What It Is
The PaintPlay Game is part of Briarpatch's PlayPlay line of collaborative games designed to encourage creative and imaginative thinking. This game includes a paint tray with eight colors, two paint brushes, four sheets of paper, 40 cards, a spinner, and six paint tokens. The object of the game is to use all of these materials to create a collaborative work of art and collect as many paint tokens as you can. But there are six Meanies (nagging thoughts that make us feel like we can't do something) that want to steal your creative juices.
Players take turns drawing a card from the deck and following the instructions based on the card type. If you choose an Art*Wild & Action Card, simply follow the instructions and discard the card. These cards could tell you to draw a yellow line somewhere on the piece of paper that is serving as your art canvas.
If you draw an Inspiration Card, collect the matching paint token shown on the card. If the Meanie has the paint token, you get to take it back and discard the Meanie. If the token was hidden by the Meanies, you get to take the token, but do not discard the Meanies.
If you draw a Meanie Card, give the Meanie its matching token no matter who has the token.
If you draw a Spin! Card, spin the spinner to try and take back a paint token that was hidden or taken by the Meanies.
The game ends when the card deck runs out. Count up all the paint tokens you and the other players have collected. If you have more paint tokens than the Meanies, you win.
PaintPlay is for two to four players.
Is It Fun?
We found this game to be incredibly frustrating. There are a lot of rules, which makes the game way too complicated for a 6-year-old. It's also very confusing as to whether it's collaborative or competitive. On each turn you have to try to figure out what to do, and there are way too many variables for kids.
Who It’s For
The PlayPlay PaintPlay Game is for ages 6 and up.
What To Be Aware Of
This is one of those games that may be well intentioned, but it attempts to add a structure to co-play and creativity that isn't really necessary. Give kids some paper and art supplies and let them color together, and you've got them interacting and being social, which is the point of the game.
We are hard-pressed to think about who would benefit from or be entertained by this game. Most kids will find it way too complicated and will just want to color and paint.
The paint, brushes, and paper are included, but you can use any paper, paint, and brushes you may already have around the house to play. You can even use markers and crayons if you'd rather not deal with messy paint.