Buns are baked, locked and loaded, and today Bake ‘n Switch makes its commercial debut on Steam! Streamline Games’ anticipated couch co-op with online multiplayer for 2-4 players is now available on Steam for USD 29.99!
Hoagie is a strategy card game for ages five and up that tasks players with building the perfect sandwich. In Hoagie, the goal is to be the first person to create a complete hoagie while spoiling the other players’ ingredients using Oogie cards. Oogies are mischevious creatures who will spoil your delicious sandwich ingredients in a hilarious variety of ways, such as a couple of Oogies who grow a mold farm on your fresh slice of bread. Spoiled ingredients are easily fixed by placing a new fresh ingredient on top, but with only six cards in your hand at a time it’s not always an easy task. Other cards may reverse game play, skip a turn, or allow you to play two cards at one adding some extra fun ways to foil your opponents plans.
You can tell by my daughter Hailey’s face that we had an absolutely amazing time trying out this new game. Her PaPa joined us for a few rounds and we all agree that this is a great game for any age range. Hailey, who turns seven next month, was easily able to grasp the rules of gameplay and found the pictures included in the instructions to be a helpful guide. As a parent, I personally found the quick game play perfect. The game lists a play time of about twenty minutes, but we were able to breeze through most games much faster than that. The short game time coupled with the small size of the game, makes this perfect for tossing in your bag for a few rounds before dinner out or anywhere you may end up with a few minutes to fill in your day.
When I asked Hailey what she thought about Hoagie, she said it reminded her of Burgertime, a classic arcade game from the 1980’s where players create hamburgers…except the bad ingredients weren’t really trying to hurt you. This is clearly a sign of two things: Hailey has great taste in games, and she and her mommy spend a little too much time in the local classic coin arcade. But honestly, this girl knows her games, and considering she has asked to play it every evening over the last week…I’d say this game has the Hailey seal of approval. That means the game also gets The Mommy Gamers seal of approval, because any game that makes our kids happy makes us happy.
You can purchase a copy of Hoagie for $17.50 on their website: www.quirkyengine.com/store/hoagie-game-limited-edition
*Please note: The Mommy Gamers were given a copy of Hoagie for review purposes, but our opinions are all our own.
Awhile back, I felt that our home was becoming too complacent. My son was playing with his toys, the wife and I were surfing the web on our own laptops while the TV was blaring in the background, mostly just for background noise. Each of us doing our own little thing. We were just kinda passing the hours off in our own little worlds. Then we rediscovered boardgames.
Boardgames can be the best way to interact with your family. It brings you together at a table to talk, laugh and enjoy each others company. At the same time your building on your close relationships and making new discoveries of how crafty and devious your partner can be as well as how much your child can rub their victory in your face. (Yes my four year old has done this on many occasions.)
We have started to bring our tabletop games with us to visits to our relatives homes so after we catch up we can have some fun together and not have to worry about teaching grandpa how to work the controller. Now we all can teach each other a new game or have fun with old classics as well.
One of the most amazing parts is you can really find some great deals on boardgames. Just go to your local Goodwill or other second hand stores. My wife found a forty five dollar Risk 2210 that had never had the games pieces removed from the hermetically sealed baggies for two dollars at a yard sale. (She gloats over that one to this day.)
There is a wide variety of games out there from child friendly to adult, from solo adventure games to party games. Not only are there some for all ages, but they have so many genres to choose from. From epic space sagas and super heroes to horror games and race cars. There are even games where the board itself is against you and you must all work together as a team to win or lose.
If your interest is peaked, go to your local game store and ask the friendly staff about a tabletop game that might suit your family’s age and interest. If you don’t have a local game store there is always the Internet. But do some homework first… it will save you money and keep you from selling a game in your yard sale for practically nothing.
Go to YouTube and search for board game reviews. There are plenty of ones to choose from and some are very professionally made. There is even a few series where they don’t review games but actually go over the rules and then play the game to give you a feel if the game would be right for your family. There is one called WatchItPlayed, and it is run by Rodney Smith and he brings his children and his wife in to play the game as a family. It truly an a wonderful show to watch, and very child friendly. Click the picture to check his channel out.
Tabletop games are fun, easy to pick up and most importantly… one of the best ways to have a wonderful evening with the whole family. I am a firm believer that the family that plays together stays together.