SmartGames-A Great Challenge for the Family

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Disclosure: I received these products in exchange for a review. The opinions are all 100% my own and may differ from yours. 


My family loves to play games, especially my daughters and I. My girls are always asking me to play board games with them. It’s one thing that we always love to do together. It gets us together as a family, and we have fun playing games as well. Being able to try out new games is always a fun experience. Every time I get a new game, my girls are always excited and wanting to play them right away.

I was recently given the chance to review some games from SmartGames. I chose five games to review. Those are: Dinosaurs Mystic Islands, Penguins Pool Party, Jungle Hide & Seek, IQ XOXO and Deducktion. What’s great about these games, is that they all seem to follow the same concept. My daughters were able to figure these out quickly, which is great!


With Dinosaurs Mystic Island, you can use all the pieces to create an island that is shown. In the booklet, they’ll have multiple ways to show you how you can make this island. What they want, is to separate the plant-eating dinosaurs from the carnivores.


There are 80 different challenges in this booklet. They’ll keep you busy for hours! It may seem like a simple game, but some of these are really challenging. I’ve helped my daughters with this game, and they loved it. It certainly can get tricky to get them all matched up.


I thought that Deducktion was a great game to bring along while you’re traveling. It snaps shut like a book, and all the pieces stay inside because it’s magnetic. This is a perfect game for my girls while we’re on the go.


There are 3 duck families, each with a mother duck and a few ducklings. The yellow duck family has 5 members, the red 4 and the green 3. In this game, you’ll want the ducklings to follow their mothers. You’ll have to follow the color-based and numerical clues to find the right spot for each duck.
Out of all these games, IQ XOXO is my favorite. This game is a great challenge for my husband and I. I love a great challenge, which is probably why this game was my favorite one.
This game is all about places the pieces in the right spot. There are a total of 120 challenges. They have easier ones, which I like for my daughters, and then they have the harder ones, which I love to do myself. I love the ones that start you off with just one or two pieces. In the booklet it will show those, and you have to take the rest of the pieces and try to fit them all together. My husband was working on one of these for over a half hour, and he still never did get it together.
Jungle Hide & Seek is a double-sided game board. It’s like two games in one: the “day” side features a 4-grid game and the “night” side features more difficult challenges in one big grid. This would be my youngest daughters favorite game. She loves to play it. If you look above at the green game, we did number one on the booklet. You’ll see four elephants there. That means that at least four elephants must be showing when you complete this. It comes with four pieces you can use to complete this game. You’ll have to move them around to get the right pieces in the right spots to make sure only four elephants are showing in the end. I love that it challenges my girls and it’s great to see them have fun with it too.
My daughters also loved the Penguins Pool Party game. I thought this was the perfect game for them too. It was a more simple game for kids, and it has penguins! My girls love penguins.
In the booklet you’ll see some of the penguins on the challenges. You’ll place those penguins in the same spot on the board. Then you’ll take the pieces of ice and try to put them around the penguins. You have to get these in the right places, or it’s not going to fit. This is why I thought it was a great game for my girls! It seems simple enough, but it can still be a little bit of a challenge for them.
I love doing a great challenge, and I love to challenge my daughters. I think it can help them with a lot of skills. It’s certainly great for problem solving. These games are great for those of you that also love a great challenge. It can really challenge your children as well, which is a great thing. Make sure to check out SmartGames if you’d love to have these, or check out the other games they have as well.
Would you like to win one of these games? The winner of this giveaway will get to chose one of these games based on availability. The giveaway is open to the U.S. only. It will run from 9/15-9/29. You can enter below for your chance to win. Good luck to everyone.
Disclosure: I received these products in exchange for a review. The opinions are all 100% my own and may differ from yours. Life With Kathy and all other participating bloggers are not responsible for prize shipment. The giveaway is in no way administered, sponsored, or endorsed by or associated with Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest or any other social media. The winner will be contacted by email and have 48 hours to respond before a new winner is drawn. I received this product in exchange for a review. The opinions are all 100% my own and may differ from yours. 


  1. SmartGames I have never heard of but I know my niece’s kids would love these board games. The IQ XOXO does look interesting and I would love to play this one with them. I think it is important to still have board game family nights. Thanks for sharing these games.

  2. Game time is very important in families, I think. It gives us a chance to express ourselves….and it is always a fun time for us!

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