Racing to meet the UPS driver is a fairly common occurrence in a homeschool family that does product reviews. However, when those reviews involved things for Family Fun Night and don’t feel like curriculum, the kids don’t watch for that big brown truck they begin to stalk it. That was certainly the case with this latest review from USAopoly when they sent us Tapple and Wonky to try out.
The USAopoly company specializes in creating games and puzzles that provides hours of laughter and fun for the whole family while also using critical thinking skills. Shhhhh… Don’t tell the kids that last part, because they will never otherwise know that these games area about anything other than fun.
USAopoly has common names in family fun games such as Risk, Monopoly, Jenga, Cranium, Yahtzee, and Clue. Each of these games are available in different versions. For example, there is a version of Risk that is completely based off of the popular series, Doctor Who. They also have games that are not as well known, but need to be because of the overall fun factor that they create in your home. These games are truly addictive!
Tapple is a fast paced word game designed for ages 8 and above. The game can be played by 2 to 8 players at a time so it is the perfect game for both family fun night as well as a small party! The manufacturer states that it takes 10-20 minutes to play, but our family would recommend clearing a larger amount of time. This games was truly addictive. It is kind of like your favorite cookie – you just can’t stop at one. One round will lead to another and on and on and on.
The main game console is placed in the middle of the table within reach of all the players. A card is selected for the topic of the round. As you can see in the graphic above, an example of a topic might be TV Shows. Each player must come up with the name of a TV Show or a creative word related to the topic. For TV Shows, this could be Animal Planet or adventuresome. They key is that the player must come up with a word or name that begins with a letter that has not be pressed down. Once he has successfully come up with a name or word, he pushes the lever down for the first letter of the word he said and hits the timer in the middle for the next player to begin. The next player now has 10 seconds to come up with a word before the timer runs out. The last player standing is the winner of the round. There were times that we used up letters in and still had multiple players left in the round. In these instances, each player must now come up with two new words for each letter before the timer runs out.
While Tapple really challenge your word finding skills and creativity in word association, Wonky is a more critical thinking game related to building and problem solving. It too is designed for ages 8 and up. At least two players are needed to play, but more just increases the fun.
This game is also addictive. There is competition between players, but we also found a cheering on of everyone just trying to get the tower one more brick higher than in the last round.
At the beginning of the game, each player begins with 7 cards. The goal is to get rid of all your cards. There are three types of cards: ones where you are told what block to place, action cards to pass your turn or reverse play, and combination cards that have both the placing of a block and an action. The real challenge that is not apparent in the photo above is that the blocks are not perfect cubes. There are some sides of the blocks that are outwardly curved making the tower not only wobbly as it grows in height but also as more and more curved surface make it lean further.
So What Did We Think:
These are games that we have not seen before, but are certainly glad to have. They were fun and really brought the laughter and smiles into family fun night. They were challenging and ones that we found pulling off the shelf frequently. We loved them because everyone could join into the fun and they did not take a dedicated evening to play. However, many times we found ourselves playing round after round after round.
Be sure to check out what the other reviewers had to share after using Tapple and Wonky with their families.