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Doodle Quest Review by Jennifer LandLaurent Escoffier
Blue Orange Games
1000 Illinois Street, San Francisco, CA 94107
Doodle Quest is a unique game for the whole family. It is a skill-building game that helps with focus and attention, creativity, and visual-spatial abilities. The suggested age is 6 and up, and one to four players can join in on the fun. There are two levels to master, so when level one starts to seem easy, it is time to step up to the more difficult challenges.
The game contains 18 double-sided Quest Cards, an instruction sheet, an erasable scoring sheet, and four each of erasers, fish stencils, dry erase pens, drawing boards, and transparent doodle sheets.
The object of the game is to get the most points after completing six quests. To earn the most points, players must study the scene on the Quest Card and then complete the drawing shown on that card on their transparent sheet so that it fits within the scene.
For example, one of the Quest Cards has a picture of many fish with a small maze-like path in the middle. Players are asked to use their transparent sheet, which is not on or near the Quest Card, to draw a line from one side of the scene to the other without touching any of the fish. This sheet will then be compared to the original Quest Card. Once each player has had a chance to draw the line, he puts the transparent sheet on top of the Quest Card to see how well he did and determine how many points he earned. Instructions and point values are on every Quest Card.
Once six quests have been completed, it is time to tally the scores and see who the big winner of this deep sea adventure is! If your children are anything like mine, one game quickly turns into more because it is so much fun.
While this game is not specifically designed for homeschooling families, it can add a fun element to school time or works great as a family bonding activity. My family enjoyed playing it, and my children still frequently request it in the evenings before bedtime.
Although it is geared toward the ages of 6 and up, my 4-year-old son was able to play with the family. Once he got the hang of it, he could participate easily and even beat my 78-year-old grandmother. No reading was required of him since we read the Quest Cards out loud, and he’s pretty good with a dry erase marker. He was able to pay attention because the game moved quickly and lasted 15-20 minutes each time.
Our favorite parts of the game were the colorful Quest Cards. The illustrations on them were fun, and the challenges were unexpected. Every time the family played, we got better and really felt like our skills were improving. Though simple, the materials used to play Doodle Quest were interesting and made set up extremely easy. Dry erase markers and transparent doodle sheets saved on paper waste and made the game simple to play over and over again.
I wish there were more Quest Cards available in the game since we have played it so much that each of my children have already tried each card multiple times. Also, accommodating more than four players would be a great bonus for our large family.
Doodle Quest was a hit with our family. This is a unique game that kept our attention and made my children beg for more. It is unlike any other games in our collection and is a lot of fun to play.
-Product Review by Jennifer Land, The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine, LLC, January, 2015