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ROCKPOOL GAME

Go rock pooling with your team of friends and their loyal pups in this great fun, family game! Push your luck to collect the most shells and clean up rubbish from the beach before the tide comes in. Watch out for cheeky creatures who steal shells!

Players take turns adding Stone Cards to the Rockpool to reveal what’s underneath: shells, starfish, dog toys, cheeky shell-stealing creatures or even some horrible rubbish! Sometimes a Wave will come in and wash the contents of the Rockpool away and all the shells are lost. At any time, players can “Shout” to empty the Rockpool for their team and add shells to their collection.

Rockpool is the perfect mix of easy to play but hard to master, meaning that players of all ages and abilities will be hooked. Younger players will love collecting shell cards and will soon learn to be strategic about how and when to Shout as they can only use each of their team cards once.

A seriously fun game with a serious message, Rockpool also helps children to understand the impact of littering on beaches and the destructive effect of plastic waste in our oceans. It encourages players to collect rubbish from the beach to increase their chance of winning the game.

Rockpool can be enjoyed by groups of 2 to 6 players and is suitable for children 6 years and above.

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Price £13.00 Available to purchase online www.gibsonsgames.co.uk

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ROCKPOOL GAME Reviews

Product Tested By Michelle Lyons – Xander, Logan & Willow – 10, 7 & 4 Years

Michelle Awarded The Rockpool Game 5/5

Rockpool comes in a sturdy box. The box is shaped oddly which might make it more difficult to store, but I think that’s why it has one flat bottom so it can stand up. The rounded box means that it uses less packaging than other games that seem to be packaged unnecessarily sometimes. The colours are bright and appealing to children and they were keen to give it a go. the game has a lovely, simple concept, and even has a little message of rubbish on the beach being a bad thing. It took a little while to figure out the instructions to start with, but the illustrations seemed clear and I’ve figured out it’s a very simple game to play. The rules were very simple once explained, and it was easy for them to form a strategy of play as they went. With each play they got more and more confident in their strategy. The cards are great quality and not as flimsy as other card based games. This was great as sometimes my 4 year old would get tired of just watching and would grab at the cards – with other games this would leave them damaged really easily but didn’t with these. The box is very sturdy and can be stored nicely without getting damaged. I like that the packaging is minimal and plastic free.  We enjoyed playing this game very much, and it will definitely become part of game nights in future. Both of my boys really enjoyed playing. They got very excited when a wave card was drawn – as it didn’t mean a specific player lost out we didn’t get any sulking either so that’s a bonus!  It’s a bit advanced for my daughter but she is under the recommended age of 6+ so that’s expected. We didn’t find it particularly competitive to begin with, as it can be hard to see who is winning, but as their strategy grew the competitive nature of the brothers started showing through! We haven’t had the chance to play with friends yet due to coronavirus restrictions, but we are sure they will be playing with us as soon as we can visit each other again. Our children are very aware of the effect littering has, as we do litter picks, etc. But it is good to highlight it wherever so it can only be a good thing to have the rubbish cards as bad cards. We have played a couple of times for each game night. The game is made well and of good quality. For the type of game it is I originally thought the price was high for what is was. However, the quality and sturdiness of the game proved itself to be definite value for money. More cheaply made games often get damaged easily whereas this will stand the test of time. The children loved the concept and strategy behind the game, particularly my 7 year old who feels he can compete equally with his brother on this as it’s a strength of his.  I liked that it was easy to pick up how to play, that sulking didn’t really occur, and the study, compact, packaging. It will be easy to transport on holiday with us too. I would consider buying it, for us as well as friends as presents. It’s a great way of bringing the family together for a game, and it’s a quick play so younger ones don’t get bored. I would recommend Rockpool to friends and family as a classic family game. This game is sure to become a regular in our game nights as everyone can play, few pieces to deal with, no sulking, and classic game play. Overall I think Rockpool is a great family game. Michelle Lyons – Xander, Logan & Willow – 10, 7 & 4 Years

Product Tested By Louise Davies – Oscar 9 Years

Louise Awarded The Rockpool Game 4/5

When this arrived it looked nice and bright, nice pictures on the box. Felt the game was a bit tricky to understand at first as there are so many cards but Oscar enjoyed it once he had the hang of it. Instructions easy to understand for an adult but the kids needed things explaining. My son needed help with the instructions and needed a practise game first. Yes it did become a more strategic game after he had played this a few times. This contents of this game are nice quality. My 7 and 9 year old enjoyed playing this game.  This did keep them entertained. Would not say it was a competitive game but it was very enjoyable or my children. This game did help them become more aware of the impact of littering beaches and the environment and we talked about it. We have all played this game about 5 times. A nice good quality game. not sure I would pay £13 for it but it was enjoyable. My son enjoyed learning how to play strategically.  I liked the fact the game is both fun and educational. I would buy this game as a gift for older children. I would recommend for all the reasons above. Enjoyable once you get the hang of it, the kids enjoyed being able to play strategically (perhaps they didn’t fully understand this at times though) and it opens the doors to talk about issues surrounding our oceans, wildlife and being able to play our part in recycling etc. it can be a bit tricky to understand and in all honesty I’m not sure children would be able to play it alone without an adult to guide them and help them understand the concept. Once the kids got into the swing of it they really enjoyed it though. Louise Davies – Oscar 9 Years

Product Tested By Sarah Miles – Holly 9 Years

Sarah Awarded The Rockpool Game 3.5/5

Lovely shaped box, very colourful and bright and caught my eye. The concept is very unique and there isn’t another similar game on the market. It teaches children about the environment and the need to keep beaches clean as rubbish can be very bad for wildlife. The instructions which explained the initial set up were fairly easy to understand as they came with diagrams. However the remainder of the instructions were overly complicated and I found it very hard to follow. The game was very hard to play – and that was coming from two 30-something adults.  We just couldn’t grasp the concept and had to keep constantly referring to the instructions which really slowed gameplay down. Because of this and 9-year old daughter lost interest very quickly. I think the game was overly complicated. My daughter did not really improve strategic play, because despite trying to play it a few times, it still wasn’t easy to understand and therefore it was impossible to be strategic. Very good quality game – sturdy and strong although it was unclear whether I should have disposed of the cardboard frame inside the box as it was of lesser quality than the contents. We did play as a family but we couldn’t understand the instructions to play it properly. We did play it but it seemed really odd because we were shouting “rockpool” or “fetch” every time a card was turned over and we felt that this was pointless because items were not building up in the pool. It just didn’t feel right. Holly did find this game entertaining initially, especially in the setting up of the game. But when playing, she found it hard to follow and kept asking questions. We played it as a family group – mum, dad and daughter. There is no way our daughter would be able to independently play this game with friends due to its complexity. This game did make Holly more aware of the impact  on  littering beaches and environmental effect of plastic waste in our ocean. We played this game about 3 times. Very good quality game – sturdy and strong although it was unclear whether I should have disposed of the cardboard frame inside the box as it was of lesser quality than the contents. Judging by other games on the market I feel it was competitively priced. Holly liked picking the teams and the concept of it being a beach game which was unusual. I liked the quality of the contents – not flimsy – strong and sturdy. Nice sized box, not overly big. I would not purchase this due to its over complicated instructions and unclear game play, it was too hard to follow properly without making up the rules. I would not recommend for the reasons above. However if someone was able to understand the rules then I feel it would make a very good game. Good quality game and contents but very poor instructions which made it hard to follow and understand and let the game down. Sarah Miles – Holly 9 Years

 

I liked that it was easy to pick up how to play, that sulking didn’t really occur, and the study, compact, packaging. It will be easy to transport on holiday with us too. I would consider buying it, for us as well as friends as presents. It’s a great way of bringing the family together for a game, and it’s a quick play so younger ones don’t get bored. I would recommend Rockpool to friends and family as a classic family game. This game is sure to become a regular in our game nights as everyone can play, few pieces to deal with, no sulking, and classic game play. Overall I think Rockpool is a great family game.

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Michelle Awarded The Rockpool Game 5/5

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