A couple months ago a friend of mine was having a SimplyFun party. I wasn't able to make it which is unfortunate because I wanted to try out some of the games. Instead, she gave me a catalog to look over.
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which I found very helpful, as well as his geeklist SimplyFun Board Games From Designers Geeks Know that details popular designers of SimplyFun games.
You have paid retail for the last time.
The human race, to which so many of my readers belong, has been playing at children's games from the beginning, and will probably do it till the end, which is a nuisance for the few people who grow up. - GKC
As we look over the catalog, my son, who loves all things archeological, selected Pairamid by Knizia and my husband chose Bank It! because it teaches the kids to save money for the things you want. It is an important lesson now that they are 7 and 9, because they need to realize we, as parents, don't make things magically appear.
Pairamid is a roll and move game where we have the option of moving our markers or our opponents markers to gain or lose money. This option allows for decision making not present in a basic roll and move. However, Pairamid is a very simple game, maybe a little too simple for my seven year old who loves playing The Adventurers: The Temple of Chac. My son did enjoy the game.
Bank It! was quite a hit with the whole family. I was very impressed with it and enjoyed playing. The concept of the game is quite simple, save money to buy a bike. However, along the way, you must select and donate to a charity and make a purchase at each of the four stores. The charities, I think, were a nice touch and the selections to pick from where general enough that they would appeal to anyone regardless of your beliefs or political leanings. The charities included hospital, children, environment, and animals. The board is very attractive and fits inside the box. There is a box that sits in the center of the board where you put the money after your purchases.
To collect money, you must land on a bank it space to select a card that will say things like, "Earn $2.30 for washing the car." You can also collect more money through interest after putting money in the bank.
Having spent time at the laundry mat during our college days, my husband was a little surprised to collect money for doing laundry; however, he realized that if either of our sons did laundry, we'd definitely pay them. This is a children's game. You can't factor in every cost.
It was funny watching my son try frantically getting to a store when an item that he desired and had the money for was available. He ended up purchasing a pizza, a comic book, and a stuffed animal during the game; however, he was sad when he drew bank it cards about selling his old toys and books at garage sales. He didn't get a chance to purchase from the sporting goods store because I won after having deposited money early in the game and had been collecting interest throughout the game.