Product Type: other board games
Newest Review: ... there is a tube the centre is covered with holes in where you poke loads of plastic straws, you then drop a load of marbles on top of the... more
Simple fun for younger kids (5-8)
Member Name: GeoffHurst
Advantages: Entertaining whilst it lasts
Disadvantages: Set-up time
Kerplunk is an old child's classic that seems very dated given the current range of games and electronic devices available to kids these days, however it is good fun for younger kids, not so much for adults.
The premise is simple, you poke a host of multicoloured straws through a tube (the holes are already cut into the tube) and pour a load of marbles in the top. Then players take it in turn to remove their colour straws and if a marble falls to the bottom on your turn, you have to take it - the player with the least marbles at the end wins.
Everyone is stating in their reviews that this takes ages to set up, and this is true - it is also not a game that will be quicker to set up the more you play it - it will take you a good ten minutes every time. Given it takes only about 5-10 minutes to play a game, this is not a great return in my book.
I suppose this could be considered educational from the perspective that counting is required - but only to small numbers. I suppose it can also be considered to teach balance and support, but only on a basic level.
This is the sort of game you could leave the kids to play provided that you can trust them to not eat any parts of poke people with the straws - they may not mind setting it up, you probably will!
Summary: Buy it if it is on sale