Scott’s Toy Box: There’s a Game for That
My favorite game on my iPad right now is Draw Something. In Draw Something, you choose one of three words and then draw something to get the person you’re playing with to guess what word you chose. It’s a fun game, and if you like playing it, you may also like playing Pictionary. This month, I decided to find other physical versions of my favorite app games.
Angry Birds is a famous app game where you aim different kinds of birds at forts made by pigs in hopes of bringing them all to the ground. There is also a tabletop version of Angry Birds. In this game, you draw cards that show you a structure to build. You’ll need to have steady hands to build it, or you’ll have to rebuild it just to play. Once your structure is built, you load the catapult with the rubber bird and try to knock all the pigs off to get points. The first player to reach 1000 points wins. The box this game comes in is good for shipping, but you may want to think of something else to store it in for the long term. The plastic that holds the catapult down eventually doesn’t do its job well, andnothing holds the cards in place once they are unwrapped. Removing the plastic altogether may be just the solution for you. The game is sold for $20 at Learning Express, where there are a couple of different versions that might interest you.
Words with Friends is another popular app where two people place words on a board to get the highest score. Those who love this word game will also fall in love with Appletters, from the same people who made Bananagrams. In this game each person starts with nine tiles. Then in turn, each player plays off the first or last letter of each word, going either horizontally or vertically. All words must be at least three letters long, and if you can’t make a word, you must draw three more tiles for your turn. This process will make a snake, so make sure you have plenty of table space. The first person to get rid of all his tiles wins, unless there is a stalemate, and then whoever has the least amount of tiles wins. The game also comes with instructions for two other games and sells for $10 on Amazon.com.
Unblock Me is my favorite app to play when waiting for my take-out food to be ready. The object of the game is to move brown blocks around until a red block can be sent through the opening on the side. RushHour is the exact same game, only instead of digital blocks, you move plastic cars back and forth so that your little red car can get off the board. The game comes with 40 challenge cards that range from beginner to expert. The puzzles can be a little tough, but there is a junior edition that comes with easier-to-solve puzzles if you feel like starting there. Both editions are available at Learning Express for $18.