There is something about the family game night, especially on a cold winters night, with the crackling fire, maybe a few marshmallows and the sounds of excitement and laughter mixed with a little bit of friendly competition and you have the perfect setting for a night of family fun.
Goliath Games and Crown and Andrews have long been the leaders in fun family orientated games that are as entertaining for young and young at heart alike and the latest game, Squawk, the Egg-Splosive Chicken Game is no exception that will quickly become a family favourite.
Squawk does require some adult assembly, but the clear instructions, with pictures, make it super simple. To be honest, most children could probably assemble a large portion themselves and younger children can help with stickers and egg assembly. Squawk is designed for 2 – 4 players aged 4 plus. There are some parts that are on the smaller side, which should be fine for age 4 plus but any younger kids should always be well supervised. Squawk requires no batteries and is a well built sturdy little game as you would expect from the market leader Goliath.
We loved the animated features of the chicken, the surprise, captured in her facial expression is exactly what you would expect from a cartoon style chicken and the bright yellow colours and humorous “Squawk” sound really added to the comical fun of the game.
The aim of Squawk is simple, the player who collects the most chicks wins and with only 6 chicks to collect the race is on from the very first roll of the dice.
To play, you lock the chicken in her hen house and start with the youngest player. The player rolls the dice and pushes the chicken's chest the number of times shown on the dice. Squawk, Squawk, Squawk. If nothing happens, the next player rolls, but if the chicken lays an egg, it will roll out the back of the coop. The player then cracks open the egg, allowing the contents to fall on the table or floor. If the egg lands chick side up the player collects one of six chick tokens and is on their way to victory, if however, the token lands egg side up, you’re out of luck. It’s time to reload the chicken coop and let the next player take a turn.
We managed to assemble the Squawk game in under 5 minutes, with some help from John aged 5 and Kate aged 6 and then explained to them the rules. Before long John and Kate had the Chicken Squawking away as they counted alongside each other the number of presses of the chicken's chest and nervously anticipated the pop of the coop and delivery of the eagerly anticipated egg. Our game lasted about 20 minutes and neither child showed any signs of being bored. Ultimately it seems, I am not very good at collecting chicks with only one whereas Kate had 3 and John had 2. In a sure sign of a great game, John and Kate set it up again for a second game on their own.
Goliath have really hit on a winning formula with their recent releases of games designed for younger children like Squawk, Pop the Pig and Catch the Fox and we think you and your child will really enjoy any of them, or perhaps all of them?
Just don’t forget the Marshmallows!
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