Googly Eyes Game Review: Family Drawing Game with Vision-Altering Glasses
Googly eye glasses that impact the vision and make this game fun and interesting
Easy to understand rules
Team playing is beneficial for development of social skills and cooperation
The dice is not a good component because it has stickers on it
You have to change the lenses constantly since there is only one pair of glasses
How it works
If you are thinking of fun activities for the whole family you cannot make a mistake if you decide to look for some board games. Board games are a fun, not expensive way for all the family members to get involved in one activity and spent quality time together. There are many board games that are interactive and they are a great alternative for replacing the on-screen time and getting kids off their phones. Board games offer a great experience for kids to be engaged in the games and mentally challenged to find a solution for example or think of creative one. Since the whole family or more than one player is involved in the game, board games are also beneficial for social skills development as well as boosting other skills such as counting, numbering, memorizing, drawing and many more. So if you are looking for another board game to fill in your planned family night Googly Eyes Game — Family Drawing Game with Crazy, Vision-Altering Glasses can be the one. If you have ever played the classic game Pictionary and you liked playing it, you will definitely like Googly Eyes more because of the wacky glasses that alter your vision. Another good thing is that you do not have to be an artist to draw and play this drawing game because the whole point is having fun family time.
What is inside?
The box contains a timer, cards, a notepad, a pencil, googly eyeglasses, a board for playing, 4 pawns and a dice with sticker numbers to be put on. The googly eyeglasses have three types of lenses that you can change. They come with green lenses, which are color code for beginner level, and then there are yellow ones for medium level and blue lenses for hard level. There are also instructions on how to play this game.
Who is it for?
Generally, it is recommended for everyone who likes drawing but at the same time you do not have to be an artist to play the game so generally, it is for every family member who likes to spend quality time with the family and have fun. The number of players from 4 to 19 and the fun character makes this game perfect for parties, large families and family holidays. The minimum number is 4 in order to make a team of at least 2 team members since this game is intended to be a team competition or better-said challenge game.
Before playing the game
How to play the game
When the player lands on a certain space he or she should take the top card from the pile and should read aloud only the category for drawing. Each card has three lines correspondingly. The lines are green, yellow and blue and the player should choose the line based on the color of the field/space that he or she has landed on. The line on the card tells you what the player should draw, which color lenses to put on and how much time to set on the timer. As the green is the beginner level the drawing is supposed to be the easiest and the time is the shortest.
The timer has three levels: 15, 30 and 45 according to the color code of lenses which is a pretty short time. After the player reads the information he or she puts on the glasses with corresponding lenses, the opposite team starts the timer and the player begins drawing. The teammates are the ones who should guess what the player has drawn within the time set by the timer. If they guess the words within time limit the drawing player continues to roll the dice and play the game. If they do not guess the word within the set time the opposite team shall continue the game. The team who finishes first is the winning team.
There are other two fields one of which gives a great opportunity to the player not to wear glasses while drawing and if you land on the last special field, unfortunately, you have to skip your turn. The special fields break the typical circle of yellow, green and blue spaces and make the game more interesting and challenging for the players.
Quite a challenge or not?
This is also great for people who are naturally better at drawing skills so by the googly eye glasses everybody is equal and they do not have that advantage against the players who lack this skill or ability and it is also good for the players who are not keen on drawing or are ashamed to show their drawings. So, googly eye glasses make the players start and play on equal level.
But they also give a different perspective to what has to be drawn and the result is often humorous. While with the medium lenses you start to feel the effect on the drawing, the easy level does not do much to your vision. However, there is a particular spot on the googly eye glasses whereof you can see pretty normal. This section is the biggest on the green lenses as beginner level so if you focus on the spot the lenses might not influence your vision much.
Cards and Tasks
The changing of the glasses is easy to perform and the lenses are made of decent quality plastic but since you have to do it all the time you should be careful with the edges of the lenses and the frames to avoid cracking.
There are a total of 54 cards that present 162 challenges since each card contains three lines that are labeled as easy, medium and hard task. There are three topics: objects, places, and entertainment.
However, the general impression is that the distinction of easy, medium and hard regarding the tasks might not be right and it depends greatly on the player who is drawing. One example of a card whose topic is Objects is: Easy – microphone, medium –camera and hard – James and the Giant Peach. So, in this case, there is not a big difference between the easy and medium level but the time that is set for drawing is 15 seconds for the microphone and 30 seconds for the medium task.
An example from the topic of entertainment is: easy –Gingerbread Man, medium-Humpty Dumpty and hard- the Flintstones and one example from the topic of place: easy-the zoo, medium- airport and hard –train station. So from the examples, we can see that not always the easy task is easy and hard is hard since drawing a train station might be easier than the airport or zoo for some players. The timer is also a nice feature that adds to increasing the anxiety and anticipation and puts pressure on the player who is drawing but also the on the ones who are trying to guess the word.
Who is the winner?
All in all the game will probably last about 30 minutes, which we think is enough time for playing the game. It can get quite repetitive especially if one team has an advantage over the other. Talking about the price we can say that the game is affordable and it is definitely worth the price since the time spent with family is priceless.
This game is appealing to young kids because of the glasses they just want to put them on and start drawing. All in all this board game is a good option for a family who loves playing board games but still wants something more than the regular board games – wacky googly eyes glasses and lots of fun.