The boys love a good board game, anything that will feed their hunger for competition. They are always eager to beat each other, in either physical or mental activities.
We have many board games and although they have the patience to sit through lengthy games it is always good to have games that are short but also fun to play. The youngest has a kind of addiction to games – if you can call it that. He will become attached to playing a game and will often play over and over until he becomes a master at playing it. He will carry the game from one room to another challenging the rest of the family to a game.
We were recently sent the game Staccups by University Games, the fast paced game that is all about quick reaction and hand eye co-ordination.
The aim of the game is to stack your cups faster than your opponent, by matching the top of the cup to the base of another. The game is fast and frantic, ideal to keep the attention of anyone but also great to develop speed and hand/eye co-ordination skills.
The game is easy to assemble; you have 32 staccups, 32 cup tops and 1 podium stand spinner.
First you have to push the cup tops on to the bases as per the picture on the box. Once this is done, you are ready to take on your opponent and win the race. As simple as that!
Each player has 16 cups in total, 4 of each colour; blue, pink, green and purple. Each player has to arrange their cups in front of them in 4 stacks of cups, with the podium stand placed in the middle of the players.
To start, you need to press the button in the middle of the podium stand, this will give each player a colour of the cup to start with. You then start to stack the cups on top of each other, the base colour must match the top colour of the cup below.
It is definitely a game of speed. The winner is the first player to stack all of their cups. If a cup can no longer be placed, you simply press the button to reveal an alternative colour until you can carry on stacking.
We had our cups stacked in base colours but another strategy could be to stack them with the top of the cup matching.
The whole family had great fun playing this game and quickly became popular with the youngest, challenging everyone to a duel. The game can be played with more than two players, but we are yet to play it this way.
What I like about this game is that not only is it past paced but that it requires no batteries and it helps develop quick reactions and thinking skills. It can be played almost anywhere and at anytime. We would have a quick game before leaving for school and it all stacks away neatly on to the podium stand ready for the next play. It can be stored back in the box, but it is left here on our side as it gets played a lot.
It says on the box that the game is for players 8+, my youngest is 6 and he played it. Although, I think it has nothing to do with ability it is because the coloured discs on top can come off and a small child can choke. So, if younger children do play it then they should be supervised.
Ages 8+. For 2-4 players. RRP £14.99, available at Amazon and all major toys retailers
We were sent Staccups for the purpose of this review