Gibsons, the family-owned jigsaw puzzle and board game company have launched a new family game, Rockpool. Designed by Dave Wetherall of GGG Games, the UK-based indie game company, Rockpool is a fun game that encourages players to collect shells and clean up rubbish from the beach before the tide comes in.
A seriously fun game with a serious message, Rockpool also helps children (and adults) consider the impact of littering on beaches and the destructive effect of plastic waste in our oceans. Cards that represent rubbish are treated differently depending on how they are acquired; if actively cleared up they score positively but if neglected they have a negative impact. So, if a player clears away rubbish from the beach, they increase their chance of winning the game.
To celebrate the release a few months ago, members of the Gibsons Head Office headed down to Seaford Beach in Sussex to collect rubbish and clean up the coastline. The team picked up everything from crisp packets to cans and would like to thank Lewes Council for their support.
Emily Charles, Product Development Manager at Gibsons, said “Rockpool is an important game in our range. It fits perfectly with our green strategy and mission to raise awareness of the environmental impact we are having on our planet. Developing Rockpool alongside Dave was a pleasure and I’m proud of the finished product. It has gone down really well with play testers and our Managing Director’s daughters love it! The beauty of Rockpool is that it can be played by all ages so adults will have as much fun as the kids when playing as a family. The beach clean was a great day out for the team and a real eye opener of the amount of plastic waste that really does end up on our beaches. We hope to do more litter picks over the coming year to help clean up our local area.”
Designer Dave Wetherall states: "I'm passionate about games being a force for good in the world, so I love how Rockpool brings children and adults together to have fun, whilst also having an environmental message. I wanted it to be enjoyable for players of different ages and abilities so designed it to be easy to play, yet hard to master!"
Rockpool is part of the Little Gibsons collection of bright and colourful jigsaw puzzles & games that have been tailor-made for inquisitive kids. The products are produced from the same high-quality materials as Gibsons’ award-winning adult jigsaw range and all the artwork has been designed by British artists. What’s more, each jigsaw and game is presented in an innovative box to complement the artwork theme, which means that the collection includes some weird and wonderful boxes that are sure to spark the imagination!Rockpool is for 2-6 players and takes about 15 minutes to play. Available now!