It is so wonderful to be able to write about something we truly enjoy as a family. A little over a year ago I decided to unplug our daughters from their iPad, Nintendo 3DS and phones, and get them to sit down and play a box game with us like my parents used to do. I remember Boggle being our family’s game of choice, and while still available, it just doesn’t cut the mustard any longer. Fortunately there are companies like R&R Games that publish great topical games for all ages that the family can play together. Take our latest find, Igor, for example.
Themed after the hit animated movie of the same name, Igor is a card-and-dice game that challenges you to create your own monsters with a little bit of strategy and a lot of luck. You play as Igor, the lovable monster-builder who is trying to bring a new creation to life.
There are 18 monster cards in the box with each of them needing a unique set of parts to build. The harder the monster is to complete, the more parts are needed – and the value of the monster is higher. Three cards are put in the center to work on by everyone.
Rolling the five dice yields various symbols that match up to the parts on the cards. Much like Yahtzee you can roll again, but each time you must play at least one die or forfeit your turn. This is the catch – roll too many and fill up a card and you might leave it in perfect position for your opponent to finish it off and receive the monster. Voluntarily end your turn at the right time and you can collect any completed monsters and leave nothing for anyone else to work on.
Included tokens are used to mark the completed area of the monster and are returned to the pot when a card is filled. Fill a card but can’t play a die? That monster is forever lost and replaced with a new card – so don’t get too greedy by continuing to roll and forever stranding your creation in the junk pile.
You do have the potential to keep rolling if you manage to save at least two Igor dice and successfully play the other three dice onto monsters. This allows you to start again, rolling all five dice! This is another area where a bit of strategy lies – do you go for the part or do you roll for Igor to try to keep your turn?
Each time a card is filled and taken, it is replaced with a new monster card. The game continues until all monsters are created, then the sum total of each hand is determined, with the highest being the winner!
Igor was a hit in both our household and at our weekly board game gathering, especially with those that had seen the movie. Designed for 1-4 players (Yes! Another game with a solitaire option!) and runs about 20 minutes, it is an ideal game for when you need something suitable for all ages without worrying about one age group getting bored. You can find copies online for around $10 and directly from R&R Games in their online store.
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