Sleepy Princess Pile Up: Sweet and soft stacking game

Remember the story of the Princess and the Pea?  Where if the girl is a REAL princess she’ll notice that there’s a pea hidden below a whole bunch of mattresses and won’t be able to sleep?  HABA made it into the sweetest little pre-school game and called it Sleepy Princess Pile Up.  Granted, they made it into the sweetest little pre-school game a few years ago and are re-releasing it now with a slightly updated look, but it is still just as cute and I was lucky enough to be sent a copy to review.  (I have to like it to review it and I really do!)sleepy princess pile up boxsleepy princess pile up game showing the different color and size cushions and the princess on the circular board

How to Play

I played Sleepy Princess Pile Up with a 3-year-old little gamer and from the minute I opened the box she was super excited to play with all of the little mattresses, pillows, and comforters.  The instructions give rules for both a cooperative game and a competitive game, and they include a short version of the Princess and the Pea if you or your children don’t know it.  In both versions of the game you are using the little circular 2-sided board, you are sharing the princess mover, and are passing the die from player to player.  The bed frame is set up and you place the pea inside and then the game begins.  In the cooperative game, everyone is trying to stack all of the mattresses, comforters, and pillows on the bed without them falling over.  They are always stacked in the same order: first mattress, then comforter, and then next to the comforter you place the pillow. 

In the coop game, players are stacking and removing pieces until they get every piece on or the tower topples.  In the competitive game everyone starts with a mattress, comforter, and pillow of the same color and you’re trying to get all of your bedding onto the stack.  If the die tells you to remove a piece, you remove it and give it to another player, but if you make bedding fall off you have to keep those extra pieces.  It’s quite a bit different than the cooperative version and better for slightly older or more experienced players.  It’s great to have the two different ways to play because the cooperative version might be a bit too slow for older players, whereas some of the competitiveness of the other game is lost on a 3-year-old.

My Thoughts

Sleepy Princess Pile Up is adorable and like any good children’s game, a child can have fun playing with it on their own.  There was stacking and storytelling after our games were done.  The only thing I didn’t like about the game (and I’m being super picky here) is that the bed frame comes apart very easily.  Once it’s set up it really can only be slid into position and that was a bit frustrating for the kiddo, but like I said… being picky!  It also means that it’s super easy to put together.  Overall, I think that the tactile nature of this game is great and the look can’t be beat! 

Sleepy Princess Pile Up Stats:

~$24 Sleepy Princess Pile Up at Amazon, local game stores
2-4 players
~10 minutes
Ages 3-12 (with 2 different ways to play)

Game was provided free of charge from the manufacturer with no guarantee of review (I’ve got to like it).