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Richard Scarry's Busytown Busy, Busy Airport Game

Richard Scarry's Busytown Busy, Busy Airport Game

Fall 2011 Games
Ages: 3 & Up
Manufacturer: Wonder Forge Inc.
Price: $19.99

Longtime fans of Richard Scarry's Busytown Eye Found It! Game, we were very enthusiastic about trying the Busy, Busy Airport Game and were not at all disappointed. As with so many I Can Do That! Games, the design of the board and pieces offers instant appeal. The Busytown Airport takes center stage in this game. The airport has actually been designed to fit in the bottom of the box with slots for passengers to sit and a large, three-dimensional clock tower that serves as a chute down which the dice roll. Four sturdy airplanes are pieced together, one for each player. There are also four destination cards which show scenes for a beach, city, mountain and forest. Before game play begins, these cards are positioned around the room.

The object of the game is to fill your plane with passengers and fly them to their destinations. When they arrive, players drop off their passenger and collect a souvenir card to place in the plane's cargo slot before returning to the airport. Each souvenir card has a point value. The player with the highest number of souvenir points wins. In our case, our testers ranged in age from 3-6, and all thoroughly enjoyed the idea of loading passengers and flying them around the room. Players worked on their counting and addition skills when it came time to tally the souvenirs. Our youngest tester has a short attention span for games, but he has pulled this game out to play on numerous occasions. And our oldest tester-and parents-have enjoyed playing it equally as well. With such wide appeal and great production value, we can highly recommend this as both an introductory game for younger players or just plain fun for the whole family.

Jessica Hensley   ©2011 Parents' Choice
Jessica Hensley is a web designer, yoga and fitness enthusiast and proud mother of two very active young boys. She has been working with family and educational websites for over 12 years.

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