Product Type: MB Games board games
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MB Games Connect Four
Member Name: mattconnect
MB Games Connect Four
Advantages: Not many!
Disadvantages: Expensive, equipment easy to break, can use paper instead
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.