This week we are childless again. Our girls are having lots of fun visiting their grandparents in Texas so we pre-taped a Family Game Night. We played a great game from Blue Orange Games called Dr. Beaker. It’s a great interactive game that keeps your mind sharp and challenges your pattern recognition and making abilities. We had a lot of fun playing it. We also tried out some more yummy Tastykake snacks that made the perfect snacks for a fun family game night. Make sure to read through this post and enter the giveaway. We are giving away both a game & some Tastykakes!
Dr. Beaker by Blue Orange Games is a lot of fun. It’s a great mix of chemistry and matching. In this game you will use your beaker and the “molecules” to create the chosen pattern. It’s fast-paced and is a race against the other players. We always love games where we can go head to head and race against each other so it was a lot of fun for that reason. It is a lot like a puzzle game, you have to get the pattern right as well so it takes some talent to get the pieces where they need to be to match the pattern. Overall it’s a lot of fun and a great way to spend some time together as a family.
In the box you will find:
4 stir sticks
24 marbles (8 of each color red, green, orange)
Deck of pattern cards
Who Would Enjoy this Game:
Dr. Beaker is designed for ages 8 and up and 2-4 players. My 8-year-old struggled with this on a couple of the harder patterns. So younger than 8 may have a hard time with this one. It seems very easy since it is pattern matching but using the beaker to move the pieces around is difficult and there are rules to how you can move them so it is for older kiddos. It is challenging enough though for teens and adults so it’s a great family game because all ages enjoy it. You can only play up to four players so it’s for a smaller group or you could take turns playing if you have a larger group. If you like puzzles and fast-paced games this one is perfect for you.
Is It Fun:
We had a blast playing it. Like I said we love racing against each other so that competition made it a lot of fun and we had lots of laughs as we struggled to get the pieces in the right place on time. I am a big fan of puzzle games where you have to figure it out and think things through so this was a lot of fun for me because of that puzzle aspect.
Gameplay is pretty simple. To set up the game you will give each player a beaker, a stirring stick, and two of each color marbles. Put the marbles in the beaker so that you have two in the center settings and the other four can be in the spots around the center setting. No specific order on what colors go where. Shuffle the cards and put them in the middle of the table.
When you are ready to play the first player will flip over the top card. Everyone starts at the same time and you will move your marbles around inside your beaker to try to match the pattern. Marbles can be moved by going through the center piece. You can only have three marbles at a time in the center piece. So you move one marble at a time trying to get the colors in the correct pattern shown on the card. When you have completed call out that you have finished.
On scoring, use the instruction booklet to determine based on how many players you have how many points first player gets, the second player, and so on. Keep track of the points on a pad of paper, the person with the most points at the end of the game wins.
I don’t really have any concerns with this game. It’s pretty easy to play. As I mentioned above it is more geared towards older kids, ages 8 and up. If you kiddos do not do well with competition or racing games then this one might be hard for them. My 8-year-old can struggle with that from time to time because her older sister is a lot older then her and it’s much easier for her so racing games can be a little unfair due to age difference. Other then that though, which may not be an issue for your family it’s a great game and we really enjoyed it.
Where Can You Buy It:
Visit the Blue Orange Games website to order and they also have a store locator to find a retailer near you.
What is Tastykake:
Tastykake is one of our favorite snack companies. They have so many yummy treats in their product line and they are always trying new things. My kids love their sweet rolls & kandy kakes for snacks so they were a natural choice for game night snacks. One thing we really love about Tastykake is that they are dedicated to leaving less of an imprint on our environment. Their factory has been awarded LEED Silver Certification. LEED stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design and it is awarded by the U.S. Green Building Council. LEED is a rating system for green buildings. So not only do they have amazing snacks they are doing their part for the environment.
We got to try out Tastykake blueberry sweet rolls from they summer edition line. They are so yummy! It’s like having a blueberry muffin and sweet roll all in one. Full of yummy blueberry flavor they make a great snack idea for game nights or to have for breakfast in the morning. Covered in great icing, who doesn’t love icing?
Also part of the summer edition Kandy Kakes are amazing. We tried out the orange creme filled with yummy and refreshing orange creme. It’s like a bite of sunshine. They are perfect for summer time game nights. My kids loved them. They have become one of our favorite snacks.
Where To Buy Them:
Visit the Tastykake website for a retailer and buying options.
Blue Orange Games & Tastykake were both nice enough to give us an extra game and snacks to giveaway to our readers. We will have one winner for this giveaway who will receive 1 Dr. Beaker game from Blue Orange Games and 2 Packages of Tastykake snacks (1 box of Kandy Kakes & 1 package of Sweet Rolls). So you can have your very own family game night. Entrants must be 18 or older and US residents to be eligible to win. Entries will be accepted until 8/31/17.
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