Catch Phrase Board Game Review

If you grew up in the UK, ever lived in the UK, or have even heard of the UK then there is a good chance that you will have seen the TV show Catch Phrase. If you have been living under a rock and have no idea what I am talking about, Catch Phrase is a TV show where contestants watch short cartoons to guess a well-known catchphrase. Get these right and they win money. A simple concept, which is probably why the TV show has been so massively popular for family TV viewing since 1986… and let’s not forget the Catch Phrase mascot Mr. Chips!

When we were given the chance to play and review the all-new Catch Phrase board game by Drumond Park, we jumped at the chance! Based on the new ITV reboot presented by Stephen Mulhern, this great family board game will have you in fits of laughter and makes you feel like you’re really on set of the famous TV show. The game is easy to set up and has super simple rules to follow. Within no time, you could be playing Catch Phrase… just like you always dreamed of doing.

Whats in the box?

When you open the box for the first time it may be a little daunting to see how many bits there are to set up. But, don’t worry it really isn’t that complicated at all. The set-up instructions are very easy to follow. Inside the box, you will find:

  • 96 Catch Phrase cards
  • 15 Bonus Cards
  • 48 Super Catch Phrase cards
  • Mr. Chips card holder
  • Bonus Catch Phrase frame card and window covers
  • Super Catch Phrase Board
  • Sand timer
  • Red Filter
  • 60 banknotes
  • Instructions

It took me about 5 minutes to read the instructions and set the game up ready for play. The whole game looks magnificent when all laid out ready to play! I played with my husband, and there were instructions specifically for when there are just 2 players. The game is created for 2-4 players, and I do think it would work best with a full team of 4.  We were both so excited to play once everything was ready. My husband even put on his best Stephen Mulhurn impression… how embarrassing!

Play time!

Playing the game was just as fun as we hoped. We were in fits of laughter right from the beginning. Each player takes it in turns as the host. There are 3 rounds; Individual, Rapid-Fire and Super Catch Phrase puzzles. Once all 3 rounds have been played, someone else takes over as host. Repeat until all players have hosted the 3 rounds each.

Round 1: Players must try to solve Catch Phrases on their own. The answers are written upside down on the opposite side of the card, out of sight from players but clearly visible to the host. The cards are placed into the arms of a large cardboard Mr. Chips cardholder- which is kind of cute. The correct answer has to be guessed before the time runs out, so be quick! Correct answers win ‘cash’.  If the correct answer isn’t guessed then other players get their chance to shout out the correct answer, in order to win the cash prize instead.

For each correct Catch Phrase guessed, a tile from the Bonus Catch Phrase frame is removed. The player gets one chance to guess the Bonus Catch Phrase answer correctly, per tile removed. Round 1 continues with the individual players taking turns until the Bonus Catch Phrase has been guessed or all of the window covers have been removed without anyone getting it right.

Round 2: The host uses the Regular Catch Phrase cards during this Rapid Fire round, but during this round everyone plays at the same time. A card is placed into Mr. Chip’s arms and the players all shout out their guesses until the correct answer is given. Guess correctly first, and you win more cash. If the timer runs out and no one has guessed correctly then host shows another card. Only 5 cards are shown during this round.

Round 3: This is the Super Catch Phrase round. 6 cards are placed on to the Super Catch Phrase board. The cards are played in the same way as the Rapid Fire round. The host starts to turn the cards starting on the bottom row. The players have to get one card right from the row before cards on the next row above are revealed. Each row has a different prize value. The answers to these cards are cleverly hidden on the front of the cards. The host must use the red filter sheet to reveal the answer!

After this final round the host steps down, and the person to their left now becomes the new host. Players keep the money they have won from host to host and the whole game finishes when all players have had a turn at being the host. The winner is the person who has won the most money.

The instructions are easy to understand, with easy to read font and clear diagrams. If there are just 2 of you playing the game, there are a slightly different set of rules (included on the same leaflet). The instructions are kept brief but this works well. The game states that it is suitable for players aged 8+, but I do think children as young as 8 would struggle to play the game. Some of the Catch Phrases are rather hard to guess, even as a 28 year old! The game would be best suited to much older children, teenagers, and adults.

Final thoughts

I am usually not a huge fan of this style board game, but Catch Phrase is one of my favourite Saturday evening chill-out shows so I just had to have a go at the game! The game seems well made and created with good quality materials. Nothing is too fiddly or time-consuming to set up, and once you’ve got into the swing of things you could be playing a side-splitting game for the evening. There was one card that I just could not guess. My husband was in tears of laughter. I think you can guess why…

I am very pleased to give this game its own space on our games shelf, as it could prove some hilarious entertainment when guests are over for an evening. All-in-all, a well-made game that had us all as happy as Mr. Chips looks!

Buy the game!

Catch Phrase the board game is produced by Drumond Park and has an RRP of £22.99 and is available online and in store. Stockists include Amazon, Toys R Us, Tesco, WH Smith, and Smyths. Do shop around for the best price.

Orchard Toys Look And Find Puzzle Review

Ahh man! I have been terrible at posting daily this week. The half term holidays caught up with me (I was doing so well!) and cabin fever set in. We’ve spent the last few days playing outside, avoiding the TV and laptop. It was sunny outside though… and we had fun! I can certainly feel that Spring is just around the corner. How exciting!

So, Board Game Week has turned into ‘Board Game Whenever-I-Can-Post’ Days. After nearly 6 years of blogging, you would have thought that I would be better at time management. Anyways, Shall we continue?

Orchard Toys are a well known games brand in our house. The kids have a few epic games from Orchard Toys (Veg Patch Match, Shopping List, Tell The Time- to name a few) on the shelf, but we recently discovered the wonderful Look And Find puzzle range by Orchard Toys. How exciting!

What’s in the box?

Firstly, the box looks amazing! It’s bright and colourful and catches the eye of any curious toddler. The illustrations are just adorable!

Inside the box was 2 fun puzzles to complete. Each puzzle is just 10 pieces, so is a nice and easy puzzle for young children. The aim of this product is for both puzzles to be completed together. Lay the puzzles next to each other and discuss what can be seen between the 2 puzzles. We took our time spotting all of the matching illustrations and then I played eye-spy with simple phonics. When complete, the puzzles measure approximately 21cm x 30cm.

I really like that there is no extra packaging within the box. It’s just the puzzle pieces- that’s it! No nasty plastic to open and throw in the bin, unlike most puzzles available to buy these days. The box and puzzle pieces are made from a thick cardboard, so totally recyclable (not that you would want to bin this fabulous little puzzle) and has no lasting effect on the planet.

Who’s it for?

The Look And Find puzzles are aimed at children aged 3+, but my 2 year old surprised me greatly and played very well with the puzzle. I know that she enjoys puzzles at nursery, but rarely does she ever ask to play with one at home. I sat with her and helped her get the jist of the puzzle. We discussed how she needed to divide up the puzzle pieces by colour, as there are 2 puzzles to complete. I then helped her (just a little) to put the puzzles together. She didn’t take long to get it and once her confidence was built, she managed perfectly well on her own.

My other daughter who is 4 years old has loved this puzzle lots too. In fact, it seems to have been in constant use for the last 4 days. She’s played with it much more than my 2 year old has. I think 4 years is the perfect age to be playing with this kind of puzzle. She has even requested another one for her birthday, which in a few months time!

Why play with puzzles?

There are lots of benefits to playing with puzzles at such a young age. Taking time to sit with your child and put a puzzle together is not only a load of fun for you both but you will be seriously helping their mental and physical development. Here are just a few reasons why puzzles are great for preschoolers:

  • Help with their hand-eye coordination skills
  • Boost shape sorting abilities
  • Develops memory and problem solving skills
  • Gets you talking and developing your child’s speech
  • Encourages observational skills
  • Gets children understanding pattern recognition
  • Teaches patience
  • It’s the perfect time to bond!

Final thoughts

I really think that Orchard Toys have excelled in creating puzzles for preschoolers. The box is a good size, not too big nor small. The illustrations are beautiful, clear and eye-catching too. The puzzle pieces are made of a strong thick card, made to withstand the rough and tough play of toddlerhood. The concept itself, of 2 puzzles that can be put together and talked about is such a wonderful idea. Honestly, I cannot think of one negative point about this Look And Find puzzle! Well done Orchard Toys, you’ve created yet another amazing product.

There are 4 all-new puzzles in the Look And Find range, each with an RRP of £8.00. They are available to buy directly from the Orchard Toys website– along with lots of other fun and addictive games for the whole family!

** I have been gifted this puzzle from the lovely people at Orchard Toys, in exchange for this honest review. All opinions made are my own.**