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Richard Scarry's Busytown Eye Found It! Game

Richard Scarry's Busytown Eye Found It! Game

Fall 2009 Games
Ages: 3 & Up
Manufacturer: Wonder Forge Inc.
Price: $16.99
Perhaps it's my family's recent overindulgence in Richard Scarry's Busytown world through the website and our collection of books that makes this game particularly appealing to us. But it's hard to believe that any family with preschoolers eager to try new board games wouldn't find this Eye Found It! game to be pure fun. The premise of the game is simple-players need to work together to make it to Picnic Island before Pig Will and Pig Won't eat all the food. Players take turns spinning to advance spaces on the board, solve a Goldbug Mystery or give up picnic dishes to the hungry pigs. The player who spins a Goldbug turns over a card to reveal an object that all players must locate on the game board. The board is filled with Busytown scenes that include one or more pictures of the object. When the timer starts, each player searches for as many of the objects as possible and uses their magnifying glass token to mark them. When time runs out, everyone adds up the number of magnifying glasses on the board and advances that number of bonus spaces. Although the game is designed for kids 3 and up, adults shouldn't assume that searching for objects is an easy task. Lots of small hammers, balloons, trashcans and other tiny objects are "hidden" within the scenes and finding them provides an entertaining challenge for all ages.

Of particular interest is that all players work together to reach Picnic Island. It took my son a little while to understand that no one wins or loses in this game, but once he caught on he enjoyed encouraging others to work with him to reach his goal.

Jessica Hensley   ©2009 Parents' Choice
Jessica Hensley is a web designer, yoga and fitness enthusiast and proud mother of two very active young boys. She has been working with family and educational websites for over 12 years.

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