During our 50-hour marathon show benefitting Toys for Tots this year, we played two holiday games by Funko: Winnie the Pooh Snow Parade Game and “The Muppet Christmas Carol” Spirit of Giving Game. These games are perfect for family playtime this season as they are both aimed at younger audiences.
Winnie the Pooh Snow Parade is designed for 2 – 4 players ages 3 and up. The gameplay takes approximately 20 minutes.
The description reads, “Help Winnie the Pooh and friends put together a holiday parade! Work together to match colors, moving the characters forward and backward. If you need an extra hand, Christopher Robin is always there! Get all the characters in the right order to win!”
During setup, the large character tiles are lined up in an order determined by the numbers on their backs.
Players then flip over one of the parade tiles, which shows them the order of the parade they will try to create.
There are two decks of cards, labeled “1” and “2.” The decks should be individually shuffled and then stacked on top of each other. The decks are the same but there are two just to make sure the cards are mixed up well. Each player gets two cards, which have the same artwork as the tiles. The Christopher Robin cards are wild.
The decks sit on top of a tile depicting the Hundred Acre Wood.
There are easy, medium, and hard levels based on how many parade tiles you try to complete.
During gameplay, players work together to put the character tiles in the correct parade order. It’s a cooperative game and a player can use one of their cards to move the pictured character over one position or use one of their cards and another player’s card to switch those characters.
After using a card, the player discards it and draws a new one.
Considering we were adults playing this, we enjoyed it a lot and found it surprisingly challenging. We played a medium game, which meant we completed four parade tiles, and we almost didn’t win. While we think kids could understand and enjoy it, we recommend it for players a little older than 3 years of age, or for adults to play with their kids to help.
The large paper cards and cardboard tiles are easy for kids to handle. The game could help with teaching kids about colors, numbers, and direction. It features cute artwork of the Winnie the Pooh characters parading in a winter wonderland version of the Hundred Acre Wood.
It has good replayability. As long as you shuffle well, every game will be a little different.
Winnie the Pooh Snow Parade is a fun and challenging family game we could play again and again. Watch our full gameplay and review video below and click here to purchase Winnie the Pooh Snow Parade Game.
The Muppet Christmas Carol Spirit of Giving card game is also for 2 – 4 players and is recommended for ages 7 and up. It also takes about 20 minutes to play.
The game’s description reads “Join the Muppets for some spirited holiday cheer! Collect your favorite characters to make sets and score points. Complete another player’s set and you both receive a gift! In this game of giving, the most generous player wins!”
Like the front of the game’s box, the instructions manual features art of Fozzy Bear, Kermit, Robin, and Miss Piggy from the classic holiday film.
The game uses cards, Scrooge and ghost story tiles, and cardboard gift tiles. To set up the game, turn all the gift tiles over so you can’t see their numbers. Shuffle the cards and deal three face-downs in a row to each player. Players turn over the first and third cards for everyone to see. They look at their center card without showing it to everyone else. This aspect of the game is a little bit like the card game Golf.
If all three cards in your hand are the same color or character at the start of the game, replace them with a new hand.
Next, you prepare the deck with the story tiles. You divide the shuffled deck into four stacks and place a story tile on top of each stack. You then place the four stacks on top of each other in this order: Scrooge, Ghost of Christmas Past, Ghost of Christmas Present, and Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come. When you start the game, you remove Scrooge from the top of the deck and place him nearby where all the players can see.
When playing the game, each player wants to complete a set in their hand by drawing cards and swapping cards. A set is three cards of the same character or color. Every time a player completes their own set, they pick a gift without looking at the number and then draw a new hand. There is also a benefit to completing someone else’s set. In that scenario, you get to pick two gifts and look at them. You keep one for yourself and give the other to the player whose hand you completed.
The game ends when all the gifts have been given out or the deck is empty. At that point, players flip over the gifts and add up their points. The player with the most gift points wins.
We found the directions for the story tiles confusing. This is how we ended up playing with them, which we think is correct. As players go through the deck during gameplay, they hit different story tiles. They then place the story tiles to the side and, from that point on, players can choose which uncovered story tile instruction they want to follow on their turn.
For example, for the first few rounds, players can only use Scrooge’s instruction: “Draw the top card of the deck and replace any card.” After going through the first fourth of the deck, we then revealed the Ghost of Christmas Past. We could then choose either Scrooge’s instruction or the Ghost’s: “Take the top card from the discard pile and replace any card.”
Once we resolved our confusion, we found the game fun. The gift-giving mechanic was interesting, making this almost like a cooperative game but with a single winner (unless there are ties at the end, and then players can share victory).
We liked the artwork of the Muppets (and Scrooge) on the cards and story tiles. However, the gift tiles aren’t the most interesting or Muppet-y, and the visual layout of the game on the table is a little all over the place.
We do think kids younger than 7 could probably play this game with adults who understand the rules. No Muppet or “A Christmas Carol” knowledge is required, although fans of the film will certainly appreciate it the most. It’s more confusing than we’d like, but we still recommend it for families looking for a fun game to play at Christmas.
Click here to purchase The Muppet Christmas Carol Spirit of Giving card game and watch our full gameplay and review video below.
Which of these Funko games will you be playing with your family this holiday season? Let us know in the comments!