Product Type: other board games
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Nailbiting and nervewracking fun
Member Name: emmad5689
Advantages: great fun, easy to play, doesn't take too long
Disadvantages: Causes tantrums
We have a wide range of games in our games cupboard, we have a range of educational Orchard Games and then we have loads of games from my childhood that are still going strong and I'm 30. One of the games we have is Kerplunk which is a really fun yet nerve racking game.
The game comes packaged in a strong cardboard box, the box is really sturdy and even though we have had this game for about a year now and it does get played with the box is still pretty much in one piece and suitable for holding all the pieces. The box is nice and bright and shows the game from above, it displays the MB logo and states that the game is for ages 5 plus and 2-4 players.
Inside the box you find, 30 plastic sticks in red, blue, green and yellow, there are 30 marbles, a base plate which has 4 sections to it one for each player and then there is the main playing tower which comes in 2 sections and has a range of small holes in the middle of it.
To play the game you have to connect the 2 pieces together and then stand it into the base on a flat surface, this game is best played on a table rather than on a floor unless you have wooden flooring. You then place the sticks into a hole on one side through the middle and then out of another hole on the other side, the sticks create a mesh bad in the middle of the tube where the marbles will sit. Finally you have to place the marbles in the hole at the top of the tube and if any fall through to the bottom you have to place them in the top again until all the marbles happily sit in the mesh.
To play the game you have to take it in turns to remove a stick from the tube and hope that no marbles fall, once you have selected a stick you have to remove it which my daughter doesn't like as she tends to move a stick a little see that a marble is going to fall and change her mind, the tantrum which follows has resulted in the game being put away on more than one occasion. You keep taking it in turn to remove the sticks until they are all removed and all the marbles have fallen, the winner is the person who has dislodged the least amount of marbles.
When we first started playing this with our daughter it caused a lot of tantrums, she doesn't like the fact she cannot change her mind and would get quite bad tempered when marbles fell on her go. The more we have played the game the more she has come to terms with these are the rules of the game and come to accept them. I find the game quite fun to play but prefer to play it against my husband as he is a little less likely to spit his dummy out at losing. The game is quite nerve racking but aslong as everyone doesn't take ages analysing every go the game is pretty quick to play.
I would say the games from my childhood are loads more entertaining than games that are around now I have children, this is yet another game that has lasted the test of time and is loads of fun to play, selling at around £10 it is a decent price too.
Summary: A great family game