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Buy a Better Game
on June 30, 2012
After reading all the 5-star reviews about Zingo, I was surprised to be quite disappointed by this game. It is a variation on Bingo, but Bingo, yes Bingo, is better. In Bingo everyone who has B3 or O72 on their card gets to mark it. But in Zingo, only the fastest player who can grab the tile gets to mark the card. If you are playing with an older and younger child, the older one is almost always sure to grab it first, leading to unneeded conflicts. If an adult is playing against a child, the adult is surely to always win unless you lose the game purposefully. In the description the game claims to teach vocabulary recognition, but with words like pig, house, sun, tree, cake, bat, shoe, bird, etc., that's not much teaching of vocabulary for a 4-8 year old. At least in Bingo, the younger ones are learning 2-digit number recognition. After a couple of rounds my kids needed to play more than one card to keep up the interest level. After that the main attraction was the tile dispenser. That part of the game was most fun of all. Who would get to be in charge of the sliding tile dispenser? Soon the tile dispenser was the only thing they were playing with.
The thing I did like was the quality of the cards, tiles, and tile dispenser. Everything was quality made, not at all flimsy. If it did get played with, I know it would last.