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Reviewed by Jenni F on 13 November 2017
This game has become an instant favourite. It’s great for fine motor skills and counting for the little ones, and for older kids adding up and developing their strategic thinking skills. It takes around 10 to 15 minutes, so is great for a quick round before dinner time, but we have also played several rounds in a row when we’ve had longer, e.g. on the weekend. With an age gap of four years between my boys, it’s often tricky to find games that both will enjoy, but this hits the spot. A great game for the whole family, and one I would definitely recommend.
Reviewed by Sarah A on 16 October 2017
A game filled with fun, risk and enjoyment, whilst having educational benefits running alongside. Do you opt to spin again? Or hook the monkeys to the tree? Seek out the highest number of bananas on a monkey card as you take one from another players tree. A game perfect for all the family.
Reviewed by Tami A on 14 October 2017
Cheeky Monkeys is a game for up to 4 players and suitable for children aged 4-8. I would say the age range is about right. My nearly 5 year old was able to play on her own and add up her own score, however, my 2 ½ year old enjoyed playing with the assistance of Daddy. Although my 9 year old enjoyed playing with his sisters, it isn’t something he would play on his own with us.
The aim of the game is simple – be the player to collect the most bananas!
Players take it in turns to spin the spinner, starting with the youngest player first. If you land on the bananas you can choose to take a monkey from the pile and hang it on your section of the tree or take a risk and spin again. You can keep spinning as many times as you like whilst you continue to land on the bananas, however, if you land on the monkey in the pool you have to put all monkeys collected in the pool!
If you land on the cheeky monkey you can steal a monkey from one of your opponents and hang it on your section of the 3D tree.
Once all monkeys have been used players count how many bananas there are on the monkey cards they have collected. The player with the most bananas wins.
My children loved hanging the monkeys on the tree and it was great for the girls to practice their fine motor skills.
As with all Orchard Toys games we have played, it is educational as well as being really fun to play. It helps with basic counting skills, gets children to think strategically and teaches turn taking.
Reviewed by Annabel S on 03 October 2017
Fantastic family game! My children loved the risk element and deciding whether to turn over one more monkey card, or be safe and stick until their next turn. They had fun hooking each monkey to their part of the tree and it also really helped them practise their counting skills (without them realising it!) As per all Orchard Toys products the game is great quality and I'm sure this will be a favourite for years to come.
Reviewed by Emma K on 15 September 2017
We own a huge selection of Orchard Toys and Cheeky Monkeys is now our firm favourite. Our 5 year old daughter currently asks to play it on a daily basis and thanks to the game, has mastered the art of tactical game play! She always manages to pick up the 6 banana monkey and I've not yet been able to steal it off her. The game is also great for teaching children to count in a really fun way. Because of it's simplicity, it does also allow our 2 year old to get involved and be part of the game as he likes spinning the spinner and hanging the monkeys. It is super easy to put together meaning you can play a fun, quick family game.View All Reviews