Creationary Review

Think Twice

This Pictionary-style game challenges players to use Legos to replicate illustrations of everything from a parachute to a dinosaur to the Sydney Opera House. While most agree the idea has merit, reviewers grouse that the game doesn't come with enough pieces. Other disappointments include ambiguous directions and the game's tendency to outlast the patience of young players. For ages 7 and up.

Lego users love the idea of Creationary (starting at $35, Amazon) -- a family-friendly, Lego version of Pictionary -- but find it flawed in practice, according to Creationary reviews. A consumer who posted a review at Toys R Us suggests that the card illustrations could offer more guidance and muses that the odd collection of Lego pieces gives the impression that bricks were haphazardly tossed into the box. Both are complaints commonly seen in reviews. Users also gripe about the number of Legos provided, calling the 341 pieces insufficient. One parent who posted a review on Viewpoints notes that this can encourage creativity but ultimately limit what children can create. Many players find themselves borrowing pieces from other Lego sets or supplementing the game with basic build kits, according to reviews.

Others reviewers grouse that trickier objects take too much time to make, leaving everyone else bored while they wait for the builder to finish. Despite these negatives, Creationary does have its fans, as well as some notable high points. Reviewers attracted to the premise of the game appreciate that it inspires creative thinking. A user who posted a comment on the BoardGameGeek forum prefers Creationary to traditional Pictionary because even people who are not especially artistic can put together a Lego model.

Creationary reviews often suggest eschewing the rules and making up your own to eliminate frustration and tailor the game to those playing it. One user who posted a review at Toys R Us incorporates a hint system for younger kids, while a user with mixed feelings who posted on Amazon introduces time limits so the game doesn't drag.

Several consumers posting on BoardGameGeek question the longevity of the game, saying an expansion pack of cards is needed. Lego recently began selling the Lego Games Creationary Booster Pack (starting at $4) to meet this request.

Lego Creationary has its fair share of problems, but it may still appeal to those who like to make their own rules or don't mind being flexible with the way the game is played. While older kids accustomed to bigger and more complex Lego builds will take the challenge of the game in stride, younger, less experienced builders are likely to get discouraged. The game is intended for children 7 and up.

Gina Briles

Gina K. Briles writes family, household, and shopping-related product reviews. She is a displaced Jayhawk and a coffee addict living in the Pacific Northwest with her husband, two small children, and Vizsla dog.

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