Richard Scarry’s Busytown Eye found it! Game

 

Manufacturer: The Wonder Forge
Recommended Age: 3 years and up
Retail Price: $19.99
On the Web: www.thewonderforge.com
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Richard Scarry’s Busytown Eye found it! Game


Race around town solving mysteries!  How many objects can you find? Join Huckle Cat and Lowly Worm on a fun-filled race around Busytown to solve mysteries and find hidden objects. Drive through lively city streets, an activity-filled farm, an action-packed airport, and a bustling harbor full of silly boats. There’s much to discover on this gigantic, colorful game board that’s over six feet long!

As players race through Busytown, they’ll team up every time someone lands on Goldbug—leaving no corner of the board unexplored as they discover hidden objects and race toward Picnic Island. With hundreds of objects to find this game provides hours of fun, while building confidence each time a child says, “I found it!”

Learning Fun with Richard Scarry

  • Kids have fun and build confidence every time they say, “I found it!”
  • Encourages teamwork
  • Promotes attention to detail
  • Reinforces object identification and matching skills

Game Components:

  • 1 6-foot long game board in three sections
  • 4 mover pieces and bases
  • 1 spinner
  • 1 ferry tile
  • 10 magnifying glass tokens
  • 6 food tiles
  • 30 Goldbug cards
  • 1 sand timer

Ages: 3 and up


The first time you take Richard Scarry’s Busytown Eye found it! Game out of the box you are going to think – man, there are a lot of pieces! After playing, you’ll realize there are lots of pieces, but there aren’t too many that make it overwhelming.

First things first – set-up. The game is designed for childern ages 3 and up, but there is no way a 3 year old is going to be able to set this up and get started on his or her own. So Mom, Dad, get ready to be involved. To begin, you’ll attach the three super-long game board pieces to each other – and you are now looking at a game board that is 6 feet long (awesome!). Set up the player cars, the cards, the sand timer and keep the “magnifying glass” markers at the ready.

The goal of the game is to get all players (working together) on to a ferry and over to a picnic before the “pigs” eat all of the food. To play the game kids take a turn at the spinner, then move there pieces accordingly or follow the directions of the Gold Bug cards which is where the fun really begins. When a Gold Bug card is pulled all players work together to seek and find as many of the items from the card on the board. When the sand timer is up, all players move forward a space for every item found.

Is Eye found it! easy to play?  Set-up will be challenging for little ones, as will finding the items they are seeking out from the Gold Bug cards.  Children as young as 3 can definitely play and have fun, but they are going to need help.  The game is absolutely age appropriate for kids ages 3-7, but the younger they are the more help they will need.  But don’t think of that as a bad thing – the more we played with younger kids the more fun everyone had!

Similar to the attention needed in the Ease of Use category, little kids are going to need to have an eye on them during set-up and clean-up of this game. Between the food at the picnic, the player car pieces, the Gold Bug cards and all of the magnifying glass pieces, there is a lot that an easily be lost. If you have kids that properly care for their toys and games – no worries, but if you have kids that tend to be a little messier, you will definitely want to keep an eye on clean-up!

The board itself is 6 feet long! 6 feet! The illustrations on the board are top-notch and totally Busytown! The Gold Bug cards are well crafted, and kids absolutely love using the bright orange magnifying glasses to mark the items they find. This is one super-visual board game that kids will love to look at (and play)!

Richard Scarry’s Busytown Eye found it! Game is so refreshing in its design! First of all, the players all work together, to get to the picnic before the pigs eat all of the food! We absolutely love the team concept and encouragement, rather than competition! It is so much fun watching kids pull for each other, rather than try to beat each other. And when the gang wins, the celebration alone is worth the time to play!

We were also very impressed at how challenging the seek and find portion of the game is. Yes, the game is made for kids starting at age 3, but that doesn’t mean all of the seek and find items are front and center to be found. Kids (and adults!) are going to have to work a bit to find the hard-to-find stuff. Well designed!

When it comes to board games for kids we think the prices should stick between $15 and $20. With a suggested retail price of $19.99, Eye found it! falls into our target price range – and it comes with a lot. The board itself is huge, there is a spinner, cards, a timer, magnifying glass markers and player pieces. With all items included you aren’t going to feel like you overspent for a really basic board game.

We’ve seen seek and find games. We’ve seen board games based on television shows. But we haven’t seen a game that plays quite like this. Everyone plays together! Everyone looks for items together! And everyone wants to beat the pigs – together! All original!

Playing Richard Scarry’s Busytown Eye found it! Game with a group of little ones was a refreshing, fun and totally enjoyable game experience! It is no fun playing a game against your child and trying to beat them (or purposely trying to lose). With this game, you get to work together – to win together! The kids we played with loved seeking, and especially loved finding. They rooted for each other, they rooted for their team! It really was a fun game to play together! The price is fair, and you get a lot of game for your money. It plays really well, and if even a bit challenging for adults. All in all, you won’t find a more interesting, more entertaining game to play with children as young as 3. We love it – and we think you will too!