Product Type: MB Games board games
Newest Review: ... is the winner. The end destination is just a few short spaces behind where you begin, obviously you cannot move backward or this would be ... more
Fast paced, popping race
MB Games Frustration
Member Name: professorlamp
MB Games Frustration
Advantages: Fast paced and easy to understand
Disadvantages: Shorter play times may disappoint some people
Frustration! is a fast paced racing game aiming at short play times and exciting gameplay. It was manufactured by Milton Bradley and released in (believe it or not) 1965...
The game itself actually originates from America and is only called Frustration! in the UK. Elsewhere it is called Trouble!
The game can be played by 2-4 players and its ease of play means anyone over the age of 4 should feel comfortable about playing the game.
"How do I play"
The game is turn based. Each player takes control of 4 coloured counters, there are 4 colours in total to help differentiate between the players. These colours can be seen on the box and are red, yellow, blue and green. The first player to get all of their 4 counters to their end destination is the winner. The end destination is just a few short spaces behind where you begin, obviously you cannot move backward or this would be an even shorter game!
Your counters starts off in a 'base'. The base is a 'safe' area but no movement can take place so you are essentially stuck. In order to get a counter out of the base, you will have to roll a 6 on the dice within the plasting popping dome in the middle of the game board.
Once you have your counter out of base, you can now begin to make your way around the board. Sometimes sheer luck will end the game early. For example, you may have popped your counter out of its base extremely early on in the game, and everyone else still hasn't manage to roll a 6 to get their counter out of their base. In this case you're off to an extremely good head start.
When the other players do start to get onto the actual race track of the board, it starts to intensify. If two players land on the same spot, then the last player to land on that spot may send that other players piece all the way back to base. This forces them to practically start the game again.
The only time that tactic is not possible is if a player has managed to get their counter to their desired position. If the counter is at the end position, it cannot be taken and so is safe. It is only on the race course that it is at risk.
When a player has managed to get all 4 pieces to their end destination, they are declared the winner. The game can continue until there is just one person left on the board and they are declared the loser.
Although the game is fun whilst you are playing, you will notice this time flies. It could be that it is flying because the game is fun, or it could be because of the incredibly short playing time. I've found on average that the game typically lasts between 10-15 minutes. To some people this playing time is desirable, for others who like to get stuck into a games detail it might not prove as satisfying. If you are a person who prefers depth or longer games then I would not recommend this game.
I would recommend this game as an introduction into board games for younger children, the rules are extremely simple, the game lasts long enough to keep their attention and the game board is fairly bright coloured. For anyone else that is just looking to kill a short amount of time, this game could also be recommended.
Recommended for anyone with children or just breaking the ice with some new people.
Summary: An excellent introductory game
More reviews in the field of Board Game
- Scene it? 80's Deluxe Edition
- Topps Minis Pitch and Play Set
- Everythings Rosie Rock-n-Rollin Rosie Game
- Pressman Ben 10 Alien Force Omnitrix Battle Game
- The Chase
- Mattel Uno Rummy-Up Board Game
- Buffy the Vampire Slayer Chess Set
- Days of Wonder Ticket to Ride Europe
- Winning Moves Da Vinci Code - The Game
- Mattel Bezzerwizzer Trivia Game