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Monday, October 5, 2020

Weekends Are Made For Gaming!

 Our family loves gaming. Cards, video games, board games - we love them all! It is a great way for us to bond and connect with each other. To unwind after long weeks. With the kids back in school, the weekends are the best time to do such (providing my husband is also off work). This newest post of mine is to introduce you to three games that you may want to add to your collection! 

*Disclaimer: I was sent these games free of charge in exchange for my honest review and to host a game night party with. I was not otherwise paid or endorsed.*

Where did they come from?

These games that I'm about to introduce you to all came from Spin Master Games. We have hosted game parties with them before. And we LOVE the variety!

First game we have is Upwords. I was especially excited to play this one as English and words are my favorite! Normally, Scrabble would be my choice, but most family members get bored of it. This one comes with a board that you can rotate the top of so that it faces the player on their turn. You can have up to 4 players, unless you do teams. We did that one night so that a couple players who are not so word savvy would have better chances. Each player gets a rack for their letter tiles. At the beginning of the game, each player takes a single tile from the bag. Whoever has the letter closest to A, is the starting player. Each player takes 7 letter tiles. Going in turns, players then put down words starting from the middle of the board. But as you go, you can stack letters on top of ones there already to change words that are there. One of the reasons I love this game so is that it is helping my kids with their reading and spelling skills, but in a fun way! Teaching without being instructed.

Then we have Hedbanz. We have played this one before. The kids find it hilarious. I liked this version as the headband pieces have changed. Now they have characters.

The unicorn, cat, pirate, royal, monster and sleep mask. You pick a card to put in front of your headband. No peaking! You can't know what you are. You can only see everyone else's cards. You have to ask questions to figure out what is on your card. There are 69 picture cards and 3 cards with sample questions. They also have scoring badges now. You can keep track of winnings.

And this last one is new to us. It is called Grouch Couch. I had never even heard of it. The first go around with this game was definitely comical. You will need 3 AAA batteries to get started. Grouch Couch sits in the middle of the players. In the middle cushion is where the 'treats' go. These will be rewarded for all the 'lost goodies' you feed him. Game play was super easy to follow along with. You can get prizes from the couch or steal them from other players depending on your rolls. The game ends when the Grouch Couch sings his victory song. Whoever has the most treats wins! My kids had a blast with it. We did have a couple times where the things you feed him would get stuck. We played with placement to make sure he "ate" everything and nothing got stuck as best we could.

Which one would you want to try? Leave me a comment below!


  1. That is exactly what we do over the weekend, play amazing and fun games with the kids, priceless!!!

  2. Aww these are awesome games! Recently, we are into puzzles and framing them after :)

  3. What a lovely way to spend weekends , at least some of them. My own favorite is Scrabble and chess. There are some above which I have not heard of. One learns something new everyday. :)

  4. They look like so much fun! I miss playing board and card games with my friends. Looking forward to something like this again.

    1. Those are so much fun! Hoping to be able to do more gaming with others one day.

  5. They look like so much fun! I miss playing board and card games with my friends. Looking forward to something like this again.

  6. These games look like so much fun! I'll have to try Upwards sometime :)