Playtime: Taskmaster The Board Game | Review

Baking sourdough. Reading challenges. Gardening. These are some of the things I have done a bit more of during lockdown. It came as no surprise to me to learn that sales of board games and puzzles are up 100% since last year, as people look for new ways to fill their time. From the classic games like Monopoly and Cluedo, to newer ones like Taskmaster which was sent to us to review. 

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Honestly, it can be such a challenge to get my children away from their devices, especially during school holidays this past year when we haven't been able to do even a fraction of the things we normally would. If we're at home, they simply default to screens much to my despair! With such a range of ages, finding something that they can all enjoy can often be tricky. 

Taskmaster The Board Game is based on the hit entertainment show hosted by Greg Davies and Alex Horne. Even if you've never watched it, I'm sure you will have heard of it. The Taskmaster sets a random and bizarre challenge and whoever completes it fastest/the best wins. It's hilarious! The game brings the essence of the show to your home, with similar but more achievable tasks.

There is a board which has a vague layout of a house and piles of task cards are placed in the appropriate room. The tasks are: kitchen, garden, living room, lab (hence me saying vague as who has a lab in their actual house!), plus secret and final tasks. There is a leaderboard where each player can draw a self-portrait to go in the frame which then acts as your player piece. There is also a Taskmaster piece.

Whoever is the Taskmaster puts the piece in a room and then chooses a task from the pile. The other players have to complete said task and the winner of that task is whoever does it the best or the quickest, depending on what the card says. You can use the whiteboard pen that comes with the game to keep score on the self-portraits. There are only 5 player pieces, but I see no reason why you couldn't have more players if you kept score on a notepad instead.

The game is suitable for children aged 8+, but even my youngest loves it and she isn't even 4 yet! We do go a little off script with the game, so I am the Taskmaster every time and I deliberately shuffle through the cards to select the tasks that I think they will all manage and enjoy. 

The tasks are hilarious and the children can get quite competitive! Some of their favourites have been: running to get a loo roll and then bowling it across the living room floor; crouching down to see who can jump up closest to when the toaster pops; trying to get a teaspoon from their mouth to their foot without using their hands. I have never laughed as much as when we play this game!

Taskmaster The Board Game is made by Ginger Fox and available to buy from retailers such as John Lewis and Amazon.

What games do your children enjoy?

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