We have been playing with Rory’s Story Cubes Batman, so today I’ll share our thoughts on them with a review, along with offering one of you the chance to win a set…
The storytelling possibilities with Rory’s Story Cubes Batman are endless. There is one rule: there are no wrong answers. The ‘chandelier’ icon could be just a chandelier; it could also represent light, wealth, a socialite gathering or Wayne Manor.
When playing with family and friends, take turns to be the narrator. The objective is to tell a Batman-themed story that links together all 9 face-up images. Roll all 9 Story Cubes. Begin with an opening like: “in the shadows of Gotham City…”, “I am the night, I am Batman…” or even “Once upon a crime…” You may like to use 3 Story Cubes for the beginning, 3 for the middle and 3 for the end of your story.
When playing alone roll all 9 Story Cubes and enjoy making your own Batman-themed stories. Try drawing your own 9-panel comic strip or writing an action-packed script.
Rory’s Story Cubes are perfect for travel, waiting in a restaurant in the classroom, as an icebreaker, for idea generation, or to make learning a new language more fun – the uses are endless. The 9 Story Cubes, each with a unique image on all sides holds a total of 54 Batman themed images – this means that with every roll, there are over a million combinations to use for storytelling inspiration. Batman Story Cubes are inked in black so they are easy to sort if you do combine them with other Rory’s Story Cubes after use. (from Amazon)
Also available from your friendly local game shop.
This is such a versatile game to play, and can be easily adapted allowing it to be enjoyed across different age groups. These are for Little Man, who at just turned 4 is actually a little younger than the recommended 6+ for them, but he can play with them.
We play by both taking it in turns to roll one of the nine dice and adding another line to the story with each roll. He also enjoys it when I roll all 9 at once and make up the entire story myself. This is a little much for him to do himself at the moment as I think having all of them in front of him overwhelms him. Boo, at 7, is able to play it this way and loves making the stories up.
The possibilities for tales are endless as there are 54 different images on the 9 dice making for a huge variety of permutations, and of course, the 9 dice can be used in a different order for every story, too. The only limit is your own imagination.
Little Man also enjoys studying the sheet with the descriptions of each image and seeing how quickly he can find the corresponding image on a dice – not part of the game play, but another way that they can be enjoyed.
But I’d say his favourite way to play with them is to get out his Batman toys alongside them and act out the story that the dice are creating. I adore it when we play like this as his imagination really fires and as he plays he asks heaps of questions to ensure he’s clear on the plot and is acting it out accordingly. It’s lovely to see.
These are a hit. As you can see, we play with these in so many different ways and I can only see that adapting as my son grows and the stories can become more elaborate and sophisticated. The fact that they come in a handy little carry case gains them a big thumbs up from me as they often live in my handbag now and we then always have a game to play wherever we are, yet they take up virtually no room. As well as the orginal story cubes and Batman, they also have Moomin, Scooby-Doo, Looney Tunes and Doctor Who versions available – something for everyone!
I now have a set of Batman Story Cubes up for grabs. To be in with a chance of winning it, enter using the rafflecopter below. The competition is open to UK entrants only and closes at 12am 7th November 2016. Good luck!
What appeals to you about Rory’s Story Cubes Batman?
Disclosure: We received the game FOC for the purposes of this post, and the post contains affiliate links