Blog-Match the brilliant peeps that match bloggers with brands have paired us with the fantastic Tactic games.
Tactic sent us two board games to review, Faqir and Dotto (which will follow in another post)
So, what’s it normally like playing board games with two very competitive children, one who is rule band and throws an almighty strop when he loses?
A nightmare that’s what it is!
Five minutes in and all hell broke loose.
Now, I should state If it was just me and the little man then his fine, he just can’t play alongside his sister unless his in control and things are going his way! Not easy to put this into practice when playing a board game.
Later that evening Little man went out with his father and I took Alice and the youngest around my mothers house and decided to bring the game and ask my younger sister and her boyfriend to play the game with Alice. There was no point me even trying with my toddler about.
Lucky my sisters boyfriend said he would give it a go and with much excitement Alice sat down to face her opponent.
Inside the box
On opening Faqir we found a board with lots of hole, 28 brightly coloured plastic cones, 24 faqir cards, 4 Faqir dressing rooms and a handy pouch to store cards and cones.
What each player requires
Each player has a certain number of cards depending on how many are playing.
Each player has a dressing table in which they place one of their cards behind.
Each player is given a set of cones, there are 4 different colours to choose from.
Aim of the game!
Players must place their first card behind they’re dressing table, leaving it only partially visible to their opponent. Each card has a number of holes (like what you get if you hole punch paper) the holes make up a pattern. The players will take it in turns with the youngest going first (Yep it’s in the rules) each must make the same pattern on their card on the board. This is done by placing the supplied cones (aka nails, into the holes on the board) Once the pattern is complete and the players card can be placed on top of the nails avoiding injury and a nasty anti-tetanus jab 🙂 they move on to another card. Once all your cards have gone you have a winner.
Piece of cake right!
No, not exactly it isn’t! You see, as mentioned above each players card is partially exposed to its opponent(s) resulting in part of the pattern being revealed. This may only be one or two holes but still it gives players a clue to their opponents movements allowing them to try and block you.
On the left we have Aaron, sister’s boyfriend aged 18 years
On the right we have Alice-Sara ten years his senior at just 8yrs
How is this even fair?
Does Aaron have the ability to easily beat his younger opponent with his ability to think outside the box?
No way, this is my daughter we are talking about!
Competitive should be her middle name.
Jammy dodger pulled it off.
That’s my girl
Alice scores it top marks ***** 5 star
Where Aaron gave it a lower *** 3 star… um I wonder why?
I later played this with little man and I think its brilliant for an older child with Aspergers as It improves non verbal reasoning skills and helps the child look beyond what he thinks he see.
Well, Little man done well and I just bet him right at the end but it was close, very, very close!
Faqir by Tactic Games
2-4 players per game
Around 30 minute game time per round.
Amazon currently stock this and I’ve checked and the good news is they have six in stock for £18.99
Visit the Tactic website for more information