Tuesday, December 20, 2022

Skippity, By MindWare - REVIEW

Nature/ Type:          Colourful "Checkers-inspired" game 

Rating:                     ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ 

Recommended age:  5 year-old ++   

Who would love this: Kids that love simple strategy games 

This game reminds me of multi-coloured lollies and festive lights. This is probably the most colourful game I have ever tested, and I love the “checkers-inspired” concept. Thank you Leisure Learning for providing this “Skippity” from MindWare for a review! 

Why I love ❤️ this game: 

(1) Easy To Learn - This game is visually-gripping, easy to learn and quite addictive to play. The game comes with 100 “skippers” (or multi-coloured checker pieces), folding game board, storage box and instructions. Players take turn to select a skipper from the board, use it to hop over (horizontally or vertically) other skipper, and collect the “jumped over” skippers along the way. The player that captured the most complete colour sets (each set consists of one of each colour - red, orange, yellow, green and blue) wins. 

(2) Strategy Game - What I love most is the scoring system which encourages players to strategise. Instead of requiring all players to randomly collect as many skippers as possible, this game focuses on “getting the most complete sets” (ie quality is more important than quantity). After each turn, we sort our accumulated skippers by colours, by stacking them up on the corresponding spots on the game board. This helps us to visually-ascertain the status of our latest collection and decide which colours to aim next. Players can do multiple jumping chain, or even “block” our opponent through the simple jumping mechanic. This game is educational, fun, and tactical. 

(3) Different "Starting" Combinations - To set up, players mix all the skippers,  randomly place one skipper on each square on the board, and remove 4 skippers at the centre. What this means is, we get different combination of “starting board” each time, so every round of game is going to feel and play slightly differently. 

(4) Attractive Colours - The colours are visually appealing for kids, and the foldable game board is space-saving and easy to be stored away. The plastic components are light weight, pretty basic, and gives an “average” quality feel. I wish the skippers could have been designed a bit cleverer for easy-stacking. 

Overall, this is an entertaining family game that I wouldn’t mind seeing more on our game nights! 

# gifted in exchange for review 

Where to buy this: 

https://www.leisurelearning.com.au/skippity (Australia) 

Enjoy the video! 

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