Review: Buntikus – coloring as a game

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The world used to be black and white. Only lines, that divided white in all directions and gave the environment its shape. But then the children came, took crayons into their hands and began to color. Apples, grass and trees gradually gained their beauty. And suddenly the world was a much better place.

Crayons are also in the lead role in the children’s game , prepared by the authors Lena and . Illustrator added a real shape to their work with her graphics. The game is published by .

A small yellow box on its lid shows an unfinished rainbow surrounded by animals and crayons. Inside, such crayons are waiting in the bag, ten pieces in five different colors. Before they are dealt among all the small participants, they must first choose one picture from the tear-off block to paint on. Everyone gets their own letter. Players then choose one color and color any one box in their image. Then all the crayons and the set of dice remain in the middle and the game begins.

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In his turn (starting with the one with the most colorful clothes), the player rolls four dice to determine the numbers and colors for everyone and the whole round. Everyone can choose any combination of numbers and colors, find the corresponding box on their sheet, and color it. But once one color is in each of the four areas, there can be no other.

As a result, with further rounds, players‘ choice is significantly reduced. In each round, the players take turns in the roll of the dice, and it can easily happen that in one turn the player has no square to color. So it will be a pass. Likewise, in some situations, the same color will fall on both cubes, further limiting the selection. But players can also expect a star, which is a joker. Once one of the players has been able to color all the squares on his paper, he becomes the winner.

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Buntikus, or Color It! is a simple dice game for the little ones. Its task is to train numbers (polka dots) and colors in children. By combining them, players get to the individual squares and gradually color them.

It is clear, that the whole game is decided by chance. But at the same time, the player has at least a certain level of freedom in each round. This is especially true for the beginning of the game, where players decide in which part of the picture what color will be.

And it’s good that there are several illustrations to choose from, that offer different color layouts. And depending on how the children use them down on the paper, the result of their efforts also looks different. But what is important – the course of the game is a combination of creation and competition, which is actually the best possible option. Children learn through play and this novelty can present itself in a beautiful way.

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In addition, the variant described by us is recommended for children from the age of five. In the rules, however, another simpler version is described, which can be done by four-year-olds. And only when they are doing everything correctly, can they move on to the more complicated one. The game is all the more accessible and can be thrown into it by any child who holds a crayon in his hand, so it can color a little continuously.

It is coloring, that is such a side activity, that actually looks for something extra. In reality, however, another teaching layer is hidden here as well, because rivalry is a thing, that abounds in many children. And these pictures, where the colors are divided, force them to try harder to make their picture nicer than the opponents‘.

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Buntikus is a beautiful drawing game, in which children choose a box for coloring according to the roll of the dice. It works great and kids always enjoy scribbling with colors. But if you give them the opportunity to measure their strengths, even with the help of a dice, Buntikus becomes a clear hit for the little ones.

DesignerLena Burkhardt, Günter Burkhardt
ArtistSandra Kretzmann
PublisherHABA
Year Published2020
# of Players2 - 4
Playing Time10
Mfg Suggested Ages4 and up
CategoryChildren's Game
FamilyMechanism: Roll-and-write, Series: Mitbringspiele S (HABA)
Primary NameColor It!
Alternate NamesBuntikus, Colorus, Multicolor

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