Don’t Rock the Boat this Summer! Family Game Review

We were sent a Don’t Rock The Boat family game by University Games to review. We found it really tricky to play as it’s intended!

It’s a balancing game, in which you have a boat with three masts, and 16 pirate penguins to balance on the deck. You take it in turns to put a penguin on the boat, trying not to rock the boat.
dont rock the boat by university games

As you can see in the photo above the boat is balanced on a piece of ‘sea’, but actually the pivot is so small that the boat is very, very rocky indeed! Just one penguin sets the boat spinning or toppling over!

The penguins are quite heavy, and as they are pirates they have won the love of both boys immediately.

Pirate penguin on don't rock the boat family game for the summer

Don't rock the boat balancing game

This game teaches a few things like maths skills – there are 16 penguins, which need to be divided between the players evenly. Of course, as with most games, we have to take turns. And there is a huge element of patience and dogged determination not to give up after the first time of unsuccessful penguin-balancing!

We have enjoyed this game of Don’t Rock The Boat, but I don’t know if I’d recommend it as a rainy-day game. As an ‘end of the day before bath time’ game, it’s fine, but if you were cooped up, say in a caravan, and only had this game for entertainment, I honestly think there would be a few cross words and upset children as it is VERY difficult to balance the penguins on the boat.

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  1. deepeabee
    July 29, 2016 / 2:18 pm

    Sounds fun! 🙂

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