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The Orchard by HABA

By Christy Matte, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 3+

Simple color/fruit matching game relies mostly on luck.

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What may have been a charming board game unfortunately seems to lose some sparkle in transition to app form. The Orchard by HABA starts with a somewhat disturbing premise for toddlers and preschoolers: A not-so-kind raven is trying to sneak through the orchard and steal all of their fruit. They are charged with protecting it, but the game is entirely by chance. The spinner is random and picking the right colored fruit is a secondary activity as there are no penalties for guessing and choosing the wrong item. The raven is a rather mean fellow and while some kids might chuckle as he hurls fruit in their direction, others might not be so amused. The illustrations are lovely, but kids may not recognize the fruit for what it is, especially after the initial tutorial is over. Unfortunately, there isn't enough for kids to do, and what little engagement they have does nothing to alter the outcome. A multi-player option would restore the opportunity to practice taking turns and good sportsmanship that the board game version encouraged.

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