Cheatwell Games – Review

Cheatwell Games have a great range of family friendly games, here are some of our favourites.

What’s in the Box is a game for 3 or more players aged 8+ RRP £12.99.

What’s in the box looks simple enough but as discovered even the simplest game can be made harder! The boy chose to play this one while we were in our hotel last weekend. It was easy to play at the table while we waited for our food. Winning or guessing proved harder.

The rules are simple enough think 20 questions. First you choose a box keeper and they choose an item to place in the box. You can play with one of the picture cards included. We found that you can fit large and small items in the box. Having a shake as one of your goes added to the fun. You have two guess cards, which once used you can earn more. The idea is to ask a question, or have a shake then make a guess. It turns out the boy is good at being box keeper and me and Dad Dragon are not that good at guessing.

The first item was a watch and despite working out that it had number, a light, glass was mineral and was useful we were still stumped. We had great fun with this game and it would be perfect entertainment for a big family group or simply like us passing the time while you wait for your food.

Quirky is a game for 3 or more players aged 10+ RRP £10.99

This is a fast question and answer game against the clock (sand timer). Where the answers may not be quite what you think! First select a questioner and an answerer. The answerer rolls the quirky dice. This will give the number of the question to be asked. The timer is turned and you have to answer as many of the questions in the time as possible. Get stuck and you can choose to throw the dice.

The idea of Quirky is to win as many cards as you can, while the other players can challenge your answers. At the end of the round any challenged questions are discussed win and the challenger gets to keep the card. Some questions are observational and others are simple instructions like “touch something brown!”

This game is very speedy and best played where noise doesn’t matter. We found there was lots of family discussion on some of the strange answers given. We love this bright little box and think its a great game for friends and family to play. You can set the length of a game to whatever you like so play can continue all afternoon if you want it too!


Baffled is a game for 2-4 players aged 8+

Baffled is a memory board game where you compete to be the player to remember the positions of 12 hidden symbols. These more around the board so be prepared to be baffled. The object of the game is to stay in play longer than the other players.

Start by deciding how many lives you will each have up to the maximum of 7. Then choose your coloured elephant counter. Each symbol tile is placed in the middle and covered. These are then shuffled and placed on a labelled letter on the board. The covers are removed for 60 seconds so you can memorize then replaced.

Players roll the dice moving their elephant counter around the board. Follow each of the instructions on the place you land on. Uncovering the correct tiles and remembering where they are will keep you in the game. Fail to find the correct tile and you will lose a life. This is a great memory game that may seem simple to play but will definitely test all your skills. The winner is the last player on the board. Working out connections between pictures and their locations is key to winning.

Disclaimer we were sent a selection of Cheatwell family games to try and have not been paid for this review.


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Surviving in Halls of Residence

Surviving in Halls of Residence
When you go to university, it may be the first time you find yourself living with people who aren’t your family! It can be a big adjustment to make if you’re not used to it. There’s also the complicating factor that everyone else you’re living with is also likely getting used to living out of the family home for the first time – this can lead to stress, arguments, and washing up piling up in the sink.
Today we’re offering a few hints and tips that could help you survive a year in halls of residence before you get the chance to move out and chose your flatmates more discerningly.

Even if you’re the most agreeable person in the world, there’s a chance you may get into some kind of dispute with one of your neighbours. It may be based on a reasonable grievance – like loud music played at night when you’re trying to sleep – or it may simply come from a clash of personalities.
The key to resolving disputes like this is to always de-escalate when you can. Going straight for the highest authority whatever the situation is a sure way to create more animosity!
Firstly, if there’s some reasonable adjustment you can make (like…actually doing your washing up), that’s a quick way to solve the situation and get back to normal. If the other person doesn’t leave you with anything reasonable you can do to solve the dispute (or at fault themselves and refuse to take reasonable steps) you can safely escalate to a higher authority. But rather than involve the university authorities, you could try to find a way to arbitrate the situation more informally. Many Halls have older students living in them to serve as mentors or Wardens, and they may well be able to help you find an accommodation that doesn’t burn any bridges behind you.
Of course if you feel you’re risk of physical harm, you should escalate to the situation to highest possible situation and make sure you’re doing everything to stay safe.

If you’re moving into halls from a big family home you might find you don’t have room for everything you’ve brought with you! Especially as you start accumulating mementos of your time at university and more books from your reading list.
It’s worth looking into resources like byStored student storage to find somewhere safe to store additional clutter. While it’s not a good long-term option, if you just need somewhere to keep a few things temporarily – perhaps during a move – you’ll have the peace of mind of knowing all your possessions are safe.

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Dixit – Review with Bloggers Board Games Club

Dixit is one of Asmodee’s classic games for 2018, for 3 – 6 players aged 8+ RRP £29.99

Dixit is a word game, or maybe better described as a storytelling game. With many awards already to its name I was keen to see what the Dragon family made of it. Dixit can have from 3 – 6 players which is great for our small family. The rules and play are slightly adjusted for 3 players. To set up you choose your coloured rabbit marker and place on the 0 on the board. Next the 84 image cards are shuffled and dealt. With 7 cards to each player in a 3 player game. The remaining cards are set aside in a pile.

The storyteller is then chosen from the first person to describe a card from their hand out loud. This person then looks at their cards and without showing the others makes up a sentence, word or noise to describe the chosen card. The other players then look at their pictured Dixit cards and decide which they think would best match the storytellers card. In a 3 player game each player chooses 2 cards except the storyteller so 5 are shuffled and placed face up on the table.

The next stage of Dixit is to use your numbered tokens to choose the number of the card you think belongs to the storyteller. Points are awarded to those that can guess correctly. There are 3 points for the player and storyteller if they guess correctly. one point for a player where they have a vote on their picture card. Two points to each player if know one guesses the storytellers card. Points totalled the rabbit counter is moved along the board.

The game of Dixit ends when the cards run out and the player with the highest score is declared the winner. The trick to this game is not to be to obvious with your description that everyone guesses. While being to hidden with your meaning will result in no points for you. Dixit may look easy enough but as we found is a game which needs balance.

We like games that are played easily with three players and Dixit hasn’t disappointed. The rules were easy to understand and after a couple of goes the scoring became second nature. I can see why Dixit has already won awards as it seems so simple but is a great game for an active imagination. Especially good for those who are good with words like the boy who found the descriptions second nature.

I love the styling of Dixit and the way it stores in the box. This is a great quality game and one I think we will enjoy trying out with family when we next get together. You can buy Dixit from toy stores as well as online via my Amazon link below.


Disclaimer: we have been sent this game as part of the Bloggers Board Game Club with Asmodee Games and have not been paid for this review. #BoardGameClub

Pandemonio from Drumond Park – Review

Pandemonio from Drumond Park is a game for 2-8 players aged 8+ RRP £19.99. Pandemonio is a fast family party game with easy to learn rules. Contents include a board, 8 playing pieces with rings, 64 cards and Colin the cup timer.

Pandemonio is one of the newest games from Drumond park and came out towards the end of 2017. It is a fast card swapping game that is very easy to learn but mastery and being a winner make take some practice.

Game play starts with each player choosing a coloured playing piece and placing this on a picture on the starting line of the board. Cards are chosen for the number of players and shuffled. Each player then starts with a hand of eight cards. Colin is wound up and set off on his track down the board.

Pandemonio as the name would suggest is a frantic game as players attempt to swap their cards to get as many of the cards their playing piece currently sits on before Colin reaches the end of the board. We found game play frantic and loud even with just the three of us, as you barter market style to get the cards you need.

At the end of the Pandemonio round you count up the number of matching cards you have and move this number up the board. Collecting a ring at the top and returning down the board the winner is the first to cross the starting line.

Pandemonio also comes with a super version with slight alterations to scoring where you get to move extra moves or maybe choose to move your opponent back a few spaces! This can mean a few tactical moves can come into play for those with a competitive nature like the Dragon Family.

Pandemonio is available now from toy store, online, or click my Amazon affiliate link below

Disclaimer, I was sent Pandemonio in return for a review and have not been paid.

Pandemic – Review for Bloggers Board Game Club

Pandemic is a cooperative game from Asmodee for 2 -4 players aged 8+ RRP £29.99.

Can you save Humanity?

This is the question Pandemic asks. Pandemic is a cooperative play game so there will never be just one winner, but as we found out this doesn’t make it less challenging. In order to save the world from the deadly diseases you will need to work with your individual skills to cure the 4 diseases before they breakout takes over.

I have come to expect well made and packaged games from Asmodee, and Pandemic doesn’t disappoint. The playing pieces have a lovely weight and feel and each part comes with its own zip lock bag so there is very little additional plastic packaging. The box and board a are a very good long-lasting card. The player cards also have a good long-lasting feel.

Game set up is fairly straight forward and is set out well in the instructions. Cards are dealt in relation to the number of players, and roles are also chosen at random. We have enjoyed playing this game as after our first try an average game lasts about 3/4 of an hour. The rules were also pretty easy to pick up and we only missed one which helped greatly on subsequent games.

Play follows three parts with the first being 4 actions, moving your and other players pieces around the Pandemic board. This can be setting up research stations of helping fellow players to cure the diseases before they spread too far. Players draw more cards and then infect cities. Play continues until you either cure-all four diseases, or you run out of players cards.

We discovered that we could save the world on our first attempt of playing the game, and then have failed on our last two pandemic games. It turn out I think it was beginners luck. Pandemic has been a refreshing change to the games we usually play which can be very competitive. It is great for encouraging conversation and co-operation. It is also not as disturbing as the name mas suggest.

Pandemic has won many awards and will also be featuring in the Asmodee Classic games promotion for 2018. This classic version of the game is a great start, and if you enjoy it then there are other variants of the game. Pandemic Legacy looks like a great with slightly different game play as well as various expansion packs.

Pandemic is available now from your local games store, online and via my Amazon affiliate link below.

Disclaimer: we have been sent this game as part of the Bloggers Board Game Club with Asmodee Games and have not been paid for this review. #BoardGameClub

Awesome Alphabet A – Review

Awesome Alphabet A by Colin Thompson is a 1,000 piece Ravensburger puzzle available now from retailers. Suitable for ages 10+ RRP £11.99.

I have enjoyed completing Colin Thompsons puzzles since I did my first one a couple of years ago. The Awesome Alphabet didn’t disappoint. It has a great mix of old and new illustrations and once you have completed one of Colin’s puzzles there will always be something familiar in his other puzzles.

The awesome alphabet as the name suggests has a theme and this puzzle is the letter A. There is a great picture sheet included with Colin’s explanation of the origins of the puzzle. This includes a list of some of the possible A related items you will see in the puzzle picture. There is plenty to debate with the picture in the puzzle as there are lots of items with tenuous links to the letter A.

I started with the border of the awesome alphabet. This was straight forward. The rest of the puzzle is one to piece together slowly as there is no dominant colour. As I progressed through the puzzle more of the brighter colours stood out including the outline wood of the letter A.

I have loved completing the Awesome alphabet puzzle and spent some time trying to find all the A letter illustrations. The boy joined in for a bit as the bright colours are very attractive. This puzzle is great for anyone wo like me is a fan of Colin Thompson puzzles or simply those that like a bit of a different puzzle experience.

Awesome Alphabet is available now in stores and online from Amazon with my affiliate link below.

Disclaimer, I was sent this puzzle in return for an honest review. I have not been paid for this post.


Which one’s Santa? – Review

Which One’s Santa? is the newest 1,0000 piece Christmas puzzle from Ravensburger. This is the 21st Limited edition Christmas puzzle and is suited for ages 10+ RRP £12.99 and available online and toys store for a limited time.

It has been some time since I completed a puzzle and I was feeling a little out of practice. Which One’s Santa? is a great puzzle for all the family and the boy joined in. He does tend to protest but I think secretly he rather enjoys them. This is a lovely puzzle and the illustrative picture was lovely to complete.

I like this style of puzzle and always start with the edges. I like that my Puzzle handy fold away board has the outline for a standard 1,000 piece puzzle. There are not many large blocks of colour in the Which One’s Santa puzzle. I started with the red and found that the faces of the characters were also easy to pick out. This lead to the completion of the bottom half of the puzzle.

I found that the next part to complete was the windows of the houses and the roofs and finally the sky. Which One’s Santa? is a lovely puzzle full of bright colours and the illustration by Devon based artist Roy Trower brings the scene to life. There is plenty to look at and keep you interested. I especially love all the little hidden animals in the puzzles illustration.

Which One’s Santa is a great gift for a puzzle fan or simply something to enjoy completing as a family. I think this is my favourite Christmas scene puzzle and will be sharing it with family and friends.

Disclaimer: I was sent Which One’s Santa? in return for an honest review.

Space Saving Tips for Your Home this Christmas

With the influx of guests, gifts and decorations, the arrival of Christmas can cause cramped and busy conditions in your home. However, while the array of friendly faces and festive atmosphere might seem great to start with, it won’t be long before you start to get fed up of searching around trying to find the things you want and stumbling over stray toys, abandoned shoes and people’s feet!
Of course, space is always going to be tighter at Christmas than at any other time of year, but that’s just a part of the season’s unique charm. However, that doesn’t mean that you should sit back idly and accept your home being turned into a hotel-slash-storage-facility year after year. Instead, take matters into your own hands and commit to doing what you can to maximise space in your home and avoid that cramped feeling this Christmas.
To help you get started, here are some top tips and space-saving hacks to employ in your home this party season!

Christmas is a time for indulgence and, often, overeating, as we snack on our favourite treats and gorge ourselves on a sumptuous feast come Christmas lunch. Couple this indulgence with the extra supplies needed for any guests, and it’s no surprise that our cupboards, fridges and freezers are full to bursting during December. Save space by storing only what needs to be kept cold in the fridge – everything else can be relegated to cupboards until it is needed. If you need to save money, too, you could also ask your guests to contribute towards Christmas dinner or Boxing Day tea. That way, everyone will be involved and you won’t have to find space in your already-full fridge!

Similarly, if you have a conservatory or garage, it can be a good idea to store drinks in these areas to free up some space in the kitchen. These areas are usually the coldest parts of the home in winter anyway, so chances are your drinks will stay cool and ready for drinking! However, if you’re after a longer term drinks storage solution, have you considered investing in a wine rack? Bespoke wine racks can be made to fit any space, allowing you to easily store your festive wine collection in style all year round.

Have you invited guests over? Will you have family staying with you during the festive season? If you are planning to host guests, it’s more important than ever to make sure that you’re well prepared for the influx of people in your home. Once you have confirmed numbers, the next step is to sort out sleeping arrangements. For older guests or those who would prefer not to slum it on the sofa, it may be worth investing in a sofa bed for a more comfortable option. Alternatively, airbeds are a great way to provide a quick and easy bed that can then be folded away and easily stored for the rest of the year.

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Do you have enough chairs for all of your guests? Is there enough free space to enable everyone to move around freely? Similarly, if your home is a little on the cramped side, it might be worth having a shuffle around and moving any unnecessary furniture to the attic or garage for the duration of the season.

Too many presents might seem like the ultimate first world problem, but if you have a large family, people staying over or just a small home, the question of storing all the gifts is an important one. Tuck smaller items away in stockings to save a little space, and once everything has been opened on Christmas morning, why not invest in a set of tubs or boxes for each member of the family to store all their gifts in? That way, everything can easily be moved around and it will all be kept together in one place.
Are you ready for the onset of the party season? The most wonderful time of year is fast approaching – make sure that it’s as wonderful as can be with these top storage ideas and space-saving hacks!

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Who’s The Dude – Review and giveaway

Who’s the Dude is just one of the new games this year from Drumond Park. Best suited to ages 16+ 3-8 players £24.99. Who’s the Dude brings the game of Charades into the 21st century!

Who’s the dude is based of the old game of charades. But now you have the ‘Dude’ to help you act out your words. The box contains a full size inflatable figure and 110 scenario cards as well as a scoring pad. Players can play alone or as teams and rules are simple. Download the Dude app for a handy timer and fun extras.

The first thing is to inflate the Who’s the dude figure. Be careful not to over inflate him so that you can still move his arms and legs easily. Shuffle the cards and starting with the youngest player choose a card. Act out as many of the options on the card in 45 seconds. Players score a point for each correct guess and the actor scores one point for each successful charade.

There are 4 rounds with round four being a double up round. The winner is the person with the highest score. Team play is similar with the winners having the highest score at the end of four rounds.

Who’s the dude is going to be our Christmas party game, and is best played with adults as some of the charades may appear a little risqué. I love that this game is such a simple concept, so know it will be perfect for the festive party. Acting out being a fitness instructor, or dancing on the ceiling. Or even what famous couple are we? Torville & Dean. Even the thought of these makes me smile.

Who’s the dude is available online and in high street stores now or use my amazon affiliate link below.

Would you like the chance to act out a charade with your own Who’s the Dude? enter my giveaway below:
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Catan – Review for Bloggers Board Game Club

Catan is a game for 3-4 players aged 10+ RRP £44.99, find Catan from Esdevium at your local toy store by searching here.

This month the Bloggers Board Game club sent us Catan to have a look at. I knew as soon as I saw the front of the box that the boy would enjoy this one. Catan is a trade, build, settle game and that is exactly what you have to do. The box contains terrain hexes with a frame border. Tokens, resource cards, dice and playing pieces including the robber.

The Catan rule book looks daunting, but this games comes with an alternative way to learn how to play. There is a handy game assistant which you can download onto you phone or tablet. This runs you through all the basic play and I found was a great way to get the game started. The Tutorial helps you to set up a basic three or four player game. It covers how to lay out the hexes, settlements and roads. It then takes you through basic turn taking, trading and building.

We very quickly found we were playing the game without the apps help. The rules at first look complex but we found easy to learn. Catan progresses as each player trades to enable them to build up their settlements upgrading and gaining victory points. The games winner is the first to 10 victory points. These can be gained for different achievements such as longest road or most battles won.

Play progresses with a throw of the dice, and then collecting your resources. Trading these with other players and then using them to build up your roads and settlements. Trading can be fun and a little frantic if there is a particular card you need. We found there was a little ganging up on the player in the lead to try and stop their progress. This just added to the fun of the game.

Catan is a game I can see we will be playing lots over the winter as it is very well suited to three players. Catan also offers the possibility of changing up the board and moving from the beginners set up to the more tricky variable set up. We haven’t quite braved this as we are getting used to where the beginners board takes us. There are also a range of Catan extension packs available so the play-ability of this game is endless.

Disclaimer: we have been sent Catan as part of the Bloggers Board Game Club with Esdevium Games and have not been paid for this review. #BoardGameClub