Cortex Challenge Game Review – Cortex Challenge is a card based game for 2 – 6 players of eights years and above. As part of the Blogger Board Game Club we were sent a copy to see what we think.
74 Challenge Cards
10 Touch and Feel Cards
6 Touch Challenge Cards
24 Brain Pieces
The game is quite a small box which when added to our growing collection is a bonus. It also means that it’s a great choice for taking on holiday.
The Aim of the Game
Cortex Challenge is a game of fast thinking, memory and speed skills. The cards have eight different challenges on them including touch, duplicates, logical series, mazes, and colour puzzle just to name a few.
The top card is turned over for all players to see. The first person to work out the task has to slap their hand on the card and explain the answer/puzzle to earn themselves a piece of brain.
The winner is the person to collect all four brain pieces.
This is definitely a game for us. The puzzles and challenges are really fun and Isabelle is annoyingly quick at working out the puzzles and the touch cards were really good, but hard to work out.
A bonus is that this game only takes around 20 minutes to play so can be played whilst dinner is cooking or when we have a bit of spare time.
Cortex Challenge retails at £12.99 which I thought was very reasonably priced and can be bought from all major game retailers.
Fuzzikins Bedtime Bunnies Review – We’ve been sent a set of Fuzzikins Bedtime Bunnies from Interplay to review which Isabelle was very excited about.
What you get
The Fuzzikins Bedtime Bunnies set comes with:
1 Large Fuzzikins Bunny
1 Medium Fuzzikins Bunny
1 Small Fuzzikins Bunny
3 Felt tip Pens
3 Fuzzikins Felt Beds
Felt Accessories for the Fuzzikins Bunnys
Practice Colouring Templates
We cut out the practice colouring templates so that Isabelle could work out her designs before she coloured on the bunnies which I thought was quite a good think since Isabelle’s a bit of a perfectionist.
Each Bunny had it’s very own sleeping bag with accessories including sleep masks which were a nice touch.
Once she had completed her designs she made a start on the real thing. The bunny’s were really easy to colour on and can be wiped clean if any mistakes are made or if you fancy changing the designs.
The sleeping bag much to my relief were already pre-made and came with felt stickers to design the beds with. There were even Super Hero masks and a cape for them.
The Fuzzikins Bedtime Bunnies set is aimed at children 4 years and over and retail at £9.99 from leading retailers.
Isabelle is very much into role play and add a bit of craft into the mix and you’ve hit the nail on the head in terms of finding something fun to do.
I set her up with this kit and away she went with no additional help needed since there was no cutting or sewing, everything was ready and easy to use.
Once she’d created her designs on the templates, she coloured the actual bunnies and then played with them for ages. She’s not ready to wash them yet as she really likes the way they look, but she’s looking forward to changing their style soon.
I think this was a lovely kit which would be perfect for a rainy day or a home day when I’ve got loads to do. At £9.99 this is a really good price for what you get. There are other kits and animals that you can get in the range to add to your collection.
The Fuzzikin’s Bedtime Bunnies get’s a huge thumbs up from us.
Hatchimals CollEGGtibles Season 5 – Mermals from Spinmaster. When Isabelle first saw the advert for these she did her usual pause and rewind the TV so that she could show me them in the hope that we would stop what we were doing immediately, go to the shops and buy them ALL!
The Season 5 range is slightly different as they are colour changing which just adds to the excitement tenfold.
There are lots of different sets to collect from pocket money affordable single packs at to playsets, and with over 80 to collect it’s a pretty long check list.
Within the series there are lots of different types of Hatchimals including:
Mermals – Half Hatchimal half Mermaid – Blue Sparkly Egg Underwater friends – Blue Sparkly Egg Mermal Twins – Blue Sparkly Egg Sunshine Surf – Special Edition – Blue Oval Egg Mischief Marsh _ Yellow Swirly Egg Racing River – Purple Horn Shaped Egg Blissful Bay – Limited Edition – Pink Sparkly Egg 6-Pack Shell – Peach Eggs One Dozen – Blue Sparkly Egg
Each type of Hatchimal comes in a different type of egg as above but you won’t know what’s inside until you open them.
Of course, the first thing that Isabelle always does with collectibles is scan the checklist and pick out the ones that she would like to get the most before she opens the eggs.
How do you open the eggs?
Each of the eggs has a heart on them which you press and the egg cracks revealing your hatchimal. Isabelle tried her best to split the eggs in half, but some of them are impossible to open this way, and then her impatience gets the better of her and she just pulls them apart.
We were sent a Single Pack, a 6-pack Shell, and a 4 pack with bonus totally 13 hatchimals which was very exciting.
In the single pack we unboxed a Sunshine Owling which is a common Hatchimal. She was very impressed with this one as it had its very own surf board.
In the 4 pack + bonus we got four mermal eggs in which we got Mer-pandoo, Mer-Seaspoon (rare), Mer-Unikeet, and (*drumroll) – Koalabee which are Mermal twins, and a Blissful Bay Egg which contained a limited edition Blissful Kangaroose.
In the 6-shell pack she got Sapphire Anteagle, Sapphire Owlicorn, Sapphire Burtle, Sapphire Girreo, Sapphire Foxfin and Sapphire Penguala.
How do they colour change?
Parts of each of the hatchimals change colour in the water whether it be their tail or a gem that they are holding onto which then changes back once they are dry.
The Hatchimals CollEGGtibles are recommended from age 5 upwards and are available from most toy shops and Amazon.
There is also an App that you can download to keep track of the Hatchimals that you’ve collected.
Isabelle loves a collectible and has quite an extensive range of different collectibles that she likes to add to on birthdays, christmas or through saving her spending money. She loves the element of surprise, and whilst there does always seem like a lot of packaging compared the end result she does play with them time and again which makes them worthwhile.
She was very excited that out of the twelve Hatchimals she managed to get a rare, a limited edition and a set of twins which she was so thrilled with. The colour changing aspect of these Hatchimals makes them extra special, and also gives her a good excuse for taking them in the bath.
These sets would definitely make a lovely gift whether it be for a birthday, Christmas or even as an Easter Gift.
Which Hatchimals CollEGGtibles Season 5 is your Favourite?
*We were sent some Hatchimals CollEGGtibles Season 5 sets for the purpose of this review. All thoughts and opinions are our own. This post contains affiliate links.