There is just something about the look of Blue Orange games that I love. Previously I reviewed Gobblet Gobblers (see here) and I got quite a bit of good feedback on that one. It’s cute, fun to play and easy to learn – three things that they were able to successfully replicate in their game ChickyBoom! Though unlike Gobblet Gobblers, ChickyBoom is a game is really a kid’s game – not an all-ages game in kid’s clothing. But for the children in your life this one is going to be a big hit.
ChickyBoom is a balancing game in which you pile up hay bales, wagon wheels, and adorable wooden chickens on top of a long platform and once you’re all set, you carefully move the platform to the rocking perch. That’s where the game begins. One at a time, each player removes an object. Hay bales are worth 3 points, wagon wheels are worth 1 and the chickens are 2-3 points depending on their size. The goal is to have the highest number of points when the platform comes crashing down. And as an additional stroke of bad luck, if you’re the player that caused the crash you lose 5 points from your total.
The rounds are quick and without the “you touched it, you must remove it rule” it’s a really satisfying game to play. I think the only negative the game has is that it can be hard for little ones to get the platform onto the perch and then balanced once it’s stacked high with chicks and hay. Still, that’s very minimal setup help from mom or dad!
Like many other Blue Orange products, ChickyBoom is a beautiful all-wood game that is durable and cute. Blue Orange makes it a priority for their company to be “green” and plants two trees for ever one that is use to make their games. And bonus to you parents who are always losing pieces rendering games unplayable they have a replacement piece shop on their website! You can find that here: http://store.blueorangegames.com/repi.html
We here at The Game Aisle think that Blue Orange did a great job on this game and I’m sure this one will stay in our collection for a long time!
$20 – $25 at Amazon and some specialty retailers
Ages 4 and up