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4 in a row... what's that? Don't you mean Connect Four??
Well yes, this game is more popularly known as Connect Four but you can find cheaper versions than the original known as 4 in a row.
---What's the point of the game??---
It really is as simple as it sounds, to get four of your coloured counters into a row before the other player does, whilst trying to block the other player from getting their 4 in a row. The winning line may be horizontal, vertical or diagonol.
---What's the packaging like?---
It's pretty similar to the above picture, but the little difference is the board in the picture is red whereas mine is blue. (which is the more standard Connect Four board colour) It comes in a cardboard box which at the front states the games name along with the picture and saying its "A game of strategy and skill".
The back of the box includes the instructions alongside pictures. The instructions are broken into 4 easy to read, clear instructions. Which I won't write up as I think you get the idea of the game.
---Inside the box---
The gameboard comes out the box flat and is made of hard plastic. You have to slide the board out across the base and lift it up halfway across the base line. You then push it down until it clicks into place. This may sound complicated but it really only takes a second and is easily done.
The counters are already in the game which is handy as when it is covered they do not fall out and so saves space. You are given 25 counters each and there is the choice of two colours.. red or yellow.
When the game is finished you just lift and tilt the gameboard that contains the counters and slide it into the tray where the counters are placed. The gameboard is 5 and a half inches by 4 inches and so a lot smaller than the original size.
---My thoughts on the game---
The game is a well recognised one and has been around for many years. It's a common game found in peoples collection of board games. It can be played by children (and adults) of all ages!.. though it is recommended to be kept away from children under the age of 3 for the possible choking hazard on the counters.
This is a game that does not take too long to play and you can get into it straight away.. but you can also get bored of it quite quickly too and so tend not to play many games. Overall it's a good game in travel size or the original big size.
The only thing I think would have been better is if they included a few spare counters as they are so small they can easily be lost. I realised I am somehow missing one of the counters and so 2-3 extra ones would be handy. Although the game is mostly ended before all counters are used up and so it does not make much of a difference.
I give the game 5 stars as its a nice family game that can be played by all ages and is easily understood by all players. The travel size game is also of a good size and would not break easily. I've had it for a few years now and it's been played with children of all ages and it's still in great condition. I bought it for £2.50 during the Christmas season from Marks and Spencers gift section, but i'm sure the travel size game can still be found on websites online.
Thanks for reading :)
(this review can also be found on ciao)