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Official testerPRODUCT: Orchard Toys Football Game ( Toys Football Game

DESCRIPTION: A 2-4 player football-themed board game, with the objective for players to move their football round the board and be the first to score a goal! Contains 4 x game boards, 4 x football counters, 4 x character stands, 1 x whistle spinner, 1 x goal spinner, 1 x dice and instructions. Suitable for children aged 5 years upwards.

GOOD POINTS: As the name suggests, the Orchard Toys Football Game will be an instant hit among any young football fans out there, and is a nicely thought-out and fun little board game that will appeal to girls and boys alike.

The game consists of four fairly large game boards, each wonderfully illustrated to show a scene of a football match in action, complete with a cheering crowd of supporters. The board shows two teams consisting of boy and girl footballers! The opposing team is always dressed in white, while the colour of the other team kit varies on each board (either green, yellow, red or blue) to distinguish between the game players. Each board has an identical 'path' of spaces which curves up towards the player's goal, as well as an identical set of colour-coordinated arrows associated with the footballers on the board, which enable the player to instantly move up or down the board (similar to a game of Snakes and Ladders).

To play the game, each player chooses their prefered colour of game board, and takes a football counter and the matching coloured stand to slot it into. This football counter is placed on the starting space at the bottom of the board. Each player then takes turns to roll the dice and move their football counter the corresponding number of spaces round the 'path'. If the player lands on one of their own footballers (coloured shirt) they may move their counter up to the space signified by the arrow on their board. However if they land on an opposing footballer (white shirt), they must move their counter down to the space as directed by the arrow.

There are some other really fun little twists to the game. If the player lands on a 'whistle' space, they must spin the accompanying 'whistle spinner' which determines whether they get a 'red card' (they must start again from the bottom of the board), a 'yellow card' (they must miss a turn), or a 'free kick' (they can roll the dice again and have another turn). Once a player reaches the arrow in front of the goalkeeper at the top of the board, they can then spin the fun little 'goal spinner' to determine if they get the goal in the net. The winner is the first player to successfully score a goal!

The game pieces are of excellent quality and durability, and the attention to detail in the illustrations is simply wonderful, for example the poses of the players, the goalkeeper ready to make a save, the 'Orchard Toys' crowd barrier, and the crowd themselves with scarfs and hats to match the colour of the player's team!

In our opinion, this is a really simple but very effectively designed game for young children which builds up plenty of excitement as the player's football passes backwards and forwards around the board in the race to score the winning goal! Furthermore, the game offers plenty of developmental benefits, including observation, counting skills, and plenty of social interaction and communication.

BAD POINTS: None, other than there are lots of separate pieces which may be easily lost over time. Orchard Toys do however offer a very useful replacement service for any elements of their games (excluding puzzles) that do go missing!

PRICE: £9.50 

Available also from Amazon: Orchard Toys Football Gamealt

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