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ABOUT: The modern name for this game is Connect 4 it's also known to others as Captain's Mistress, Four Up, Plot Four, Find Four, Fourplay and Four in a Row/Line. This game is a very simple game to set up and play and although it's not a hard game to play it does require some thinking along the way. This game is now produced and sold my Hasbro and has gone through some slight changes since I played this game a good few years ago. This game is suitable for children aged 6 years and up. This is probably because younger children may find this game a little complicated and also the counters can be put into the mouth as well, so if you happen to have younger children that do play this they need to be supervised really. In the box should also be a set of instructions and how to play the game although this is pretty straight forward anyway.
PRICE: You can purchase this game online and from stores for around £9.99
INSTRUCTIONS: This game is obviously for just two players and each player has one set of coloured counters. Taking it in turn each player needs to put a counter into the grid. The aim of the game is to get four of your coloured counters in a row. This can be vertical, horizontal and even diagonal.
PLAYING: The grid and legs to the grid are made from plastic so slot in easily. My nephew whom is 6yrs old is able to slot the legs onto the grid without any problems. The token's are made from plastic and come in Yellow and Red. My nephew always chooses the red tokens so I have little choice but to play with the yellow tokens. I always let him go first and he is able to place the token into the grid easily. The token slide down the grid to the free hole and you can clearly see where the coloured token lands on both sides. This game only takes a few minutes to play but my nephew enjoys playing it and we often take it in turns to go first. Although he knows how to play the game he sometimes misses out on seeing the spaces where he could place his tokens to win or to stop me from winning. Due to this I have to admit that I do sometimes let him win the game when we play it. Once someone has got 4 of their coloured tokens in a row or the grid is fully, simply slid the plastic slider at the bottom and all the tokens will fall out. This is much better than the plastic part that used to be on the bottom to release the tokens which often used to break as there were a number of times where me and my sister has to try and stick it back using sticky tape.
OVERALL: A great game that is still fun to play.
Every family has the connect 4 game don't they?? If not they definitely should because its great fun.
I remember my grandma having this at her house and loving playing with it. When my little boy was old enough for it I bought it for him one Christmas.
We have had the game ever since and it has been played loads of time. The game is such good quality and is definitely built to last.
Starting to play the game
The game says on the box that it is suitable from age 7 and up but I think that it can be used from age 5 quite easily my daughter plays it now without any problems.
The game is made by Hasbro and comes in a nice box. When you open the pack it is all neatly organized into sections. You get 42 little discs 21 are yellow and 21 are red. The grid that you play the game with and the two legs are then stored in the middle part of the box.
I think the fact that the box is in sections helps you keep the game nice and helps it stay in good condition rather than everything just getting thrown into a big box when you have finished playing with it.
Before you start the game you just need to attach the two leg pieces to the grid part and then decide who is going to be red and who is going to be yellow, as soon as that's done you are ready to go. Don't forget to close the little flap at the bottom of the grid or the pieces will all fall through!
The game is very easy, basically you need to get 4 of your discs in a row to win. The rows can be vertical, diagonal or horizontatl. The two players take it in turns to decide their next move, obviously trying to block each other from getting 4 discs in a row.
I love this game and have never tired of it even now I am an adult. My kids seem to love it too. It is a really quick game to play so if you only have 15mins you can easily get the game out and have played a game in that time.
If you have more than 2 people wanting to play you can play a knock out like we do. Basically the winner stays on each time until everyone has tried to defeat them. This means more than 2 people can be involved in the game at a time.
I think the game is excellent and would definitely recommend it to anyone, both couples and families will love the game.
Connect 4 is a game from board game makers Hasbro and has been a game I enjoy playing from being a child to being an adult. We have the Hasbro board game, the travel version and we also have a Giant Wooden Connect 4 which lives in our living room (not reviewed here but I'm a big fan of the game!). Each player has coloured discs either yellow or red and you have a vertical "board" with slots in the top where the discs go into. The aim of the game is to get 4 of the same colour in a row, either vertically, diagonally or horizontally. Of course this sounds quite easy but you take it in turns with the opposition to try to block 'runs' of colours building up. You can buy the official Hasbro version for about £10 from Argos. There are imitation versions which are cheaper and exactly the same in terms of game play and are often called something like 4-in-a-row.
I'm not sure how or why but my husband has a talent for beating me at Connect 4 95% of the time we play which is quite frustrating. I quite like playing with my nieces when then come to stay as I have much more of a chance of winning!! The game itself is really straightforward and the board takes seconds to put together. In terms of bits and pieces, there is only the board and the coloured discs so not too many fiddly bits to lose easily. The game itself is quite easy in terms of objective so with that in mind it is quite easy for younger children to play. It is recommended that it is for aged six and above which I probably agree with unless you have a bright 4-5 year old.Each game is typically quite quick to play so younger children wouldn't get bored easily - it can probably last about 10 minutes tops unless you are my husband who thinks very tactically about each move. Most normal people have a quick look at blocking other player's moved and throw a disc in. The obvious downside is that it is only a 2 player game so not really one for the family at Christmas time in the way that you could all play Monopoly or such like.
The game is reasonably priced, easy to set up and easy to play. It takes a bit of thought but not too much, it lasts just long enough to keep small people from getting bored but if you play with someone who is very good at the game it can be quite challenging which is why it keeps us entertained as an adult as well as loving the game as a child. Overall, I highly recommend it.
Now that the Christmas season is upon us I have been digging out all the old board games in preparation for 2 weeks off school and work together. I don't mind my kids playing on consoles for some of their spare time but I also like them to play games where they have to interact with the people around them and think a little bit more other than shoot, duck, run.
One of my favourites from my childhood is Connect 4 from Hasbro, there are cheaper versions available that probably play just as well but when I brought Connect 4 for the kids a few years ago I paid about £10 for the Hasbro version from Argos as it is the one I remember playing with my sisters.
In the box you get the plastic blue game grid and two plastic legs, the legs attach easily to the sides of the game grid so that it is lifted off the table a couple of inches. Each player has a pile of Red or Yellow counters each and then you each take it in turns to drop a counter into the game grid, the idea is to make four in a row diagonally, horizontally or vertically while at the same time preventing your opponent from making 4 in a row.
It sounds simple enough but hours of fun can be had playing the game and two skilled players can play till virtually all of there counters are gone before one slip up and the other player wins.
The game is marketed as being suitable for 6 years onwards but I feel with supervision children slightly younger can enjoy the game just as much. I think the game teaches patience and strategy which are two great skills to have, especially when Mum has a giant selection of games hidden under the bed to make everyone play with her over Christmas.
Hasbro now make a few different versions of Connect 4, I only have the classic version but would like a giant garden version as it looks a lot of fun.
Another recommended family game, Thank you for reading
Connect 4 is a classic game for players aged six and up according to the box. However, this is another game that I've had younger children happily play with from around four years of age.
Two players compete against each other. One player has the yellow set of counters and the other has the red counters.
Players take it in turn to drop a counter of their chosen colour, into the slot from the top of the provided blue frame. The frame is very easy to put together into the separate stand. The plastic is thick. Just keep away those counters from the mouths of young children.
The first counter clatters down to land, where you have chosen, somewhere on the bottom row of the frame. After this you may choose to position your counter to the side or on top of a counter that's all ready in place.
The winner will achieve the successful placement of their four counters (or more) all in an uninterrupted row even the opposition has been trying to block them.
The rules allow for the successful player to have four counters, of their own colour, in a line either horizontally, vertically or diagonally.
Players must think ahead as to where the best placement of their counter will be in order to win. The game set-up, play and conclusion are simple, but the people who win over and over again are the best strategists.
Apart from the obvious educational value in developing strategy this is good fun. The game length is often a few minutes, if that, but the fun is often continued over and over again for hours.
Once a game is completed just open the mechanism at the bottom of the frame, and out comes all the counters, to be gathered back up. Everything is sturdy and decently made.
Often the price is much cheaper than many other classic board games. There's no need to pay any more than ten pounds for this. In fact, that is probably too much. I bought mine for about six pounds.
I find the game isn't always picked out by children from my collection of toys all that often but when they discover Connect 4 they are engaged in play for hours.
Why not connect with the children with this game of Connect 4?
I had totally forgotten about Connect Four until I saw a review on it the other day. "Santa" bought this for Christmas for me one year when I was about 7, and I absolutely loved this game.
It's a game for just two people, completing against each other for the most lines of four disks. There are two colours of disks, red and yellow, each play uses just one colour and is trying to get a line, either horizontally, vertically or diagonally of their colour. The disks area a bit like coins, around the size of a £2 coin and made out of hard plastic.
There is a stand-up frame for the coins to be slotted into by row and column. There are 6 rows and 7 columns in total. The frame is dark blue and needs to be assembled, it's very easy to put together, there are just two sides which clip onto the sides of the slotted section. This middle slotted section has a pull-around release cover at the bottom to let the disks out at the end of the game. I always kept mine in the box so would dissemble it after use.
The game is a very basic idea but is really fun to play. I would usually play the frame sitting on the floor and the two players take it in turn to slot their disks in. It is a tactical game, you are trying to block the other player from getting a connect four but at the same time trying to get your own connect fours. At the end of the game when all the disks are in the frame and the frame is full the players count up who has the most connect fours and thus wins.
It's a good game for children and the game says its suitable for kids 6 upwards - I would say this is about right. The tactical element is good, you have to learn to watch what your opponent is doing as well as concentrating on your own game, therefore there is lots of reactionary moves involved. Younger children would understand more the concept of getting four disks in a line and for that reason it is a good educational tool and the more tactical element of playing would come later when they are older.
Looking online the game is about £12 and I certainly played with for quite a number of years, and I seem to remember my father rather like playing it too! I am sure I kept it so next time I go to my parents I will hunt it out from my room there as my daughter who is five is just at the age where she would be able to get into playing it and I think it would be a good way to teach her horizontal and verticals!
Another great MB game aimed at children aged six and over. Although when I say children I still enjoy playing it myself on occasion. The games main principle is that two players have coloured plastic discs either red or yellow and then take it in turns placing a disc into the upright plastic blue board which has seven columns horizontally and each having six circular holes vertically, so when a disc is placed in a column it appears in the corresponding hole, effecting claiming the space. Your aim is to get four of your coloured discs in a row before your opponent. Similar to tic tac toe but a more elaborate and advanced idea than a simple piece of paper and pen. The game is quite straight forward and simple to play, and each game usually only take about five to ten minutes, dependant on ability. My youngest son who is two and a half enjoys placing the disc counters into the board just for fun rather than playing the game. My oldest however can play this for hours and thoroughly enjoys it and I believe it is benefiting him as well as entertaining him.
The game is good for encouraging strategic thinking, logical problem solving and prediction in a way that is fun. I have used it in the past for aiding my son's home education, using it for helping with simple addition. It made doing maths fun, but now he has advanced way beyond simple addition and we no longer use this for that purpose.
The game is very simple to set up as it folds flat and also incorporates a storage tray for the discs which makes them easier to store without them being lost. The game comes in a cardboard box and can be stored in the box for added protection but because of the way the game folds up this isn't necessary. The box is fully recyclable, and can be recycled through regular collection. This is a classic, I remember having it as a child, and although simply designed is very durable and robust, my boys can be quite boisterous and rough with toys but this is still going strong. Sometimes simplicity makes a toy better. My son can set this up in minutes and enjoy it for hours. I definitely believe this is a fantastic buy and with Christmas soon approaching makes a perfect gift for a child.
We have had this for a fair few years now and I can't recall the price but they are readily available in many supermarkets and most toy shops but I have seen them in amazon for £8.00 with £2.99 delivery. Which makes the game ideal for a gift, either for Christmas or for a birthday; there is a travel addition also available which is simply a smaller version of this.
Overall this is a great board game that would be a benefit to anyone selection and is fantastic for family games night or to play on Christmas night with the family. I definitely recommend this game and it's a great deal cheaper than a computer game.
I always enjoyed playing Connect 4 when I was a child, so when I spotted the game in my local charity shop (all pieces included) for £1.50 I picked it for my little boy.
The game is basically a strategy game whereby to win you have to connect four pieces in a row, either vertically, horizontally or diagonally. The game consists of a blue plastic upright board with wholes in it, supported by two legs; it also comes with yellow and red round plastic counters. To play the game you need two players, each player chooses a colour and puts a counter into the slot at the top of the board, the next player does the same and the aim of the game to try and block your opponent from getting four in a row, whilst setting themselves up to get four in a row. The principle of the game is a bit like noughts and crosses. If neither player gets four in a row the game is declared a draw. To release the counter pieces from the board there is a small lever at the bottom that you pull up and all the counters fall out. When I was a child we would play the best of three, five, or 100, depending on how competitive we were feeling.
The game is aimed at ages 7 and upwards, though my two year plays with it putting in the counters, and my 4 and 5 year nieces play quite well, so under supervision I would say that it is easy enough for younger children to play. I think the game retails at around £5-6 pounds, but looking around the game may have been updated a little, as the front of the box I have differs from that on the Toys R Us website, though the principle of the game remain the same.
Overall I would recommend this game to others, as it easy to play and helps to encourage children to think strategically and logically. However, the game does tend to get a bit repetitive after a while so I'm not sure this is one of those games that will keep children occupied for hours on end.
Connect four is a classic game from Hasbro. The concept is simple and it is a great game for children and adults alike.
This game will last you an awful long so it worth the initial outlay. I gave had my game for nearly 20 years and it is still in immaculate condition. You can pick up the game for around £6.00 from toy stores and online stores such as Amazon.
==How to play==
The game consists of a blue plastic frame that stands up between you and your opponent. This is a game for only two players. Each player selects a colour; red or yellow and the coloured coins are distributed amongst the players. Each player then takes it in turns to drop their coloured coins into the frame with the aim of getting four in a row. You can have four coins running vertical, horizontal or diagonal. The aim is to connect your four before your opponent does so you need to keep an eye their moves too and block any potential fours!
Once you have your four, you can pull the lever on the frame and all the coins will drop out of the bottom ready to be played again!
As an adult the game gets very tedious and repetitive and appeared much more fun as a child. I can remember playing it when I was little and finding it really exhilarating. My niece enjoys it though and for her it invokes a lot a skill and determination! She loves putting the plastic coins in the frame and it makes a satisfying thud when it lands in the frame on another coin! Her favourite part is letting the coins fall out of the bottom after the game is finished though!
As long as you look after the game, it will last for ages. Occasionally one of the coins may get lost but you can still play the game with less coins.
Overall - a fun game but gets a bit repetitive after a while. It reminds me of noughts and crosses!
I am a part time child minder and look after my niece and nephew, while their mum goes out to work three days a week and it's good to keep something in the house for them to play with as they are over around at mine so much.
Connect 4 another classic game that has stood the test of time, I remember playing this with my sisters when I was younger, we spent lots of time playing it and loved this game.
The board for this game sits up vertically, it is blue hard plastic and has hollow circles in it so you can see through which colour of token is in the board. The frame is sturdy and not very easily broken, (our connect 4 game has lasted for years and still shows no sign of wear and tear), the newer version (which is the version that I am reviewing) in my opinion is just as sturdy, and the kids have not yet broken it which is a good sign as they are usually rather rough with their toys. There are two colours of tokens that you can play with, red or yellow.
The aim of the game is to get 4 of your coloured tokens in a row either vertically or horizontally, this can be quite tricky as each player takes their turn to put a token in each, so the opposing player can block you from getting 4 in a row.
This is a great game of strategy and promotes a player to think ahead, it is a really fun game that is easy to and straight forward to play.
I have had this game for years and both me and my sisters and now my nephews and nieces have all got great fun out of this game as they were bought one for Christmas last year, it is quite nice that the next generation is having as much fun as I did with this game, it just shows that it hasn't become outdated yet.
You can buy this game for £5 or so online which is a really great price, it is also available in Argos and most good toy stores for a similar price. I think that this is a good price for this game as is quite addictive and you are sure to get lots of play out of it.
This game is suitable for ages 7+, but I think that the concept is simple enough for younger ages, and my 4 and a half year old niece gets some enjoyment out of it as well, though we let her win a lot and sometimes she takes her turn twice before letting anyone else gets a go, she at least enjoys playing it and my nephew is 6 and he enjoys playing this game a lot and is quite good at it, so this age is just a guideline.
Overall I think that this game is a great little stocking filler for the kids this Christmas, it is a simple game of skill and really fun to play with others, I would give this game 4 out of 5 stars.
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The old Games really seem to be the best maybe all 30 something's remember these from their childhood with such nostalgia that they buy them for their childhood or just maybe its that we are fed up with beep,beep,beep Mum where's my charger! Whatever it is I for one am enjoying Board games!
So Connect 4 is the latest game to re join my household after far too long an absence!
What is it?
Connect 4 is a game for two players you have a grid and two sets of coloured discs the object of the game being that you get four discs of your colour in a row either horizontally, vertically or diagonally.
Cost and Stockist:
Connect 4 is available from all good toy shops as well as Argos and Amazon costing around £10 but at the moment is part of Argos two for £15 offer.
Buy this game as not only does it not require batteries, it is also teaching maths logic who knew all these fun games are actually secretly teaching!!
This really is a very addictive game on which is suitable from about 6 years old depending on your child and how quickly they grasp the idea of getting the four in a row! And of course this game really doesn't have an age limit indeed I am often heard telling Grandad and Daddy that it isn't their game and to stop hogging it!
I think this Game will be around for years to come it is a good fun game and one I am glad to see back in my cupboard.
At 7 years old I was playing connect four with my brother and a few weeks ago, aged 24 I played connect four with my youngest brother and still thoroughly enjoyed it! Connect four has been going for years and is a game of strategy for two players.
The actual game consists of a vertical board made from blue plastic, which has six slots running down through the centre of it where the counters can be dropped. The board has 42 circular holes in it where you can see the counters that have been dropped in through the top. To keep the board standing up there are two blue plastic legs which can be slotted on to each side of the board. Some versions of the game have the legs already attached. Many versions of the game have a flap at the bottom of the board which when in place prevents the counters from dropping out of the bottom, and at the end of the game can be pulled to the side to release all of the counters. Some versions of the game don't have this flap and the counters are removed by tipping the board upside-down.
There are 21 red and 21 yellow counters which are circular in shape, slightly textured, a few millimeters thick and when dropped into the top of the board they fit into the circular holes in the board.
The game generally comes in a cardboard box which has a plastic insert molded so that the pieces of the game can easily be stored.
How to Play
The game is played by two players who take turns in dropping one of their counters (one player has red counters and one has yellow) into the board. The aim of the game is for a player to get four of their counters in a row (either horizontally, vertically or diagonally), before the other player does. The player who gets four counters in a row first is the winner. Players therefore have to strategically plan where they are going to place their counters, as well as watching out for what the other player is doing and trying to prevent them from getting a line of four counters.
The game can be played by anyone 7 years and up, although my 5 year old brother plays the game very well and completely understands the concept of how to play.
The version of the game that you are most likely to find in shops is the one I described above, however there are also cheaper, more basic versions of the game which have a much more simplistic board and counters. There are also giant versions of the game available where the board 1.15m in height and the counters are in the form of large thick rings which are dropped into the top of the game. This version is ideal for play settings as there are sticks attached to the board where the counters can be stored when the game isn't being played with. It is also much more robust and solid, as well as being more appealing to children. As with most games, there are various travel versions available (generally these are just mini versions of the regular game).
The price of the game varys but the cheapest most simplistic version of the game can be brought for as cheap as £2, the most common version of the game costs just under £8 and the larger versions of the game obviously cost more. The game is such a popular one that it is available in practically every toy shop.
Although the game is quite a simple one, the strategic thinking envolved makes it a very enjoyable one. Having played the game endless times during my childhood, we recently dug the game out for my brother to learn to play. He very quickly understood the rules of the game and it only took a few games before he began to apply strategies. He has tried cheating a few times but he soon realized that no one was going to want to play with him if he did that and therefore he learnt a valuable lesson! Each game can last anything from 5 to 15 minutes depending on how quickly you play and how much strategy you apply! We now keep the box containing the game under the television and quite often grab it to have a game with my brother and of quite a few occasions the adults in the house have a little tournament amongst ourselves! The game is one that you can play a few games in a row without it getting boring which makes it great value for money as it is a game that will last for years.
The game is so nice and simple to set up that it is much more likely to get played that more complex games which take ages to set up and play. The game isn't just based on luck so it makes it an interesting and fun game to play for all ages. It also can be over quite quickly which is good for playing when you don't have much time. Our version of the game has been played millions of times during my lifetime and so it is definitely good value for money and I would fully recommend it for adults and children alike!
Connect 4 is a real simple strategy game for 2 players. The game consists of a blue grid which is held up right in a stand. Each player is then assigned either the red or yellow colored discs. Players must then take it in turns to slot the discs into the grid with the aim of making a row of 4 discs of their assigned color.
The row can be made horizontally, vertically or diagnally. Players must tactifully block each other from getting 4 in a row while at the same time trying to make 4 in a row for them selves with their own color.
The beauty of this game is that its so widely available and its fun for all ages. I used to play it quite a bit with my girlfriends son who's 9. We stopped playing after a while as most of our games used to end in a stale mate or turned into a luck fest at the end!
It does say on the box that its for ages 6+ due to the small nature of the discs which could easily be swallowed.
The game is just so beautifully simplistic it literally is just taking it in turns dropping a disc trying to make a line of 4.
Once someone has won the game there is a slidy bit on the bottom of the grid which you can move and all the pieces fall out! Make sure this is closed before you start playing otherwise the discs will just drop straight through!
I think this is a great game for kids as its easy to learn and will help them develop logic skills.
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At Christmas we always get the old board games out and invest in a few new ones. This year, my boyfriend and I decided to buy Hasbro Connect 4. I used to play this game when I was little and I thought it would be a great game to play over the festive period.
I bought this in the discount store B&M for around £5.00. You will pay around £8.99 if you buy it on-line, but I think it's worth the price tag because this is a game that you'll play over and over again.
Connect is very simple to set up, so children should be able to play this independently. That said, this set does contain small pieces and it isn't suitable for anybody under the age of six. Within the Connect 4 box you get a plastic board that stands up when two plastic legs are attached to it. The game also comes with red and yellow disks, that you slot into the plastic board during the game.
I think that the best thing about Connect 4 is that both young and old people can enjoy it. I have played this with my boyfriend's niece (who is six), my OH (who is 30) and my granddad (who is in his 70s)! It's a great game to play during the festivities, at a family get together, or just when you're bored!
The only slight disadvantage is that it's only a two player game. However each round of Connect 4 only lasts between ten and fifteen minutes so it's easy to take turns and make sure that everybody get's a go.
The rules are really simple - the first person to connect four coloured disks on the plastic board wins. You can connect the disks vertically, horizontally or diagonally; and you have to work tactically to make sure you block your opponent from connecting 4 disks before you do.
Once you've finished the game you release the disks at the bottom of the board and either pack them away or play again.
I think this game is a classic - every home should own Connect 4.
As mentioned in a variety of reviews of board games I have been doing lately, my girlfriend and I have been investing in various games to relieve the boredom of sitting in front of the Tv every night. When we first decided to set some money aside to get a collection of such games on the first ones we both mentioned was Connect 4. A game both of us, being in our mid-twenties, had fond recollections of from our childhoods. A game so simple, so easy to play yet so compelling, so addictive and so darn competitive that it simply had to be bought.
If anyone out there has never played or heard of this game before the premise is quite simple. Playing from seven by six grid of holes, you have to insert your coloured circular tokens into them turn by turn and form a line of 4. Either horizontally, vertically or diagonally. Essential it is based on the age paper and pen game of noughts and crosses and is a game so simple anyone can play. Its fun for all ages.
As with anything Hasbro make it's a well put together piece of kit. The plastic blue framing that forms the vertically standing game board, which players sit either side of, clips together easily and is a solid durable construction when made up. The tokens used are firm plastics, a little bigger and much thicker than the two pound coin. It will take some bashing to break this, which the game may sometimes get if players get too competitive!
Although such a simple game its addictive and compelling. The "just one more game" scenario has never been so applicable and what started off as an afternoon quick session can develop into an all night war.
The game gets competitive as you can apply skills, distance planning and strategy to it but at the end of the day that's not what it is all about, its about fun and having fun is what Hasbro do best and connect 4 Remains to this day one of the strongest entries in its ever growing catalogue of family classics!
An essential title to be enjoyed by all!
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