Now that my youngest is 4, he’s able to grasp the instructions of most family games – and as a result, wants to play them all the time! Last week, we were very kindly sent a copy of Grabolo from John Adams to play and review, so we’ve given it a whirl and even took it to Grandma’s one day!
Grabolo is a really easy game to pick up. It doesn’t require many hours to learn the rules or set it, it’s pretty instant as games go.,
The pieces and dice come in a clear plastic tub that could fit in your handbag if you wanted to take it out with your for entertainment on-the-go.
How to Play Grabolo
Setting up could’t be easier, you just need to shake out the pieces onto a flat surface and spread them out. There’s nothing more to it!
The youngest player (in our house it’s Greg) rolls both dice first. The dice then tell you which shape to look for and the colour it needs to be. For example in the picture below, the tree image is showing along with the colour green and that means you’re looking for a green tree.
There’s more to the game than just grabbing all the pieces until someone wins. Players can steal pieces from other players, which keeps things rather exciting!
In order to steal, the dice has to show a piece that someone else has already got. The fun then comes from shouting out your guess of who has that game piece. If that player guesses right, they get to keep the piece.
If a player is wrongly accused of having the piece, they must show their hand to prove it, then the player who guessed incorrectly has to give up one of their own pieces!
Our Verdict on Grabolo
We loved it. Both kids play nicely with it and the youngest asks to play it all the time (we have a handful of daily favourite games now). It’s handy that it’s portable because it means we can bring the fun with us anywhere we go and it takes a matter of seconds to teach anyone we’re visiting with how to play.
It’s a fab, fun little game and it gets played a lot!
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