Thursday, 26 July 2012

Peek-A-Boo , I found you!

Hello viewers. Today i am going to share with you on a new game called "Hide & Seek". It used to be a well known game to play for kids or even some teenagers to play to pass their time. However, what it seems to be is that kids these days to pass their time, instead of playing games like thses, they are stuck onto technology gadgets such as playing the games on iphone or through the net. I shall now re-introduce to you viewers to recall back the past and hopefully reach out to the kids and let the game be "revived"once again.

This game is suitable for all ages above the age of 3. However, it is best to have adults accompanying if the kids are playing to ensure their safety as there are cases of tragedy caused when playing "Hide & Seek". It is best to play it at a bigger space with so that there is more place to hide.

So this is how the game goes :
  1. There must be at least 2 players in this game.
  2. Out of the number of players, pick one to be the catcher.
  3. Then the catcher will start to count till a given amount of time decided by all the players.
  4. The catcher must not pick and countdown to 0 before catching the players who are hiding.
  5. While counting , the catcher will shout "Ready or not, here i come" and search for the players
  6. When the cather is done coutingdown, the catcher have to find the other players
  7. When the players are found, they have to follow the catcher to find the remaining players till everyone is found.
  8. And the game repeats again! :)
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Wednesday, 25 July 2012

Aeroplane Chess

Aeroplane Chess(飞行) is a Chinese cross-and-circle board game. It is similar to the western game of Ludo and the Indian game of Pachisi. Developed in the 20th century, Aeroplane Chess features airplanes as pieces instead of the more abstract pawns and beehive-shaped pieces found in the games from which it is derived.

An aeroplane chess game board features 4 starting “hangars” in each corner. There is a “track” of 52 spaces circumventing the board and 4 “home zones”, each leading from the track to the “end spaces” at the centre of the board. The board is evenly divides between 4 colours. There are also 4 sets of 4 coloured airplane pieces. The colours used are typically red, yellow, blue and green.

There are usually 2 to 4 players. The objective of the game is to try be the first to get all your own plane pieces from the hangars into the base of your own colour(located in the centre of the board). This games requires the players to identify the optimal moves. Each player takes a turn by rolling the die. 
On a turn, a player may do the following:
-Taxi a piece out of the hangar onto the board. This can only be done by rolling an even number.
-Move a piece that's on the board clockwise around the track, the number of spaces indicated by the die.

Additional rules:
A roll of 6, whether it's used to enter or move a piece, gives that player another roll. A second 6 gives the player a third roll. If the player rolls a third 6, the piece(s) moved by the two previous 6s are sent back to the hangar.

If a player's piece lands on a space that already has one of his own airplanes, those pieces can be stacked together. Depending on house rules determined by all the players, airplanes that are stacked then move together as one unit or only move singly. When stacked pieces are sent back to their hangar by an opponent landing on them, they are no longer stacked. When a player's piece lands on a space with an opponent's airplane, the opponent's airplane is attacked and sent back to their hangar. When a player's piece lands on an opponent's stack of airplanes, then all those stacked airplanes are sent back to the hanger. When a plane lands on a space of its own colour, it immediately jumps to the next space of its own colour.

There are additional "shortcut" squares. When a plane lands on one of these of its own colour, it may take the shortcut. Any opposing planes in the path of the shortcut are sent back to their hangars. This may also be done in succession with the previous rule, with a jump leading to shortcut. Some also play that a direct land on a shortcut may be followed by a jump.

To end the game, the planes must fly into the centre base on an exact roll. When a plane does so, it is placed back into its hangar, facing down, to indicate that it is done for the game. The first player to get all four of their planes to the centre of the board wins. The remaining players play until there is only one loser.

Readers, have you all played Aeroplane Chess before? I remember always playing it with my friends back in primary school days! It was always available in the bookshop for $1.50 only, and the packaging is small and compact ^^

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Tuesday, 24 July 2012

What's the time, Mr Wolf?

Hello again!
Today I will be blogging about this game called "What's the time, Mr wolf." This game is different from my other blog posts as this game does not require any materials but just a few playing companions. I am sure many of you have played this game before when you were young. Although it is just a very simple game, we all had fun don't we? :)

Let us recall how this game is played.
Firstly, one player is chosen to to be "Mr wolf" and will be standing a distance away from the rest with his/her back facing them. The other players would then call out "What's the time, Mr wolf?" and Mr wolf will shout out a time (For example, 5 o'clock) and the players would take 5 steps forward. This goes on until "Mr wolf" decides to shout "DINNER TIME". When this happens, "Mr wolf" would turn back and start chasing the other players who will be running back to the starting line.When he/she catches someone before they reach the finishing line, that person will then become "Mr wolf".

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Monday, 23 July 2012


Jacks, or Knuclebones, Is a game very similar to five stones. Except that it is played with a ball.  The idea of the game was to throw the rubber ball in the air with one hand. And whilst the ball is mid-air, the player uses the same hand to pick up as many of the 10 jacks as possible and catch the ball back, with the ball bouncing only once. 

This game is usually played by 1-4 players, and has been played since ancient Egypt! This game would help kids improve their hand-eye co-ordination and their reflexes. This game is usually played by kids back in the 1980's and since then, with the introduction of electronic devices, the population of the game has faded out into history.

Step 1: If there are 2 players playing, the players will sit facing each other. If there are 3 or more players, then sit in a circle. Decide the order of play, and the first player will gently throw all 10 jacks onto the game floor, to scatter the jacks.

Step 2: The first player will throw the ball in the air with one hand and pick up one jack from the floor while the ball is mid-air. And at the same time, catch the ball back into the hand. This is all done with one hand. So be sure to use your most dominant hand!

Step 3. If the player succeeds, he or she puts the picked up jack into the other hand and gets to go again. This process is repeated until all the jacks have been picked up, the player that picks up all 10 jacks, wins the game!

Step 4. If. however, the player fails the catch back the ball. He or she puts back all picked up jacks back onto the floor. And it is then the next players turn to try to pick up all 10 jacks. And gameplay continues in this fashion, until there is a winner.

The game could be customised by adding your own rules! For instance, instead of picking up 1 jack at a time, players can make the game more challenging by picking up 2,3 or even all 10 jacks at a time! Feel free to modify the game yourself. If you are a new players, you could play by yourself first to practice. The more your practice, the better you'll be! Once you feel that you are good enough, you may want to challenge your parents. Just for old times sake. 

Here is a video by Howcast that further explains other methods on how this game is played.

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Sunday, 22 July 2012

You're the Old Maid!

"Old maid" brings back memories of fun children's card games that elicited giggles and squeals. The game is played with 2 or more players. There are more than one version of this game but the one I remembered playing when I was young was with the deck of cards that has pictures on it. All the cards comes in a matching pair except for the "old maid" card. 

How to play: 
1. The dealer deals the cards to all the players.
2. The dealer would be the first person to start. He/she offers the card spread face down to the player on the left. The player then selects a card and adds it to his/her hand. 
3. If there is a pair(cards with the same picture), lay the cards down on the floor/table top.
4. The player who just took a card then offers her cards spread face down to the next player to her left, and this goes on in a clockwise direction. If you have discarded all your cards, you are safe and have cleared the game.
5. The game goes on until all the cards has been laid down. And the player with the old maid card loses.

Tips on playing:  Try to keep a straight face if you get the 
Old Maid. Don’t let the other players know you have it! :P

Remembered playing this game when I was much younger. We would often make fun of the person holding on to "old maid" card by calling him or her old maid. 

There are other games which are similar to old maid. For example, happy family, donkey, and snap.
Happy Family game by Hee Trading, Malaysia, 1984<-- Happy Family

Snap game by Hee Trading, Malaysia, 1984<-- Snap

Do these games look familiar to you? :)
Visit the links below for more information about these games.

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