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? :)
No em puc creure que aquest joc existeixi :D
I encara menys que no ens hagueu convidat mai a jugar-hi!! :P
Jajaja doncs hi hem de posar remei! ;) petons!
This must me one of the cutest boardgames I have seen so far! I used to play a lot of boardgames when I was young, but not anymore. It looks like a lot of fun though ^^
The cuteness of the packaging and pieces really convinced us immediately :) at that moment we did not care much about the game mechanics itself but it turned out to be lots of fun!
I remember seeing those games when we were in Tokyo. Now I wish we’d picked one up. :( But we did get a pack of hanafuda.
Yei, there were lots of different games to pile things using chopsticks, although we look to them each time we did not buy the Doraemon one until the airport ;) wow the Hanafuda cards must cute!
The cutest boardgame <3
OMG ojfosijfoieshfej!!! My niece love Doraemon!
And I love boardgames and its sad that I haven’t
been playing for a longlong while! I love playing
Monopoly (so cliche) and Labyrinth c:
The Doraemon game will be awesome for kids, well I believe it was more originally intended for kids than grown-ups :) Oh! Labrynth, we still don’t have it in our collection, we should mend this ;)
Bon post parella!!! La veritat és que si que és entretingut… Esteu fetsuns cracks!
M’encanten les fotos, en especial les de la Juno!!!
Seguiu així, que segur que el blog deu estar guanyant adeptes!
Merci Gerard!! :) :) la Juno és l’estrella, està clar, ho tenim ben assumit, jejeje. Molts petons!
I’m known by everyone as being way too board game obsessed! Everybody teases me for it, but I’ve managed to convert some of my housemates into board game lovers so I can tease them back now :) I would absolutely love to play this doraemon game. I’m pretty competitive so I’m trying to work on taking my board-gaming less seriously :P he he he
This game reminds me (slightly) of Pass the Pigs – well when you mentioned the other way you can play the Doraemon game by stacking them together! With Pass the Pigs you throw little plastic pig figurines into the air and you get points on the way they land. It’s pretty cute!
My favourite board games are Pictionary-esque games. Probably my favourite is Cranium, it combines, drawing, acting and brain teasers though I’ll play any board game, I’m easily pleased!
Ben has around five bad points and one of those is that he doesn’t like boardgames :( Nooooooo! I wonder if he can be hypnotised into loving them :P
P.S When you’re sick of this game you can just display the cute little figurines :) The love heart eyes one is definitely the winner!
:) :) Oh Cranium is so fun! I also love this type of games like Party & Co, with drawings, etc. It is funny because we understand each other doodles so well that when we play as a team we are quite unbeatable, true story that some friends thought we had a secret way to cheat because I drew just a circle and a second after Dani was shouting “a kiwi!” which was the correct answer, hahahhaha XD
Pass the Pigs sounds as a good one! I will look after it. I am so happy to have all this recommendations just in time to engross my big enough Christmas wishlist :)
P.S: board game hypnosis sounds good to me! :)
ha, this has to be the cutest thing ever. I want one too!!!
Doraemon is a good looking fellow, isn’t he? :)
Ha! This is adorable. I don’t know where on earth I’d find this game.. maybe eBay? My hubs and I love board games! My last birthday, I bought a gang load of 50 cent board games from the thrift store and played them all night with friends in a snowy cabin in the woods :) xo
Yesterday as I was publishing the post I thought: Will Amazon sell the game? And well, I found this link: http://www.amazon.com/donbg-bnDCkscD-Doraemon-Darake-Balance/dp/B0033UFF4U/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1384952448&sr=8-1&keywords=doraemon+darake
It is in fact sold by Japan supply which I don’t have any references about. The differences I can tell from the listings are the price, which is higher, and that in the pictures it doesn’t look as well painted as ours :S
Oh your birthday plan was so perfect, lucky you (& your friends)! :)
This game really looks funny! Actually we don’t have many board games, we only have uno card game and sometimes we play them when we have to wait smth (like plane, bus, people).
Today I feel so sick (cause the weather has changed dramatically), that I find spare time to read your past posts relate to s.f!
Oooh I know! the weather has changed so much in the Mediterranean area. Winter is here and I was not prepared at all. Glad that you will be able to read our posts about SF! We stuck them in the same week, which may not be a good idea :)
this is the cutest thing ever!! i don’t think i would be able to play though. i’m really bad with chopsticks! i’m not sure if i would be able to hold a doraemon long enough to place it on the time machine! but we do looove board games. so so much. our favorite is clue!
Hahaha definitely chopsticks make it more difficult than it should be. Cluedo is one of my favorites! I have long been wishing to buy the classic wood-packaging version they released :)
<3 Everything Doraemon related is awesome!
totally agree ;)
I just can’t get over the fact of how cute Juno is. The boardgame looks funny, I think Doraemon is pretty nice. I got some souvenirs shaped as Doraemon heads from years back when I was a little kid in Japan. But the fact that you play the game with chopsticks is so fun too, you’ll always win from your friends who haven’t been using chopsticks much :p
Aw thanks Louise for the Juno love :) Hahahaha, I see that you have guessed right why my mom was the first opponent ;P
I’m not usually a bit fan of cats, but Juno is SO adorable :)
Suuuuch a cute game! And wow honeymoon in Japan. My friend and I get together for board games every week. We love scrabble, settlers of Catan, risk, carcassone, ticket to ride, and lots more! atelier zozo
We love Scrabble and Ticket to ride! The second one is our last purchase and was a really good decision, it is easy to understand so everyone can catch up easily without having to learn lots of rules. Also I have heard fabulous things about Catan and Carcassone.
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