Hasbro Gaming Crate Family Staycation Review


Hasbro Gaming Crate
The Breakdown:
Quarterly | Cost: $49.99/quarter + shipping
3 newly released games
Ships via USPS | Ships to the US


What is Hasbro Gaming Crate?

It’s a quarterly crate with two options – Family or Party – and each crate will have its own theme. Every quarter you will receive a collection of three games curated especially for this subscription by Hasbro gaming experts and all of the games included will be newly released!

This is a review for the Family crate and the theme for its inaugural month is Staycation.


Info card!


And the three games that were included.


For this month, they’ve also included this small pad of mini challenges to play during family game night.


Example of one of the mini challenges. One of the words is… order… and another one is…? :p


Leo Goes To The Barber


The back!


This is for ages 6+ and won the Deutscher Spielepreis Best Children’s Game 2016 award. This is a game for 2-5 players and some adult assembly is acquired (though I’m sure kids can totally put it together if a parent gave them instructions).

A quick summary of the game from BoardGameGeek:

“Leo the lion’s mane is far too long and he risks looking shaggy and losing the respect of his fellow animals — but those same animals keep stopping him to chit-chat while on the way to a haircut. Can you get this king of the jungle to the barber shop in time?

In Leo, players need to help Leo reach the barber shop before it closes for the day. To set up, place all of the animal tiles face down, shuffle them, then create a track that leads from Leo’s bed to Bobo’s Barber Shop. Set the clock to 8:00 a.m. Each player starts a number of cards in hand.

On a turn, a player plays one card to move Leo ahead 1-4 spaces on the track, then reveals the animal tile on which Leo landed. If the tile is the same color as the card just played, the clock remains at the same time as it was at the start of the turn; if the tile has a different color, however, the clock moves ahead 1-5 hours depending on the animal depicted. Poor Leo! If the clock reaches 8:00 p.m. before Leo arrives at the barber shop, the round ends and Leo must return home in order to try again the next day. Turn all face-up tiles face down again.

If the players manage to get Leo to the barber shop within five days to get him a trim, they win!”


The game pieces are so bright and vibrant!


His mane definitely looks crazy when it gets out of control. XD


I have to say I loved these cards and colors.


Tricky Wishes


The back!


This is for ages 8+ and is a game for 3-5 players.

And another quick summary from BoardGameGeek:

3 Wishes (or Tricky Wishes) is a party/family game for 3-5 players that plays in 3-5 minutes. With simple rules, this memory, intuition and bluffing game is as much about playing the game as it is about playing the other players. A poker face will go a long way – well, not too long, since the game may last only three minutes – and it will also serve you well as a fast and fun memory training.

A not-so-nice-but-not-too-evil genie appears as if from nowhere (someone, somewhere probably did rub a lamp) and pitches the crowd against one another, granting the most astute player no fewer than three wishes — but not all wishes come true, and only the player with the right balance between super powers, benefits for the world, and selfish gifts will be enter the good graces of the genie.

In more detail, each player has a hand of three cards, with two extra cards face down in the middle of the gaming table. On their turn, each player can either peek at a card or swap cards with other players or the common pool on the table, aiming to get three different type of wish cards. Once that happens, someone calls for the end of the game and all players reveal their hands and compare wish cards to determine the winner.”


You’ve got your mini lamps counters…


And these amazingly illustrated cards!


Turn counter and some instruction cards to remind players what actions to take.


And can I just say that even the illustrations in the box were adorable? 😀


Mask of the Pharaoh 


The back!


This is for ages 10+ and is a game for 2 or more players.

The last summary from BoardGameGeek:

Mask of the Pharaoh is a mixture of “VR (virtual reality)” and a board game, with a free application included that converts your smartphone into VR goggles!

The purpose of the game is for players to cooperate to create a map of the maze. On a turn, one player lands on one point of the maze and gets a 360º view of the maze by wearing VR goggles with a smartphone inserted. This player explains to the team members what they see and their teammates attempt to use this description to create part of the map of the maze.

Each player gets one minute to explain what they see, then the play passes to the next player (who will be presented a different view of the maze). Repeat this seven times, then players win the game if the complete map is connected from the entrance to the goal correctly!”


The mask, pre-construction.


The mask, post-construction!


It’s pretty cool and you look pretty cool with it on too. 😉


You do need a smart phone to enjoy this game. I have an iPhone 6 Plus, which you can see inserted in the slot. Unfortunately it won’t fit if you have a case on. You’ll have to download the app to play and it’s pretty cool to be immersed in the pyramid.


Game pieces.


More game pieces!

This one is definitely the most “complicated” of all three games, but I think younger kids would just really enjoy exploring the AR aspect of this board game to see into a new world.


Overall enjoyment: I thought this was a pretty solid subscription – it’s quarterly, so you’ll have a good amount of time between deliveries to enjoy the games before you get your new quarter’s board games and the curation of the games shows that they’re trying to cater to families of all ages.



*Disclosure: The above item was complimentary and received for review purposes. All opinions are my own and no compensation was received. I only review things that are in line with my interests and wouldn’t subject you, my dear readers, to boring products or subscriptions.


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