We are a game loving family, from board games to jigsaws, we’re always up for a bit of team work or, in the case of ION cards, competitive play.
George is so competitive, so it’s nice to give him a challenge. With the three games we received, he enjoyed all of them but Molly preferred Gemtrix. She is less competitive and not hugely into maths, so it makes sense she’d go for this game.
With Gemtrix, the aim of the game is to collect as many sets of 3 of the same gem card, the person with the most sets wins the game. Molly won the first time we played this, which in turn encouraged her to play the other games.
Mission 5 was next up and George loved this game! There are different levels depending on mathematical ability, but we started off on the basic level, moving up with George (the number addict) and it was so much fun. This was played over and over, and I think that the hardest level will be played some point soon!
Last, but by no means least, was the ION card game, which initially reminded me of dominoes! There are lots of cards in this one and you can play it with 2-10 players. There are lots of different actions, like making one of your opponents miss a go and so on. I had to constantly refer to the instructions, but once we’d tried them all out George remembered them all!
We had a lot of fun playing this one, it was George against me. He played so well and it was a great way to work on numbers, tactics, fair play and some good old fashioned mother-son bonding. I loved playing this with George and we laughed a lot. In the end George won, and he was so pleased! I can’t wait to play with this game again.
I think there’s so much good from playing these games; they’re interactive, they bring the family together and they’re such a great size so you can take them on your travels or pull them out before/after dinner.
Have you tried these types of games? What do you think?
Disclosure: I received these games in exchange for a review. All opinions are 100% honest and my own.