Have you ever read a Pete the Cat book? If not, you’re missing out on one of the most fun, clever and colorful series of children’s books ever! And the Groovy Buttons game captures Pete the Cat’s best qualities. We had a thoroughly fun time playing. In fact, we played so many rounds after dinner, it started getting too close to bedtime so we made a note of whose turn it was and continued playing during breakfast the next day!
Pete the Cat Groovy Buttons Game
As with all the games we’ve seen from University Games, the quality of the board game is fantastic: Solid materials, bright colors and all around incredibly well-designed. Not only is the game well thought out but the design of the product itself, the ease of initial setup, the breakdown and storage, everything was beautifully engineered. They obviously take into consideration the long-term repeat use and abuse that board games go through. Consequently, Groovy Buttons would make a fantastic addition to any family’s collection or an amazing gift.
Up to four players take turns spinning to know how many spaces (or buttons) to move their Pete the Cat game piece. Land on a green button and you get to collect buttons from the “button pile” and add them to your own personal “button jar”. Land on a blue button and you get to choose another player to trade button jars with. Watch out for the red button though, or you lose buttons from your jar to Pete (in the center of the board). Luckily you can get them back (plus some!) if you land directly on the button located on Pete’s shirt which allows you to collect the entire jackpot for your button jar. The game continues until the button pile runs out. If there are any buttons left on Pete’s shirt at that time, they are divided evenly among the players. The winner is the player with the most buttons.
Game play and overall thoughts:
I love the concept of Pete The Cat Groovy Buttons. And the emphasis on, well buttons! The theme is very thorough (and authentic to the theme of the books). But what makes this board game unique compared to most of the other ones we’ve tried that are marketed to ages 3 and up, is that there are actual “ups and downs” to the game itself. As you can imagine, it’s a roller coaster of emotions depending on what color button each child lands on. Luckily the kids’ responses quickly turned from borderline-breakdowns when a red button was hit (or God forbid someone requested their full button jar in a blue button trade!) to a fun “Ohhh no! Hopefully I land on Pete’s shirt soon! Hahahah!” approach. It is definitely an appreciated break from children’s games that focus only on conflict-avoiding repetitive “positive” game play to avoid any kind of interaction between players or negative feelings… Which is good in theory, but lets be realistic here: Life has ups and downs! Heck, even the board game “Life” has ups and downs. Not teaching children to handle positive AND negative turns with a healthy attitude is not properly preparing them for other games as they get older, let alone conflicts in life itself. And let’s face it: Repetitive games are SO BORING too. Groovy Buttons is NOT. In fact, we couldn’t stop playing it over and over. By “We” I mean a 3-year-old, 5-year-old, 7-year-old and myself… which speaks volumes!
Disclaimer: This item was provided to me for free in order to facilitate this review. I pride myself on being an honest person though, so my opinion was not influenced in any way. I am also in no way obligated (or compensated) to share it here. I test hundreds of products and only a fraction of them are shared on my blog. That’s because only a fraction of them are extraordinary… in my opinion, anyway!