playing selecting a token, they take a look but don’t reveal which character they are playing.  You then take turn to roll the dice.  You will roll either two colours and a number or one number and two colours.  The colour tells you how many spaces to move and the colour determines which character or characters you move.  If you roll a white you can pick any character of your choice, which is where tactics come into play and you obviously want to choose the character that’s on your token.

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There is also a space on the board with friendly trolls that allows you to jump ahead two spaces and a giant snow creature which sends you back one space.   When a character reaches the castle, it is declared the winner and players can then reveal which character’s token they had.

My children both loved this game, particularly 5yr old Mister B who quickly grasped the game rules, which I think was great and he got really excited during gameplay.  I think he was the perfect age for this although he does have a good understanding of things generally.

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This is a really fun game that we’ve all enjoyed and has been well thought out.  I thought each game would only last about 5 minutes but we found it lasted a good 15 minutes and all the family joined in.

Disney Frozen Race to the Palace Board Game is a must for any Frozen fan who will love playing with all the familiar characters from the film, it’s also a game we have been playing most days which is great and shows it has long lasting appeal.

All reviews are my own and my family’s opinions and we received the product in order to write an honest review.

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Ravensburger Puzzles from eTwist

eTwist is an online retailer that sells something for everyone, from toys to watches, home goods and appliances and much more.  It isn’t a website I had come across before but after taking a look around, I noticed that there were a lot of recognisable, branded products at very competitive prices, definitely worth a look at before making a purchase.

We were given the chance to try out some Ravensburger puzzles on their website to keep the kids occupied over the holidays.  Being familiar with the Ravensburger brand, I could see the prices were really good for these items, and we chose something the kids have longed for, a 3D puzzle.  I found one of Big Ben with the Minions on, something I knew that would have the utmost appeal and I can safely say it didn’t disappoint!

puzzleBoth children were super excited upon seeing the Ravensburger 3D Minions Big Ben, and standing at 41cm tall this is a fantastic looking puzzle that doubles up as model on a shelf.  With 216 pieces this was a great puzzle for 8yr old Miss M and just the challenge she needed.  The pieces for this are unlike a traditional puzzle, and are numbered on the back to help you construct the pieces in the correct order.  We all helped looked for the right numbered pieces but Miss M was chief builder.

puzzle 1We soon saw progress with the puzzle as it rose from the ground, into the shape of Big Ben, and the minion aspect kept 5yr old Mister B amused.  He made his mission to put the finishing yellow piece of the tower on the top!

puzzle 2This puzzle is of excellent quality with plastic pieces, many of which are hinged for the corners and angles. These work really well to create the added dimension to the puzzle and in fact a puzzle that has been exceptionally well received by not only my own family but by others that have seen it!

puzzle 3Our second puzzle to complete was this Crazy Cats at the Perfume Shop which I just adored.  It is a 500 piece puzzle ideal for families to complete together.  We love cats and 5yr old Mister B was my chief corner and edge finder!puzzle 5

We have all had great fun completing this puzzle right down from the children up to the grandparents putting in a few pieces when they pop round.  We spent a few days doing this but loved looking for pieces for each of the cats and the children were eager to be the ones putting in the last few pieces.

puzzle 4Puzzles are much loved in this house and are something everyone can join in with.  They are a great activity for rainy days and school holidays.  Why not check out what eTwist has to offer to keep the kids occupied over the next couple of weeks, puzzles are just one of the things on their site as well as much, much more!

All reviews are my own and my family’s opinions and we received the product in order to write an honest review.

 

Bugs in the Kitchen Game from Ravensburger

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.

bugsThe 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!!

bugs 1The 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.

hexbugSo 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.

bugs 2The 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.

bugs kidsThis 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!

All reviews are my own and my family’s opinions and we received the products in order to write the review.

Disney Cinderella 100 piece Puzzle from Ravensburger

The Disney Cinderella puzzle from Ravensburger is a beautiful puzzle depicting the various outfits of Cinderella along with her fairy godmother and ugly sisters, aimed at children 6+.

cinderella puzzleMiss M’s eyes lit up when she saw the puzzle and couldn’t wait to give it a try.  Having turned 7yrs old at the start of the year I was keen to see how well she could do this puzzle herself.  She began and with a few prompts from me to search for the edges and corners first, I let her do the entire puzzle herself which gave her a great sense of achievement on completion.

cinderella 1The puzzle pieces are nicely cut and a good size for her age.  With different characters and outfits to look for, it helped make the puzzle a little easier to do.  She soon got into the swing of it and started finding the pieces she needed and getting excited when she recognised what area of the puzzle pieces came from.

cinderella 3The finished Cinderella puzzle looked beautiful and coincides perfectly with the film Cinderella that has just been released.  The puzzle has lots of detail but is perfectly suitable to the age group suggested.

Miss M really enjoyed sitting, completing the puzzle and with a little determination, did it all by herself!

cinderella 2All reviews are my own and my family’s opinions and we received the Cinderella puzzle in order to write the review.

Disney Planes 2 Puzzles from Ravensburger – Review

Disney Planes 2 is the perfect theme for some new puzzles from Ravensburger with the new film being released this summer.  Young fans of Disney Planes will love creating puzzles out of their favourite plane characters and Mister B is no exception.  Being 3yrs old (nearer 4), these puzzles are just the right size for him without him losing too much concentration.

disney planes puzzles 3We received a 4 in a box puzzle set with four puzzles of varying sizes.  A 12, 16, 20 and 24 piece puzzle was included, each with a picture of a different character.  Mister B started on the smallest 12 piece puzzle.  This was the most excited I’ve seen him at attempting puzzles and it was really nice to see a smile on his face whilst doing them.  I don’t know if it was the pictures that attracted him or the fact that he is a little bit older than when we’ve tried puzzles in the past.

He was really determined to complete each puzzle and with a few pointers from me to find the corners, then the straight edges, he managed to get to the end.  I think this is a great little set that we really enjoyed and as his confidence grew completing the smaller puzzles, he happily moved onto the larger ones.  My one criticism of this set is that all four puzzles come in one bag, and all the backs of them are the same.  It takes a while to sort the pieces out to separate the puzzles which was frustrating for Mister B to wait for me to do.  We do have some other Ravensburger puzzles with different designs on the back, spots, stripes etc and I would have liked to see that in this box to aid little ones in finding the right pieces for each puzzle.

disney planes puzzlesOnce Mister B had completed the 4 in a box puzzles we moved onto the 35 piece puzzle.  Mister B was keen for the challenge but he did need a little help from me.  This is great practise for him though and it was fun to sit and guide him through how to put a puzzle together.  We finally completed it and he was so proud at putting the last few pieces in all by himself, hopefully he’ll be doing it all on his own before long!

disney planes puzzles 2We really enjoyed these puzzles and they’ve been great for Mister B to build on his jigsaw building skills.  He loved the Disney Planes 2 theme of the puzzles too and I think he’ll have a lot of fun doing them over and over throughout the next year.  We think any little Disney Planes 2 fan would enjoy them too so why not check them out?

All reviews are my own and my family’s opinions and the puzzles were sent to us in order to write the review.