Product Type: Hasbro board games
Newest Review: ... back in the box. There are five cogs on each side which have to be put together at the start of the first game. Three are red and two ar... more
Another classic game that has been given a modern-day upgrade...
Member Name: sparkymarky1973
Advantages: Eighties' nostalgia....
Disadvantages: A bit flimsy, not sure I like the idea of using keys...
This is another of the classic games that my daughter got for Christmas and is another that I have enjoyed revisiting from my youth! The game has been slightly altered in design and colour for its latest incarnation and you now have to turn a key to move the cogs rather than a knob and leave the key in in-between turns so the other person cannot use the same cog on the other side.
For those not familiar with the concept, I will explain the idea behind the game.
Each of you has 5 counters which you place at the top of the contraption. Each player uses one side of the machine. In turns, each player must insert a key and turn the cogs so that one of their counters, or more, falls into the slots located in the cog. On your next go, the player must line up the next cog down so that the counter moves down the contraption. The winner is the player who gets their counters all to the bottom first. Each counter is numbered so for more experienced players and a bit more challenge, you can play the rules that you must also get all the counters down in the right order as well.
I will be honest. I do think the new version seems a bit more flimsy than the original. Also, I thought the design of the original was better with knobs instead because it could be easy to lose one of the keys. Another thing I have noticed is that sometimes the cogs need a bit of gentle persuasion to fall into the slots in the cog and, once you reach the exit, definitely require a helping hand! I cannot recall if this was an inherent flaw with the original game.....
This is quite reasonably priced at around the £10-£15 mark though I believe we got this a bit cheaper in December as part of a seasonal deal on family games.
It IS lots of fun but is also slightly flawed but is a good way of those of us of a certain generation to bring back fond memories of playing this as a kid.
My daughter enjoyed this at first but has recently got a bit bored of it. This is probably because it is intended for ages 7 and up and being 5 she is probably a bit too young for it yet. I think it is a bit slow-paced for her, she prefers something more manic like Hungry Hippos!
Still, this is a fairly good buy!
Summary: A new take on a classic family game...
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