Wednesday, October 19, 2011

MERMAID BEACH card game review


  • Ages 6 and up
  • 2 to 5 players
  • Playing time: About 15 minutes

How to Play
Soak up the fun down at Mermaid Beach! Swim along with Swirly Shirley, Betsy Bubbles, Rip Rider, and a colorful cast of undersea characters as you try to collect the most seashell cards. Watch out for sneaky waves and icky seaweed along the way. Most of all - don’t get caught holding the sea monster at the end of the game!

They say that the ocean is the inspiration for countless works of great art. Such is the case with Mermaid Beach, a game that came about while 8-year-old Emily Ehlers spent an entire year living aboard a sailboat and travelling the world by sea. Emily, along with help from her brothers, Jake and Drew, came up this wildly imaginative card game that has all elements of a great Gamewright game: fantastic art, whimsical characters, and a set of rules that are easy to learn, yet engaging enough to lure you back for more. No word whether Emily visited a real Mermaid Beach during her trip, but if so, we hopes she returns there someday to teach the mermaids her game!


This game reminds me of Go Fish and Old Maid combined but with some fun new twists like mean mermaids and sneaker waves.  The really great thing bout this game is that kids invented it for kids!  We did try to play this game with my youngest and she had a little difficulty with the remembering the rules but she is under the target age of six.  But the great thing about this game is they give you an alternate way to play in the rules where you can take out the mean mermaids and sneaker waves and it makes it much easier for younger kids to play too.  My daughters really loved this game and I can not wait for my youngest to get older so they can play it the way it was intended too.  I am sure they will love it even more.

This game is perfect for kids who love card games.  It would make a great vacation game if your family is like mine and takes along games just in case it rains or something on vacation.  You can purchase the game online at Gamewright for $ 10.99.  Also you can go here to see a list of retailers.  So hurry out an grab Mermaid Beach and use it as a  Stocking Stuffer for the kids.

* I received the above mentioned product solely for review purposes.  The above mentioned opinion is completley honest and completely my own.

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