Product Type: other board games
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Member Name: garymarsh6
Advantages: Is a game of skill and judgement fine tuning manual dexterity.
Disadvantages: Can be quite noisy!
Kerplunk is another trusted game that has stood the test of time first coming onto the market in the late 60's and still quite a popular game today. It is for two to four players.
What's in the box?
A four section plastic collection tray that is the base of the game. A two section plastic tube one with a large hole at the top and it also has small holes in the middle part. There are roughly 30 plastic sticks and 30 marbles. An instruction leaflet.
Place the base on a flat surface. Put the two sectioned plastic tube together and place it on top of the base. The tube rotates according to which players turn it is. Put all the plastic sticks through the holes in the side of the tube which forms a mesh inside on which the marbles rest after they are dropped through the top hole.
Aim of the game.
The aim of the game is to remove the sticks that form the supporting mesh inside the tube on which the marbles are balancing without the marbles dropping. The name of the game Kerplunk is supposed to represent the sound made when the marbles drop from the mesh down the tube and then rolling into the sectioned player's collection tray. The person with the least marbles at the end of the game is the winner.
How to play Kerplunk.
Each player takes a turn at removing the sticks from the side of the tube. Once the person has touched one of the sticks then they must continue to remove the stick even if they can then see that the marbles are going to fall. As each stick is removed the mesh of sticks inside the tube leaves some marbles balancing precariously on the sticks. Removing the sticks too quickly can cause the marbles to come crashing down inside the tube. As the sticks are removed it becomes more likely that the balls will drop into the player's collection tray. As more and more are removed the marbles drop more frequently as there are now gaps in the tube on which the marbles are balancing.
What does it teach the person playing the game.
Skills enhanced are fine manual dexterity, observational skills. Logic and analytical skills by removing certain sticks the likely hood of the balls dropping becomes higher. Counting, sharing and taking turns patience good eye hand co ordination.
This game is quite a fun game anticipating which sticks to remove and the gasps and patience involved in the game. Sometimes the silence and concentration is immense whilst the player is gingerly removing each stick which is suddenly broken by shouts or screams as the marbles come crashing down. I think it is a good game especially where fine manual dexterity is concerned. I think the game is quite reasonably priced and will last for ages. The game can be bought for £13.99 from Argos or Amazon around about £10. It can even be had on E bay for £7.99 but then you have to add postage to this price. Overall I think this is a good and fun game for children albeit a bit noisy at times.
Summary: A good game to entertain the kids on a wet afternoon!