We love board games in the geek family, and so we are delighted to be working with French independent games publisher Megableu in the run up to Christmas to review some of their products. They have kicked of this campaign in a suitable style for Halloween, sending us two of their more spooky games – Creepy Hand and Ghost Hunt Evolution.
Creepy Hand is a very child-friendly game based on the age-old classic “truth or dare”. The unique twist to the Megableu game is that it comes with a little motorised hand (think Thing from the Addams Family) which turns about in a circle and points in a random direction to determine whose turn it is. When it’s your turn one of the other players picks a play card, reads you the truth and the dare, and you have the choice of either telling the truth or completing the dare. The other players are your judges – if they consider you have answered adequately you win the card. But if they judge you to have answered poorly you have to complete the forfeit printed on the card, and you don’t get to keep it. The winner is the first person to collect 6 cards.
All the truth/dare/forfeit options are completely child friendly, and you might learn some things about your children you didn’t know. I was impressed when the geekdaughter’s answer to “which historical person do you most admire” was “Leonardo da Vinci”. “Because he was very clever, Mummy” she said!
Set up was very easy. The hand requires 3 AA batteries, which are not included in the box, and will require adult assistance to install due to the battery cover being screwed down. Once the batteries are fitted this is the kind of game that the kids can get out and play entirely on their own (although if your kids are anything like mine you may need to loiter close by in case arguments break out over whether any particular truth or dare was completed satisfactorily!).
Here is a video of us setting up and playing Creepy Hand
Creepy Hand is a game for 2-6 players, and the recommended age for players is 7 and older. The 5 year old geekson quite enjoyed playing, but he didn’t have the patience to stick around for the whole game, and his reading isn’t good enough yet to read the cards. So I think the recommended age is a sensible one for this game. Creepy Hand has a recommended retail price of £24.99, and is available from a selection of retailers. As usual I recommend shopping around to find the best price available – for example it is currently available on Amazon (affiliate link) for £21.99.
Ghost Hunt Evolution
Ghost Hunt Evolution allows you to turn the lights out and go ghost (and bat) hunting. It comes with a rotating skull projector which can turn a complete 360 degrees, projecting images all around the room – your challenge is to shoot them with the gun. It is a timed challenge, which lasts about a minute, during which time the gun keeps track of your score, and displays it at the end. Ghosts are worth 1 point each, and bats earn you 3 points (but they are much harder to shoot as they move around whereas the ghosts stay still). For best effect this game is best played in the dark, with the skull projector placed in the centre of the room.
I thought this game would be much more up the geekson’s street, and he was initially excited about it, but he’s afraid of the dark and so once we turned the lights out he retreated to the hall and refused to come and play. The geekdaddy and the geekdaughter both had great fun though.
The thing to watch out for with this game is that you must ensure the projector and gun are synchronised to each other before you start, otherwise the gun won’t interact or score. To synchronise you need to make sure you take the required steps in the correct order – switch on projector, then press the gun trigger, then select the difficulty level (1, 2 or 3). The skull then projects a flashing bat for a few seconds which you need to shoot, and then the game begins. We found if we didn’t manage the synchronisation on the first attempt we could just press the difficulty button on the skull again to restart it. Initially we needed one of the adults to do this for the kids, but once we got it sussed the geekdaughter could manage it on her own.
Another top tip – you may need to reload the gun during the game as well – there is a button to do this on the top of it. I haven’t spotted yet if there are any cues that a reload is required, other than the gun stops making noises. Maybe that is the cue! We found we had a couple of seconds of “why is nothing happening” before remembering to press the reload button.
The game comes with what are described as “Multi-Vision glasses” which are a pair of paper glasses which make you see multiple ghosts and bats (and everything else) rather than just one. It’s a rather wacky effect, but not required to make the game work, and we all preferred playing without.
Here is a video of us unpacking the Ghost Hunt Evolution box:
Ghost Hunt Evolution is recommended for ages 5 and up. One gun is supplied in the box, making it either a single player game, or a game you need to take turns at. You can buy an additional gun separately to turn it into a two player game if you wish. The recommend retail price for this game is £29.99, and it available through the same selection of retailers as Creepy Hand. You can buy from Amazon (affiliate link), but I notice it is currently out of stock there meaning the price is higher than RRP, so if you’re looking to buy this game now I would recommend you purchase via either Smyths or Toys R Us who both have stock available at £29.99. The additional Ghost Hunt gun retails for £12.99, and is currently available on Amazon (affiliate link) for £9.99.
Disclosure: We were sent Creepy Hand and Ghost Hunt Evolution for review purposes. All words and opinions are my own. Amazon links within this review contain my affiliate ID – if you make a purchase after clicking I will receive a small commission payment, at no additional cost to you. I only act as an affiliate for companies I use personally and recommend.