The summer holidays can be long and boring for a five year old so we are trying to ensure that we have plenty to do over the next few weeks. As well as days out, we love staying in and playing games as a family so when we were given the opportunity to review Silly Spaghetti from Paul Lamond Games, we were very happy. Jack loves games that require something a little different from the norm and this is certainly the game for this.
Silly Spaghetti is designed for 2-4 players and the main aim of the game is to be the first to untangle your spaghetti from the pins by wrapping around your fork, as you would do spaghetti you are eating. You receive a plastic play board, a cardboard ‘topping’ with holes cut out, a select amount of pegs and stickers to use on those and the die and four different coloured strings. The stickers are the peppers, tomatoes, meatballs, mushrooms and spaghetti. The spaghetti gets dropped onto the board and the pegs are then pushed in – and then the game begins!
You each choose a fork and make sure your spaghetti is wound as tight as possible around your fork and then every player takes turns to roll the dice. The youngest player goes first. Whatever you land on, you take a peg corresponding to that ingredient out. If you land on a star, that is a free play and you get to choose which ingredient peg you take out. You want to remove the toppings that are blocking your spaghetti so you can free it more easily and so you can win the game.
With Jack being 5, he didn’t always understand how to make the best move – sometimes he would remove the peg that made it easier for the rest of us so we had to teach him to seek out the ones which would help him more than they would help us. Hopefully he will get better at making these decisions for himself in the next few games we play.
The game is great for children aged 4+ – although those of a younger age may not quite understand trying to choose the best peg for themselves rather than everyone elses – they may end up picking randomly instead of thinking about it.
However Jack had great fun playing this with us – it is a great game for all the family, all the pieces are incredibly sturdy. I can’t wait to play this again as a family and I am sure this will be brought out time and time again when his friends come over to play.
Now you’ve heard all about our thoughts, how would you like to win the game for yourself? Well, you’re in luck! This giveaway is UK only and ends at 23.59pm on 13th August 2017. Good luck!