Sshh! Don’t Wake Dad – A Review


Sshh! Don’t Wake Dad (Drumond Games, rrp Β£22.99, for 2 to 4 players, age 5+) is a game I’ve had my sights set on for a while. This is because Sshh! Don’t Wake Dad is a message that I would like my young daughters to receive and understand.

5.55am. A knock at the door. “Daddy? (pause). DADDY? Is it morning yet?”. No, is my bleary, confused response. You eventually coax them back to their beds but that’s you. Awake for the day. No hope of further sleep.

So you can see that this game is very close to my heart. Getting my youngster’s subconcious to accept Sshh! Don’t Wake Dad as a mantra to live by is a top priority. Maybe if, through the medium of board games, I can get the kids to let me have just 30 more minutes sleep then, holy moly, life would be so sweet.

Maybe I’m exaggerating a touch. Maybe…

The Game

SshhSingleThe game is a doddle to set up. You get the game board, a spinner, cards, the player’s pieces (terrified kids wandering round the house at night) and the main piece – the eponymous sleeping father.

The rules are equally simple. You have to make it across the board without waking up the dad. If you do, you’re back to the beginning. There are additional rules relating to skipping to the front of the queue and stealing other people’s cards which spice things up a bit.

The dad lies in his bed, snoring away. He has an alarm clock on his bedside table. Most of the squares have a picture and a number on it. If you land on a square and the picture matches the picture on one of your cards, you’re safe. Otherwise, you have to press the alarm clock the number of times that corresponds to the number on your square. If you’re unlucky, the alarm clock will wake up dad who will SPRING up from his bed and you’re caught. Back to the beginning with you. The winner is the first one who makes it to the fridge and steals a piece of chocolate cake.

Review

Four of us played this including Jenny (4) and Eve (3). I’m telling you their ages because they are younger than the 5+ recommended on the box. Despite this, they picked up on the rules without any hesitation and dove right in, picking the coloured pieces that they wanted.

When the game was up and running, Jenny had to press the alarm button three times. On the second go, it jumped up, and so did she. She got a massive shock which one would expect given that she was four. From that point on, both of the children were ultra-cautious of pressing the button. This may well be the game was recommended for over fives!

Nevertheless, they wanted to continue. They were addicted to it. It was like the scare of the Ghost Train. They were still drawn in.Sshh! Don't Wake Dad

As soon as the game finished, both girls wanted to play again! They’ve since asked to play the game again.

I think it’s safe to say that Sshh! Don’t Wake Dad was a big hit!

Sshh! Don’t Wake Dad is made by Drumond Park Games. For stockists and to play games on line, visit www.drumondpark.com

Disclaimer: Drumond Park sent me a copy of Sshh! Don’t Wake Dad for this review.

99 Comments

  1. msedollyp
    1 March 2016
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    Think my kids would love this!

  2. Harline
    1 March 2016
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    This looks fab and fun!

  3. Natasha Whenham
    1 March 2016
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    This looks like so much fun. My nephews would love it!

  4. julianne moseley
    1 March 2016
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    my son would love this game.

  5. Tracy K Nixon
    1 March 2016
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    This looks a great game thank you!

    • 1 March 2016
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      It’s really fun. The way the girls jumped up when the dad woke up was priceless!

  6. Annabel Greaves
    1 March 2016
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    Great fun game xx

  7. tracy sinclair
    1 March 2016
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    Looks a good game for all the family to play nicely together x

  8. 1 March 2016
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    looks like a great game x

  9. Elaine Savage
    1 March 2016
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    great game, my grandhcildren would love this

  10. Andrea Fletcher
    1 March 2016
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    Have played this game before, it is great fun.

  11. Susan Smith
    1 March 2016
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    Looks a great game for the family

  12. cheryl hadfield
    1 March 2016
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    my kids would love this for family game night

  13. Rachel Craig
    1 March 2016
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    The children would enjoy playing the game.

  14. Ashleigh Allan
    2 March 2016
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    sounds a great game

  15. Lisa Everaert
    2 March 2016
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    The kids love the look of this. Great Giveaway.

  16. jennifer thorpe
    2 March 2016
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    my kids would love this

  17. emma walters
    2 March 2016
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    this looks great for hubby’s birthday off my boys

  18. Caroline Williams
    2 March 2016
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    This would be fab! The kids would find it hilarious as I’m always saying “Shhhh! Don’t wake dad” πŸ™‚

  19. Elizabeth Hinds
    2 March 2016
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    Fab giveaway – my girls would absolutely love this game! πŸ™‚

  20. Christine Caple
    2 March 2016
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    It seems like a great game!

  21. Chris Andrews
    2 March 2016
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    can’t wait to play this with my grandsons . . . . .while daddy really is snoring in the corner

  22. Sarah Mackay
    2 March 2016
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    Brilliant giveaway

  23. Ruby Spiteri
    2 March 2016
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    Looks a great game x

  24. jason wills
    2 March 2016
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    Looks a interesting game

  25. 3 March 2016
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    Would love to try this game out – looks like fun!

  26. Ruth Tesdale
    3 March 2016
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    My grandsons would love this

  27. 3 March 2016
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    This looks like great fun

  28. Sarah Parkin
    3 March 2016
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    Great game especially if it teaches the kids to be quiet even for a little while!

  29. Ruth Harwood
    4 March 2016
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    This would be awesome for family time!!

  30. Jo Carroll
    4 March 2016
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    Working shifts with my other half I can definately see where you are coming from when you say the game has certain strong similarities with real life πŸ˜‰ A lot more fun to play though. x

  31. Alison Joyce
    4 March 2016
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    My daughter would love this game

  32. JULIE WARD
    4 March 2016
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    Grandson has been after this game for months

  33. MANDY DOHERTY
    5 March 2016
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    My grandsons would really enjoy this game x

  34. Jo Hutchinson
    6 March 2016
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    This game looks like great fun.

  35. Stevie
    6 March 2016
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    I don’t think the game could wake my dad up when he’s snoring away.

  36. Lyla
    6 March 2016
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    We’d love to try this game

  37. Solange
    6 March 2016
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    Sounds like a fun game.

  38. Jo Glasspool
    6 March 2016
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    My kids think this game looks ace!

  39. Natalie Gillham
    7 March 2016
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    My partners sons would love to play this, thanks for the chance to win it.

  40. Lynn heath
    7 March 2016
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    Sounds like a great game, my kids love a good ole row over a board game! They both cheat and then get offended when the other one doesn’t play by the rules either!!!!!

  41. Phyllis Ellett
    7 March 2016
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    What a great looking game, fun for all.

  42. Lucy Chester
    7 March 2016
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    This looks such a great game

  43. Ema J Lowe
    7 March 2016
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    sounds like a good game for the whole family to play.

  44. Margaret Clarkson
    8 March 2016
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    Sounds like good fun!

  45. 9 March 2016
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    Looks like so much fun had something similar when I was a child my daughter would love this games hours of laughs and fun

  46. kimberley ryan
    9 March 2016
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    Looks like great fun, my little ones would really enjoy this.

  47. Samantha Loughlin
    9 March 2016
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    Looks awesome

  48. gemma hendry
    10 March 2016
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    game looks a lot of fun thanks for the chance

  49. michelle o'neill
    10 March 2016
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    Looks a good game x

  50. 11 March 2016
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    Fab prize!

  51. Susan B
    12 March 2016
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    I have been tempted to buy one of these before as it sounds such fun. Thanks for the giveaway.

  52. Laura Nice
    12 March 2016
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    Would love this for my nieces!

  53. Jayne Kelsall
    13 March 2016
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    Looks like a great game that the kids would enjoy

  54. sherri hough
    13 March 2016
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    between my two kids and my boyfriends four kids this game would sure get a lot of use out of!

  55. Kim Neville
    14 March 2016
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    Looks a fun game my kids would love playing

  56. rebecca austin
    14 March 2016
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    Looks like fun, my daughter would love this

  57. Anna Brown
    14 March 2016
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    This game would be great for our family games nights πŸ™‚

  58. Sheri Darby
    14 March 2016
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    This looks great fun

  59. Karl Borowy
    15 March 2016
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    FUN FOR ALL

  60. jo liddement
    15 March 2016
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    There’s nothing like a good family game to liven up the evenings

  61. This looks a fun game – my nephew would love to play this!

  62. Alison MacDonald
    15 March 2016
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    This looks great fun my grandchildren would love it πŸ™‚

  63. Victoria Prince
    15 March 2016
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    This game sounds so much fun, definitely one on our list!

  64. Jayne Townson
    15 March 2016
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    This looks good, thanks for the giveaway.

  65. sandy ralph
    15 March 2016
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    my grandson would love this game

  66. Vicky Loveday
    15 March 2016
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    What a fab game, kids will love it. Thank you

  67. Diana
    15 March 2016
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    Would love to win πŸ™‚

  68. Helen A
    15 March 2016
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    My nieces would be well entertained with this!!

  69. Jennifer Rhymer
    15 March 2016
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    This game looks fun!

  70. jessica cook
    15 March 2016
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    I’m sure my kids would love that

  71. Emma Perry
    15 March 2016
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    This game looks like so much fun!

  72. Hayley Colburn
    15 March 2016
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    My kids need to practice this in real life!!

    They’ve actually seen it advertised on Nick JR and said they want it so fingers crossed, thanks πŸ˜€

  73. Jane Middleton
    15 March 2016
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    thanks for the giveaway

  74. sarah rowland
    15 March 2016
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    this looks like a real fun family game i could play with my boys

  75. ellie spider
    16 March 2016
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    I have a copy of this game from like the 80’s lol it a great game πŸ˜€

  76. nicola james
    16 March 2016
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    looks like a fab fun game

  77. Angie McDonald
    16 March 2016
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    This looks really funny and a game I know all the family could play together and enjoy!

  78. emma sewell
    16 March 2016
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    My Son would love this game , thanks for the chance to win x

  79. Karen Laing
    16 March 2016
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    I love playing board games with my grandchildren and they seem to love them too.When they visit they’re always asking what games will we play today.This would be a wonderful addition to Granny’s games cupboard.Thanks for the great competition and I just hope I can be lucky x

  80. Chris Fletcher
    16 March 2016
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    Looks like fun, better than playing the real version!

  81. jackie curran
    16 March 2016
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    This looks a fun family game

  82. Craig Boneham
    16 March 2016
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    This looks so much fun!

  83. Jackie Dawson
    16 March 2016
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    I’d have a very happy niece if i won this, looks like such a fun game!

  84. Lynsey Buchanan
    16 March 2016
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    This would be a great addition to our games collection.

  85. stephanie Campbell
    16 March 2016
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    this game would be great for family night

  86. tammi nutting
    16 March 2016
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    looks great fun

  87. Natalie Crossan
    16 March 2016
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    This looks like a great game xx

  88. Steven Beasley
    16 March 2016
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    LOOKS REALLY GOOD FUN. THANK YOU

  89. Kelly cooper
    16 March 2016
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    looks great fun. Thanks fingers crossed !

  90. Kirsty Woods
    16 March 2016
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    Fab game, my daughter would love it

  91. Gem Cook
    16 March 2016
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    My kids would love this.
    Thank you for the chance ☺

  92. Caroline Buckley
    16 March 2016
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    My son would love this!

  93. LEE HARDY
    16 March 2016
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    Always on the look out for new games to play.

  94. 16 March 2016
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    Fantastic family game

  95. Sarah Archibald
    16 March 2016
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    This sounds great!

  96. Katie
    16 March 2016
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    This looks fun! πŸ™‚

  97. 16 March 2016
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    Looks excellent and I know we would have lots of fun with this!

  98. Chris Fliss
    16 March 2016
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    Would make a great addition to our family games night stock πŸ™‚

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