Thursday, September 30, 2010

Review and Give-Away: Aquarius Game

Update: This give away is now closed.  The winner, "justicecw," chosen by random.org, has been notified by email. 

We've posted before about our love of board games as a tool for homeschooling, let alone for just plain fun.  And we have shared our fondness for Icehouse pieces.  They're made by Looney Labs, a super fun games company co-founded by two ex-NASA engineers.  (The company's best selling game, another that we love and keeping meaning to introduce to our son, is Flux).  I'm really excited to be reviewing a new-to-us Looney Labs game today, and to get to share the love by offering a copy to give away to one of our readers.

Aquarius - Description/Review

From the Looney Labs website:

In this colorful game, cards are laid down so that edges match up like dominoes. The goal is to connect seven panels of your secret element. Gameplay is simple matching that even young kids can follow, but Action cards let players switch goals, hands, or move cards around, and encourage strategy and bluffing that will keep adults on their toes, too. And don't forget -- the player with the longest hair gets to go first!
Number of Players: 2-5
Ages: 5 to adult
Game Length: 20-30 minutes 

One really cool thing about this game, from a parent's perspective, is that the directions include a preschooler variant.  Actually, they contain multiple variants -- for ages 3-4, ages 5-6, and ages 6+ -- in addition to the full game.  The variants build off of each other, so that with each age range, the players learn additional aspects of the game, allowing them to understand all of the rules in a gradual way.  There are no choking hazard issues, because the game is entirely composed of cards. 

Our experience: We've been playing only the ages 3-4 year old variation with our nearly 3 year-old, and it is quite fun.  At first I was a little confused about how to line up the cards properly when playing, but full color diagrams in the directions explain it all very well, and once you get the hang of it, it's a cinch.  The Bibliophile enjoys it (we've never left a game unfinished), and he's such a little gamer that I think he'll enjoy it even more when we start adding in the more complicated rules, which we'll be doing shortly.  I just need to spend some time with the rules myself when he's asleep sometime, so that I'm familar enough with them to explain it all to him in a way that he'll understand.  It is great that someone took the time to think through how to introduce the game in stages, so I don't have to!  For that reason alone, I was an instant fan.  Since we'll soon be adding a sibling to our family mix, I love the idea that one game can serve multiple age groups in this way.


Win your own copy of Aquarius!

Looney Labs has offered to send Aquarius to one lucky reader.  To enter:
1) Leave a comment just saying you'd like to win or something similar (mandatory entry)
 extra entries
2) Go to the Looney Labs store and leave a comment on this post telling me another product that you think sounds fun.
3) Follow or subscribe to Chronicle of an Infant Bibliophile in some way and leave a comment letting me know.
4) Tweet, Facebook, or blog about the give away and leave a comment here letting me know.

Maximum number of entries per person: 4.  Deadline is midnight EST on October 8, 2010.  Prize ships only to U.S. addresses.  Please make sure that your email address is either in your profile or one of your comments; I need a way to reach you if you win.  Good luck!

Disclosure: We recieved a demo copy of Aquarius at no charge in order to write this review.  The opinions in this post are our own.  If you click on any links in this post and purchase anything, we may earn a small commission through our affiliate relationship with Amazon.com.

48 comments:

Joyful Learner said...

Sounds interesting! I'd like to win!

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Joyful Learner said...

I'm a follower!

TravelingKailey said...

I'd love to win.

TravelingKailey said...

I'm a subscriber with google reader

TravelingKailey said...

I would love to get either EcoFluxx or FamilyFluxx. We love Fluxx

MaryAnne said...

I'm always looking for games that are fun for different ages, so I'd love to win this!

MaryAnne said...

The Rainbow Treehouse game sounds interesting

MaryAnne said...

And I follow you =)

Laurie said...

This sounds like lots of fun. Love the multi-age/ways of play aspect.

Laurie said...

I'm a subscriber. :o)

Teresa said...

sounds awesome! cant wait to see it! would love to get my hands on a copy!

Rebekah said...

Looks cool, would love to win

Rebekah said...

I subscribe to infant bibliophile with my google reader.

Rebekah said...

Family Fluxx sound interesting.

mommy days said...

i would love to win this game!!

Ticia said...

My boys are super into games right now, always up for a new one.

Ticia said...

I follow.

Jenn S. said...

I want to win! Sounds like fun!

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Jenn S. said...

The Chrononauts game sounds like fun as well.

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Anonymous said...

Everything from Looney Labs is worth owning. BEst cards games, ever. Our personal favorite is the original Flux, but we now own 3 different version of the game ( classic, Monty Python and the Holy Grail, and the War of the Worlds one, next? probably Eco Fluxx :-)

Looking forward to Aquarius now too! Thanks for the review!

Raising a Happy Child said...

Oh, how fun! We love Flux, and this game looks awesome.

Raising a Happy Child said...

I follow you!

Raising a Happy Child said...

Treehouse looks awesome, and I remember reading your review. I think we are going to get it.

Jaime said...

We would love to win! My kids would love this game!! Thanks!!

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Basbusa's Mama said...

Sounds like a fun game! We'd love to try it!

Basbusa's Mama said...

Rainbow Treehouse also looks good, and you guys liked it too, if I remember rightly?

Lisa said...

My son would like this. Please enter me.
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Molly said...

I would love to win these!

Molly said...

I'm a follower!

Molly said...

Visited the site and I love that they carry Fluxx in German (we live there now) and Japan (have lived there before).
MKHC511@yahoo.com

Tammy said...

This sounds like a game the kids will quickly be beating me at!

Anna SD and Dan D said...

Huge fan of looney labs, had flux for at least 10+ years and Chrononauts. Now that I have a baby I should get aquarius too!

Mia J. said...

I would like to win.

Jodi said...

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ruslady said...

looks interesting to play with my kids
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ruslady said...

i like this one Rainbow Treehouse
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Anonymous said...

thanks for a giveaway
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Anonymous said...

i like this game -- Proton
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Sarah said...

I'd like to win this for my friend's little girls.

Tracysweetangl said...

The kids would love this. Thanks for the chance.

Tracysweetangl said...

I follow.

Anonymous said...

would like to win!
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Anonymous said...

like the Fluxx Blanxx
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justicecw said...

My son would love this, thanks for the chance, justicecw@hotmail.com

justicecw said...

The Back To The Future game looks like a lot of fun!
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justicecw said...

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