My family LOVES to play board games! They are one of our favorite methods of low cost entertainment! In fact, there was one year that we packed a bunch of board games to take on vacation with us and played them every night when we went on our yearly family trip because we really didn’t have the money to do anything else! So, of course I was excited to get a chance to review two new games from USAopoly: Tapple: Fast Word Fun for Everyone, and Wonky: The Crazy Cubes Card Game (try saying that one ten times fast! 😉 )
Wonky is designed for ages 8 and older and can be played by two or more players. A block stacking game, the object is to stack the blocks using the cards you are dealt. This makes it a little more challenging than other games because you cannot just choose any blocks you want. As the tower gets taller, it gets wobbly, and stacking the blocks definitely requires some hand-eye coordination.
Some of the cards allow you to force other players to lose a turn or add extra cards to their hands, which comes in handy since the object of the game is to be the last player without any cards without making the tower topple over! Since the blocks come in multiple sizes, and you can’t control how they are stacked, this is more difficult than you think!
We played this game on a rainy afternoon (which we’ve had a lot of lately). The directions were really easy to understand, and the game was very easy to set up. Once we got started, we had a lot of fun. In the first round, both my younger son and I soon learned that stacking all the large blocks first isn’t always the best idea. Also, it is a good idea to use strategy for how you play your cards, or you could get down to your last one, and then topple the tower and end up having to draw three more!
This game was a lot of fun, and it is easy to clean up too. It comes with a convenient bag that stores everything. Wonky costs $19.95.
Tapple was the second game we got to check out, and I think this one was my son’s favorite. It’s definitely challenging and I can see this being a fun party game for kids and adults. Aimed at ages 8 and up, it is designed for 2-8 players, but you could absolutely play in teams if you had more people. Games last about 20 minutes, so it’s quick too.
Tapple does require 2 AA batteries, which we had to “borrow” from a remote. Players choose a card from the deck and then choose one of the two categories from the card. One side of the cards has easier categories aimed at kids (think “movies” “things that are hot”) while the other side has more difficult categories aimed at older children and adults (think “landmarks”, “outer space”).
After choosing a category, the first player hits the timer, and then has 10 seconds to choose a letter from the Tapple board and name one thing that fits that category that starts with that letter. They then push that letter down and it goes out of play. After that, they push the timer again, and the next player starts. If they can name another item that fits the category that starts with a different letter, they push that letter down, hit the timer, and the game moves on to the next player. It keeps going until someone cannot name an item or the timer runs out. The player who names the most items gets to keep the card, and the person who collects three cards first, wins.
Since this game is so fast paced, it is actually really hard. We played with the “easy” cards, and let me tell you, it is difficult to come up with ice cream names in 10 seconds! However, we laughed A LOT while we were playing and had a lot of fun. Tapple also costs $19.95, and I have a feeling we are going to be playing it often!
If you and your family enjoy playing games together, I would absolutely recommend you check both of these games out. To learn more, connect with USAopoly on social media here: