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Board games for the entire family

Kidsday reporters Ashard Griffin, left, Francesco Posillico and

Kidsday reporters Ashard Griffin, left, Francesco Posillico and Horace Auguste from St. Martin de Porres Marianist School in Uniondale reviewed these board games. Photo Credit: Newsday/Pat Mullooly

Three games that we recommend:

Pool Party

(Blue Orange Games)

Ashard tested Pool Party and wrote: I enjoyed playing it with my family. In this game, everyone gets nine cards that represent their team divers. You flick the cards, sending your diver into a cannonball in the pool. The pool wobbles on a spring, making it easy to toss everyone out. The object of the game is to land three of your team divers in the pool. Once my mom landed her diver in the pool, my brother and I were determined to land ours. It was funny watching everyone quickly flicking cards, trying to win. My family laughed and joked with one another as we raced to be the first to get three divers in the pool.

Ages: 6 and older

Rating: 4 smiles out of 5

Conex 

(HABA)

Francesco played with Conex and wrote: The object of the game was to see which player could get to the Conex corner first, or the person with the highest points wins. The game consists of cards, dice and the squared paper board. On the back of the cards there are colored numbers (points). The numbers' colors match the colors on the board (green, red, yellow and purple). As the cards are matched up, points are earned. When the cards run out, the person with the most points wins, or the person to reach the Conex corner first wins. The game was exciting because it felt like a race to the finish line. Another positive was that it was not like anything we’ve ever played before. This made it unique. It was also good because it could be played by two to four players. I did think the directions were complicated, and I needed my mom to explain them to us. We had a ton of fun playing Conex.

Ages: 12 and older

Rating: 3 smiles out of 5

Build or Boom

(Goliath Games)

Horace tested Build or Boom and wrote: It is fun to play with. The object is to build your structure first and then you get the chance to blast your opponent's structure. When you are playing against someone, you have to stay steady and calm because it will fall easily. This toy was OK, but I didn’t like how many times it fell when I barely touched it. The building parts are made of hard plastic. They look like small versions of real-life building supplies. The two bundles of dynamite are red and black.

Ages: 6 and older

Rating: 4 smiles out of 5

Diana Talamo’s fourth-grade class, St. Martin de Porres Marianist School, Uniondale

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