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Heath Washburn
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As much fun as it is to keep up with the latest hotness in complex strategy board games, there are also new kids' games being released all the time. Many of them are surprisingly fun, even for adults! My 4-year-old daughter and I have had the pleasure of playing a fresh crop of 2018 kids' games with cooperative rules and happy summer-time themes (provided to us by the publishers).

Peaceable Kingdom is the publisher of many games that my family enjoys. Their latest offering, Lemonade Shake Up! is a refreshingly sweet and simple game about dice-rolling and recipe-making. In this quick cooperative game, players take turns rolling dice in an effort to make lemonade, strawberry lemonade or limeade. (Keep the dice you like and re-roll the rest.) There are a variety of customers and each one has a specific order and quarters in hand. The more difficult the drink recipe, the bigger the payout! Hopefully, you and your teammates can sell enough lemonade to fill a jar full of quarters!

Setup is a snap. Lemonade Shake Up only takes 15 minutes and it's easy to teach and understand. The theme of a lemonade stand is evergreen and kids latch onto it. As with most dice-based games, there's a healthy dose of luck here. Yet, pulling off the tough limeade recipe can still be thrilling, because players always have the choice of which dice to re-roll. We both enjoyed this one a lot! The components are good and the customer illustrations are funny. The limeade can be a really tough recipe, but maybe that difficulty can teach kids to be kind losers. If your kid(s) get burned out on games, this one even has actual recipes you can try. (We did!)

Positives: Great theme and illustrations, fun mechanics, some exciting (lucky) moments.
Negatives: Can be tough (especially limeade), bad rolls are a bummer.
Combined dad & daughter score:

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