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Bugs in the Kitchen

Ravensburger

Age: 6 years and up

MSRP (CAD): $49.99

MSRP (USD): $29.99

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EDITOR'S REVIEW

Our testers loved the concept of a Hexbug skittering through a maze of rotating knives and forks. Gameplay is boisterous, frantically fast and it's often a matter of chance whose trap the bug succombs to. Lots of fun, although after the initial playing craze, most of our testing parents reported that interest did dwindle a bit - despite that they still gave fairly high marks for overall play value.

WHAT THE KIDS SAY

Mackenzie

5

So much fun! The bug keeps going in my trap, I am very good at opening the right way for her. it moves very quickly, yet it sometimes gets stuck in corners.

Kai

10

So much fun!! I love it!, it is exciting to play and hope the bug falls into your trap, but it is so frustrating when it just about falls in and it turns around, arghhh! Really easy to play, the bug does all the work.

Evan

7

I like this game. The hexbug was cool. but the game was a little bit easy for me.

Aliyah

7

I really like playing this game with my mom and little brother. It is so much fun and really easy to play. I've been winning most games.

Jason

6

I like when you move the forks, spoons, knives and watch the bug through and into your trap. This game is still pretty fun - not as much as the beginning though because you're doing the same thing. Also some people aren't fast like it says (they could cheat by waiting). The bug is still fun to watch.

WHAT ADULTS THINK

Scott B.

Really great game. This game is amazing fun. Lots of action! Great use for the Hex bugs.I only wish the bugs and utensils were smaller so the mazes could be even bigger more complicated and the game could last longer. It's rare for kids games to be really fun for adults but also possible for kids to win on a regular basis. Perfect family game.

Jo M.

This game is a hit with all three of my kids (ages 6, 8 and 9)! It took us 5 minutes to set up the game. The set up instructions are easy to follow. The game instructions are also easy to follow. The object of the game is to get the bug to fall into your trap. Each time the bug falls into your trap you get a token and once you collect 5 tokens you win. There are 4 traps so you can play with up to 4 players. You can also play with less and there are trap doors you can put up for the traps that are not being used. The maze walls are made up of plastic spoons, forks and knives that turn which change the direction for the bug to travel. The utensils are easy to turn. A player rolls the die and then can move a utensil to either open a path to their trap or to block another players trap. Sometimes even if you have the path set up perfectly for the bug to go into your trap it will miss your trap so you never really know what will happen. That adds some random excitement to the game. The downside is that the bug is a little loud so it is not a good game to play if there are kids trying to sleep. The price also seems too high.

Marie-Lise H.

What a hilarious game!! My kids (M12, F11, M10) had a great time. It took a few minutes to set up, the rules super easy to learn, and we had the best of times! The game doesn't last very long and it is totally unpredictable! We played at a campground, and I could hear the kids laughing and carrying on from three tents down, they were having a hoot! This game could re-ignite my kids love for Hex bugs. One thing I can't understand is the huge price leap for Canadians, but it's a great use of the hex bug that appeals to girls and boys.

Tara R.

Parent

This game held the kids' attention for quite a time, although it seemed that they were more interested in watching the bug skittle about than in actually planning strategy. The game relies a little too much on the players actually being trusthworthy enough to move quickly, rather than wait and see if the bug goes into their trap. Short play time means it's easier to squeeze into a busy schedule, or to wrap up a playdate while waiting for the mom to arrive.

5

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So much fun! My favorite trap is the chocolate one. You have to play the dice super quick and make your utensil move because the bug never stops moving and you think it's going in a trap but then it turns around. The bug keeps going in my trap, I am very good at opening the right way for her. It moves very quickly, yet it sometimes gets stuck in corners. Mackenzie (F5.

Mike R.

This was easily the favourite testing toy at the outset, but it was a novelty toy and interest very quickly faded. The kids (M6, M7) don't ask to play with it now. Gameplay is simple, but is open to unfair advantages which caused some shouting matches and suspended play. We were pleased that the battery lasted the entire testing period. The toy can get a little noisy and there was little gameplay to the game - most of the novelty was watching the hexbug. The price for this game is absolutely ridiculous. I would hesitate to recommend this at the US price, but at the Canadian price it is insulting. The game is just cardboard with a little electronic bug.

Cathy M.

Really fun maze game. Easy enough to set up and rules are very simple. My daughter who will be 6 in a few weeks immediately understood and started to try to block the way to my trap and open her way without me even explaining. The bug is super quick, yet does not always move in the direction you expect it to, so it adds an element of suspense when you watch it move around. We enjoy playing without the tokens and sometimes we try to come up with new mazes. Simple rules, fun for the whole family. The only slight negatives: 1) Quite expensive though for what you get. And 2) Having to set up the maze like one of the four options provided as opposed to making up your own. Not sure yet how essential it is to the game.

FEATURES

Manufacturer Description

There's a pesky little bug in the kitchen! And it's not just any bug - it's a HEXBUG® nano®, scuttling around the game board! Quick - can you catch it in the trap? By turning knives, forks and spoons you can direct the bug into the trap. Throw the die to discover which utensils you can turn. Catch the bug in the trap and earn a token - the first player to collect 5 tokens wins the game. A fun-to-play family game suitable for 2-4 players, aged 6 years upwards. Average playing time 20 minutes

Model Number

#22261

Year Introduced

2014

Contents

  • 2 Doors