Spin Master Soggy Doggy Board Game Review

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Reviewed by Brankica Ivanova
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We like

  • 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
We don’t like
  • 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.

Product Description

Product Description

The game comes in a simple box package that states the inside contents including Soggy Doggy, a bathtub, game board, 4 playing pieces, 4 tokens, dice, and instructions. The four playing pieces are in forms of a bone, a duck, a little paw and a bar of soap. The four tokens match the four playing pieces. In order to play the game, you are required to purchase in addition 3 AA batteries because they are not included in the package. The batteries are to be put in the back of the bathtub and in order to put them you will need a relevant screwdriver. Putting the batteries inside the bathtub is pretty easy.

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.
Age Range

Age Range

Soggy Doggy is the main character in this fun board game. This adorable doggy is part of the game that your child can play together with his/her friends or together with your family. Soggy Doggy is a game that it is intended for kids that are over 4 years of age and the number of players that can participate for this game is at least two (2) to maximum four (4) players.

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.
Materials

Materials

It is relatively simple to assemble the pieces of this board game and the assembly process is presented in the Instructions part that is part of the package box. The board itself is made of plastic since water is involved in the game, so if it gets wet there will be no issues regarding the soaking and the little Soggy Puppy looks like a hand puppet and can be used as such. It is stretchy and rubbery and it is definitely one of those things that kids love to squeeze and play with it.

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.
Entertainment

Entertainment

In the middle of the board, there is a bathtub with Soggy Doggy inside. On the board, there is a Soggy Doggy square which represents the starting point. There is no specific placement of the starting position because the board goes round the bathtub but it might be convenient if you position the Soggy Doggy start right near the handles of the bathtub that you are going to spin or press. The rules of how to play the game are pretty simple. Each of the players chooses a playing piece that he/she is going to play with and then rolls the dice. The dice has yellow, blue, pink, red square corresponding to the board. The squares on the board each have a sign: a bone or a paw.

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

Ease of use

There are also other two signs on the dice – a question mark that means to throw the dice again and a paw which means that you have to place your playing piece in front of the player who is the furthest in the game. The fun part is when Soggy Doggy gets wet. When you press the tap with paw you shower Soggy. After turning the tap for a couple of times the dog starts shaking and then the participants around the doggy are supposed to get wet. In this case you should go back to the starting point again.

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.
Annoyance

Annoyance

Many of the customers agree with the fact that this is a pretty interesting concept. However, the kids more than often are eager to get wet after Soggy Doggy shakes but again more than often are disappointed because there is barely a splash of water even if they lean pretty close to the bathtub and Soggy Doggy. The water drops just little on the sides. On the brighter side, you do not have to worry that playing with this game will make a mess. One of the reasons why this game sometimes does not hold the attention of the kids is because of this factor – not enough splash, especially on the players to make it fun. The game is more suitable for younger children who like seeing the doggy shaking and are satisfied with this activity and a little splash but definitely, the older children become bored in a short time and are not much entertained by this game.
Care and Maintenance

Care and Maintenance

After the game is finished, Soggy Doggy can be removed from the bathtub and dried with a towel. The board game can be wiped off easily. After you empty the bathtub, you can clean it with water and then dry it, although it has some corners that are not easily accessible. Soggy Puppy looks like a hand puppet; it is stretchy, rubbery and fluffy. The board itself is made of plastic since water is involved in the game and you should not be afraid that it will get damaged if the water splashes on the board. What is worth mentioning is that you should completely dry the Soggy Doggy at all times after the play if you want to avoid molding. The mold can also be a problem for the bathtub so make sure you check whether the bathtub is dry before you put the toy away.
Price

Price

This product is sold for an affordable price that can guarantee you at least occasional fun family night filled with activities where you as a family can spend quality time together. For this price you get a board game with game pieces, dice, tokens, a doggy and a bathtub all packed for an interactive board game that can offer your kids if not being wet than for sure some laughter and smiles caused by the dog shaking.

The Bottom Line

If you are keen on playing board games with your family this will add to your collection of interactive board games. This board game uses an interactive dog called with super cute name Soggy Doggy that is made of rubber and this dog is put in a bathtub which is part of the toy. Younger kids will love this interactive game because it involves water and a doggy that shakes. They can play the game because it is simple and what they really need to do is basically just color and signs matching and pure enjoyment in the splash as little as it is when the dog shakes.

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.
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