Spin Master Soggy Doggy Board Game Review
- The concept is fun
- Kids always love games that involve water
- Easy and simple to play
- Great for teaching and learning colors, counting as well as taking turns and patience
- When the dog ‘shakes’ very little water comes off
- The board for playing is too small
How it works
Autumn has arrived and there are fewer opportunities for outdoor family activities because of the upcoming rainy days. If you are thinking of fun activities for the whole family you have definitely thought of 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. Nowadays there are many board games that are interactive and they are a great way of replacing the on-screen time. One of the board games that attract the attention and it is popular as a fun family activity is the Soggy Doggy Board Game for kids with Interactive Dog Toy by the Spin Master Company. The game is for 2-4 players and this makes it ideal for the whole family or 4 children. Its easy and simple concept of play makes it suitable for younger children starting from the age of 4. The dice is also simple because it features colors and 2 signs but not numbers. The kids love interactive games and games that they can play with their parents together. This game is more appealing for children because it involves cute doggy and water. Kids love every game that involves water. This is a very good reason to take a closer look at this board game with an interactive dog toy and see what the fuss is about.
On the back of the box, there is a brief description of what you can do with the Soggy Doggy board game. Generally the players can race around the board, wash Soggy Doggy and make him wet. If Soggy Doggy shakes then the game is back to the start and because of the shaking Soggy Doggy, all the participants in the game are potentially going to get wet.
In addition, if you want to play the game besides the required batteries you will also need some water, which you should put in the bathtub. If you are asking yourself how much water you need to put, we will save you time to go through instructions and say that you should put water just short of the rim of the bathtub. So the highest position that you can pour water is the rim of the bathtub.
There is no upper age limit of the player and it is not recommendable for less than 4-year-olds because of the small parts that this game contains. Of course if one of the family members is a young toddler and adult supervision at all times is more than recommendable. The game is supposed to last around 20 minutes but in reality, that really depends on the children and their interest and focus.
You can have fun with your kid and the whole family because you can even create a game to name the Soggy Doggy before you start playing the board game. It can be additional fun for all the family members on organizing a pool to choose the name of the dog because such a cutie definitely deserves to be named.
If you land on a field that has a bone you have to turn the tap with the corresponding sign –bone in a clockwise direction once or twice, according to the number on the field. If you land on a field with the sign of paw then you have to push the corresponding tap again once or twice as shown on the field of the board. The board is positioned around the bathtub and sometimes especially if there are four players the fields are difficult to be seen. The board makes a really tight circle around the bathtub and players have to turn it constantly if they want to see what are they doing and what field are they at.
Ease of use
The turning of the tab is not clear on direction especially for younger kids which might be improved if they had drawn an arrow for the correct direction. If you get to the start again, you pick up a token with corresponding sign of the playing piece. So in the next round if Soggy Doggy starts shaking but you have a token you can give the token back i.e. leave it on the desk for example, if you want to stay on the field that you had landed before the shaking.
The rules especially the one with the tokens are sometimes difficult to understand and might make this game slow for playing but if you play with younger kids you do not have to follow the rules strictly as they are in favor of inventing their own rules and more interested in just pushing or turning the taps in order to shower the doggy or make him shake than actually following the rules.
Once the rules are explained to all the players what is left is only to put water inside the bathtub and try it yourself. The Soggy Dog is actually a hand puppet so in order to put the dog inside the tub you have to put it over a plastic thing – part that is previously installed in the bathtub. It is better if you put the dog first and then the water. The temperature of the water is best to be lukewarm.
Care and Maintenance
The Bottom Line
Although most of the kids anticipate by watching the commercial made for this toy that they will get wet from the shaking doggy, we have to warn you that the splashing usually does not reach the players at all and the splash is just right outside or inside the bathtub. However, you will find that this is a great game for toddlers and preschoolers who are learning and practicing the colors, counting, hand-eye coordination, and some social skills like waiting for your turn, not getting angry if you have to start from the beginning or get splashed and patience. All in all this interactive board game is a good option for a family who loves playing board games but still wants something more than the regular board games.