Family Game Night Favorites: Blue Orange Games

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What if I told you there are table-top games out there that a three-year-old, 10-year-old, or adult can play together, and everyone will have fun? I know you’re not likely to believe me, but it’s true. A few years ago I randomly nabbed a few blue orange games on a flash sale, and we LOVE them. They were worth every penny, and I’ve happily paid full price for them several times since to give as gifts. I’m not ashamed to admit that Gobblet Gobblers and Chicky Boom are often played by adults only in our house, too!

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There are so many things to love about blue orange games and the company itself, I don’t know where to begin. Their games have won just about every award, recognition, and designation under the sun, including Parents Magazine Best Toy, The Outstanding Product award by Learning Express, and recognition by Green Parents. The products are made well, from the boxes to the game itself. The company is committed to creating high-quality, lasting products, games that are both fun and educational, and is environmentally responsible. For every tree used to manufacture a blue orange game, they plant TWO.

On the left, a game box from a major retailer that has not seen nearly as much play as the blue orange products on the right. This may seem trivial to some, but for moms that are struggling to keep toys and games organized and little pieces all together, the last thing we want to deal with is broken boxes and scattered pieces.
On the left, a game box from a major brand name that has not seen nearly as much play as the blue orange products on the right. This may seem trivial to some, but for moms that are struggling to keep toys and games organized and little pieces all together, the last thing we want to deal with is broken boxes and scattered pieces.

This fall, blue orange announced a partnership with Disney to create a licensed line of games incorporating beloved Disney characters into tried-and-true blue orange Spot It!  and TellTale games. Dusty Crophopper, Elsa, Anna, Olaf, Buzz, Woody, Jake, and Sofia are just a few of the familiar Disney  faces featured in the new games. Given my experience with our other blue orange games, I was very excited to play our Planes Spot It! Alphabet game when it arrived. First of all, before I even took it out of the package, my first thought was, “yes! this will be perfect to toss in my purse when we go out to dinner.” The card game is in a tin that will fit in the palm of my hand, and easily into any backpack or diaper bag. Notice I said tin, not box. The packaging is meant to last. I won’t be moving the game into a Ziploc bag in a few months because its box fell apart, and that makes me a happy mom. Packed into this light, sturdy little tin are 55 game cards and instructions for 3 game variations and play options. Games are for players age 3 and up (although the right 2-year-old would like the game, in my opinion) and two to eight players. Games last about 15 minutes.

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My kids have loved playing Planes Spot it! so much that I ordered the Frozen Spot it! already. Perfect to play around the coffee table at home for game night, as a busy game while traveling, or out to eat, these games are sure to become a favorite in our house, and a gift we will share with others. Spot it is a matching game where you are finding the one and only one match on the cards, Melissa tells you all about the gameplay in last years review.


 

I {Melissa} also received a new game from blue orange games that is perfect for families. I have stated in previous reviews my love for family game nights and how much we enjoy blue orange games.  Like Holly’s family we have several of their games and they have never failed to disappoint.  After I played with some of their newer games at the Chicago Toy and Game Fair this past November they sent me my own copy of Doodle Quest to play with my kids.

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Photo courtesy of blue orange games

My kids love puzzles, especially mazes and lately the little one has become obsessed with dry erase markers, so this game was a hit from the get-go.  This game is meant for only 4 players, which is tough when we have 5 game players, but since technically the 3-year-old doesn’t totally get it (recommended age is 6 and up) we worked it by doing teams.

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Each player is giving a board and a clear plastic sheet. Different puzzles, some are mazes, some are drawings, are placed in the center and you have to try to draw your answer on your blank sheet without putting it on top of the puzzle. So basically you have to do a maze while looking at the maze without actually drawing on the maze. It’s great fun and there are multiple levels and lots of puzzles. Gameplay can last anywhere from 10-20 minutes as each round is only 6 puzzles.  We have had so much fun playing it and after a few times watching even the 3 year old is catching on (although you can see from the picture above she likes to embellish her drawings a lot). My big kids (7 and 9) can play this together and since the puzzles challenge different skill sets, they both get to win at different times.

Photo courtesy of blue orange games
Photo courtesy of blue orange games

 

Games make great last minute family gifts! Blue orange games can be purchased through online retailers, stores in our area (seen at Learning Express Toys in Lake Zurich), and through Amazon.

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Stay-at-home mom who works! On again/off again work in family real estate business, babysitter, dog rescue and historical society volunteer all while chasing my new-found dream to be a writer.I live in Antioch with my husband, Jake, and kids, Cecilia (5) and Mark (3), and our dog Isabella. I'm an aspiring vegan (I cheat a lot), Jazzercise addict and runner. As a family, we love to travel and spend time outdoors. I love to go antique shopping and garage sale-ing, cook, and read in my (rare) free time.

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