At the weekend, we took the Mini Robots to Toys R Us to spend their pocket money. This usually results in them choosing another set of Lego which will be built once and stay together for five minutes.
I tried to steer them towards something different. Big Robot was keen on buying a game, one he’s seen at school but never had a chance to play as 29 other children get there first. So we came home with Shark Mania, the shark chomping race game by Spin Master.
In Shark Mania you grab the gold before the shark strikes. Roll the dice and make your choice, grab some gold or run from the shark? Grab as much gold as you can but watch out! There’s a shark chasing you. If you’re too slow it will knock you into the water!
It’s suitable for age 6+ and 2-4 players. Each game is fast, only lasting a couple of minutes (so it won’t bore you to tears like Monopoly). It had us all rushing about trying to roll the dice and move our pieces. You must remember to grab some gold as you go, tricky as you just keep thinking about the shark!
Each piece of gold has a number on the reverse. Add them up at the end, the player with the highest total wins. I like that it’s not a case of the person with the most gold coins wins. As each coin is worth a different amount, there’s an element of chance. One game we played, I had the most coins but the lowest value as most of them had a number 1 on the back!
We really enjoyed Shark Mania. It’s quick to play, fast paced and exciting. Good fun on a dull, winters day.
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