I have reviewed games from Winning Moves before and was very impressed with their quality and selection. They recently released a large new selection of games for 2016 and we had the opportunity to test a few in our home. In a representation of the variety of ages their games cover, we received games for ages six on up and that could be played solo or as a group including Brynk, Pass the Pigs: Big Pigs, and Moose Caboose.
The first game we tested was Brynk. The game involves placing one of three styles of plastic pieces on your turn and trying to keep it balanced so it doesn’t tumble. It sounds so simple, but it was a challenge even for us adults. It instantly became a new favorite for us all. I love that this game can also be played solo. It’s a great chance to practice for family sessions, but also a bit calming and meditative… until it collapses! 😉 This is a game that you could easily adapt new rules for to change it up and keep it fresh, such as assigning one color of pieces to each player.
The pieces are made very sturdily of a translucent, neon-colored plastic. The base of the game is also the storage container for the pieces. The cover is our wobbly base. I love that it is self-contained like this, because it keeps everything organized and is easily identifiable on the game shelf.
The second game we tested was Pass the Pigs: Big Pigs. I had never played the original game before, so this was a new experience for me. I would best describe it as a more strategic version of Yahtzee, but with the quirky pig twist. You toss pigs instead of dice and get scores based on how they land. It’s a very simple game with simple scoring, but the challenge comes in deciding if you will keep your score or play on. It can be a bit nail-biting and frustrating, but that’s what I love about strategic games. It’s also a game that can be very easily modified for younger players, such as doing only one roll per turn.
This game consists of two large foam pigs, a score cheat sheet, scoring pad, and a carrying pouch. The carrying pouch makes it easy to travel with, which is great because this game could easily be played as a table game or a yard game.
The third game we tested was Moose Caboose. This one is definitely geared more toward the kids, but involves enough variety to keep parents from getting bored playing for the hundredth time. 😉 The object of the game is to capture the most Train cards by the end of the game. You match the colored edge of a played card with a card in your hand. When you play a Caboose card on a Train, you get to collect the cards in that Train. It almost reminds me of a very simplified version of Uno, but not quite. It has been a great way to enforce color matching skills and patterns in Xander.
The cards are all pretty typical sturdy playing card material. Each is square in shape and sized well for small hands. The cards store easily into a tray-style box that slides into a playing card style box. Bright colors and fun animal graphics keep it fun. One small complaint is that our box split at the edge, so it doesn’t seal up well.
Another great showing from Winning Moves. I honestly have no complaints. I know where I will go the next time I am looking to add to our game collection or buy a game as a gift. I don’t think you will be disappointed in a purchase from them.
Pros: Great selection of classics and new games! Continue to impress me with quality games. Competitive pricing.
Cons: Moose Caboose box split apart a little.
I received this product free or discounted in the hopes that I would share my opinions. As someone who relies on honest reviews to make purchases, I work hard to provide other consumers with a thorough, truthful, and unbiased opinion of my personal experiences.
Winning Moves is a leading maker of board games, card games, and puzzles. Since their first year of operation in 1995, they have forged a close relationship with one of the world’s largest game companies, Hasbro, Inc., owner of Parker Brothers and Milton Bradley. As a result, many long-lived Parker Brothers and Milton Bradley games are now made exclusively by Winning Moves!
- Brynk – Will you be able to place your pieces on the teeter-tottering base and get it to stay? Or will you upset the balance and watch as it all comes crashing down in front of you? ($20.95)
- Moose Caboose – Four trains full of happy animals are chugging off on an adventure. The player who collects the most animal cards, by matching colors, wins the game! ($8.95)
- Pass the Pigs: Big Pigs – These fabulous oversized foam swines can hit all the pig poses that their little pig dice cousins do! ($18.95)