This year on DadGeek we’re really going to try and focus way more on games and activities that bring the family together in one place. An awesome way to do that is with boardgames (boardgames are involved in my reasoning for almost all my life decisions, the rest are dictated by videogames)! So this was a great opportunity to finally crack open our copy of Baffled (Cheatwell Games).
Baffled is fundamentally a game of memory. Players memorise the placement of 12 colourful tiles that are swiftly hidden from view and placed on lettered spaces. The tiles depict numbers, animals and fruits, all of different colours. As they move around the board those players are asked to find specific tiles or groups of tiles. Can you find the lemon? Can you find three red items? They may also be tested on what tile is hidden in a given spot i.e. what is on A and C?
Even more fiendishly, some spaces on the board ask players to move tiles around! Think you know where something is? Have you been paying attention? It might not be there anymore.
Each player has a set number of lives, depicted by cards in front of them. Every wrong guess loses the player one of their lives and a card is flipped over. Run out of lives and you’re out of the game!
Up to four players can join in a game and the rules are flexible enough that you can adjust the number of life cards each player has until it balances well for the group, even one of different ages and abilities.
Out of the box I didn’t immediately grasp how fun Baffled would be. It looked pretty interesting but I wondered if the kids would get more out of it than us older folk. I could not have been more wrong. Once I started thinking I knew where tiles were I was hooked. You start to get really competitive and begin tracking when other people make guesses in the hopes that tiles won’t have moved before you get to use that information to your advantage.
Having played the game all of one time, I have raved about it to at least three other people. I’m looking forward to sneaking it out at game night so I can see what other people make of it.
The recommended age rating for Baffled is 8+ and that sounds about right but we played it with our youngest who is a couple of months shy of her sixth birthday and she had a great time. The game has very little reading, the rules are simple and the colourful numbers and pictures make it really engaging for slightly younger children. With guidance from older players it’s definitely still a game that children of 5-6 can join in with and enjoy.
I’d definitely recommend Baffled for anyone looking to add a game to their collection that the whole family can get involved with without anyone being overwhelmed or bored. We played it with a 5yr old and a 60 yr old and both had just as much fun!
Baffled is available from Amazon.
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