As a kid, I loved to play quirky, weird and wonderful games! I remember getting Ali Babar for Christmas (a Tomy copy of the ever-popular game, Buckaroo) and I don’t think I played or did anything else for the rest of the month! The theme and the concept were wacky, the camel was simply hilarious and I just enjoyed trying to beat the game!
Quirky games like this will always capture the eye of children, as they are interactive, fun and full of life! The latest addition to this broad genre of games is The Noodle Game, a game following that wacky trend and whose premise is simple enough to understand and great fun for kids and adults alike.
How to play
In The Noodle Game, the rules are simple. You have a Chinese takeaway tub placed in the middle with various different sized noodles within, all worth points. Each player is given a plate and a pair of chopsticks. Don’t worry if you can’t use chopsticks. These ones are kid-friendly and not the sort you get with your takeaway!
The aim of the game is to score as many points as possible once all the noodles have been removed from the box. Players take turns removing noodles from the box using their chopsticks. You may only take one at a time, no more, no less.
Seems simple doesn’t it?! Well, as soon as you remove that noodle from the box, the other players can then try to steal that noodle off you, before you get it on your plate. As soon as it touches a player’s plate (be that the player whose turn it is or another player who has stolen it), its safe and that player may take the points. After all the noodles are gone from the box, the points are tallied up and the winner is the one with the most points. When scoring, the longer the noodle, the more points its worth!
Thoughts on The Noodle Game
The first thing I noted about The Noodle Game is how fantastic the box and the packaging are for the game! The box, as mentioned, is styled as a takeaway box and it just looks great and visually appealing, especially for young children. The chopsticks and the plates are made of thick plastic so they will definitely survive numerous plays! The noodles seem to be bits of yellow stretchy tube but they survived pulling and yanking as we tried to steal each other’s noodles.
In terms of how the game plays, I think it was brilliantly simple and produced a really engaging atmosphere. I managed to play this along with my younger cousins (six and eight-years-old) and they found it both fun and utterly hilarious. It really engaged them and they wanted to keep playing it for at least an hour.
Overall, The Noodle Game is simple, fun and great for all the family, something that is vital for any children’s game! The concept, while silly, still produces an engaging experience and both kids and adults alike are sure to love this (my cousins definitely did)! Parents, if you’re looking for a game to keep your kids occupied for a while, then you need to pick this game up!