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Griddly Headz Baseball Game Review by Cindy WestGriddly Games, Inc.
633 - 5960 - No.6 Road,
Richmond, BC V6V 1Z1
This has to be one of the most unique games I have ever played. And with the theme of baseball, it was sure to be a hit in our house! Describing it is actually very difficult as there are several components to the actual game and to the rules of the game. Never fear, though--learning how to play isn't difficult.
Let me start by telling you how cute the playing pieces are. Each player has his or her own little ball team with a pitcher, catcher, and three other players. Up to four people may play at once, so each "team" of game pieces is in a different color. Also included are brightly colored, chunky dice for each player, a uniform puzzle for each player, two little bats and balls for challenges, three decks of cards to be used upon landing on certain places on the board, and score cards to keep track of it all.
Rather than simply rolling dice and moving around the board as in most board games, you will find yourself trying to score ten runs while not losing pieces to your uniform and not having your entire team ejected from the game. There is definite strategy to the game, as you are always making choices about which character to move, what game square will most benefit you, or who to call on for challenges.
You will find yourself trying to bunt a little ball closer to home plate than your teammate, or rolling dice against an opponent for the highest score so you don't lose a piece of your uniform. One of your players might be sent back to the dugout, or he might be ejected from the game. Foul Ball cards and Umpire cards may help you or hurt you, while Home Run cards can get you out of a messy situation. Only your strategy and a little luck will keep all your players in the game.
The colorful game board and interesting game pieces will draw your children into the game, but the fast-paced excitement will keep them coming back for more. It is suggested for ages eight and older, which I feel is an appropriate age level. In order to really enjoy the game and keep up with the pace, children should at least be able to read on their own and be able to keep easy mental sums in their head.
I suppose I ought to mention that the game can be a little "gruff" at times. Some of characters represented on the cards are a bit rough around the edges, as you might find in any real-life baseball game. A few have missing teeth or snarling faces. The catcher doesn't follow the rules of the game like everyone else. Some of the challenges are actually called "fights." I didn't find anything "over the top" to object to, but this definitely isn't a sweet, frilly sort of game.
Both my son and daughter wanted me to be sure to give a great review because they consider it a "two thumbs up" board game. I have to agree. We've had fun every time we've played it.