Don’t Rock the Boat is a new balance-themed game by Play Monster that blends pirates and penguins. Don’t Rock the Boat relies on a person’s sense of balance…and it is much trickier than it looks. Although this game is intended for children as young as five, it can be fun and amusing for adults too.
The Don’t Rock the Boat box comes complete with a three-piece pirate ship that includes three masts and two planks. There is also a blue wave (symbolizing ocean water) which must be separated to attach and secure a blue balancing rod. The pirate ship can then be sat upon this rod. The set also comes with sixteen adorable playing pieces: ten pirate penguins, one crab, one octopus, one cannon, one treasure chest, one ship wheel, and one anchor. The rules contained in the box are very easy to understand: essentially, you simply put the set together and then try to get ALL the pieces onto it, without rocking the boat to the point that it tips over and sends the pieces flying in every direction. As simple as this might sound, it is not an easy task to achieve!
This game is extremely cute. The penguin characters are very detailed and have a lot of personality as do the octopus and crab figurines. The wave is the base. The set is quick to put together and quick take apart and the box is small enough to be stored easily. Although the company suggests that players be age five or older, younger children could play this as well, as long as an adult supervises to ensure that they do not try to eat any of the smaller pieces. This game is also extremely challenging and fun.