I’m trying to build up a stash of family games for N. Games are something we used to play a lot of as children, and although he’s an only child, he’s got plenty of cousins to enable him to get into games if I’m not around.
So far we’ve mostly stuck to card games like UNO which he loves for some reason (probably because he keeps beating me), and interactive games like Elefun (which I laugh at him playing because even at the age of nearly 5, he still has no concept of moving the net to catch the butterflies!).
We’ve not yet gone into seasonally themed games…until now. We were sent a couple of spooky games from Megableu Games, perfect for a family Halloween games night.
N was straight into the boxes and into the ‘battery’ drawer. Like so many games today, you will need a good supply of batteries (AA and AAA)…I need to get some more AA already because we’ve already run one set of cheapy ones out.
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The first game was Creepy Hand, a green Frankenstein like hand which puts a new spin on Truth or Dare. N had some fun setting the hand off walking, and loved the fact that it would point at the person who would have to choose the truth, dare or forfeit.
Creepy Hand is aimed at age 7+ so is a bit old for N, but looking at the truth or dare cards, many of the tasks or questions he would be able to attempt even at 4 years old. I think the cousins would love the game, and it should be a hit for a family night in when we’ve got the rest of the family round.
Ghost Hunt Evolution
The second game is Ghost Hunt Evolution. What can I say about this one? We love it.
This is one game that you can play alone if needed, although it’s a bit addictive and everyone wants a go. The OH doesn’t play games (he’s the miserable one at a party who refuses), but even he had a brief go.
The game is made up of Billy Bones, a skull which turns his head and sends out laser images of bats and ghosts. The aim is to shoot the images with the laser gun. We opened the box in daylight, so tried it initially with curtains pulled but it wasn’t dark enough.
But as soon as the evening drew in, we were in the kitchen in the dark having a proper go.
What we’ve learnt is that we’re really rubbish at shooting accurately, and following where the images are. Our kitchen’s quite large (and open plan), so it’s a bit wild trying to spot the images as they’re beamed out in certain directions. Trying to shoot the image on yourself is an interesting one too!
You have to remember to reload the gun (which we only realised after my brother had noticed it – we just launched straight in without reading the instructions), to keep shooting, and the gun tots up the score as you go. So far, our scores are pitiful, but I’m sure we’ll be improving as we play. We do like a competitive challenge to get high scores.
There’s 3 levels of difficulty, so you can play kids vs adults…although we’ve not made it off ‘easy’ yet. It’s going to take some practice. And the sound effects make it a bit more eerie when playing in the dark.
The only downside is that there’s only one gun. It would be good to be able to play a couple of people at a time – maybe they could sell the second gun as an additional option, although maybe it would get too dangerous with 2 people brandishing laser guns in a small space.
I’m going to take both of these games to a halloween party this weekend as well – I reckon the dads and the kids will love to have a go. I can see Creepy Hand being used by N for other goings on and fun, rather than just the truth or dare game it’s made for.
You can watch the short video of our experience below.
Disclosure: We were sent these games for the purpose of review and compensated as part of the Family Nights Campaign, in association with Megableu Games.