Wednesday, October 17, 2007
Unfortunately, the game Splat! isn't made anymore. It's a Milton Bradley game from 1990, and I got mine at a garage sale. It can be found online, though, so check it out if this sounds fun.
The game's central, gross-out theme is that the playing pieces are bugs that get squished. They are made with modeling dough using a press. If your bug gets squished, you start again with another bug. As more squished bugs fill the board, game play speeds up because you skip any occupied space.
The game forces you to think a little differently because each player uses two playing-piece bugs at a time. Make sure you play with two dice or play goes too slowly, especially with only two players. We have replaced the original dough with Play-Doh, and it works fine.
Sensitive children might not be able to handle the disappointment of having their playing pieces get squished. But young children enjoy making bugs and squishing them, rolling the dice and pretending to play.
Splat! is a good game for kinetic learners because molding the playing pieces and splatting them adds a lot of action to a game that otherwise centers on counting and colors.
For ages 5 and older (younger if you don't worry about rules), 2-4 players. Cost: At this writing, there are four listed on ebay with bids starting at $10, plus about $10 shipping.
Our rating: 4 out of 5 stars