As you may already know we absolutely love games to play as a family and this new game from Drumond Park is right down our street! We are all very competitive in nature and love nothing more than winning! This is unlike anything we have come across and we absolutely loved the idea of hitting the hammer onto the banger to get extra time for your team.
The outside of the box is very appealing and is very bright and colourful which is always a great start to any fun game. It is certainly something I would be drawn to in a shop. The inside is no disappointment either the board is very bright and appealing. Luckily as we are always playing new games we always have spare batteries, as this game needs 2 AAA batteries which are not included.
There are 99 question cards, 1 challenge card, 2 playing pieces, bang on unit and a hammer inside the box along with the instructions and a sticker sheet for the bang on unit. This is a team game really but can be played with just 2 people as myself and Freddie did. It is aimed at everyone over the age of 8, but younger children could definitely join in as a lot of the questions are very simple.
These are some examples of the questions and as you can see they are all really simple, other than you are against the timer! Every time you get a question correct you bang the unit with the hammer to get your team more time. On each side of the question card there are bonus answers, if you say one of these answers you get an extra point. So for example: “name a stringed instrument” if you name, guitar, violin, banjo and harp you get 4 points for correct answers plus 2 bonus points for naming the items listed on the card. You stop guessing either when your team has shouted out 10 correct answers or the timer knob falls to the bottom.
As there was only myself and Freddie playing this game we didn’t need to use the Challenge Card, but I can imagine this being super fun. Especially as I especially like to cheat at games!!! (I’ll do anything to win!!) So my hubby will definitely be challenging a number of my answers I am sure!
Not only all of this if you land on certain spaces around the board the game gets much more fun. There is:
Extra Bang – if you land on this you get an extra bang on the hammer so your team gets more time to think of more answers
Bust Spaces – This is a hard one, there are 4 5 or 6 or bust spaces which means you have to think of at least 4,5 or 6 answers before you actually can move your space. For example if you land on the 5 or bust space and only think of 4 answers you have to stay put!
Gag a Player – This only works when playing in teams, but the asking team can ask a question and chose one party in the playing team to not answer.
Double Your Score – self explanatory
Double Bonus – if you answer any bonus answers you get 2 points each as opposed to the normal 1.
The winning team is the first team to get to the finish space.
We had such fun playing this game, however, I of course won as there was more skill involved than I had first appreciated, BUT, this is aimed at teams so if Freddie at nearly 8 was with either older children or adults he would certainly be able to contribute to the game. That being said he still absolutely loved the game and I know at Christmas or weekends when we have friends and family visiting this will be one of the first games he would ask to play.
RRP: £27.99 but can currently be purchased from here Drumond Park 2020 “Bang On!” Game for £16.99
There is a competition over on Twitter and Instagram to win one of these boxes. The rules are like and follow both myself and Drumond Park. All entrants will be collated from both social media posts and a winner will be selected at random on 23rd November. This is only open to UK residents.