If you have kids, you will know that the best thing you can do with them is spend quality time with them and do things together. One of the things we love to do in our house in play together with regular game nights – we all sit around the kitchen table, with the phones put away, and play board games. It is great entertainment, lots of fun and gets everybody talking and laughing. We have a good variety of games and we all have our favourites, but we do also like to try out new games, such as Sneak Peek from John Adams.
Sneak Peek is a fast-paced memory game where only a quick mind, eagle eyes and fast fingers can help you win.
In the box:
- Sneak Peek Metal Card Storage Tin
- 64 Game Cards
Sneak Peek is a memory and matching card game. It is a set of 64 game cards that come in a small metal tin that is always watching you, it has an eye on the lid so it might be. Due to its size, it is also perfect as a travelling game that can be played anywhere. Sneak Peek is a pick up and play game for 2-4 players, aged 5+, with gameplay taking around 10 minutes. It can be played in two different ways. The 64 game cards are circular and feature different symbols and colours on them. The game is a cross between the popular and timeless card games Snap and Patience/Solitaire.
Sneak Peek can be played in two ways. To play game 1, the cards are shuffled and placed face down on the table. The oldest player gets to go first (there aren’t many games that I get to go first in). The starting player turns over the top 3 cards, placing them face up on the table. If they are a match (colour, symbol or both) then that player keeps them and turns over another 3 cards. If there isn’t a match all the players have a few seconds to memorise what is on the cards and where they are on the table, before they are all turned face down on the table, in the same place.
Play then goes to the next player (going clockwise around the table) and they turn over 3 cards – these cards can be new ones from the deck or the ones that have already been played. If that player can match 3 cards, they keep them, if not everyone memorises them and they are placed face down with play continuing.
The game continues in this fashion until the entire deck has been played and cards have been matched or all the players have played a turn each once the deck has all been turned over and no more matches made. The winner is the player that has matched and collected most cards.
To play game 2, called Sleek Seek. This time the youngest player goes first (much to my disappointment) and the cards are turned over one at a time, not the three as in game 1. The first person to see matching cards must shout “Seek” and take the 3 matching cards (if two or more players shout at the same time those cards are removed from play and no one gets them). Play continues until all the cards are face up on the table and the game ends when no more 3 card matches can be made. As in game 1, the winner is the player with the most cards.
Overall, we all really took to the simplicity of this game. The rules and gameplay are easy to grasp and understand, and it is very quick to play with only taking around 10 minutes or so. It is much more fun than any other memory and matching game that we have played before. It quick, easy and can be played anywhere – it really is ‘pick up and play’.
We all really enjoyed playing Sneak Peek, although we did think that game 1 is much better and more exciting. It is an inclusive game for all age groups and the children aren’t at any disadvantage.
Sneak Peek is an excellent addition to our games shelf and is also an ideal travel game. It is perfect for quick play and filling small chunks of time, especially when other games will take just far too long at the end of a busy day. It is good quick fun and is perfect for keeping the kids off their screens!