J. and I stayed up late last night to wrap presents knowing that it would be worth it to get it out of the way and so that we would actually get sleep tonight before we have family come over tomorrow for Christmas.
While we were wrapping, we played one of the games we bought to test it out…Batik!
The game is pretty simple. It is a 2-player game where players take turns dropping their color of geometric wooden pieces into a wood and plexiglass frame. Play continues until one person plays a piece which sticks out the top of the frame. This piece is taken out of play and the winner starts the next round. When one player runs out of pieces and can no longer make a move, the other person wins.
J. beat me soundly in the first game and I was concerned that my spatial skills might not be up to the task, but then I dominated in the second game and was satisfied that between skill and luck, this game can easily go to either player. The stained, wooden pieces are a bit slippery and slide around inside the frame often shifting the pieces that have already been played. It was fun to joke around and have a light game to play while getting everything wrapped up.
The game itself looks really nice and plays easily so I am looking forward to opening it so we can “officially” play it together and show it to the kids 🙂
The pieces in the set we bought are yellow and brown and made up of straight-edged geometric shapes. There is another version available, Batik Kids, which features colorful, curvy underwater animals for the playing pieces.