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Ravensburger Snails Pace Race - Children's Game
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- Players line up the colorful smooth wooden snails on their starting arrows and then predict which will come in first and last
- Improves color recognition, number conceptualizing, task completion, turn taking, and social skills playing
- Taking turns
- For 2 to 6 players
- For ages 4 to 8
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CHOKING HAZARD -- Small parts. Not for children under 3 yrs.
Top Customer Reviews
First of all, each colored snail should have its "track" marked in its own color, so that a 3 year-old can clearly see and understand that the piece stays in the same lane. On the first few plays, my 3 year-old would move a snail forward and over to an adjacent track in front of another snail. Sounds silly, but it confused the next turn's play ... and you just try explaining to a stubborn 3-year-old the error!
Secondly, the snails are actually LONGER than the squares they occupy. They overlap the square's front & back edges. So when my 3-year-old advances a snail, he naturally jumps the snail to the next "visually available" square, i.e. he advances the snail two paces, rather than one. It's too trivial for me to correct his play, but very odd for a company like Ravensburger to flub this up so badly.
These sound trivial, but for such a simple, simple game as this, it is amazing that they got it so wrong. It's as though they threw the game together without testing or thinking about it, like a trivial whip-it-out-and-sell-it-fast game.
In the end, I took a piece of cardboard, bought six little tubes of paint and a magic marker, and drew my own board for the game correcting those flaws.
That said, I note that when it comes to introducing a 3-year-old to the idea of board games, I suppose I don't know of any other games that are quite this simple. "Max" is a great game but slightly more complex, as is "Orchard", so this is the only one I know of.Read more ›
One review expressed disappointment that it did not have a "winner". (i am puzzled that it received 1 star for that) Having a competitive son, we found a simple way to fix that issue...just change the rules:) We play 3 different ways, none of which is the "right" way. Who cares, the kid is happy. One way is, regardless of color, whom ever is the person that brings the first snail over the finish line is the winner. Second, instead of declaring a player the winner, we declare the snail the winner, ie "red won!" Lastly, my son just enjoys rolling and moving the pieces, so we keep playing until all the snails get across the finish line, which still doesn't make the game too long for me.
I do agree the design would be better if the snails were smaller, spaces were larger or spread apart more and the path it travels was color coded, but certainly doesn't make me unhappy when i play nor keep me from purchasing it for a gift (maybe if my son were 3 yrs old it would bother me?)
Ravensburger doesn't disappoint with quality, just like their puzzles.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
My students love this game. Since it's the snails that are competing, & not the students, I can leave the game set up & when a student finishes working they can go play the game.Published 20 months ago by Karrie Hovnanian
Snail race pace is a great beginner game for young children. Ideally an adult would play or coach, young ones, they can play it one on one or with about 6 kids. Read morePublished on December 25, 2013 by Martha Whitman
My son and I have been playing this game for 3 years now. He is five. We've played it at home, in an airport, on a plane, during vacations... Read morePublished on May 12, 2013 by Nicole H. Boudreau
My own children played this wonderful first game and now I have shared it with my Pre-K class. Children learn to take turns, count, and roll dice non-competitively. Read morePublished on December 13, 2011 by Marsha B.
Finally, a game that is actually meant for 3-4 yr olds! Nothing is more disappointing for a child then to get a game and have it be too hard. Read morePublished on March 23, 2011 by B. Graham
The snails are made of wood and the board is very durable. My three year olds loves this game most. He always says, "I want to play snail game. Read morePublished on January 17, 2011 by C. Harlan
Our grandchildren (all 9) have loved this game. Most children's board games are competitive, and while that is also fun, this one can be played in a non-competitive mode and our... Read morePublished on January 1, 2011 by Grampa
What a horrible game. Everyone comes out a winner. There is no competition among players, Kids and especially young males need outlets for competitive expression. Read morePublished on December 30, 2010 by Bill Rickords