*I received product mentioned in this post for free in exchange for my review and feedback. All opinions are 100% my own.*
I was actually contacted by Goliath Games via Twitter not too long ago and they told me they wanted to send me some of their games to review. I was thrilled because we love their games. They have so many for all ages and they are all really fun for the whole family to play. Some of them are pretty unique too in my opinion. My kids have Pop The Pig and it’s still one of their favorites. Anyway, I received a box of games and I was really surprised because they sent my family five games to play. My kids were really excited when we opened the box. So just a heads up, Barbecue Party is the first of five reviews in my Goliath Games reviews. Stay tuned because we have some more really fun games to tell you about!
The game includes a grill (that happens to be really cute by the way) and a bunch of silly food. There is two of every kind of food. There’s hotdogs, fish, broccoli, chicken legs, mushrooms, peppers, tomatoes, and corn. There is also a pair of grilling tongs and game cards. Just a warning though. There’s a sticker sheet full of eyeballs that you have to put on all the foods. They look really cute after you get their eyes on though.
The whole idea of this game is to get at least three foods before all the other players. Seems simple but there is also another element to this game that makes it really fun. The grill plate could pop off spilling all the food on top of it everywhere at any time! The grill does not require batteries which is a good thing since my boys have played this game about a million times already.
When you first take the grill out of the box, you should notice a little switch on the side of it. This is an unlock/lock switch. When you first take it out, it should be in the locked position. Switch it to the unlock position. You should also notice the center of the grill with the grill plate off. There is a rod that pops up in the middle after a random amount of time. Once this pops up, the grill plate pops off. To reset it, you have to switch it back into the lock position and press the rod back down until it clicks. Then you can place the grill plate back on top. When you are ready to play, then you move the switch back to the unlock position.
When putting the game away, you should make sure the rod is pushed down and store it in the locked position so the rod doesn’t pop up while being stored in the box.
How to play
The rules are pretty simple which is great for the younger kids. There are 17 cards (2 for each food plus a Joker card) and you place all the cards facing down and spread them out. This way it’s easier to randomly pick a card. The grill top starts off empty. After a card is picked, the player who picked the card has to place that food on the grill. If they are placing a food on the grill, then the card gets shuffled back into the cards that are face down so that it could be picked again.
If a player picks a card and that food is on the grill, then they keep the card and remove that food off the grill. They keep the food with the card they drew. The first player to get at least three foods wins.
There isn’t a game rule that states the game is over if the grill pops. My boys just kept playing after they reset the grill with an empty grill again.
I’ll say it again, this game is so much fun to play. The first time the grill popped, both my boys kind of jumped and laughed like you would not believe. Even though we knew it would eventually happen, we had no idea when it was going to happen. We even tried to see if we could figure it out and see if there was a certain amount of time that went by before it did. Nope, it’s all random – which I think makes it that much more fun.
I think this game is great for the younger kids as well. The age recommendations are for ages 4 years and older. I think this game is a great way to learn and practice fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination. I do think this game could have many years of play life especially since my boys are 8 and 12 and love it. Especially my 8 year old. I still can’t believe how much they laughed while playing this game. Every single time that grill plate popped off they were rolling.
No worries, the food doesn’t go flying across the room or anything. The grill doesn’t pop off that hard so you don’t have to worry about plastic projectile food. This game is just so much fun. This mom highly recommends it!
Buy It: Check out Goliath Games website for more information about this game and other games. You can buy Barbecue Party at stores like Walmart, Kmart, Barnes & Noble and online on Amazon. Also be sure to check out Pressman Toy!
Disclaimer: I was not compensated for this post. However, I received free product mentioned in this post from Goliath Games in exchange for my honest review. All opinions expressed in my review are 100% my own.