But that just explains why I was willing to try Gumball Rally and not why I like it as much as I do. The reasons I like it are as follows...
Why Gumball Rally is a Good Children's Game
- Gumball Rally plays well with 5-8 players, and there aren't a lot of games (children's games or otherwise) that fall into that category.
- It plays quickly and cleanly.
- It works really well with mixed audiences of kids and adults, or with all kids if you have an adult to "run" the game.
- There are opportunities for clever play, but no real way to target another player.
Racing Go-Karts on Your Table
The game comes with chunky cardboard "car" pieces - which is good, since you set cards on them & slide them about. In fact, that's pretty much how the game works:
- Play one of four suits of cards on your car, then
- Pass every car that has a lower number on their card or has the same suit you played.
Tucked into this deck are the checkpoint and finish line cards as well. When one of them is drawn, you score for being in 1st, 2nd, or 3rd place. At the finish, 4th place also scores. Based on the points accrued for each checkpoint/finish, the player with the most points is the winner.
I know it doesn't sound like much, but Gumball Rally just works like a charm with larger groups.