Googly Eyes Game Review: A creative and silly game perfect for families with young kids

Googly Eyes Game Review

Best Moment

Our adorable daughter who is way into drawing right now took this game so seriously! I could not keep myself from laughing when she’d put on the vision-distorting glasses, chew her tongue, and cock her head from side to side as she tried to draw the picture. When the time was up, she’d take the glasses off, look down at her drawing with curiosity tinged with disgust, then smile, proud of what she had accomplished. Proud parent moment right there. =-)

Gameplay Overview

Super simple: roll the dice and land on a color which determines which level of difficulty lens you must use to draw the assigned picture. If your team guesses correctly, roll again to get closer to the finish line!

Quick Thoughts

I applaud any game which presents a surmountable challenge for my young kids. Googly Eyes does just that. It tests their persistence and skills while offering that rewarding feeling of a job well done. But it also leaves some disappointments when they run out of time and no one guessed correctly…and that’s a good thing! =-) Life isn’t all about successes, so the earlier they can learn to cope with disappointments, even perceived failure, the better.

Any kids or family game with some sort of art involved gets automatic points in my book. Add to that a component which impairs one’s natural drawing ability, and you’ve got the makings of a fun one. The three levels of difficulty offer a fresh and exciting aspect which will draw both cheers and groans from your kids when they land on certain colors.

Googly Eyes is so simple, easy to learn, and quick to play. You’ll be able to knock out a game in the few minutes before bedtime or dinnertime. It takes very little set-up which reduces that “Ugh!” factor you parents may feel when kids ask to play games with a ton of set-up, clean-up, or both (just think of Playdough and you’ll know what I mean).

While the most difficult lens is hard enough, try drawing a picture with the most challenging lens and with your non-writing hand! You’ll need to if you land on a certain space on the board. What could have been a computer could also have been a table, a monster, a tree, or really anything! You really never know. I challenge you adults to play the entire game drawing with your non-dominant hand! This will level the playing field a bit for you uber competitive parents.

Tips & Tricks

  • If you rotate your head just right and possibly even close one eye, you may be able to peek through a sweet spot that is slightly more clear than the rest of the lens.
  • Make up your own pictures to draw! Be creative and let the kids write down some ideas, put them face down, and draw from that pile instead.

Scoring & Wrap-up

Overall, as a light-weight kids/family game, I give Googly Eyes a 7 out of 10 (“Good – usually willing to play” on BGG’s scale) for the following reasons:

Promoters

  • Creativity is naturally induced through art…with some crazy results!
  • The entire game, lenses included, is super colorful and bright which naturally draws kids’ attention.
  • The challenge factor is perfect for young children.
  • Learning, set-up, gameplay, and clean-up are simple and quick.

Detractors

  • While the lenses are solid and high quality, the frames leave something to be desired. The solution? Duct tape!
  • Sometimes very young kids or those with not much artistic ability may get left far behind. The solution? You may need to take a sneaky peak at the card so you can “guess” what they’re drawing. =-)

If you’re interested in a quick, simple, creative, and silly game for families with younger kids, Googly Eyes will definitely fit the bill. You may even find yourself hanging a crazy drawing on your kids art wall (we did!).


Disclaimer: I received this game for free in exchange for my review, but believe me, I post authentic reviews every time and will be brazenly blunt if needs be.

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