07th May2018

Game On! Review: Pengoloo (Blue Orange Games)

by Jason Brigger

A little about our family… My wife and I love playing board games, card games and any tabletop game that we can get our hands on in our home. Recently we have been teaching and including my almost 8-year-old son and my 4-year-old daughter in our latest game nights with much success. With so many great games out there, it’s difficult for families to know what is a great game for family game night and what is a waste of money. Every two weeks we will have a new game to review and if any reader has suggestions for us, please let us know in the comments below!

Who We Are:

Jason Brigger, aka the Dad: Co-host of the weekly pop culture centric podcast, The History of Bad Ideas (on Nerdly!), along with a weekly review of the television series, Black Lightning!

The Boy: My 8-year-old son who enjoys all types of games, from video games to board games to card games, as long as it makes him think.

The Girl: My 4-year-old daughter who is learning about games above the Candyland skill level and will guest in this column from time to time.

The Mom: My wife who is the female perspective will guest in this column from time to time in order to bring a female perspective to the games we review.

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Officially, What Is It?

Per Blue Orange Games: “Go on an eggs-pedition with Pengoloo, an enchanting memory game for children. Detailed wooden playing pieces transport you to the South Pole where our quirky little penguins are ready to play with you! Roll the dice and look for the matching colored eggs underneath the penguins. A good memory and a little luck will help you be the first to collect six penguins on your iceberg to win! This all wooden memory game is sustainably made.”

What’s Included: Twelve (12) Penguins (fake, not real, much to the disappointment of my daughter), Twelve (12) Colored Eggs, Four (4) Scoring Icebergs, and Two (2) Colored Dice

Pengoloo is the second game we have reviewed from Blue Orange Games and this game is different from other games we have reviewed as this game is for the younger crowd but one that older kids will still enjoy.

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How Do You Play?

The objective of Pengoloo is to be the first to find (and hold onto) six colored eggs while hoping your opponents do not steal them from you. The game is easy to learn, quick to set up and even teaches memory skills for your young gamers.

Let’s break down the gameplay, step by step:

  • The colored eggs are randomly placed under each penguin and the player then closes their eyes and moves the penguins around the table.
  • Players start with an iceberg with six available spaces for penguins.
  • Players roll the colored dice and based on what colors are rolled, players must find those specific colored eggs hidden under the penguins. For example, if a player rolls green and yellow, they have two guesses to find those specific eggs under the penguins.
  • When a player is correct in finding the egg(s), they place those penguins and their eggs on their iceberg.
  • Players can also look for colored eggs on the other players’ icebergs and if chosen correctly, can steal that egg and penguin from other players

How Do You Win?

  • First person to correctly find six eggs and fill their iceberg wins.

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What We Liked About The Game:

Dad: I enjoy the simplicity and design of the game pieces. The penguins are simple but fun to look at and I enjoy the creativity of putting your eggs on an iceberg with penguins “sitting” on them. Overall, the look of the game is simple, clean and appealing for younger gamers.

The Girl: In her exact words, my daughter described her favorite part of the game like this: “I like finding colors, rolling the dice and winning”. In other words, my daughter is competitive at games and enjoys stealing eggs from the other players.

What We Didn’t Like About the Game:

Dad: I enjoy the game and have no complaints about it.

The Girl: No complaints.
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Replay Value: High. The gameplay is quick and The Girl can usually talk my wife and I into several games before bedtime, as games usually do not last longer than 10-15 minutes.

Recommended Age, Per Developers: Four (4) years and older.

Our Recommended Age: Four years old is the proper age for this game but depending on your child’s knowledge of color, younger games could learn this game quickly. While this game is not “deep”, it is a good alternative to “old fashioned” games such as Candyland and Chutes and Ladders.
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Final Score:

Dad’s Grade: B+
The Girl’s Grade: A

Pengoloo is a fun and easy game to pick up and learn for younger games and one that parents will enjoy as well. The game is a variation of a memory game but with the option to “steal” eggs from other players, younger gamers will enjoy taking them from their parents. Despite being four years older than his sister, The Boy still enjoys playing this game. If you are looking for a new game the young ones in your family can enjoy, this is another Blue Orange game that is highly recommended.

Have you played this game? If so, let us know what you thought of it below in the comments below!

You can catch Jason Brigger on the geek-centric podcast, The History of Bad Ideas, as new episodes are released every week at www.nerdly.co.uk or subscribe on iTunes, Stitcher and other podcasting apps. You can listen to their latest episode right here
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