Orchard Toys ‘Superhero Lotto Game’ review: Readers of Life Unexpected will already know just how much we love Orchard Toys in our house. We literally have a cupboard full of their games and Evie is completely obsessed with them. I love them too! Mostly because they’re not only fun, but they’re all educational as well!
This month Orchard Toys are back with yet another new amazing, fun game that definitely, 100% needs to be in your kids game cupboard. Introducing the ‘Superhero Lotto’ game.
We had a first look at the ‘Superhero Lotto‘ game this week and it has already fast become Evie’s favourite Orchard Toys game. She is superhero mad and she also has a huge love for matching games.
Superhero Lotto Game
The Superhero Lotto Game is a matching and memory game that features four different superheroes; two boys and two girls. Each one of them have unique special powers and favourite items that they need to collect for their superhero lifestyle.
The game is played very similarly to Orchard Toy’s other lotto games. To play, you need to use your memory skills to match the cards to your superheroes’ power tiles, so you can complete your board!
Ways To Play
Another huge highlight for us, when it comes to Orchard Toys games, is that there are always so many different ways you can play their games, other than the ways specified on the box.
Here are some of the ways we’ve been enjoying the Superhero Lotto game so far:
- Matching the tiles to the items on each players board
- Practising memory skills as you need to remember where each tile is
- Inventing stories about the child superheroes and what they do
- Discussing the different items on each tile and how you can use them in everyday life
- Practising observational skills by matching what is in the picture to the tiles
- I spy!
- Discussing personalities
- Using imagination to work out which unique superhero powers Evie would like to have
What’s In The Box
Inside there box there are four different child superheroes cards and each superhero does something different. For example, one can fly, one has night vision and one can talk to animals.
Each of the superhero cards are double sided, which means there are two main ways to play. On the front there is a simple matching game, which is perfect for younger kids.
The board shows pictures of six different items that you need to collect. To start playing, each player needs and board and you need to put all the tiles/items face down in a pile. Each player then takes a turn to pick up a tile.
If it matches their board they keep it, if it doesn’t they show the rest of the players the card and then put it back facedown. If it matches another players board, the other player needs to remember where they put the card down, for when it comes to there turn.
On the back of the superhero cards there are also superhero fact files. This gives your kids the opportunity to find out more information about their chosen superhero and this side plays host to another game. This game is a little bit more difficult and suited to older kids, or kids who are well practised at the first side of the game.
To play with this side of the cards, you need to look in the picture and then find the tiles that match what you see in the ‘scene’. It works in the same way as before, where you need to pick up a tile and then put it back facedown, if it doesn’t fit with your scene. This means kids have to be a lot more observant, otherwise they might miss out on a card.
We have played this game so much since it arrived in the post. Evie’s favourite superhero is Ace. She loves that he has night vision and also that he is a keen reader just like her.
I think that the character profiles are such a brilliant idea! In fact, these character profiles have actually helped us out with a real life situation this week.
Evie came home from nursery a few days ago upset. Her friend told her that her favourite colour was ‘blue’ and Evie told her friend that hers was ‘pink’.
They had a little four year old argument where they decided ‘not to be best friends anymore’ (oh the childhood dramas), because Evie thought that her friend ‘needed’ to have the same favourite colour as her.
We’ve used the superhero character profiles as a huge learning point for Evie. Each character profile shows the different personalities of each hero. They share their favourite colours, their favourite hobbies, their skills and their favourite foods.
Just by sharing this with Evie’s, she’s been able to piece together that everyone has a different personality and that instead of being upset with her friend, they need to celebrate their differences.
As a four year old, she’s just discovering who she is and what makes her unique and I love that games like this reiterate to kids that it’s ok to love different things.
Another great thing about the character profiles, is that you’re told that the superheroes are four and five years old. Evie loves that they’re her age and now fully thinks its possible that she too can become a superhero. In fact, she’s been going around her own toys trying to find the items that make her ‘her’ and that contribute to her superhero powers. I’ve loved how much this game has sparked her imagination and creativity.
Playing Superhero Lotto
At the moment Evie doesn’t have a game side preference. I thought she might prefer the more difficult side of the game, where she has to look for each item in the scene. It’s more suitable for her age and she loves playing games like ‘I Spy’ and ‘Spot The Difference’. But right now, she equally likes the simpler side just as much.
Evie has always had a really good memory, so I did think this game would be super easy for her. But, as it turns out we do need to do a lot of work on observation and concentration. She does lose focus very easily and got very frustrated when I kept winning because she wasn’t paying attention.
So, I’m really chuffed that this game is also teaching her focus and that it’s encouraging her to work on her concentration and observation skills, as well as helping her to further develop her memory skills.
You can get the ‘Superhero Lotto Game‘ from the Orchard Toys website. It’s priced at £7.75 and suitable for ages 3-7.
We cannot wait to see what they bring out next, but for now we have a feeling this game is going to be played a few thousand more times!
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What do you think of the new Orchard Toys ‘Superhero Lotto Game’? Is this something your kids would love? Let me know in the comments below.
*This item was sent to us for the purpose of this review. All opinions are honest and our own.