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Posted on Nov 26, 2012

British Bulldog The Board Game Review

British Bulldog The Board Game Review

This is a board game – a real board game – one where the action takes place on a board and not some 3D plastic structure that takes batteries, and needs 20 minutes assembly time before it can be played.

Son#1 contemplating his next move - and yes he is wearing a suit

Don’t get me wrong, those action-based games have their place, without them Son#2 would’ve never learnt to play a game at all, but I fear for the decline of the traditional board game, and am excited to see a new one out on the market.

And so to our review.

Husband#1 (in fairness, the only husband I have, have had, or am ever likely to have, so he probably doesn’t need the number idenitification) took the lead for this review and played the game with Son#1 (age 7) and Son#2 (age 5).

It took no more than a couple of minutes to set up and a minute more to explain the rules. Son#1 has played the playground version of Bulldog so he was quicker to understand this game, and more excited.

The aim of the game is to get the four runners across the board without being caught by the bulldog. My first thought was ‘oh that’s a bit like chess’ and on the back of the box it does point out that this is a good starting point for learning chess and draughts.

The game is designed for two players, age 5 years and up.

We played with it for around 20 minutes, and if we didn’t have to go out, they would’ve liked another run at it.

I liked how both boys got something out of it, despite their differing ages. Son#2 had counting practice and the opportunity to learn directions and spatial awareness, while Son#1 was able to develop his strategic thinking.

At £15 I think it would make a nice present at Christmas – as a parent I’m always happy for relatives to buy games and books as they don’t take up so much space and tend to get more use than toys anyway.

British Bulldog is priced at £14.95 and is available from Amazon , or direct from Little WigWam.


N.B. I was sent this game for review by Little WigWam, all views and opinions are my own.

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