The National Parenting Center

SEAL OF APPROVAL WINNER

Spring 2021

Candy Collections!


Candy Collections! is a fun family game that both children and adults will enjoy. The game itself is well-made. The character pieces are strong and solid, with no cardboard characters that stick into plastic bases. The board game, cards, and pieces are all vibrant colors with cute illustrations that put a smile on our tester’s faces. As for gameplay, Candy Collections! provides lots of laughs as players collect candy and steal it from others. The fun twist happens when you draw a “veggie,” and you lose points. OK, some parents aren’t going to be thrilled by casting vegetables as bad guys, but it’s all good fun. The game has an extra special back story; it was created by a 10-year-old girl who was looking for a way to keep her brothers busy during summertime. How cool is that? Parents felt that the age recommendation of 5 years or older is spot on. Though this game does involve some strategy, it’s really not all that complicated, and it’s certainly easy enough for a 5-year-old to play (though they will probably need help reading the board and cards). Another nice design feature that testers noted was that the spaces and cards have nice big letters, and the words are simple enough for new readers to catch onto. As a bonus, the game also introduces fundamental math skills when players add and subtract candies. Cleanup is quick and easy as the box has a plastic insert with specific spaces for all of the game elements to be stored. This ensures that the pieces don’t get all jumbled together in the box between storage and the next time you pull it out to play. Parents felt confident that kids and adults of all ages will enjoy playing this game together, making it a good candidate for your next Family Game Night.

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Recommended Age: 5 and up
Price: $ 24.99

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Parents and children, experience and review submitted products and services either already released or coming to market.

Participants fill out questionnaires for each product or service they test. They score based on 13 levels of criteria including quality, appeal, design, price, packaging, directions, desirability, stimulation, replay factor and more. Results are based on both statistical averaging and comments received by testers.

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