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Jake and the Never Land Pirates Never Land Challenge Game

Jake and the Never Land Pirates Never Land Challenge Game

Fall 2012 Games
Ages: 3 & Up
Manufacturer: Wonder Forge Inc.
Price: $19.99

The Never Land Challenge Game is a board game based on the Disney Show Jake and the Never Land Pirates. It comes with all of the pieces needed to play, including a "vine" (3 green foam tubes and plastic "feet" to hold them in place) that stands up enough for the kids to follow the challenge of climbing under the vine. Not only was this challenge a big hit in our testers' homes, but the vine later became a prop in all kinds of different games. Other props included with the game are: a foam sword, a foam feather, an "X" (as in "X marks the spot!"), thick cardboard doubloons, one start board, two treasure boards, one destination board, and a squishy cannonball.

Children absolutely adored this game. To play, children choose a red doubloon and a blue one at the beginning of each turn. The red one might say "Slither under the vines," and the blue will add that this must be done "With the sword between your knees." If children think they can do the challenge, they shout, "Yo Ho, let's go!" and attempt to do it. Players collect the gold doubloons for their team if they complete the challenge, and whoever has the most doubloons at the end of the game wins.

Parents liked that the game inspires creativity and active play. The imaginative props encourage children to make up their own playing rules, too.

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