Christmas is sernominous with playing board games and it is I am sure that is some sort of law at Christmas that you must play some type of board game and there is none more fun than The Very Merry Christmas game. I love traditional games and I don't think at times traditional games are plated enough it has to be a very special game to tear the youth of today away from thrift electronic devices. I played so many board games with my family growing up and it was a happy time doing so even though I didn't always win.Creating memories is what board games do and the love of them is based on from generation to generation.
This year I have the Very Merry Christmas Game to review and as they say a board game is for life not just for Christmas ! The box itself is very eye catching and you might think it is going to be of a novelty and flash in the pan. As with any game the more you play it the easier it gets , I have played Monopoly for years and I am still surprised when I win first prize in the beauty contest.
Essentially The Very Merry Christmas Game is for a minimum of two players but to make the most of it I do suggest playing with at least four players or double up into teams. What happens I hear you ask well , each person or team picks a coloured playing piece before locating the relevant fireplace on the board. Each player has a stocking ( how Christmasy is that ! ) the stocking needs to be filled with high valued Christmas presents in order to win the game and they start off with two mystery cards placed in the stocking.
By rolling the dice, each player progresses around the board where they will find a host of squares offering different activities and interactions. You can sneak a peek in your stocking (or the stocking of someone else), collect presents to place in your own stocking or that of another player, or pull a cracker with a player of your choosing in the hoping of stealing away or exchanging one of their high value presents with one of your low value ones.
A very nice touch I think is that players can land on a carol-singing square and when they do they have to sing a Christmas song and no song can be performed twice during the course of one game , and the catch is if your singing doesn’t please the other players, you can lose one of your presents. For those that don’t like singing in public, make it your mission to land on the party hat square so you can wear the Christmas part hat and be immune from having to sing.
Once all of the stockings are full, each player can turn over their present cards and find out what’s in their stocking. If someone has a single sprout card, they automatically lose and are out of the game but if someone has two sprout cards they automatically win. If there are no sprout cards, or no one has two, the rest of the players add up the stars denoted on each present card and the one with the highest number of stars wins.
The Very Merry Christmas Game might be a simple game but it is fun and as a family enjoyed playing it so much and played it again and again. We laughed so much when playing it and it’s perfect to play with the family, as it’s very family friendly. This is the perfect game to be playing over the festive season and I can't recommend it highly enough , it is perfect for that sparkle of Christmas fun this Christmas