When I told Kian we were getting a game called Smite to review, his eyes lit up as he has a computer game of the same name which he adores.
Sadly for him, this Smite is a game that will get him outside and joining in a game that all the family can play.
Smite is a tactical and addictive garden game from Cornwall, which combines the dexterity of boules with the cunning of croquet. The great thing about it is that Smite can be played by all ages and abilities with Sebastian and Eliza getting involved too.
The solid wood throwing stick (the Smite) is used to topple the wooden pins, all of which are made from sustainable wood sources, but as the game progresses the skill level increases. The set comes in a handy carry box but also includes a Smite travel bag with all the rules handily printed on the side.
The great thing about Smite is that you can adapt the rules to suit your family, so we moved the bar closes to the pins for Sebastian and Eliza’s turn. Sebby did turn out to be a bit of a demon at this game too.
You score according to the number on the pins you knock down and the first one to 50 wins – only it’s not quite as simple as this because after each players turn the pins are stood back up where they fell, rather than in the original triangle formation. As we were playing with the little ones we did set them back up as triangles though.
Also, you have to score exactly 50 so you need to try to aim for the pin number you want, rather than hit as many as possible and if you go over 50 your points get knocked down to 25 so you can build them back up again.
I can see this game being popular at barbecues as well as taken to the beach and on our holiday to Camp Bestival as it doesn’t take up much room and is simple and easy to play. There was a national championship this May Bank Holiday weekend and even a world championship in Cornwall in August.
I have popped a little notepad and pencil in our bag to keep score although you can keep score on your phone too. Smite has an RRP of £31 including delivery and can be ordered here. Check out what Sarah’s teens from Mum of Three World thought of Smite by clicking here.