The aim of the game is to move your counter around the board, even across the 3D Dad's tummy, until you reach the fridge where you can pinch a very tempting slice of cake. Be careful though, if you disturb Dad as you go past then he'll wake up with a jump and you'll have to return to the start...
Each player selects a playing piece and moves around the board by use of a spinner, travelling to the next available square with the matching colour. If the spinner points to '+' then you can take a card from another player, if it shows the slippers then you move to the space ahead of the leading player.
This is a lovely spinner that works incredibly well. The little characters and the playing cards are all well made and really nicely illustrated. As with most of the electronic games from Drumond Park, Sshh! Don't Wake Dad! requires 3 x AAA batteries - for the sound and to activate the 'waking' of Dad.
Most spaces then require you to press the alarm clock beside the bed a given number of times - if the alarm goes off then Dad wakes up! Caught players return to the start, but are given a card matching the square that foiled them, protecting them from that obstacle in the future.
If the player is positioned on the bed when Dad wakes up, they're knocked (temporarily) right off the board. It's actually pretty funny when this happens and exactly the sort of thing a 5 or 7 year old loves.
To continue play you just turn him over and put him back to bed...
Each round only takes about 15 minutes and gameplay is so simple you can play straightaway out of the box, so Sshh! Don't Wake Dad! is a great family game for playing with younger players - even if they do get so into it that they want to sit on the table!
We've really enjoyed playing Sshh! Don't Wake Dad!. Because each failed attempt to get to the fridge means another card and therefore another 'safe square', it gets easier and quicker each attempt and is never frustrating.
Sshh! Don't wake Dad! has a 'snoring' sound playing throughout, until Dad wakes up. This adds another dimension and makes you jump even more when he does wake up! There's a lot of laughing with this game. There are also quite a few 'nooooooo' moments when you are nearly at the cake and get sent back..
Sshh! Don't Wake Dad! is available from all good games stockists instore and online and has a recommended price of £22.99.
Drumond Park offered a copy of Sshh! Don't Wake Dad! as a giveaway prize, that giveaway is now over. To see my live giveaways please go to my giveaways page...