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I do like to play board games and such like with my son as I think it helps generate a feeling of closeness and fun. It wasn't something that my parents did with me and my siblings as we were growing up, or not very often anyway and so I want my son to grow up with fond memories of time spent together. As such I often buy him a game or two at birthdays or Christmas and one that I bought for him this Christmas gone was connect 4 launchers.
==What is it?==
Connect 4 launchers is obviously a game which is made by Hasbro and which has links to the popular game connect 4. In this game though you build a two tiered structure and use a launcher to fire discs on to the structure in the aim to get four in a row! It is described as a "frantic, fast flying, 4 in a row game" and I think this is probably pretty spot on!
The game comes packed in a sturdy cardboard box which has a blue, yellow and red colour scheme much like the original connect 4 so there is no mistaking that they are linked in my opinion. The front of the box shows the game being played by two connect 4 counters and we are advised that the game is suitable for players aged five years and over.
==Setting the game up==
Inside the box there are:
21 red counters
21 yellow counters
4 pillar pieces
2 clear plastic trays
1 red counter launcher
1 yellow counter launcher
All of the pieces for the game are stored in a thin cardboard slip out case which is basic but functional in keeping everything together. The game is very easy to set up and can be done by my son independently and he is almost seven. Basically you need to slide the clear plastic trays in to the pillars to make a two tiered construction to which you launch your counters at. It feels steady enough considering the bulk of the game is made from a thin plastic and it certainly stands up to the counters being launched at it as well.
==Playing the game and opinion==
There are various ways in which you can play this game but the idea is the same throughout them all and so the game my son and I prefer to play is the basic frantic launch which means we take our counters and launchers and fire them as fast as possible until we get a four in a row situation. The thing with this game is obviously if another players counter lands over the top of yours then theirs becomes the main colour in that position and so on which can be quite frustrating if you have three in a row! The counters launch nicely from the coloured launchers as they have a hole in the middle which sits on the bump on the launcher to keep it from falling off when you fire. There is of course a whole lot of pot luck when you play this game because it is impossible as far as I am concerned to be completely accurate when launching the counter but I think this makes it a fairer game to be honest!
There is another game which you can play with this one which involves firing some power counters and wherever they land you follow the instructions removing other counters from around them or such like. This can be quite confusing to be honest and it isn't as much fun as the basic frantic launch and so my son and I don't really bother with that one to be honest.
What my son loves about this game is that because it is literally a case of just firing all of your counters in quite a frantic manner it can be quite a fun and loud game as to begin with you need to shout "ready, set, launch" and then when you do get a connect 4 you need to shout it out so to stop your opponent from potentially getting one! He loves how it can get quite silly and loud and to be honest so do I because all too often even when playing games we expect a child to be sensible (monopoly I am looking at you!) and so it is nice to just have some silliness for a little while. The game doesn't last all that long even if you play the first to five which is depicted by little marks on your launchers and so it is nice to be loud and daft!
What I also really like about this game is that we can play it easily with two people and to be honest it works better with two than with messing about trying to be on teams and so it is ideal for my son and I to play together at home.
The game does feel really well made I have to say and the plastic used for the pillars and the counters is really bright and appealing to look at. I think they would be pretty easy to spot on the carpet too as they do tend to fly around everywhere as you play the game but we haven't lost any yet!
==Price and availability==
The game is available from pretty much all good toy stores as well as online and the best price I have found is on amazon currently where it sells for £10.39 which includes free super saver delivery. For this price I have to say this is a really fun game which all of the family will enjoy.
Thank you for reading my review!