Who doesn’t like a good (or bad *groan*) pun? They’re just punny! I love puns, although I admit I’m not great at making them up. Still, when I was offered the chance to have the new game Punderdome for free in exchange for an honest review, I jumped at the chance! My next task was finding at least 2 friends who’d play it with me. Inside the game instructions it reads: “In order to play Punderdome, you’ll need to gather at least two of your most pun-tolerant friends and/or relatives. Inform them they are about to play this game with you. Apologize later.” I didn’t realize how true that statement would be!
We got started and got a couple of puns at the start, like “waitress” + “dessert”=”That waitress really took the cake!” but then it started to be bizarre and nearly impossible (for us) to make any puns. It’s hard to get into a game when you look around and all you see is a blank stare on every face. And that’s how it went. Here or there we could think of a pun, but mostly it was a wash. Maybe if you’re really in the pun frame of mind, this game will be fun…but it wasn’t fun for us. The best part of Punderdome was the punny jokes on the back of each card. They were good…but not good enough for me to recommend you buy this game for your next get together.
I am not a puzzle-person. Not that I don’t like them. I do. But for some reason they just don’t make it high enough on my priority list to do. Still, I like to keep my brain active and since I’ve been medically retired I find intellectual stimulation harder to come by than when I was helping save lives on a medical helicopter! So, when I saw Bend Your Brain in my choices for books to review, I was intrigued. Evidently there are stores (Marbles: The Brain Store) that exclusively sell learning toys, games and puzzles. Who knew?! Well, I do now, because the Bend Your Brain book is authored by “The Minds Behind Marbles: The Brain Store.”
I started out at the front of the book with word games, then some picture identification games. I didn’t find that they required much ‘thinking’…I either knew them or I didn’t. Some of the puzzles were so based on pop culture that they were unappealing. Still there were puzzles that I found challenging and I enjoyed those. I did a representative sample of puzzles throughout the book.
The retail price of this book is $14.00. There’s no way I’d pay that kind of money for a puzzle book…especially one that was of this caliber. I was underwhelmed. Skip this book if you want intellectual stimulation and spend your money on one of the online brainiac sites like FitBrain or Luminosity.
*I was provided with a complementary copy of this book by the publisher in exchange for my honest review*