Last weekend and the beginnings of this new week has been raining cats and dogs here in Barcelona, and with it finally the cold has arrived as well. I feel like this year the weather has been playing with us erasing completely the fall season in our calendar. Fortunately I have been able to experience some of the season’s glory far from home, while we were celebrating our first anniversary, but enough rambling ’cause that belongs to the following posts.
This last weekend we have been kind of stuck in home, because with the sudden change of temperatures coming with the rain, we have been feeling under the weather. That usually means one thing for us: board games!
We are truly enthusiasts of board games and have quite a collection, always on the search for new games that can be played only with 2 people (Juno does not join us a lot in this hobby of ours). Do you like board games? Which ones are your favorites? Of the classic repertory I think Dani will go for Monopoly, while my choice would be the old good Trivial Pursuit (I may even like the Disney version better, but well, that’s between you and me).
But this time we decided to play a very different one, the weather called for some nostalgia, and immediately a last time purchase during our honeymoon in Japan became the winner: The Doraemon darake board game!
We decided to spend the last yens in our wallet at Tokyo’s Narita airport buying the Doraemon game (and a Hello Kitty cards game) and it was one of the best last minute decisions ever, It was a healing remedy to play the game in the plane going back home helping to forget how sad we were to leave the country.
Curious about how the Doraemon game works? We will better explain it with the help of some pictures and of our little fluffy personal assistant.
Colors – checked!, Doraemon – checked!, lots of them – checked! No wonder why our eyes were immediately fixed on the game.
The game includes 5 seating Doraemons, 4 standing, 2 lying on one side and a cutie red mini Doraemon. It also has a not very stable Time machine and a pair of plastic sticks.
A thoroughly Juno inspection is required prior starting any game at our home.
Wait! Let me see what else do you have on top of that table!
There is a very popular video on the internet called sushi cats so I thought I could try it with Juno ;)
Just because this little one deserved some attention for himself. Heart eyes love :)
And now let’s start the game. You must assemble the time machine (easy: it is a one-step instruction) and have all the Doraemons in the table.
Then per turn each player must choose one of the Doraemons and pile it on the Time Machine. Of course you have to use your chopsticks, so that is the tricky part for us that do not master them so much as Japanese ;)
The game will end at any moment when one of the players makes something fall off the Time Machine.
You can check here the (bad) stability of the Time Machine, which is of course what makes it fun!
I take games very seriously, so at this point some extra precautions had to be undertaken.
Yay! We made it! We had all the Doraemons on the Time Machine so the only thing missing was the red mini Doraemon. The last Doraemon has to always be the red one, so do not cheat by choosing it beforehand.
Oops, yes, that’s me losing in the last movement, that red fellow ruined my game.
Ready to play again? There is also another way to play the Doraemon darake board game which is by trying to simulate the different cheerleader-like routines proposed in the back of the game. There are several, each one with its level of difficulty.
Good way to spend a moody afternoon, right? :)