Theme and What is it?
You are going on a trip. Your parents have told you to pack your own bag. So, of course you will pack a ball and teddy bear, essentials of any kid. You sir, are to GET PACKING!
Everyone at the table gets the exact same pieces they must pack perfectly into their suitcase, that must close. Whoever packs first, wins the round. There are three rounds.
This is competitive puzzling.
I truly wanted to like Get Packing. It is cute, and just seems like something I would like to play. The pieces are basically a derivative of tangrams, something that is near and dear to my heart.
It seems like it would just be great to play with my 6 year old.
Game Build Quality
The build quality is fantastic, all injection molded, super slick plastic, that just looks quality. The cards are functional, but in a way, not a huge part of the play. So, the parts of the game, that are important are very high quality.
This is a smart move on the part of the publishers, spend the money on the part that will see the most tactile movement.
The art is the game and vice versa. The pieces mimic the art, and the gameplay makes the art important. Even the swim trunks have the creators favorite Z branding on it.
Simple and smart art.
This is where this game fails for me. As a game, timed puzzles just do not do it for me, this is competitive puzzling. For me, that just isn’t fun.
I do love puzzles, and think the “funnest” aspect of the game, is that it is a solid puzzle platform.
If they got rid of the competitive aspect of it, it would be of more interest to me, personally.
Age Range & Weight
The title says 6+, and it is mostly right. My 6 year old daughter could definitely do the puzzles.
I think doing the puzzles would be more interesting as a cooperative game, “This is how daddy packed the same suitcase,” and compare. Building that spacial awareness is a great quality of Get Packing.
A game that requires a primer on how the makers of the game put a suitcase together seems rather limiting.
Although I am not a fan of the competitive aspect of Get Packing, the puzzle aspect is solid, and can see it getting many hours of use by my daughter. I’m curious as to your opinion, comment below. Do you like to play puzzles competitively?