Monday, February 13, 2023

Pass The Pandas, By Ultra PRO Entertainment - REVIEW

Nature/ Type:          Quick & easy dice game 

Rating:                     ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ 

Recommended age:  6 year-old ++   

Who would love this: Kids and parents who love quick and fast-paced games 

I’m not a fan of “game of chance” or any similar games where the element of luck plays too substantial a role. BUT, occasionally, there are some delightful exceptions that blow my mind. One of such recent discovery is “Pass The Pandas” from Ultra PRO Entertainment, kindly recommended and gifted by The Kid Cave

Why I love ❤️ this game: 

(1) Easy To Learn, Addictive To Play! - The game takes a few minutes to learn: divide the dice between players, and take turn to roll all one’s dice. If “bamboo” is rolled, the next player must match or exceed the number showing the bamboo or they would acquire the “difference”. “Pandas” go to other players, “Water Drop” evaporates and is removed from game. No action is taken if we roll a blank. The first player that gets rid of all dice wins the game. It’s a simple game to learn, super addictive to play. I love the fast and furious nature. This is a game with non-stop frenzy of rolling / discarding/ passing / acquiring dice - a little chaotic and keep you on the toes. (warning: I played the game over 30 consecutive rounds with my boy in one go, none of us could have enough of it!) 

(2) Stay Focus & Train Up Reaction Time - Despite the “luck-based” character, players need to stay 100% focus throughout and maintain great reaction time to excel in this game! For example, we need to keep track of the number of “bamboo” we roll and observe closely what the next player is rolling, and do a “mental math” to decide if we can “pass” some dice away. Each tiny step can easily change the outcome in split second! 

(3) Good Components - Each die contains 6 sides: 3 with images and 3 are blank. I love the raised graphics on the dice that enhances the tactile experience, the touch of personality, and the playfulness of the theme! I also love how compact and easily portable this game is. 

(4) Game Variants - Whilst this is essentially a “luck” game, there is a “decision-making” element when there are 3 players or more (eg. players get to decide to whom they want to pass the Panda or whether to divide the Panda amongst other players for strategy reason). There are also variants of rules for advanced players that give the game some added thrills and “sophistication”. 

Simply awesome! 

# Gifted in exchange for review 

Where to buy this: 

The Kid Cave (Australia) 

Enjoy the video! 

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