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My little ones (ages 5 and 2) both really love to play board games, but finding something that is entertaining and challenging for them both is quite tough, as you can imagine!
Robot Face Race is a game that can work for both of my girls if I tweak the rules just a wee bit, and I really love how this concentration game helps both of my girls practice focusing.
Here’s the concept: “A crazy inventor has built dozens of robot bodies and he needs your help finding the perfect heads. Shake the Robot Randomizer to reveal a robot’s features. Scan the robot heads on the board until you find the match. Find it first and collect a robot scoring token. The first player with five tokens wins. For 2 to 4 players. Ages 4 and up.”
Ok, so when we play this game, I have Darah shake up the robot randomizer to determine which robot we are seeking. It has 5 potential colors but only 4 features, so at any given time there is one color not in play (one of the holes is deeper than the others so that 1 color ball isn’t showing, if that makes sense).
At this point, I usually have Darah looking for two or three of the attributes (for example, purple face, green mouth, yellow nose) and I will have Layah just look for one, such as green mouth. When someone finds what they are looking for, they place one of their game tokens on the board. The person who puts all their tokens down first wins, though we aren’t focused on that part of the game just yet.
What I really like about the game is that you can have players with a wide variety of skill and concentration levels playing at the same time, as long as you give those players slightly modified things that they are seeking. A 10-year-old could easily play with a 5-year-old this way. It’s also quite challenging, as there is only 1 corresponding robot face for every combination of 4 colors on the board. This makes it really entertaining for older kids who may be totally over the likes of Candy Land. Yet it can still be fun for the younger crowd if you tailor it to the challenge level that is appropriate for them. At $19.99, I think it’s a really fun choice for a new board game! We are thoroughly enjoying it!