Since it’s Friday night we decided to have a quick Family Game Night to celebrate the end of the week. We usually only have them on Saturdays but since we have had so many games come in lately we decided to have a few extra during the week. Tonight we are playing two really fun games from Winning Moves. We played a fun card game called Brainspin and edge of your seat balancing game called Brynk. They were both super fun and kept us entertained all night.
Brainspin is all about seeing things from different perspectives and using your creativity. The gameplay is really easy and not very competitive so it’s a great game to enjoy as a family that won’t cause wars between the siblings. Plus it’s great to take when you are traveling, it’s simply a deck of cards so you can play anywhere at anytime.
1 Deck of Brainspin cards
Who Would Enjoy This Game:
This game is designed for ages 7 and up and 2-10 players. It may be suitable for younger players but there is a lot of abstract thinking involved so I would stick to ages 7 and up. My daughter is 8-years-old and she had a little trouble coming up with unique answers, but sometimes she blew us away with things she came up with. So it really depends on your kiddo and if you think they will struggle with it or not. It says up to 10 players but I really think you could do this with larger groups too. It would be fun to do in a large group as a conversation starter or ice breaker I think.
Is It Fun:
Yes, we had a lot of fun with it. The game requires a lot of creative answers, so we shared a lot of laughs at some of the answers that each person came up with. We also had fun seeing who matched answers and which ones were unique. It’s fun to see how other people see things, it’s really interesting. If you like critical thinking type games you would enjoy this game a lot.
The gameplay is really simple. To set up the game simply shuffle the deck of cards and place them facedown in the middle of the play area or where everyone can reach them. Give each player something to write with and paper. You will also need a way to keep time, we used my phone but a timer of any kind would work.
To begin set 1 minute on the timer and flip over the top card. Each player will look at the card and begin to make a list of what they think it looks like. In the example above someone might put a racetrack, the number eight, glasses, etc. Try to think outside the box and come up with answers you think no one else would guess. After thirty seconds turn the card 90 degrees to get a different perspective and continue with your list until the one minute is up.
When the time is up each person will read their list of answers. If someone else has the same answer as you cross it out. When you have finished your list count the number of unique answers you have and write it down, that is your score for the round. Once everyone has shared and counted their answers complete two more rounds. Add up all three scores to get your final total. The person with the most points wins.
It may be difficult for younger players but it’s a lot of fun for all ages. No concerns really.
Where Can You Find It:
Purchase from Winning Moves here.
Brynk is all about keeping really good balance while you compete with other players to build up the tower as high as you can. It takes precision and careful planning to avoid tipping it over and spilling the pieces all over. It’s a fun game that will keep you on the edge of your seat.
Game Unit (doubles as base and storage container)
Balancing game base/lid
42 Brynk pieces (14 of each color blue, yellow, orange)
Who Would Enjoy This Game:
Brynk is designed for ages 7 and older and 3 or more players. My daughter is 8-years-old and she really had a lot of fun with it. I wouldn’t do much younger than 7 because it takes a lot of skill and dexterity to place the pieces without knocking it off balance. It’s a great game for a large group though because you play with a bunch of players. The more players the more fun for this one.
Is It Fun:
We had a blast playing it. It reminds me of Jenga, but you are adding not taking away. It’s a balancing type game where you are trying to build up the tower by adding pieces one at a time. It’s so much fun to see who is going to knock it over. Plus, everyone screams when it tumbles over.
The gameplay concept is pretty easy but actually doing it is a challenge. To set up the game turn the canister upside down. Put the tri-slider piece onto the bottom of the canister. Now balance the lid of the canister on top of the tri-slider piece. It’s hard to balance it but try to start it balanced in the center of the canister. Now spread out the pieces around the play area so everyone can easily reach them.
On your turn, you will randomly choose a piece to add to the balancing lid. Connect it by using the notches on the sides of the piece. Be careful and balance your piece on one of the three starting points of the balancing lid. Take turns adding pieces to either one of the other starting points or a previous players piece.
If some pieces fall but not all of them then the person who made them fall is out and the other players continue to play. If a player knocks all of the pieces off then the game ends. The rules say the person who successfully added a piece last is the winner.
No concerns with this one. It’s a lot of fun. It does take some concentration and skill to add pieces so I would stick to 7 or older, it may be too difficult for children younger than that. Find a place to play that has a lot of space. The pieces go everywhere when they fall.
Where Can You Find It:
Purchase from Winning Moves here!
Winning Moves was nice enough to sponsor a giveaway for our readers. Make sure to visit their site and social media to thank them for sponsoring a giveaway for us. We will have two winners, one winner will win Brainspin and one winner will win Brynk. Entrants must be 18 or older and US residents to be eligible to win. Entries will be accepted until 10/15/17.
*Disclaimer: This giveaway is sponsored by Winning Moves. If for some reason the sponsor fails to send the prize or is unable to Parenting In Progress is not responsible for supplying the prize or the value of the prize to the winner.
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