This week, I am reviewing Hiss, a colorful snake-making game my 4 year-old recently received as a gift for his birthday.
The game is suggested for ages 4 and up and for 2 – 5 players. The typical game last 15 minutes.
At first glance this game seems a little difficult for the typical 4 year-old. The directions could have been written much clearer. We moved slowly through our first game, checking the directions often, to make sure we were playing it correctly. Initially, my 4 year-old son did not have the attention span for it. But after seeing daddy, mommy, and his big brother play a few rounds he was ready to jump back into the action. And we all understood the directions much better.
I love that this game is easy enough to play for younger children. There are no words to read and nothing to remember other than a few basic rules. It’s basically a game of chance. As each member pulls a card with a snake body part everyone works together to build a snake. If you are the lucky player to complete the snake you win that snake and get to make a fun hissing sound. In the end the winner is the one with the most snake card pieces.
It’s great that after a few rounds playing, the kids can play together with only minimal supervision. Ideal for those times when you have to make a phone call, get a meal on the table, or something else.
It’s a game that teaches. Kids learn to understand patterns and colors and how to match them up. They get to learn about animals when they make snake sounds. And at the end of the game players practice counting up their pieces to see whose won. Plus there is also that important lesson of taking turns and being a good sport.
It’s a game that rates high for me in terms of safety and durability. The only playing pieces are the cards themselves. They are made from hard cardboard and are the size of a typical playing card from a deck of cards. I like that they will withstand the abuse they are sure to see from my 3 boys. The box is still in one piece too. :D I also have to say I love the fact that there are no pieces my 2 year-old will choke on or that will stab me in the foot during those late night walks across the playroom. ;)
At $12.99, it’s a value and definately worth adding to your collection. There are not too many games at this price range that are so durable, safe, and fun for kids of all ages. I can’t say I’ve seen it in the toy stores but a search online should provide you with some good sources to purchase it from. Trust me, you’ll be glad you did. Hissssss…This content, authored by Jennifer Auer, was originally written for Professor of Play, August 2010.