Don't Laugh! is the latest board game we've been sent to review by Drumond Park. Aimed at young people aged 8+, the winner(s) will be those who manage not to laugh!
The game is played on a board with up to 4 players or teams of players. Every time it's your turn you take a joke card from the centre of the board, read a joke and try to make your opponents laugh.
You also have the option to press buttons on the dummy microphone to make crazy noises, depending on where your counter is on the board. The noises include laughing, farting and my favourite - saying silly phrases.
There's a timer on the microphone, and for anyone who laughs or cracks a smile (depending on how strict you are), you move a space forward. The first person or team to reach the final space on the board is the winner.
We've played in teams and as individuals, and I prefer teams. The more people who play, the easier it is to get a contagious laugh and score well. The game is open to variation, which is excellent. We've played with 8 players in 4 teams and scoring a 6 really boosts your points!
Don't Laugh! is not my personal favourite Drumond Park game. As an adult you have to be in the right mood to play, or it can fall flat. There are 200 joke cards with 6 jokes on each, and they are Christmas Crackerish and by my age I've heard a lot of them before.
I think Don't Laugh! will definitely work best with young groups of friends, and having pre-teen children playing who haven't heard any of the jokes before really is a bonus. The suggested age group of 8+ is right, and it's 8-12 year olds who will get most from this game, and those who play with them. As children reach that stage where they really understand the concept of jokes is absolutely ideal to buy them Don't Laugh!
We found that with teens and adults most of the really big laughs came when a card was read wrongly, a 'deadpan expression' made someone look daft, or a joke was so bad that someone complained - but however it happens, a laugh is still a laugh!
Don't Laugh! has an RRP of £19.99 and, as with all Drumond Park games, is available from a multitude of toy retailers including Amazon, Tesco, ASDA, Entertainer, John Lewis, Smyths, WH Smith, Toys R Us and Toymaster.
We were sent our copy of Don't Laugh! for review, and Drumond Park have kindly offered another copy as a prize to one of my readers.
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