We received Katamino Family to review. All thoughts are mine because friends don't let friends play boring games.
Do your kids ever claim they're bored?
OK, OK, that was clearly a silly question. OF COURSE they say that. Mine do too even when I know there is no possible way they could be bored two seconds after they open their eyes in the morning.
Well, when the kids (and you) want to do something a little different – something that stimulates your brain – then you need a puzzle game!
Katamino Family Puzzle Game Review
Katamino Family by Gigamic is the newest game in the Katamino puzzle game line. I love that it's essentially three games in one. There are different puzzle activities (complete with instructions to follow) and head-to-head puzzle competitions.
The puzzle guide was perfect for my younger child. There was no reading involved – he was able to look at the picture and recreate the puzzles that way. It's a great way for him to practice following directions. Plus, he added his own creative spin (like giving the fish a red eye). Even when he wasn't following the activity guide, he enjoyed stacking the pieces.
The best part is the two player puzzle game (in my opinion). You select a card, which shows you which pieces you need to use in your tangram puzzle. The first person to complete their puzzle wins that round. Your space increases by one row and your opponent decides which piece to add to your set. Then the fun starts again!
When we first played, my daughter and I had the same difficulty level on the card. Since I have more experience with interlocking puzzling games, I solved mine quickly. To keep me from having such an advantage, I could either delay my start time (and let her have a head start) OR we could draw a card that had two different difficulty levels on it.
I really like how there are varying difficulty levels for this wooden puzzle game. It makes it more fun for the whole family to play. We had a blast taking turns competing against one another. I love how it challenges us to think differently and figure out the solution by problem solving. This is a fantastic family game that you should add to your collection.
Darcy lives outside of Milwaukee, Wisconsin with her husband, their two kids under 7 years old, two cats, and a rescue dog. She loves to share kids crafts, simple recipes, and parenting tips to help other moms. She's passionate about education (which is why she is a PTO board member and Box Tops Coordinator) and all things babies. Darcy loves purple, geek culture, and making an ordinary life feel extraordinary. She and her family enjoy exploring Wisconsin and planning local adventures. Author of Breastfeeding 101: Beauty in Breastfeeding, available on Amazon. Her writing has also been featured on Babble, CafeMom, and Mom.me.