Disclosure: This product was sent to us free of charge for the purpose of this review. However, as per my disclaimer, this review represents our honest opinion of the product.
Product: Cake Monster by Orchard Toys
Age Range: 3 years+
Manufacturer’s Description: Collect and count and you fill your cake stand, but watch out there’s a Cake Monster about! Will you feed the monster or collect the cakes for yourself? There are two ways to play this exciting counting game, as you learn your numbers up to ten.
Review: Georgie and Lydia are both big fans of Orchard Toys games, so when we were offered a game to review they were delighted. Cake Monster is aimed at 3 years+, and Lydia (who isn’t 3 until the end of February) has had no trouble with it – in fact both girls absolutely love it & ask to play it a lot!
Inside the box you get four cake stand boards, 40 cake cards, a spinner, a cake reference board, and the 3D cake monster. To stand the cake monster up, you simply slot his legs into his body. There are 10 different type of cake, each type representing a number from 1 to 10 – simply count the toppings. On one side is an illustration of the cake, and on the other is the same illustration, but desaturated a bit with the relevant number on top. Once of each type of cake has a monster on the back, instead of a number.
There are two ways to play Cake Monster – we will often play one version of the game and then flip the cake stand boards over and play the other. They are both simple enough for both Georgie and Lydia to understand and after a few plays through each they very rarely need reminding of the rules or how to play.
In the first game, the aim is to fill your cake stand up by collecting cakes – when you spin you find a cake for that number and check the back. If it is a number, you get to keep it – unless you already have that cake on your stand, no duplicates allowed – but, if it has the monster on the back you have to feed the cake to the 3D monster, complete with “munch-munch-munch” sound effects.
The second game is a bit like bingo; you start with a full board and as each player spins, all players get to remove any cakes with the number that is spun to the cake monster. Lydia adores this version of the game as there is lots and lots of cake munching! The winner is the player that feeds all their cakes to the monster first.
Cake Monster is a really good game for practising counting & number recognition skills. Younger players can refer to the cake reference cake that helps them match up cakes to the right number, but for older players you can leave that in the box and rely more fully on their counting skills. At the moment, for Lydia, we are using this key card – but it wouldn’t surprise me if we can manage without it very soon as she is getting very confident at counting up to ten, in part thanks to this game, I am sure.
We have had loads of fun playing both versions of Cake Monster, and I can see that it will be a firm favourite for years to come. The fact you can play two games with the same parts is great value for money and keeps it fresh & fun.
5 stars for this great offering from Orchard Toys. Be warned though; it might have you hankering for a cupcake!