Bugs in the Kitchen
Overall Rating: 7/10
GLAM Age Range: 4-8
Number of Players: 2-4
Playing Time: 20 min
Available At: Amazon.com
Quick Take: Your better hexbug game choice. It's exciting to use the hexbug and it's not as stressful of a game as Buggaloop. It also moves a lot faster and the hexbug both seems to get stuck less often and even if it does it's easy to get it moving again so we're still on the original battery with our hexbug for this game even after a reasonable amount of play. There's nice simple strategy involved. Other games are better in terms of variety of play and longevity of interest but this gets major cool points for its basic premise. My parents play it with my 6 year old on repeat.
How to Play: You're trying to get the hexbug to land in your trap. You and your opponents take turns rolling the die and you get to move either a knife, fork, or spoon on each roll which opens or closes paths for the hexbug to travel along. A question mark is wild and you move whatever you want. You make a shifting path for the hexbug to move along and when it lands in someone's trap the round is over. You turn off the hexbug, hand the winner a bug chip, and then reset the board and start another round. The official rules are you play until someone gets to five bug chips.
Variations: Don't play until someone wins five bug chips if you're playing with more than two players, it takes forever. It's completely fine to change the amount of chips you're trying to go for depending on how long you want to play.