Sshh! Don’t Wake Dad


Sshh! Don't Wake Dad!

Sshh! Don’t Wake Dad (Drumond Games, rrp £22.99, for 2 to 4 players, age 5+) is a game I’ve had my sights set on for a while. This is because Sshh! Don’t Wake Dad is a message that I would like my young daughters to receive and understand.

5.55am. A knock at the door. “Daddy? (pause). DADDY? Is it morning yet?”. No, is my bleary, confused response. You eventually coax them back to their beds but that’s you. Awake for the day. No hope of further sleep.

So you can see that this game is very close to my heart. Getting my youngster’s subconcious to accept Sshh! Don’t Wake Dad as a mantra to live by is a top priority. Maybe if, through the medium of board games, I can get the kids to let me have just 30 more minutes sleep then, holy moly, life would be so sweet.

Maybe I’m exaggerating a touch. Maybe…

The Game

SshhSingleThe game is a doddle to set up. You get the game board, a spinner, cards, the player’s pieces (terrified kids wandering round the house at night) and the main piece – the eponymous sleeping father.

The rules are equally simple. You have to make it across the board without waking up the dad. If you do, you’re back to the beginning. There are additional rules relating to skipping to the front of the queue and stealing other people’s cards which spice things up a bit.

The dad lies in his bed, snoring away. He has an alarm clock on his bedside table. Most of the squares have a picture and a number on it. If you land on a square and the picture matches the picture on one of your cards, you’re safe. Otherwise, you have to press the alarm clock the number of times that corresponds to the number on your square. If you’re unlucky, the alarm clock will wake up dad who will SPRING up from his bed and you’re caught. Back to the beginning with you. The winner is the first one who makes it to the fridge and steals a piece of chocolate cake.

Review

Four of us played this including Jenny (4) and Eve (3). I’m telling you their ages because they are younger than the 5+ recommended on the box. Despite this, they picked up on the rules without any hesitation and dove right in, picking the coloured pieces that they wanted.

When the game was up and running, Jenny had to press the alarm button three times. On the second go, it jumped up, and so did she. She got a massive shock which one would expect given that she was four. From that point on, both of the children were ultra-cautious of pressing the button. This may well be the game was recommended for over fives!

Nevertheless, they wanted to continue. They were addicted to it. It was like the scare of the Ghost Train. They were still drawn in.Sshh! Don't Wake Dad

As soon as the game finished, Jenny and Eve wanted to play again! They’ve since asked to play the game more.

I think it’s safe to say that Sshh! Don’t Wake Dad was a big hit!

Sshh! Don’t Wake Dad is made by Drumond Park Games. For stockists and to play games on line, visit www.drumondpark.com

Disclaimer: Drumond Park sent us a copy of Sshh! Don’t Wake Dad for this review.

 

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99 Comments

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    msedollyp
    1st March 2016
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    Think my kids would love this!

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    Harline
    1st March 2016
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    This looks fab and fun!

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    Natasha Whenham
    1st March 2016
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    This looks like so much fun. My nephews would love it!

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    julianne moseley
    1st March 2016
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    my son would love this game.

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    Tracy K Nixon
    1st March 2016
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    This looks a great game thank you!

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      1st March 2016
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      It’s really fun. The way the girls jumped up when the dad woke up was priceless!

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    Annabel Greaves
    1st March 2016
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    Great fun game xx

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    tracy sinclair
    1st March 2016
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    Looks a good game for all the family to play nicely together x

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    1st March 2016
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    looks like a great game x

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    Elaine Savage
    1st March 2016
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    great game, my grandhcildren would love this

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    Andrea Fletcher
    1st March 2016
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    Have played this game before, it is great fun.

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    Susan Smith
    1st March 2016
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    Looks a great game for the family

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    cheryl hadfield
    1st March 2016
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    my kids would love this for family game night

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    Rachel Craig
    1st March 2016
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    The children would enjoy playing the game.

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    Ashleigh Allan
    2nd March 2016
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    sounds a great game

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    Lisa Everaert
    2nd March 2016
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    The kids love the look of this. Great Giveaway.

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    jennifer thorpe
    2nd March 2016
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    my kids would love this

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    emma walters
    2nd March 2016
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    this looks great for hubby’s birthday off my boys

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    Caroline Williams
    2nd March 2016
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    This would be fab! The kids would find it hilarious as I’m always saying “Shhhh! Don’t wake dad” 🙂

  19. Avatar
    Elizabeth Hinds
    2nd March 2016
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    Fab giveaway – my girls would absolutely love this game! 🙂

  20. Avatar
    Christine Caple
    2nd March 2016
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    It seems like a great game!

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    Chris Andrews
    2nd March 2016
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    can’t wait to play this with my grandsons . . . . .while daddy really is snoring in the corner

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    Sarah Mackay
    2nd March 2016
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    Brilliant giveaway

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    Ruby Spiteri
    2nd March 2016
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    Looks a great game x

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    jason wills
    2nd March 2016
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    Looks a interesting game

  25. Avatar
    3rd March 2016
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    Would love to try this game out – looks like fun!

  26. Avatar
    Ruth Tesdale
    3rd March 2016
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    My grandsons would love this

  27. Avatar
    3rd March 2016
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    This looks like great fun

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    Sarah Parkin
    3rd March 2016
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    Great game especially if it teaches the kids to be quiet even for a little while!

  29. Avatar
    Ruth Harwood
    4th March 2016
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    This would be awesome for family time!!

  30. Avatar
    Jo Carroll
    4th March 2016
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    Working shifts with my other half I can definately see where you are coming from when you say the game has certain strong similarities with real life 😉 A lot more fun to play though. x

  31. Avatar
    Alison Joyce
    4th March 2016
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    My daughter would love this game

  32. Avatar
    JULIE WARD
    4th March 2016
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    Grandson has been after this game for months

  33. Avatar
    MANDY DOHERTY
    5th March 2016
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    My grandsons would really enjoy this game x

  34. Avatar
    Jo Hutchinson
    6th March 2016
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    This game looks like great fun.

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    Stevie
    6th March 2016
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    I don’t think the game could wake my dad up when he’s snoring away.

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    Lyla
    6th March 2016
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    We’d love to try this game

  37. Avatar
    Solange
    6th March 2016
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    Sounds like a fun game.

  38. Avatar
    Jo Glasspool
    6th March 2016
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    My kids think this game looks ace!

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    Natalie Gillham
    7th March 2016
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    My partners sons would love to play this, thanks for the chance to win it.

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    Lynn heath
    7th March 2016
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    Sounds like a great game, my kids love a good ole row over a board game! They both cheat and then get offended when the other one doesn’t play by the rules either!!!!!

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    Phyllis Ellett
    7th March 2016
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    What a great looking game, fun for all.

  42. Avatar
    Lucy Chester
    7th March 2016
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    This looks such a great game

  43. Avatar
    Ema J Lowe
    7th March 2016
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    sounds like a good game for the whole family to play.

  44. Avatar
    Margaret Clarkson
    8th March 2016
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    Sounds like good fun!

  45. Avatar
    9th March 2016
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    Looks like so much fun had something similar when I was a child my daughter would love this games hours of laughs and fun

  46. Avatar
    kimberley ryan
    9th March 2016
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    Looks like great fun, my little ones would really enjoy this.

  47. Avatar
    Samantha Loughlin
    9th March 2016
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    Looks awesome

  48. Avatar
    gemma hendry
    10th March 2016
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    game looks a lot of fun thanks for the chance

  49. Avatar
    michelle o'neill
    10th March 2016
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    Looks a good game x

  50. Avatar
    11th March 2016
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    Fab prize!

  51. Avatar
    Susan B
    12th March 2016
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    I have been tempted to buy one of these before as it sounds such fun. Thanks for the giveaway.

  52. Avatar
    Laura Nice
    12th March 2016
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    Would love this for my nieces!

  53. Avatar
    Jayne Kelsall
    13th March 2016
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    Looks like a great game that the kids would enjoy

  54. Avatar
    sherri hough
    13th March 2016
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    between my two kids and my boyfriends four kids this game would sure get a lot of use out of!

  55. Avatar
    Kim Neville
    14th March 2016
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    Looks a fun game my kids would love playing

  56. Avatar
    rebecca austin
    14th March 2016
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    Looks like fun, my daughter would love this

  57. Avatar
    Anna Brown
    14th March 2016
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    This game would be great for our family games nights 🙂

  58. Avatar
    Sheri Darby
    14th March 2016
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    This looks great fun

  59. Avatar
    Karl Borowy
    15th March 2016
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    FUN FOR ALL

  60. Avatar
    jo liddement
    15th March 2016
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    There’s nothing like a good family game to liven up the evenings

  61. This looks a fun game – my nephew would love to play this!

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    Alison MacDonald
    15th March 2016
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    This looks great fun my grandchildren would love it 🙂

  63. Avatar
    Victoria Prince
    15th March 2016
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    This game sounds so much fun, definitely one on our list!

  64. Avatar
    Jayne Townson
    15th March 2016
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    This looks good, thanks for the giveaway.

  65. Avatar
    sandy ralph
    15th March 2016
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    my grandson would love this game

  66. Avatar
    Vicky Loveday
    15th March 2016
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    What a fab game, kids will love it. Thank you

  67. Avatar
    Diana
    15th March 2016
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    Would love to win 🙂

  68. Avatar
    Helen A
    15th March 2016
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    My nieces would be well entertained with this!!

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    Jennifer Rhymer
    15th March 2016
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    This game looks fun!

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    jessica cook
    15th March 2016
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    I’m sure my kids would love that

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    Emma Perry
    15th March 2016
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    This game looks like so much fun!

  72. Avatar
    Hayley Colburn
    15th March 2016
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    My kids need to practice this in real life!!

    They’ve actually seen it advertised on Nick JR and said they want it so fingers crossed, thanks 😀

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    Jane Middleton
    15th March 2016
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    thanks for the giveaway

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    sarah rowland
    15th March 2016
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    this looks like a real fun family game i could play with my boys

  75. Avatar
    ellie spider
    16th March 2016
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    I have a copy of this game from like the 80’s lol it a great game 😀

  76. Avatar
    nicola james
    16th March 2016
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    looks like a fab fun game

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    Angie McDonald
    16th March 2016
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    This looks really funny and a game I know all the family could play together and enjoy!

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    emma sewell
    16th March 2016
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    My Son would love this game , thanks for the chance to win x

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    Karen Laing
    16th March 2016
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    I love playing board games with my grandchildren and they seem to love them too.When they visit they’re always asking what games will we play today.This would be a wonderful addition to Granny’s games cupboard.Thanks for the great competition and I just hope I can be lucky x

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    Chris Fletcher
    16th March 2016
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    Looks like fun, better than playing the real version!

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    jackie curran
    16th March 2016
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    This looks a fun family game

  82. Avatar
    Craig Boneham
    16th March 2016
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    This looks so much fun!

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    Jackie Dawson
    16th March 2016
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    I’d have a very happy niece if i won this, looks like such a fun game!

  84. Avatar
    Lynsey Buchanan
    16th March 2016
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    This would be a great addition to our games collection.

  85. Avatar
    stephanie Campbell
    16th March 2016
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    this game would be great for family night

  86. Avatar
    tammi nutting
    16th March 2016
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    looks great fun

  87. Avatar
    Natalie Crossan
    16th March 2016
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    This looks like a great game xx

  88. Avatar
    Steven Beasley
    16th March 2016
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    LOOKS REALLY GOOD FUN. THANK YOU

  89. Avatar
    Kelly cooper
    16th March 2016
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    looks great fun. Thanks fingers crossed !

  90. Avatar
    Kirsty Woods
    16th March 2016
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    Fab game, my daughter would love it

  91. Avatar
    Gem Cook
    16th March 2016
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    My kids would love this.
    Thank you for the chance ☺

  92. Avatar
    Caroline Buckley
    16th March 2016
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    My son would love this!

  93. Avatar
    LEE HARDY
    16th March 2016
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    Always on the look out for new games to play.

  94. Avatar
    16th March 2016
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    Fantastic family game

  95. Avatar
    Sarah Archibald
    16th March 2016
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    This sounds great!

  96. Avatar
    Katie
    16th March 2016
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    This looks fun! 🙂

  97. Avatar
    16th March 2016
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    Looks excellent and I know we would have lots of fun with this!

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    Chris Fliss
    16th March 2016
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    Would make a great addition to our family games night stock 🙂

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