Nature/ Type: Cute board game for young kids with elephant + travel themes
Rating: ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️
Recommended age: 4 year-old ++
I have a bit of mixed feelings about this Elephant’s Trunk game from Gamewright. On the one hand, it’s super cute and colourful; BUT the rules, oh the rules. I found myself reading and re-reading the rules a few times and still scratching my head in confusion.
First off, why I love ❤️ this game:
(1) Lovely Theme - I love the creativity, the play of word (elephant’s “trunks” game with travel trunks, how clever!), the colourful tin suitcases, wooden elephant piece and dice. The game pieces are well-made and lovely to look at.
(2) Beautiful Components - kids are attracted to the pretty pieces, especially the tin containers. My 1 year-old ++ has no idea how to play board game yet, but she loves opening and closing the “trunks”. My four-year-old thinks the tin containers are really cool and useful for his pretend play.
(3) Colour-Recognition- this is an educational colour recognition game for young kids.
Having said that, I find the complicated rules to be a little frustrating. In a gist, clothing tokens are divided amongst player, Emmet the elephant is placed in front of any trunk. The objective is to pack all your clothing items into a matching colour trunk by rolling the coloured dice. The twist: if the dice reveals a mouse, the player needs to empty the trunk where Emmet is standing. There are also additional rules about the number of tokens a player can place into a trunk depending on where Emmet is, moving Emmet clockwise when a “mouse” is rolled, and the number of tokens to be used depending on number of players etc. We got the rules all messed up really shortly, and ended up making our own rules along the game. 🤣
In short, I think this game has good potential once we understand and get used to the rules. But as of now, I just enjoy watching the two kids opening, closing and opening the tins repeatedly and randomly for no reason. 😂
Enjoy the video!