Buzz: A Cooperative Game (Review)
As I talked about a couple weeks ago, our family is really getting into cooperative board games these days. It’s been really cool to see how less competitive our kids are becoming. Since we play a board game pretty much everyday, this daily ritual of working together to complete a task is beginning to change the kids’ outlook a little. Slow progress is better than no progress!
Peaceable Kingdom is one of the big group of game makers that is beginning to come out with cooperative games for kids. They kindly sent us one to review (thank you!!!), which just came out this year.
I love the packaging and design of this game. It has bright colors, intriguing shapes, and fun honeypots for game pieces!
The goal of the game is for all the bees to collect their nectar and get back to the beehive before the bear reaches it.
The die is rolled and allows the player to move 1, 2, or 3 spaces, OR the player might roll a bear claw (which means the bear moves one space) OR the player might roll an “all play”, meaning everyone gets to move 3! Of course we love these best.
The first few games we lost against the bear and we wondered if it was even possible to win. Perhaps a bad game design?
Haha, nope, just took some time to get strategy down.
We’ve probably played about 20 games, and just today we realized a way that we can be more cooperative in the game play, working together to get everyone to the hive faster.
We have really, really loved playing this game. We have a couple more by Peaceable Kingdom games on our New Years Wish List, so you can be sure to hear about another one after the holidays!
These games would be a great one to introduce the idea of cooperative games to kids because it looks so much like board games they are used to AND because it’s a mildly cooperative game, meaning the kid still each has their own piece that they are trying to do something with, instead of a group of people having to collectively decide each move a single pawn/character.