Product Type: Hasbro board games
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Four in a row
Hasbro Connect 4
Member Name: rosaliecullen
Hasbro Connect 4
Advantages: Easy to play
Disadvantages: Only 2 players
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.
Summary: A great game for all the family