Sunday, June 7, 2009

Feed the Kitty by Gamewright

Let me ask you a few questions. How many gajillion times have you played Candyland? Who here wishes they could get away with never playing it again? How many of you have kids who LOOOOOOOVE it?

Who is looking for a fun, new alternative game that small children can play?

If you raised your hand to any of those questions, you're going to want to read this. I'm trying out several new games for Gamewright, and one of them is Feed the Kitty, a great game for 2-5 players ages four and older.

I pulled out this game to play with my three kids, ages 4, 6, and almost 8, when their two cousins were visiting. Even though the game is supposed to be for ages four and older, our 3 1/2-year-old buddy was able to pick up the game and play by himself really easily.

It is such a simple game that it is almost surprising that it is so fun. Basically, kids roll two dice and based on the roll, they either keep their little wooden mouse stash, pass mice to another player, or feed the kitty by putting their mice in the center bowl. You win when you are the last person with mice left.

A really nice feature of this fast-moving game is that when you run out of mice, you are not necessarily out of the game because the player to your right might have to give you a mouse if they roll an arrow on their dice. This eliminated pouting if someone lost all their mice, because there was a good chance that someone else would pass them a mouse soon and they'd be back in the game.

Feed the Kitty has won several awards and teaches visual discrimination and counting, but more importantly, it's a lot of fun. We played a bunch of games the first night we got it out, and my kids pulled the game out first thing the next morning to play a game before school.

I also liked that even though it is clearly intended for younger kids, even my oldest had a great time playing.

The game itself is adorable and would be a great reasonably priced gift for a birthday party.

Honesty Clause: I received a review sample of the game at no charge. Feed the Kitty retails for $11.99. You can find a Gamewright retailer on their website. Stay tuned for upcoming reviews of more of Gamewright's fabulous kids' games.