"Oooo! It's Zingo, Bingo with a zing!" said Wee Z when he saw the new game we received from Top Toy Box Educational Games to review.
Zingo Bingo is a game suitable for 2 to 6 players and for ages 4 and over. Inside the box you get 6 double-sided game cards, 72 picture tiles and, what makes it Zingo and not just Bingo, you get a Zinger.
The idea of the game is to be the first player to match all the tiles on your game board from the tiles that come out of the Zinger. There are different variations on the game to mix it up a bit which are included and explained in the parent guide leaflet.
The game cards are double-sided; a green side which is easier and more suited to younger players and a red side which is more competitive so it becomes harder for you to complete your game card.
The tiles are loaded up into the two columns inside the Zinger. You then place the lid on top, pull it toward you and then pull it back and 2 tiles will be revealed. If someone has one or two of the tiles, they can take them and place them on their board. If neither of the tiles are required, you place them through the slot and back into the Zinger.
The Zinger was a bit stiff to get working and sometimes it got stuck or 2
tiles would come out of one column but when it worked properly, Miss C
and Wee Z were able to pull it forward and push it back easily. The
picture on the box gave me impression that the tiles would shoot out of
the Zinger, but I never managed to get them to do that. Mind you, I
preferred them staying within the tray and not flying across the room to
end up under the dishwasher or washing machine.
Zingo was really fun to play. Miss C wanted to play it over and over again. She loved watching out for the pictures of the animals such as the cat and the dog. I liked that the tiles had the words for the picture underneath so we could practise our spellings. Wee Z enjoyed playing too and helping his sister find the cards she needed.
Zingo Bingo is a great game for young children and a great family game too. I'd definitely recommend it to a friend.
We give this a big 9.5/10
We received Zingo Bingo for the purposes of a review. The opinions expressed are my own.