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      05.12.2012 21:20
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      Can get abit boring especially if you lose!!!!

      Connect 4 stands out for me as being my most played with game as a child- I still like it now. Having kids is a good excuse to buy them (yourself) toys from your own childhood.

      The Hasbro/ MB classic updated version can be found in Argos for a tenner (at the moment it's in their 2 for £15) ours was from Tesco ages ago I think that was £10. We have classic, three play, travel version, giant garden version and even a keyring game of it- see I told you I liked it!

      In the box you get a navy blue grid, forty odd red and yellow counters and a stand which doubles as a tray. It's easy to erect you just slot the grid into the base. It's all plastic and okay quality with no sharp edges. Once up it doesn't fall over. The whole thing is about a foot square- ish. Connect four doesn't take batteries- it is slightly noisy as it makes a clattering sound when you drop the counters into the grid slots.

      The game is very simple you need four counters in a row to win. To do so you and your opponent must first choose what colour you're going to be, then you take it in turns to drop the coloured counters (yellow or red) into the connect 4 grid. The object of the game is to get either a straight, vertical, horizontal or a diagonal line. Who ever gets the four in a row first wins the game. You have to shout out Connect 4 when you win like the advert!

      Straight forward enough? no it isn't you need to keep your eye on your opponent's counters then when you see they have a three in row you have to block it with one of your counters. It's a good strategy game but isn't complicated.

      The newer version has abit more about it with three ways to play- the original game, Pop Out which you get four in a row by choosing to push a counter out rather than dropping one in and Pop 10 which starts off with the grid full of counters sort playing it of back to front. I only like the original game although I do sometimes and always have played connect five or even six- sad eh?

      When a line is made you simply release the counters by pulling the bottom away- again easy- ready for the next game.

      The game is not suitable for the under three's and is recommended for age six plus. My children have played this game since they were very young- probably four years old with no problem.

      It's a two player game but I've played alone, I used to take it in turns with myself (I know).

      My children love this game too so 5 stars from me!

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        30.12.2011 15:53
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        I bought this game for £9.99 from the early learning center online for my kids. I always used to love playing this when I was younger so figured my kids would like it too.

        What comes in the box
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        Connect 4 board
        21 red counters
        21 yellow counters
        Stand for the bottom of the board

        How to set it up
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        Well thats pretty easy the game does not take much assembly really, all you need to do is attach the tray which just slots on, so it is really easy. Then when you want to put it away just take the tray back off again.

        How to play
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        To start you need to each decide which colour you would like to play with, and toss a coin to see who is going first. When that is decided you need to take all your own coloured counters, then start the game.

        The connect 4 board is full of small circles which in total there are 42, which matches all the amount of counters you have. at the top of the board you have small slots where you can fit each of your counters in to. on your turn you place a counter at the the top which will then fall down as far as it can go, due to other counters maybe been placed there.

        The aim of the game is to get four in a row, which can be horizontal or vertical, the object is to also try to stop your opponent getting four in a row too, so you do have to look at the board good, and place markers to stop your opponent while also trying to get four in a row yourself.

        The first to get four in a row wins that game. when you have finished the game you need to pull the little slider out at the bottom to release the counters that are in the board already.

        My overall opinion
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        I do like this game myself and so far the kids have enjoyed playing it. However it can get a little bit boring after a couple of games for me, but the kids seem to be able to play it for ages.

        The game is not too expensive and its easy to store and to set up, the kids can do it themselves without having to come nagging at me.
        The game is quite easy to play but you need to think about each move before you play it, so it does make you use your brain a little bit.

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        13.12.2011 01:31
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        A connect four board game fro 2 players

        Here I go with a blast from the past; I like the fact that games I used to play when I was a child are still current nowadays.


        Connect Four:

        "This skilful game of strategy encourages premeditation and will provide you with hours of excellent entertainment!"


        My Findings:

        This game is made up of two different colour circular counters; they are blue and yellow with a rigged edge. The game is only a two player game which is good in one way as you can sit and play with someone one on one. But when you have two children wanting to play the game with you at the same time can be a little bit of a pain. That is when the line "learn to share" comes in!
        The aim of the game is to make a line of four counters of the same colour in a line; this can be in anyway as long as they are together. The unit itself holds up to 42 counters at a time, so the first one to get that line of four is the winner it is that simple.

        Setting up the game is easy, I have used two food bags one for the one colour of counters in and the other to add the other colour. So they don't slide around the box and get mixed up. When setting the game up itself you need to stand the unit up and attach its sides, they slide on with ease and within seconds. There is at the bottom a catch you need to make sure is shut before you start your game otherwise your counters will just fall out.

        I like how easy this game is to set up and play but is does take a little skill working out where you could make that line of four counters. Samuel who is now 12 does still like to have a game of this now and then and normally wins each time! Gracie May who is 5 will have her moments and really enjoy playing or get bored very quickly so it really does depend of the mood of the child.

        The game on the hold is sturdy and durable, and has a good age range for which it is suitable for. The recommended age for this game is 6 years plus, but Gracie who is 5 doesn't have any problem in playing and understanding this game.

        The packaging seems to change slightly over the years but it is always bright and welcoming to gamers. It all fits nicely into it hard cardboard box for easy storage.

        Price and Availability:

        I picked this game up from a School fate maybe a year or so ago, it was still like new for only £1.50 so I grabbed it. I do a lot of child minding for my family so games like this always come in handy. You can pick this game up from £8.99 plus and they also do different versions of this game too.

        Overall:

        I think this is a nice little game which comes highly recommended from me. I personally find it more of a time filler game as after a few rounds it does get a little boring to play. Nevertheless still a good game and great value for money.

        Five out of five stars from me.

        Thank you for reading.



        Additional Information:

        The original game of connect four was created in the 1970's and is still going strong today. Made by the Milton Bradley company which has now been taken over by Hasbro.

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          06.07.2011 10:30
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          The Connect Four game has been out since the middle of the 1970s. The game is played on a board that has two sides of plastic both with holes cut through and then stuck together around the outside. You stand this board up on a stand that comes with it, The board is open at the top so you can place coloured discs into it. The bottom has a closure fixed to it so that you can shut it when it play and then open it up to get out the discs once the game has finished.


          The discs that come with the game for you to play with are usually red and yellow. They look a bit like the pieces you use on a draughts board. The object of the game is that you play with two people, they sit facing each other with the board in between them. Then the person going first can place a disc of their colour in the board. The piece drops down to the bottom in which ever line they have placed it. The other person then places their colour disc in the board. They can start off a new vertical line or they can drop their disc above the one already in there. You have to keep doing this until one person gets four of their discs in a row which can either be horizontally, diagonally or vertically.


          There is a bit more to it than it sounds as you have to make sure you are stopping the other person from making a row of four as well as trying to build up a set of three or may be a set of two together and then an odd one so that you can fill in the gap and make a row of four. It is good when you can do this especially if the other person doesn't spot what you are doing and misses it.


          Sometimes you find you get to the end of the game and it is a stale mate as you have both been putting the discs in to stop each other and no line comes up for either of you.


          This game is quite a good game to play with the kids, it can be a bit noisy as the discs make a knocking sound when you put them in and once the game has finished they kids love being the one to flip the bottom over so they all fall out and make a heck of a racket. Then you get the fun bit of trying to stack up your discs into a nice pile without it falling over, or may be you are just messy and leave them all down in a rubble and go from there.


          The game doesn't take long to play so if you have more than two people you can play winner stays on and the other people waiting don't have long to wait. Or if you have an even number of players you can make up teams and then have a competition between the two teams (or more).


          The board is very sturdy and if looked after can last for years and years. The best thing is to keep it all in the box then it wont get trod on and broken (been there, done that). Also it will help to keep all the discs together as you don't want to end up losing any of them. A good tip is to set the stand up in the lid of the box (have it upside down), then when the bottom gets flipped and the discs fall out they don't go all over the floor but stay in the lid. If they do fall on the floor and you have a floor like a wooden floor then they can tend to roll and end up under the furniture or something and you might not see where they go.


          You can buy the original kind of connect four on Amazon for £11.77. There are other versions of the game as well, even a large sized version that you can have out in the garden or may be a Toy Story version for little ones. You can get travel sized games which would be good for a long journey on a train or in the car, and there are ones that are made by different companies to Hasbro that just call themselves Four In a Row. You can also find these games to play electronically on the web but they are not as much fun as having the noisy old board and discs.

          Copied to Ciao under username Harveydog52

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            03.07.2011 02:29
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            A lovely family game

            == MB Games Connect Four==


            with the amount of rainy days that we have in this country I feel it is an absolute must to have a cupboard full of family games that we can all sit down and play when there is nothing to do. This is far more beneficial for everyone than watching the TV or playing the computer and it is something we all really enjoy doing (although its not very cool in this day and age!)

            The Connect Four game is one of those classics that I had when I was growing up and so did everyone else you knew. Luckily mum my managed to keep a lot of the toys from when I was younger and this is one of them that has managed to not break and still have nearly all of the pieces (minus one or two).

            The game is readily available from most shops and larger supermarkets. It is one of those games that has been around for ages and the simplicity of it will probably ensure that it stays one of the countries favourites for many years to come.

            The connect four game is another one of those that is exactly what it says on the box. You basically have to connect four of your coloured discs to win the game. It is a game designed for two people and each of the players has the same amount of different coloured chips (red or yellow). These chips are inserted player at a time into the one upright game board that is supplied and they slot in the top and fall down in to the circular space. The winner of the game is the first player to get four of their colour in a row wither diagonally, vertically or horizontally.

            The game is so easy to play and although there is an age range of 6 and over Jack who has just turned four, has been playing it for at least 6 months with ease and a lot of enjoyment. The fact that it is easy to pick up and enjoyable to play a quick game make it perfect for those not wanting a marathon of a board game such as Monopoly.

            Overall this game is a family staple and a total must have for any child. The quality you get with the MB game when compared to the cheaper versions of the game is really good and in my opinion well worth paying the few pound extra that the branded game will cost you.

            It can easily be found under £10 especially if you hunt for it online and the amount of time I have seen it at a Boot sale or the like is unreal so well worth keeping an eye out for.

            I feel a top 5 out of 5 star rating and an exceptionally high recommendation is well deserved!




            I do hope that this has been of some help/interest to you

            Many thanks for taking the time to read.

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            20.06.2011 18:50
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            Addictive competitive game suitable for all ages

            Connect Four is a game that most people will be familiar with. Quite often the simplest things are the most entertaining, and all this game purports to be is a chance to place coloured discs in an effort to get four in a straight row before your opponent does. You can have hours of fun with it, and despite it being so simple, the game will keep your mind active and develop that competitive streak in you.

            The contents of a box of Connect Four are simple. There is a plastic cage with circular gaps in. The cage slots into a base which has a cover over the bottom that you move so it is out of the way. Also in the box are a number of discs, equal numbers of red and yellow, which you then take it in turns to put into the top of the cage where they slot down to the bottom. A very tactical game, Connect Four allows you to try and outfox your opponent by placing your discs strategically so that you end up with four in a row before your opponent does. It's easier said than done as you can easily get blocked off by one of their discs, and quite often you'll find that the game is only won with a large number of discs having been played, a veritable sea of red and yellow already in the cage and a number of rows of three that are nearly there but were thwarted at the last moment.

            You can make either a vertical or horizontal or diagonal line, and I love just how tactical it gets. It's also suitable for young and old. We have this at home and every now and then on a rainy day (which seems to be more often than not at the moment) we'll get this out and have a few games of it. Similarly, friends of mine got married recently and they had a giant version of it, which a few of us played for quite a while. Equal amount of enjoyment at each occasion, showing that something so simple can be so easily enjoyed for a sustained period of time.

            You can also have variations of the game, although the single cover at the bottom of the cage is not particularly conducive to the first one, which allows you to EITHER put one of your discs in OR take one from the bottom. I like the concept of this variation, although you'd need to get a different cage bottom to play it and the traditional Connect Four game wouldn't necessarily come with one already.

            The longevity of the game speaks for itself. First manufactured and sold in the 1970s, it still remains as one of the most popular and recognised games around, and I for one will never grow out of playing it. If you want to get a set to play, or if you think it would make a good gift for someone, then it's widely available, and prices come in at around the £10 mark depending on which brand you buy and where you get it from. Either way, it's a simple concept that is highly popular and a great game that I highly recommend. Great for young old.

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            21.07.2010 22:14
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            AVOID!!!

            Connect Four was one of my first ever games I played... The plastic frame that had to be assembled was simple to do so and comes in three parts, two legs and the 7 by 6 hole grid which slots nicely between two. The game came with a bag of coloured tokens, red and yellow, which would be inserted at the top.

            Connect Four is a two player game. Players take turns to select a slot to put their chosen token in. The winner of the game is the one who has four tokens consecutively in a row, column or diagonal.

            This game is extremely simple to play, and poses great fun for young children. It isn't as easy as you think, and there is great tactic to the game... Once you have played for a while you can begin to plan and strategise and be able to recognise routes that are common to certain games which will lead to a win or a loss.

            An issue with the equipment itself is that it isn't very stable, and for me, the legs broke pretty quickly, which meant that the whole thing was ruined. Thankfully, sticky tape was strong enough to hold the whole thing together, so it can last slightly longer yet. Again, with regards to the equipment, there are really there just for novelty's sake, as you can always play this on paper. Just draw out a 7x6 grid and fill in with markers just as you would with the tokens...

            You can purchase the set for under £10 which is acceptable, but not worth the money in my opinion. They do not last long physically, but also children get bored of this easily. It wouldn't really last past the age of 6 or 7 for any child I would think. Plus, it is a two player game, so unless you have two children of similar ages, one would probably not play with the other. If you really are interested in this, this can be purchased for Argos, Toys R Us or other toy retailers such as The Entertainer or Early Learning Centre.

            I would not recommend this product at all. For such a simple game, such a set is not necessary and if you really want to play just use paper and pen. Save your money for more complex and long lasting board games such as monopoly.

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              22.06.2010 20:40
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              Furiously addictive game

              I´m going to start with the obvious really, Connect 4 is a 3-D real life version of Noughts and Crosses but using red and blue counters and having the need to connect four colours of the same type raher than three.

              The game itself is available in all good toystores and can be found in Tesco and Asda, we bought the game for our nieces in Asda for 8 British Pounds.

              The game has been a family favourite for generations, partially because it eschews the need for complicated instructions, it is a really easy and addictive game and does bring out the competitive elements in us all.

              The Box we have is two kids playing the game, setting up the game is reasonably easy as the board has pieces that easily connect together to create the stand up board. You have a decent number of counters for each player and then off you go, try to connect 4.

              Whilst I like the game a lot and feel it is diverting and easily as addictive as computer games, I do find it difficult sometimes playing the game as I do have a tendancy to smash counters into the board or pull the trap door before my opponent can connect 4, this is unsporting and I accept against the general rules of the game. I wish I could be more sporting but the game is furiously simple and yet some people are great at it and i´m not!!!

              The concept is to connect 4, diagonally, horizontally or vertically, it can become a game of tactics as your opponent blocks your attempts and you block theires but generally a game should last less than 5 minutes and in my house end in insults, slammed pieces and a general tendancy to stomp off.

              However I have to say its an awesome game for all ages and well worth checking out and purchasing as it´ll last through childhood for the whole of your life which isn´t bad for under a tenner!!!!

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                16.06.2010 15:00
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                Overall, a fun,simple game to play

                I loved Connect Four when I was growing up and it was similar to Noughts and Crosses in my opinion in that it was a real game of strategy and you had to try and cancel each other out and create rows of your colour. So it is a bigger scale to noughts and crosses where you only had to form a row of 3 x's or 0's.

                It was a very simple game to learn and play which helps when you are younger and I even remember playing a giant version of the game once in a pub. For such an easy game to play it could be incredibly hard to win regularly and you had to have a real knack sometimes to beat your opponent.

                The game itself is a two player game and anyone really from the age of six or so can try their hand at it. It's easy to assemble the game which consists of the upright plastic frame that has 36 slots in it and is made up of seven columns and six rows. At the top is an open slot where you put your discs in. Each player chooses to have either blue or red discs and they take it in turns to drop one of their coloured discs down into the frame to fill a position. The aim is to become the first person to have four of your colour discs in a straight line, either horizontally, vertically or diagonally.

                The game can be frustrating at times as you can cancel each other out but to be honest with you is great fun to play as it involves skill and strategy and gets your mind working.

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                15.06.2010 20:35
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                great game that has lasted the ages

                Connect four was another favorite game of mine and remember having competitions with my cousins and friends (and being champion I'll have you know).
                This game is like "Guess who" on the sense of it has been around for so long and it is popular still with kids of today and not faded away with time.
                The one thing I use to like when I was a kid was that when we played a board game it use to involve the whole family, we would set a time aside and we would play and generally it was fun and it's always a good memory, as time has gone on board games have taken a little back burner since all these computers have gotten more advanced like your Playstation, Xbox, Nintendo Wii...etc.



                Ok so the rules are really really simple, you have a plastic coloured grid frame (mine was yellow), you have coloured disks each, one set red and one set blue which you each drop one at a time into the frame, there is always one more with the red disks which means whoever is red starts the game, the object of the game is to get a row of four however you can whether it be vertical diagonal or horizontal. The first one to make their four wins.
                That's it, that's all you have to do.


                In the box there are little grooves to place all the pieces back in, the three bigger parts (2 legs and the frame) fit in safe and secure, the disks don't have a container and just go back into the box loose, even though they have there own little grooves for every single disk it still ends up being shuffled all over the inside. But it's still a small box and takes up no room at all.

                Just like other board games this one has had various things done to it like, it's been made digital, giant size, travel size, even inflatable, which made me smile but I guess people want them otherwise.
                But the original is always the best and most loved, just like most things that start out.

                With this game you have to attach the two side blue legs onto the side, which is simple enough (once you line up the grooves you slot it in till you feel and tightening and hear a little click).
                And when you finish a game and want to remove the disks from inside of the grid you slide the tab at the bottom and the disks just fall out to where ever you set it up, the thing with the old ones like these was there was no bottom tray to catch the disks which made no sense even back then but that was just how the game came so most of the time we played it on the carpet, it avoided the bouncing and flying of the discs on the table.
                Some people believe they have a way of winning all the time but I just disagree, because I thought on a number of times that I had a strategy of winning, but it didn't work.

                This is a simple idea for a game and there have been many copies and variations of the game which are all fine but of course the only name that sticks in my head is connect four, I guess that's the point huh.

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                  13.06.2010 13:12

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                  Perfect for families

                  What is it?
                  Connect four is a simple game which is quite frankly as simple as it sounds. You take it in turns to place disks into the plastic stand trying to achieve a row of four in any direction (up/down, across or diagonally).

                  Who can play?
                  Quite simply I think anyone old enough to know that the pieces should not be swallowed, and can place the pieces in the grid is old enough - so I would say anyone above 3 years old should be able to master connect four. However, the older the player the more tactics come into it and the more brain power is required!

                  Any good?
                  I think that this whoever initally designed connect four probably thought that it was, and I am still in agreement with them. It is a simple game so that young children can easily enjoy it, but still suitable when they eventually grow up and mature - it wouldn't be one that you take down the charity shop after everyone has grown out of it - as you quite simply in my experience don't!

                  I would say this game is perfect for families and an ideal way to get kids off the computer and back to talking to you as a family. The only disadvantage I think is the plastic frame and coins can look very cheap and tacky - but really this is just negliable.

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                  try and beat your opponent and get four discs in a row

                  Carrying on through my kids games cupboard I now come across Connect 4. Another great classic that has lasted the test of time.

                  I love playing board games with the children as it brings us all closer together rather than them all sitting solely in their rooms on their video games.

                  So Connect 4 is a very clever thinking game. You have a standing board, where you attach two legs at the side and this board has holes that are 7 across and 6 up. You have openings at the top of each column and a lever/stopper at the bottom of the board. This is used to stop the discs going through to the bottom while in play but when levered up the discs fall through to the floor, hence clearing the board to start again.

                  The object of the game is to take turns in placing your chosen coloured disc, (once you have fought over who is going to have red or yellow) which then fall into a window type circle showing your disc. The next player strategically places theirs and the objective is to try and get 4 of your coloured discs in a row either straight across up or down or diagonally. The first one to do this is the winner.
                  If you see your opponent attempting to get four you need to try and block them.

                  This game is one of our absolute favourites and in fact we now have the electronic version but it doesn't feel as good as playing the proper board. The satisfaction of pulling the bottom lever when you have won to let all the discs fall out is great.

                  The strategy and concentration you need to try and place your discs correctly in order to try and trap your opponent or trick them into not seeing what you are doing is brilliant. My 7 year old son is just getting to grips with catching you out and seeing your scheming plan. I think this is a great family game for all ages and my 16 year old still has to think when he plays his younger brother who has beat him a couple of times. This helps with his self confidence. I also believe in not letting them win for the sake of it as they need to learn how to lose occasionally.

                  It is easy to set up and put away, but you do have to make sure that you don't lose any discs. As with other classics there are now a few newer versions of this, including one where the counters are now stored in the board itself, or where the legs are attached but are just swung around rather than detached and has a tray underneath for all the discs to fall into.

                  There are many copied versions of this as well which are cheaper to buy and in my opinion are just as good. There is also a huge garden version and an inflatable version too which I imagine could be good in the summer BBQ season. On looking on Amazon I can see that there is an inflatable version for £9.99 so I may have to treat the kids for the summer.

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                    a good kids game

                    Connect Four is a real timeless classic game. Pretty much everyone must have played it at some point, but here's a quick run through for those who haven't. The game is played with a vertical plastic grid containing 42 circular holes, seven columns and six rows, into which players drop their coloured chips (red or yellow). It's a two player game, each player placing one chip into the grid at a time; the chips are held in position by a plastic clip at the bottom of the grid and gradually build up as they are dropped into a column. The idea of the game is for a player to get four of their coloured chips in a row, vertically, horizontally or diagonally before their opponent. Typically, a game only lasts a maximum of five minutes or so, but can be over in a matter of seconds, depending upon how fast you play the game. If the game is over and you want to remove the chips you simply pull the clip from the bottom of the plastic grid and they'll come sliding out.

                    I did play connect four quite a bit as a child, especially at school during early maths lessons. It's good to play for a little while, but can soon become boring. I believe they do a travel addition of the game, probably more popular than the full size version. This would be good to play in the car during a long motorway journey, to keep the kids occupied.

                    In general, it is a good game to play, especially with kids and the fact it can be purchased these days for around £8.00 means it could make a good stocking filler at Christmas.

                    Thanks for reading.

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                      The game Connect 4 is one of the simplest there is and can be played by young children and importantly can be played against adults on a relatively equal basis. The game has been developed for the computer now as a solitaire type game and its quick simple format means as soon as you have finished one game you can get one with another.

                      The game is played in a frame of 6 squares by 6 squares. Each of the 2 players is allocated a colour and the players put one of the discs into the frame alternately. Usually the colours are yellow and red. The objective is to have four of your discs in a line vertically, horizontally or diagonally. As you play alternately you need to watch how your opponent puts their discs in and by the placement of your own either try to bock their attempts to get four in a row whilst also developing opportunities to do so yourself.
                      The games advantages are its speed, as it does not take long, and the absence of opportunities for cheating. It is a good game for children as it helps them develop concentration as well as understand the concepts of vertical, horizontal and diagonal. As it is also possible to play with younger members of the family it helps give quality family entertainment. Connect 4 is highly recommended.

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                      11.01.2008 14:45
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                      Good strategy game.

                      This is a very simple game to learn the rules for and a simple one to play as well.

                      It is a two player game and is suitable for anyone age six and over in my opinion. The game itself is easy to assemble, the main body of the game is a plastic square frame with 36 slots in it that make up seven columns and six rows, at the top there is an open section through which you can drop the circular discs. At the bottom there is a plastic flap to stop the discs falling straight through, all of this is ready assembled, all you have to do is clip the two plastic end on that suspend the main grid off the floor acting as the two supports of a bridge.

                      Each player has either a set of blue or red discs and players take it in turn to drop a disc into one of the columns to occupy a square. The objective being to be the first player to have four of your discs in a straight line, either horizontally, vertically or diagonally. This is a strategy game as sometimes you have to adopt spoiling tactics to stop your oppenent rather than focusing solely on your own colours.

                      Players should alternate whose turn it is to go first and when we play it is usually best of five with a coin toss to decide who goes first if a fifth decider is needed.

                      This is a very simple game with few rules and it is fun for all ages. Once someone has won or all of the squares have been filled and the game is drawn then the flap at the bottom can be released and all of the discs will fall out to be divided up.

                      The only real downside to this game is there is no real variation and good players will cancel each other out most of the time.

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