Reviewed by David Savage
Family time is extremely important to most people. This doesn’t just mean the occasional trip out to a theme park or zoo. It means the basics like all sitting down to eat dinner together, talking to each other and just spending time together (maybe reading together or even watching television together as a family. Quality family time is more important to the children as most of their childhood memories will be based on it.
For the most part, our lives are extremely busy with work, school, homework, shopping and lots more. In our digital age, using social media sites also takes up a lot of our free time (although a lot of people probably won’t admit to how much time they spend on these sites). It is down to all of us to find a way to manage our time better and make a conscious effort to put down the devices, take a break from work and find time to spend with our families and friends.
Family time isn’t just about spending time with the other members of your household. It can help build confidence and creates a stronger emotional bond between family members. It can also help with improving communication skills and behavioural issues as you are interacting and talking with each other. With better communication and behavioural skills, performance at school is generally better. It will also help create those fond childhood memories, built on fun, laughter and togetherness.
In our house we have been making a point of spending quality time with the kids, especially after dinner. There is no better way to spend quality family time than sitting down around the table of an evening playing board games or tabletop games, and the kids love it (and so do the adults). We have lots of games and it is a group decision as to what games we will be playing that evening. When Burger Party from Goliath Games arrived, we were all eager to play it that evening, and it has fast become a firm favourite.
Burger Party is a fun, fast-paced action game that requires quick thinking, good eyesight and fast hand speed. Although, if you’re too quick you could lose out.
Burger Party isn’t a board game, it’s a tabletop card game. All the cards are supplied in a burger, which is also a very big part of the game.
In the box is:
- 105 Ingredient Cards – Green (15 Lettuce and 11 Pickles), Red (15 Tomatoes and 11 Ketchup), Yellow (15 Cheese, 11 Onions and 8 Mayo) and Brown (11 Meat Patties and 8 Mushrooms).
- 5 Special Cards (3 mice and 2 steals)
- 5 ‘Half Eaten’ cards
- 1 plastic burger, which doubles up as a storage container for the cards
- 1 set of instructions
The game is for 2-5 players aged 6 years + and is just as much fun for the youngest player as it is for the eldest member of the family.
The aim of the game is to win as many burger ingredients as you can to make the biggest burger stack that you can. It is a matching game and really fast-paced.
Playing is simple. The cards are removed from the base of the burger, shuffled and dealt out evenly between all the players. The burger is placed in the centre of the table. If you have ever played snap (who hasn’t) then this is very similar. With a lot of games the youngest player goes first, but Burger Player is different – the last person to have eaten a burger starts. Each player in turn then turns over the top card from their pile and places it face up on the table in front of them. When any player spots a matching card, they slap the burger and if proved to be a valid matching card wins the card and places it under their half eaten burger bun, you just have to be careful as whilst cards can be the same colour the might have a different ingredient on them.
Simple isn’t it? No, there is a twist. You cannot stack two ingredients of the same colour on top of each other. If you do, that card goes on to your penalty pile. The penalty pile comes into play at the end of the game. There are also steal cards to be won. The holder can use these to steal an ingredient from any other player. And just to add a bit more fun, there are also mice cards with 1, 2 or 3 mice on them which allows the holder to pass this to another player forcing them to miss 1, 2 or 3 turns.
When all the cards have been taken, the cards in your burger are counted and are worth one point each. Any cards on your penalty pile are then added up, but these are worth two points and deducted from your burger points, reducing your score.
The game is very fast to play, taking approx. 10 minutes.
Overall, we found this to be a fantastic game and quite hilarious at times. The rules are simple to understand for everybody, and within a round or two everybody was playing confidently. Just a warning though, overexuberant players (usually the kids) can get quite slap happy, so be prepared for (quite hard) slapped hands and fingers!
The cards are neatly stored within the burger. This makes it perfect for easy storage or even for a game to take out with you. The 10 minute game play means that no one gets bored and a few rounds can be played.
Burger Party is lots of fun and a great way to spend quality time together.
Available to buy from Amazon here.