Sshh! Don’t Wake Dad is the latest game sent to us from Drumond Park to review over the holidays. Miss A was very excited to receive this one as she has been wanting to play it for quite some time.
Sshh! Don’t Wake Dad is suitable for 2-4 players age 5+. We opened the game on the first rainy day of the holidays and I was pleased to notice quickly that the game has the potential to be played differently each time you start again.
Dad is asleep in his bed in the middle of the game, and your aim as a player is to sneak past him and get the cake from the fridge. But if he catches you along the way and wakes up then you’re sent straight back to the beginning.
The game starts by sharing the game cards equally between all players, which are then placed face upwards on the table. Each player chooses a colour character and starts on their respective coloured footprints on the board.
There’s no dice in this game, however a spinner is used to determine where you need to move to along the board.
The spinner shows a red, yellow, green and blue section, a plus sign and a pair of slippers. If you land on a colour section, then your character moves to the next available colour square on the board. If you have the same card in your pile then you are safe and nothing needs to happen, however if you don’t own the card then you have to press down on Dad’s alarm clock the same amount of time that is on the square you’ve landed on. If Dad stays asleep then your turn has ended and you can stay where you are, however if Dad wakes up (with a pop) when you have to return to the beginning and start again. The only saving grace is that you then get to retrieve the card from another player that you woke Dad with which may help you on your next turn.
Landing on the plus sign means you get to choose a card from another player to take from them. We were having great fun with this as we were stealing cards from each other quite often. If you land on the slippers then you get to move your character to the space in front of the player in the lead. This works quite well if you are near the beginning of the board and the other players are almost at the fridge.
Sshh! Don’t Wake Dad is great fun and a game can last as little as a few minutes or as long as around ten minutes. As I mentioned each time you play is different which makes it funny and interesting each time. The game does require two AA batteries which aren’t included. Overall with a price tag of £22.99 this game is great entertainment for all ages.
Disclosure – we received the game free of charge but all opinions are our own
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