Right off the bat, my kids were ecstatic when they got these games. With all of the hundreds of games we have, we don't have any like these. While they reached for Wonky first, they reach for Tapple most often, so I'll talk about it first. Tapple is just awesome. The combined components of the idea of categories, plus being able to hit the timer and push down the letter make for a super-fun game. While it's tempting to think that older kids/grownups might have the advantage here, they in no way do. It is pretty much a completely level playing field. There are also ways to make it easier if it is still too hard or if you have littles who want to play. The easiest thing to do is simply to eliminate the timed aspect of the game. Also, you will literally never run out of replay potential on this game. When you have played through all the cards, play through them again. Better yet, make up your own cards! You can make them specific to your own family's experiences if you like. For our Catholic family, making a card for "Saints" is a no-brainer. Tapple is one of those games that you have to play to see how fun it is. I can't recommend it highly enough!
Wonky is not exactly my cup of tea because I get stressed about games like this, but my younger kids really like it a lot. If you like steady-hands games and enjoy recreating patterns, you'll love this one. My favorite thing about this game is its incredibly high quality. The box is made from such thick and wonderful cardboard that you won't believe it. Unless you're a mom whose kids have split the corners of all of your games' boxes, that will sound crazy, but if you know what I'm talking about, you'll get it. Wonky is super well-made. The blocks are smooth wood and so pretty. They beg you to play with them...and my kids obliged!
I warn you that when you go to the USAopoly website, you will get lost on it (lost in time, that is). They have so many truly wonderful games. I own several already - and I didn't even know that they were USAopoly until this review! There are several more that I plan to get for Christmas this year. I am betting you'll find a couple, too. Maybe Tapple or Wonky will make it on to your list. To see if other Crew members loved these games as much as we did (and how could they not?) click the banner below.