Pengoloo

Overall Rating: 8/10

Age: 4+

GLAM Age Range: 3-7

Number of Players: 2-4

Playing Time: 5 min

Publisher: Blue Orange Games

Complexity: Low

Available At: Amazon.com

Quick Take: A fun twist on traditional memory games and I like that the entire game is made of high quality wood pieces. A key part of why I like playing this game with my children so much is because there are two dice and two tries to find an egg that matches either of the dice. It increases the odds of at least partial success and diminishes a lot of angst. If only the darn penguins didn't fall over so easily, thus revealing the hidden colored eggs that you're supposed to find and collect. If you play this on a hard surface instead of the carpet that problem mostly goes away but it's a game for small children - at least in our house that means we're playing it on the floor. I like that there's a more challenging version of the rules where you can steal collected penguins from each other which is great for longevity of the game and engaging older kids in game play. 

How to Play: Be the first to collect six penguins. Each turn a player gets to roll the two color dice. Whatever colors come up are the colors of the eggs they are trying to collect. They may select up to two penguins and everyone gets to see the colors of the eggs underneath. Any correct colors go onto their collected penguins board (both penguin and colored egg underneath). If they manage to collect both colors, they get another turn. If not, it's the next player's turn. Game play continues until one player has filled their board with six collected penguins. 

Variations: The official game rules have a great variant where players can steal penguins from each other's collected penguins. If they roll a color that they correctly remember has been collected by another player they can take the penguin from their board and place it on their own board. It makes the game a little more competitive and requires a lot more memory work to keep track of all the penguin eggs. 

Similar Games To Check Out: Gigamons, Stone Soup

 

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