In the box we have 128 assorted plastic playing pieces, the Dig In! bowl, a 15 second timer, 12 press-out double sided Dig In! cards, and the instruction booklet.
The playing pieces are a little crazy. There are 32 different items in each of the 4 colours, including such eclectic things as rocket, button, guitar and doughnut. I used to work with deaf children 3-5, and my first thought on seeing these was how utterly brilliant they would be when teaching language.
The bowl works incredibly well. I thought there'd be bits flying everywhere, but nope - they stay in the bowl. When you have several hands in there at once it gets a bit exciting, but it generally all stays in place, and it's actually easy, if a little confusing to try to collect your pieces.
The pieces you need to collect depend on the card which you are dealt. Each card shows 6 of the items, one side in colour and the other greyed out (you decide which side will be used before you start). A matching item of any colour is considered a match for the greyed side, whereas the colour side needs to be the same.
You only get 15 seconds initially to try and collect your pieces, and that's where the timer comes in. A very neat press-down button which buzzes when your time is up.
The aim of the game is simple, be the first to collect your 6 items to win. Once each player has taken their initial 15 second turn, as long as no-one has already won, all players can immediately use 1 hand to try and find the rest of their items.
Dig In! is recommended for age 8+, and that's probably right because it could descend into chaos if a group of younger children tried to play. I think it's okay for younger school-age children to play alongside grown ups though.
It's a good game, and the playing pieces are fascinating. A lot harder than you think, especially under the time pressure, this is a nice warm up for a games night and great for older children to play together, or with adults. Really good value, and with scope to adapt the game and create your own rules (wear a blindfold/use the wrong hand/best of 7 etc.) to extend gameplay.
Dig In! is available to buy now, rrp £19.99. For stockists see the Drumond Park website. For more information about the games for older members of your family, and to share adult's game experiences, visit the Drumond Park 'Not So Quiet Night In' blog.
Drumond Park have kindly offered a copy of Dig In! for one of my readers. Entry to the giveaway is by Gleam form below. You will find help with Gleam, as well as all of my awesome Christmas Present Giveaways here...
The giveaway is open to UK entrants only and will end at midnight Sunday December 4th. For full terms and conditions please see the bottom of the Gleam form.
Dig In! Family Game From Drumond Park (8+) Giveaway