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Reviewed by Sarah B on 25 June 2018
This is a redesign of this family board game; a game that has proved very popular. The challenge is to perform a variety of noises, actions and activities. The categories are: Who am I? where the player pretends (soundlessly) to be something such as a ballet dancer, aeroplane, cat and so on; Make a noise, perhaps humming or an animal noise; Actions - do what is written. Then everyone else has to guess. With over 300 hilarious challenges there is plenty of variety in the games, meaning they play out differently every time - and for even more variety and suspense, the magic decoder reveals hidden forfeits. This fast-moving game is excellent for having plenty going on all the time to keep players fully engaged. The aim is to be the first to reach the 'Finish' star in the centre of the board... and you get there by making noises, performing actions and making mimes; to add to the excitement, some of the actions have to be performed within a set time, using the sand timer - this is another way in which the child-friendly appeal is enhanced. If you can't perform your action, you have to perform a forfeit. What a Performance! is suitable for ages 5+ and 2 or more players. It's not a game for the self-conscious, but for that very reason, it's an excellent way to build up confidence in a safe and reassuring family environment. It's great for developing maths and literacy skills too, and it also encourages activity as some actions need to be performed, such as touching toes and hopping. A great family game which is fun for all ages - we really enjoyed it.
Reviewed by Jane A on 20 June 2018
What a Performance is a brilliantly fun game for all the family. It has us doing monkey and dinosaur impressions, sit ups, touching our toes, it had us wiggling our ears and talking in silly voices. It was tremendous fun and just the kind of thing to bring out the silly in anyone. We thought it was great for helping to grow confidence and do some independent reading too. But the best thing was it just allowed us to be silly together and it was a LOT of fun!
Reviewed by Helen S on 28 June 2017
This is a great family game of the usual Orchard Toy quality. My kids (aged 5 and 7) loved using the spinner and the sand timer, but it was the magic decoder that was the biggest hit with them!
I am always on the look out for games that get children active rather than just sitting still and some of the action cards definitely did this (marching, dancing, crawling and jumping around the room...)although some do just require you to name or say things which doesn't require any movement. We did however get very active in some of the ''Who I am?' when we were trying to act out being a basketball player and a cancan dancer :-)
Lots of fun to be had!
Reviewed by Rachel P on 23 November 2016
A fabulous family game ideal for promoting children's sportsmanship and confidence. We greatly enjoyed playing this game together as a family, there were some fantastic actions which the kids both enjoyed having a go at, one of which is only three-years old but was more than happy to join in.
A fantastic game at a great price, perfect for family time around the table.
Reviewed by Sarah on 06 April 2016
We have not laughed so much in months... great fun for all of us. It's the best thing I have bought in a long time.View All Reviews