Saturday, March 13, 2010

Hurry Up! Game review and giveaway

When is the last time you sat down to play a game with your kids? Did it require batteries? Did it make noise? Was imagination optional? RandomLine offers an award winning selection of games and activities that are imagination, rather than battery powered.
RandomLine, Inc. was created in 2002 by a dad who loves to play, John Kiely. His goal is to offer products that encourage children to be creative and use their imagination. No Noise. No Batteries. Simply Imagination is RandomLine’s motto.

While sitting in New Jersey traffic during his hour commute to and from work, he had the idea to create a game based on doodling. He created a prototype of his first game called SQUIGGLE®. Kiely decided to use his12 years of consumer product & packaging development experience and expertise in industrial design to start his own company.

After attending the 2003 American International Toy Fair in New York with his new product, he established his first big customer, Wizards of the Coast. Since then,
RandomLine has successfully created and launched a line of games and activity pads that can be found in over 1500 toy stores, gift shops, museums, zoos and aquariums, as well as Canada and Europe.
RandomLine has won a few of awards!
I chose to review the Hurry Up! dice game. It comes in a compact box (it will be easy to find a home for it!) with a simple score pad, a 30 second time, 6 dice (5 black and 1 blue), and 6 task cards.

While the box says ages 8 and up, broke the rules and played with my 4 year old (Munchie)

and my 12 year old (Chewie).

The game is rather simple to learn. You read the first task (roll 3 pairs) and do it in 30 seconds. Easy enough. Or not! Some plays ended long before the timer ran out. Other plays were no even close. The challenges (and the points) got bigger as the game progressed. Coming into the final round, I was 2 points behind Chewie. (Munchie gave up and joined Crunchy playing with Leogs after round 2.) The final round was to roll all 6 dice and total less than 20--oh yeah...one of the dice had to have a 6. Just under the buzzer, I rolled a 19. That gave me the game. (See the proof below!)

The game went rather quickly (up to 30 seconds for each player x 6 rounds x 2 1/2 players). But I can see some great ways to use our imagination and create new rounds. We can come up with ways to make it easier for the younger 2 (4 and 6) or more challenging for the older one (12) and adults. Next time, I think we might even make up some new challenges on index cards to extend the game.

Overall, I think this will be a great game to add to our family game night. Want to play?

Buy one:
RandomLine games are available at national retailers (such at ToysRUs and Barnes and Noble) as well as many smaller stores and online sites (like Drugstore.com).

To win your choice of Hurry up! or any On-The-Go Activity Pad enter:

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Open to US. Ends March 29th.

Disclosure: I was provided a copy of Hurry Up! in order to evaluate this game. I received not other compensation, and opinions expressed were my own.

34 comments:

Tim said...

I would absolutely love to have some of their educational squiggle pads. The shapes and colors one would be excellent for my 4 year old.

Tim said...

I am now following you on twitter.

Tim said...

I retweeted.

Tim said...

I signed up for their email newsletter ~ can you tell I really want this game?

Melody said...

Squiggle looks good. It seems like a game that would really make you think.

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Melody said...

I signed up for Random Line's newsletter.

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mscoffee77 said...

My son would love the Alphabet Squiggle to go!

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jennem said...

I like the Dinosaurs on-the-go pad.
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bison61 said...

my granddaughter would love the squiggle style she loves to mix and match clothes

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stash mama said...

I love random line lol they have a sense of humor! on there connect sqiggle the ages are 8 to 108 haha I also love the educational factor..they make learning fun!
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I subscribe to random line
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I follow via google friend connect
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I am a fb fan and i commented!!!
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Melissa B. said...

SQUIGGLE® Barnyard On-The-Go looks like it would be great for my daughter.

Jennifer M said...

Squiggle looks like fun and can encourage even my creativity.

fancyfeet48 said...

one game we used to play is see how many words we could make from one main word

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Linda said...

Randon Line Inc. was created in 2002 by a dad who loved to play.
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lilyk said...

I learned that the company is located in Morris Plains, New Jersey.

Gianna said...

SQUIGGLE Barnyard On-The-Go looks like something my son would love!

Stephanie said...

I love that the games use imagination, we have a very limited number of toys with batteries (even though the grandmas keep trying). I like the kids to have things they can play different ways and have fun, not have to use a toy a certain way. I think the Connect game looks fun too :)

dispatcher_kristy said...

Alphabet SQUIGGLE looks like a fun AND educational game.

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lilyk said...

I signed up for the RandomLine newsletter.

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I became a Facebook fan of RandomLine and left a comment of their fan page.

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I voted for you on Top Mommy Blogs.