There are Bugs in the Kitchen! Try to catch the most!

Recommended Age:6+
Players:2-4
Cost:$29.99
Play Time:15-20 Minutes
Our Recommended Age:4+ (Careful of small parts)
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Ravensburger makes very interesting, entertaining and unique games and Bugs in the Kitchen is one of our favorites! The goal in this game is to catch the most bugs…cockroaches but they actually look cute and are in fact a Hex Bug which just makes it so much cooler!

Bugs in the Kitchen is a simple but extremely fun game of get the most bugs. The recommended age is 6+ but my Diva was able to play (and teach people how to play) at age 4. I think the concern is mostly for the Hex Bug that is the “bug” in the game and its batteries are tiny so you’d have to make sure kids didn’t put things in their mouths.

Bugs in the Kitchen Review 163 copyThe “board” actually fits securely in the bottom part of the box which makes it the first box I’ve come across that didn’t have extra space! Sorry…it isn’t important but I like stuff like that…it’s not OCD…I think. I think you are supposed to leave the base in the box to play…well we do anyway.

Most of the board is made of (I think) chipboard and the sides are made out of a thin plastic. That is just the edge though which is where the bug is supposed to go. The other plastic parts are the harder plastic and are the silverware on the board. These are the softer plastic turn very easily on the board.

The Die is wooden and has the silverware printed on it along with a question mark for your choice…which I’ll explain later. The disks are of the cockroaches (cute not gross or ugly ones!) and are about the size of a half dollar. They are made out of the same chipboard (or so I believe) material that is durable and not so easily bent…even when they go flying off the table due to a certain Diva or Gentleman getting too excited.

The only other part to the game is the Hex Bug. If you have never heard of these you must not have kids or go into a toy aisle. These things were insanely popular for awhile there with my kids (and probably still are everywhere else). It looks like a mechanical, but not steampunk, bug…in fact this one resembles a cockroach.

When I say resembles I mean it looks like a robot version of one with a bit of decoration. It requires a tiny circle battery but the game is kind enough to give you two of them. When you turn it on it shakes and sort of bounces around in one direction until it hits a wall and then turns itself along it and eventually around.

It is super cool and hard not to play with outside of the game…but since the game only comes with one bug I’d try really hard. Over all the game is very well put together and durable and the art is cute and fun. Very age appropriate. Now on to the playing part!

Bugs in the Kitchen Review 153 copyObjective:

Be the first to collect 5 tokens. When playing with older kids you could also play for the most bugs…we started doing this in order to make the games last longer.

Setup:

This is SUPER easy. The first time you play you will have to set up the board though so follow instructions for that.Otherwise…

Remove the lid. Put the bug tokens where everyone can reach them. Put the Hex Bug in the middle and set up the silverware using one of the 4 options in the instructions. Each player chooses a trap corner and if less than 4 people are playing you use the barricades to close off the unused traps. Ta-Da! Easiest setup ever…well close enough.Bugs in the Kitchen Review 111 copy

Play:

Youngest player goes first or you could roll for it ike we do. It is more fair that way when playing with the Diva…she thinks she always goes first…turn the Hex Bug on and start the game!

On your turn you roll the die and what ever it lands on is what you can turn in the game. Each of the silverware items is turn-able to close off or allow a path for the Hex Bug. You want to try to turn various Spoons, Forks and Knives to that the Hex Bug has a path to your trap but you also want to try to close off a path to other players traps.

So if you roll a Fork you can ONLY turn 1 Fork but if you roll a ? then you can choose the utensil you wish to turn. You have to turn it so it locks in place and cannot leave it at an angle. Also, don’t take too long as other players can start telling you to hurry!

Bugs in the Kitchen Review 142 copyOnce the Bug falls into a trap that player gets a bug token. Turn the Bug off and set it in the middle and reset the board to one of the starting positions. The player who won the token starts the next round.

Winning:

The winner is the first person to collect 5 Bug Tokens OR you can do what we sometimes do and play until they are all gone and winner is whoever has the most!

The instructions even have a variation where you try to keep the Bug OUT of your trap! All the other rules are the same though except in this one the first player to collect 5 Bug Tokens LOSES the game. I imagine if there are more players you keep going until someone wins.

This is a great game for kids to learn strategy and thinking ahead! My 5 year old Diva is learning to think ahead and plan her path…albeit slowly but she is getting there. She teaches other kids (or adults she convinces to play) how to play and is 90% right about the instructions.

Bugs in the Kitchen is easy to learn, easy to set up and put away, quick and super fun to play!bugsinkitchenreview2Show us your bugs victory path! @MyGeeklings #Ravensburger

“The goal is to win, but it is the goal that is important, not the winning.”
~ Reiner Knizia

Author: sandyz