I recently mentioned being on the look out for more games to play with my 3yr old and the lovely people at University Games sent me two to review. Last week we reviewed Bunny Jump, which was fantastic, and this week we tried out Don’t Rock The Boat.

Find out how we got on when we reviewed the Don't Rock The Boat game and the neat little trick that could help younger players get more from it ...

The game itself is really simple to put together and take apart, which is a must when you have young children wanting to hurry up and get playing, and takes less than a minute to set up.

Don't Rock The Boat unpackaged

The boat is balanced on top of a wave and the slightest touch makes it tip and sway. The object of the game is to take it in turns placing one of the really cute pirate penguins onto the boat without it tipping over and knocking all the penguins off. As soon as a penguin falls overboard the game is over and whoever placed the last one successfully is the winner.

The penguins can be placed anywhere on the boat, including the crows nest, and you can even hang them by their bandanas, which L thought was really cool.

Don't Rock The Boat - balancing penguins

The basic concept of this game is great but I’m not sure the execution works if I’m honest. For us, I found the boat rocked and tipped far too easily and we never made it past three penguins. L found it extremely funny but was bored after about 15 minutes as the result was the same every single time.

The box says it’s suitable for children aged 5+ so it could just be L is too young at 3. However, I did try it again on my own and never got further than 5 penguins and later played it with my 8yr old who also couldn’t get the hang of balancing it and again we didn’t get past 3.

I have read other reviews that sing this game’s praises so it could just be that we’re not very good at it 😉

While I was writing this review it occurred to me that the game would be better if the point the boat balances on was a little wider so that it didn’t tip quite so easily. It also occurred to me that I could try modifying it with a bit of blutac. So I had a play.

Don't Rock The Boat - all the penguins falling off

It worked a charm. Too much blutac made the game far too easy which would also get boring so I experimented with different amounts and found it worked best with just a very thin covering of blutac stretched over the tip. The boat still rocked and swayed and it was still difficult to keep the penguins from tipping over, but you could at least get a few more on which made it fun rather than frustrating.

Balancing games like this are great for helping kids develop their hand-eye coordination skills but if it’s too hard from the start they may just get bored and give up. Using the blutac for younger players may just help build up their skills and you can always reduce it or remove it altogether as everyone gets better.

Although Don’t Rock The Boat wasn’t such a big hit as Bunny Jump last week, it definitely has potential. And for the price, even if the game itself isn’t a hit, the super cute penguins will be.

Disclaimer – I was gifted this game in exchange for an honest review but all thoughts and opinions are my own. This post also contains affiliate links in accordance with my disclosure policy


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20 thoughts on “Don’t Rock The Boat Review

  1. Looks like a great idea for a game, shame it was so difficult! Good tip about the blu-tac though and it’s a good price so probably worth giving a go!
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    Posted on 30 October, 2017 at 6:24 am
  2. The bluetac hack is genius! #familyfunlinky
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    Posted on 30 October, 2017 at 7:03 am
  3. A balanced review! See what I did there…..😃 look like a fun game. #familyfun

    Posted on 30 October, 2017 at 7:12 am
  4. What a great idea to add the bluetac! Youve added levels to a board game – genius! 😉 #FamilyFun x

    Posted on 30 October, 2017 at 8:30 am
  5. ooo this looks awesome. I love playing games. The Boy is really into them as well, he’d love this! #familyfun

    Posted on 30 October, 2017 at 11:10 am
  6. This game looks so much fun! We would probably be sat playing this repeatedly for hours 😀 #familyfunlinky
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    Posted on 30 October, 2017 at 12:12 pm
  7. Great, honest review. This type of game is good for their fine motor skills, but like you say, you have to get the challenge level right to keep them enthertained! I’d not heard of this toy company before so will check them out! #familyfunlinky
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    Posted on 30 October, 2017 at 12:24 pm
  8. Little man would probably like this but he would get bored after a while, as he does with all his board games!! The intention is there though! #familyfun

    Posted on 30 October, 2017 at 12:50 pm
  9. It sounds a great concept for a game, shame you have had to tinker with it to make it a little more playble #familyfun
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    Posted on 30 October, 2017 at 12:57 pm
  10. I do like the idea of it though! Looks fun for when the child is a little more older and skilled. #familyfunlinky
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    Posted on 30 October, 2017 at 2:02 pm
  11. This sounds fun even if you had to improvise a bit to make it work! #familyfun

    Posted on 30 October, 2017 at 2:10 pm
  12. This looks brilliant fun. It is also a hit when it is something your waiting to happen but don’t know when X #familyfunlinky

    Posted on 30 October, 2017 at 2:39 pm
  13. Ah it does sound a little tricky for the littlier ones but hey a bit of blue tac and you had yourself a game lol. #familyfun
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    Posted on 30 October, 2017 at 3:45 pm
  14. That toy looks a lot of fun. Sounds like your little one is enjoying it x #familyfun

    Posted on 31 October, 2017 at 11:54 am
  15. I’m very impressed at your adaptability with the blue tac!!! My youngest is penguin mad and I think she’d play anything that had cute penguins involved!! #FamilyFunLinky
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    Posted on 31 October, 2017 at 11:57 am
  16. Oh I love the look of this and must add it to the list for Father Christmas. Thank you for sharing 🌟 #familyfun
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    Posted on 31 October, 2017 at 1:37 pm
  17. This looks like such a cute, fun game. Nice work on finding a way to make it a little easier for the little one. 🙂 #FamilyFun
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    Posted on 1 November, 2017 at 7:16 am
  18. Looks like a lot of fun! Photos do too! And I love penguins! xoxo #familyfun

    Posted on 3 November, 2017 at 8:13 pm
  19. This sounds great! My daughter would love this 🙂 #FamilyFun
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    Posted on 3 November, 2017 at 8:35 pm
  20. Can’t get over how clean your floor is in the background!! #familyfunlinky
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    Posted on 6 November, 2017 at 8:30 pm