Squashed – an excellent family game

I recreated the cube. My daugher, purple, reached the king. I had a red piece on each side. So when she squashed me, my other red piece went to the top next to the repositioning of the king. I then squashed my daughter and took care of my wife shortly after that. BTW, use the yellow mat or a tablecloth to play. We didn't because we like distressing our $100 Craigslist table. But you might not like the result of smashing pawns into the cube on your table.

I recreated the cube. My daugher, purple, reached the king. I had a red piece on each side. So when she squashed me, my other red piece went to the top next to the repositioning of the king. I then squashed my daughter and took care of my wife shortly after that. BTW, use the yellow mat or a tablecloth to play. We didn’t because we like distressing our $100 Craigslist table. But you might not like the result of smashing pawns into the cube on your table.

So there we were at the kitchen table after dinner playing Squashed, my 12-year-old daughter whooping it up and rubbing in the fact she won the first game. I  squashed (pun intended) my tweener’s happiness by winning the second game, leaving my wife 0 and 2. 

Now the object of Squashed is to be the last pawn standing. Simple, or so it seemed the first time we played and each of us took the simplest strategy of racing to the top of the cube to reach the king. Now reaching the king means you get to flip the cube to any side you like and squash other players’ pieces into the center of the cube, never to be seen again – or until the next game.

I realized during the second game that there is strategy beyond racing to the top. It isn’t the only way to play. The key: it helps to plan ahead. Hold that thought for minute. I’ll get back to it.

I’ve already established that my daughter is a terrible winner and loser. Hmm, where did she get that from? my wife likes to ask.

Yeah, okay, she got it from me, which makes for a battle royal each time we play a game.

And the third game of Squashed was a classic battle. My daughter wanted nothing to more than to squash me and win.

She was in good position to do just that, with one pawn left that was much closer to the top than my two pawns. But I grew up playing board games, not video games, and knew it was time to school my daughter in the art of “non-digital gaming.”

Like a compulsive gambler whose horse is 10 lengths ahead with the finish line in sight, my daughter giggled and jumped about, taunting me with her knowledge that she was a sure winner.

I have no problem busting self-esteem in my house when it comes to games. It’s good to learn what defeat tastes like early in life. So, I moved both of my pieces sideways to opposite sides of the cube.

This is an exact quote from my daughter to my wife: “I don’t know what Daddy thinks he’s doing.” That should have been her first clue something was up, but certain victory clouded her tweener mind.

And when she reached the space next to the king, she chose to squash me instead of her mother. Oh, the glee and joy of certain victory in her face when she left me with one piece – one piece which just happened to be next to the new location of the king. You see, when you flip the cube the opposite side comes up and the king gets moved to the top. I planted my pieces on opposite sides so no matter what, one piece would be in the position to squash her on my next turn.

“Daddy can’t do that,” she said to her mother, her certain victory crumbling like a 6-month old chocolate chip cookie. I almost felt bad for her. Ah, not really. I was happier for my own craftiness.

I finished her off, then my wife and became the Squashed King with a 2 and 1 record.

The next morning I rubbed it in and left a note for her on the cube: “You were Squashed.”

So, a high recommendation for the game Squashed. It appears simple the first time you play it, but gets better each time. I got my money’s worth alone during the third game – “I don’t know what Daddy thinks he’s doing.” That’s right, Honey, even I don’t know what I’m doing sometimes, but this time I did. Ha.

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4 thoughts on “Squashed – an excellent family game

  1. Good post John but must admit I feel a bit of sorrow for your daughter’s loss to the Champion squasher. It’s also in the cards that you will dominate over CF as well.
    Wishing your Dodgers well opening day Saturday in Australia over D-Backs. Wouldn’t you like to be on that plane trip?
    Thanks for the shout out in your previous post.
    Stay well my west coast friend.

    • Larry,

      I have the entire family watching the eagles now. They check on them every day. I’m grateful you’ve turned us on to some cool things. Thanks again.

      I would like to live in Australia. I like the fact they were able to do something about guns. And I feel like their society leans less to the ultra-rich than ours. I may be wrong.

      As long as the Dodgers beat the Braves this year, life will be good.

      I hope you and the wife and the pup are doing well and having fun.

      UC

  2. I don’t have this game but love the sound of it and plan on trying to get it and working on my 10-year-old!

    I know what you’re thinking.. “what! A comment from Karyn, are pigs flying???” I know Ive been awful, we moved, we started and sold businesses, I added some more work to already overflowing pile and the blog just kept getting pushed back to the backburner. I read EVERY one of your posts though – although for some reason I didn’t get any for about a month and then a ton came in all at once!

    I wrote a post today, not sure when ill do another, I WANT to but there you go, WANT isn’t enough sometimes. I just couldn’t let it tick over the 12 months when there hadn’t been a post!

    I hope you are well my friend and your health has improved after the last drama, if willing you to be well was a sport I’d be a professional at it! Every time I saw a post (and sometimes when I didn’t) I thought of you and your family and wished you health and happiness!

    Here’s to keeping up with each other more often!

    Karyn

    • Hello, Karyn, Queen of Australia,

      Super nice to hear from you. I wonder if your ears were ringing a few weeks ago. I was talking to my wife about you and telling her that I think I’d like to live in Australia, and at least we’d have a couple of friends, you and your family. But I doubt we’ll move.

      Squashed is a good family game and a way to get a child off the computer.

      What have you been doing that has kept you so busy? Making a mint, I hope.

      Wish you and your family the best of everything as your summer comes to a close.

      John

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