The box is a really cute and whimsical. It even said 3D action, so I was excited about what that meant.
I opened the box , in front of my kids, and started to read the directions. With the lack of equipment involved with the game, I thought I would be able to read the directions in front of my kids. Unfortunately, the directions were quite long winded for such a short game.
You also needed to put the stickers on the dice because they weren't already put on (which kind of seemed silly to me). Also, stickers get ripped off of things pretty quickly in my household, so I felt this would not be very durable. The stickers were 2 hay (for the houses), 1 stick, 1 pig, 1 wolf and 1 brick. The sticks and bricks were hard to tell apart, but doable with the little block outlines.
The basics of the game is 3 players. First you need to roll a pig, then you put it in the stand. Then you have to roll hay, sticks and then the winner picks the brick. Meanwhile, other players may be able to get the wolf and blow down your house and you start all over.
The stick house was more narrower than the hay house (as you can see in this pic). Giggles has the stick house and Munchie has the hay house. This didn't make much sense to me, as the brick house was the widest of all the houses, and I would have thought it would make more sense for balance for the houses to also go up in size so they were least likely to be knocked down.
Giggles, four, was able to put the houses and pigs in the stand without much help.
The "3D" action was the wolf. That was a big let down. It was basically a bath toy that squirted air.
Dimples, 7, didn't have enough to power it, and my hubby and I could get it hard enough to puff and blow a house down, but it took a little bit. We ended up giving one blow out of our mouths across the table to see if we could knock down the house.
The dice was hard to get anywhere with since your chances of moving up to the next house was 1/6 for sticks and brick, and the game just went on too long. Dimples and Giggles lost interest after about 6 rounds. I think an actual board game when you moved a piece to get into a different type of house would have made this game a little more action packed. There wasn't much skill involved in it, it was mostly luck. The instructions were very longwinded, but could have been cut down to make more sense as well.
The other issue is on some of the boxes, it shows four people. The game only has stands for three players.
The game was just ok, but I think it could be better with a adding in more action, a better dice system and just letting the kids huff and puff their opponents down instead.