Our guest reviewer, Jessica Dembo, is back with her family’s take on two hot new items from ThinkFun: Stratos Spheres and Yoga Cards: The Game. ThinkFun is known for brain-bending games and this time they’re getting bodies involved as well. Please note that this post contains affiliate links; Jessica was sent the items for review.
Yoga Cards: The Game
This game is much different then other yoga games I have seen before. Most yoga card games I’ve seen are just cards; you draw a card and you do the pose. Yoga Cards: The Game is an actual game.
The game requires 2 or more players, with each player getting a mission card and a seven-card hand with a draw pile being placed in between the players. Each mission card has two goals. When it is your turn, you choose a card with a yoga pose on it and hold the pose for at least ten seconds. If you do this successfully, you can apply the card towards one of the two goals on your mission card and draw a new card. The first player to complete both of the goals on their mission card wins the game.
The game was challenging for my 5-year-old to follow. We decided we would put the cards face-up in front of us so we could help each other. That made a big difference since my 5-year-old couldn’t remember what her goals were and just wanted to show me her “cool yoga moves.” There might be times where your hand doesn’t have any cards that fulfill either of your goals. Once we realized that if this happened you could discard a card and draw a new one, the game progressed much more quickly.
Yoga Cards: The Game is listed as 5 and up. However, I would suggest that if your child cannot read yet, you may want to play with the cards face-up so you can help them find the right poses to fit their goals.
Yoga Cards: The Game includes 48 Yoga pose cards, 6 mission cards, 1 help card and instructions and retails for $4.99.
Everyone has played Connect Four, right? Well, think of Stratos Spheres a modern day Connect Four with a bit of a twist.
You start with the white neutral sphere and add your color (blue or yellow) to the white. Because of the way the game pieces are configured you can add on to create a 3-dimensional structure. Keep adding until one player has four pieces of their color in a row.
Just like Connect Four, Stratos Spheres is a 2 player strategy game. Unlike Connect Four, there’s no board. Also, kids really do need to be 7 or older to play. The reason is the unique spherical game pieces. Because of the way you “lock in” your turn, it is difficult for little hands to push the pieces together. Both Aiden (9) and Ruby (5) enjoyed the game but both needed help at points getting the pieces put together. This might get easier as the game is played more and the pieces loosen up a bit.
After the games were finished, the kids enjoyed building with the pieces as well. Overall, the game was fun but I understand why they have 7+ listed for the age recommendation. My 5-year-old understood the concept but she needed help to follow through on them.
Stratos Spheres is available everywhere. I even saw it at KidSnips (a children’s barbershop) and it retails for $9.99.