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Four in a Row Game
MB Games Connect Four
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MB Games Connect Four
Date: 06/07/11, updated on 04/12/11 (56 review reads)
Advantages: Lots of fun, for adults and kids, lasts a long time
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.
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