Game Review: Don’t Rock the Boat

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The boys have reviewed a few games from University Games in the past, and this time we’ve got Don’t Rock the Boat.


It’s a game of balance, skill and a dash of luck, and is suitable for between 2 and 4 players aged 5 and over.

Game experts University Games say:

Ahoy, mateys! Arrrrr ye ready to set sail on a rockin’ adventure with a crew of 16 pirate penguins? Take turns balancing the pirate penguins on the ship without making it tip! Be ever so careful, if you rock the boat and send the penguins overboard, ye might have to walk the plank! A fun balancing game for all buccaneers!

We were really looking forward to trying this game out as I’d seen other reviewers raving about it and I had a great feeling that the boys, particularly my 5 year old, would love it.

I wasn’t wrong! Robot really enjoyed playing this game, even though it actually took him quite a few games to get the hang of balancing the penguins on the ship.

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You can see the concentration here on his face, and I was surprised that he stuck with it after the first couple of failed attempts to add penguin to the boat. Once he’d grasped it though he returned to the game two or three times that first day, then took it to his friend’s house when he went for tea. A positive sign if ever there was one!

Don’t Rock the Boat is really simple to set up, which is typical of games by University Games. The rules are simple; balance your penguins on the boat but don’t make it tip!

The game is sturdy and well made, and the penguins are the perfect size for small hands. They’re not overly heavy, meaning the game isn’t over in a flash, but just weighty enough to mean that players need to really think about balance and the consequences of their next move.

Don’t Rock the Boat is available at Toymaster, Argos, Toys R Us, Amazon, and Smyths and has an SRP of £14.99 – the best price I found was £11.81 with free delivery on (affiliate link).

To read our reviews of other University Games products, click here.

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