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Lego Board Games
Lego Board Games.
The Lego board game Magikus (starting at $8, Amazon) also involves strategy but is a quicker game that younger kids can enjoy. As with Minotaurus, the rules are flexible and are easy to adapt. Players build an ingredient rack and race to collect all the items they need to complete a magic potion. The first person to successfully acquire all the necessary ingredients is the winner. One consumer who posted a review of the Lego board game on Amazon cautions that, while children under 6 may be able to play Magikus, the small game pieces may make parents think twice about letting them. Parents posting reviews at Toys R Us like that the game can be played in short spurts, rather than dragging on for hours. Magikus is for two to four players ages 6 and up, and game play is estimated at 10 to 20 minutes.
One Lego board game that falls short of expectations is Creationary (starting at $35, Amazon). This version of Pictionary has players craft objects from Lego bricks and have teammates try to guess what they are. Critics of the game say the clever concept has some shortcomings when put to the test. A user posting on Amazon laments the frustrating game play and vague instructions but takes comfort in the fact that the game pieces assimilate nicely into the household Lego collection. A consumer who posted a review at Target says there needs to be a set time limit, and points out that when players guess the object too soon, children don't get a chance to finish building their creations. The reviewer's son simply uses the cards as inspiration for independent building. Several consumers remark on Amazon that not enough Lego building blocks are provided, although others see that limitation as part of the challenge.
Think Twice Cheap Legos
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. Read more »
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