“ Brand: Mattel / Type: Kerplunk game / Players: 2 - 4 / Age: 4 years + „
HOW DO YOU PLAY KERPLUNK TOY STORY EDITION (ALIEN FREEFALL)?
The game is very similar to the regular Kerplunk but the tube is spaceship shaped and when you have pushed the sticks through you tip tiny green aliens into the tube. To set it up you just clip the 2 sides of the spaceship together and push the plastic sticks through the holes in an irregular pattern so that the game is not too easy. When you have fitted all of the sticks you take the top of the spaceship off and tip the aliens in. It takes quite a long time to set up but when you start playing the game is over very quick. Then you all take it in turns to pull a stick out and any aliens that fall out you put into a pile next to you, the winner is the person who has the least aliens at the end because that means they have used their skill to keep the aliens in the spaceship.
WHAT I THINK
I do not like this game as much as the usual Kerplunk because it is not very well designed. Sometimes the aliens will drop out between the sticks as soon as you tip them in because they are very small and that is frustrating for my daughters because they have already waited for me to set it up. The aliens are so small that they get lost very easy and now we don't have the full set so the game feels even shorter.
The spaceship is very good quality and does not come apart unless I take it apart, the box is big enough that once I have got it together I can store the spaceship in one piece without having to take it apart after every game. The top of the spaceship is easy to pull on and off but when the aliens are inside it doesn't fall off or wobble.
The game is fun and it isn't as noisy as the regular Kerplunk so that is a good thing now we have got a baby in the house. The aliens need to be a bit bigger because they fall through the sticks too easy and sometimes if you just tap the spaceship some of the aliens will drop out. The sticks are strong with hardly any bend so they're easy to push in and pull out of the holes in the spaceship even by young children.
WHAT MY DAUGHTERS THINK
My daughters both enjoy this game of Kerplunk but get bored waiting for my husband or I to push the sticks through and set the game up. My oldest daughter said last time we played it that it was silly the way it takes longer to set it up than to play and I think she is right. I think they both prefer the original Kerplunk best because the aliens falling through when you haven't pulled a stick through annoys them very much.
They can both hold the ends of the sticks tightly enough to pull them out but my 6 year old daughter cannot help me to set the game up because she can't line the holes and sticks up.
This game has a lot of dangers for young children because of the sharp sticks and the very small aliens. The sticks frighten me because they could go in someones eye so I make sure my children do not run around with them and babies could choke on the aliens if they put them in their mouth. It should not be played by children under 4 and even that age is a bit too young I think.
3 Dooyoo Stars.
For my twins 5th birthday they received a good few games that we can play as a family. One of the many games were Toy Story's Alien Freefall.
Remember Kerplunk? That noisy marble fun game! Well it's toy story's version of this, only this one is KerJunk!
The game comes packaged in a toy story detailed box clearly stating it's suitable for children aged 5 plus and it is also suitable for 2 - 4 players. Inside the box there are 2 plastic 'cases' which join together to fit into the red base and a small red cap - fitting all these pieces together creates a plastic rocket. Also within the box is a packet of thin, plastic sticks and a load of mini green aliens and a dice. Perfectly Toy Story themed, which is quite appealing to look at, but when you've played Kerplunk and gotten used to the quality of that game this one doesn't quite live up to it.
Firstly the 'rocket' is flimsy, thin, is quite difficult to put together and not sturdy enough for it to stay together.
Each player has plastic sticks - these slot into the see through plastic casing of the rocket in the slot holes provided - which is also a very flimsy task. The little green aliens slot in the top of the rocket and these sticks prevent them from falling. The aim of the game is to remove the sticks without knocking the little aliens down. The dice has colours on it - matching the different colours of the sticks. When a player rolls the dice whichever colour it lands on is the colour of the stick that person has to slowly pull out trying not to knock the little aliens down. Continuing to do this throughout the game - the winner at the end of the game is the person who has knocked down the least amount of aliens. The game itself is a very competitive game and has good potential the quality of this particular game though lets it down tremendously!
Kerplunk uses marbles, noisy, particularly heavy for small objects therefore more chance of getting them to fall - and overall more fun as a family game in my opinion. This game is not very well made for a start, quality is poor, it is thin and flimsy and the aliens are an 'awkward' shape so although the game is called alien freefall they do not in fact fall freely all of the time - they quite often become stuck on other sticks rather than providing the excitement that kerplunks marbles do when they fall down.
Personally, although the toy story aspect and the idea behind the game design is quite appealing for children I would not recommend buying this game - the quality is poor and it would probably provide a bit more confident game playing if it was built better so quite a bit of a disapointment.
Alien Freefall is a newly branded version of a children's classic game formerly called Kerplunk and has been designed with a Toy Story theme with Aliens replacing the marbles and the holder now resembling a space rocket!
This Christmas, my daughter recieved this along with several other modern versions of classic games; she now being of an age where she can enjoy them as much as mummy and daddy! I always remember Kerplunk fondly and spent many an hour playing the original to the point of exasperation of my friends and family as a child. The choice to tie this in with a popular film franchise may seem a marketing gimmick to some but I see it equally as a chance to make the game appeal to a whole new generation.
The basic idea is a simple one. Players put straws through holes in the rocket's shell, then remove the cone to load the aliens which are prevented from falling by the straws. Each player then tosses a diceand has to remove a straw that corresponds with the colour which the dice lands on. The idea is to remove straws without causing the aliens to fall and the loser the one at the end of the game with the most aliens!
The reviews so far on here have been slightly mixed but I have to agree with some of the points raised in them. The rocket itself IS quite flimsy and doesn't seem that well designed but I have had little problem putting the straws through the holes or loading the rocket with aliens! So long as you are careful, I don't think it paticularly difficult! Similarly though the straws are flimsy, I don't recall them being that strong in the original!
Though a game does not last long, I still find this lots of fun and get quite competitive! I think it is reasonably good value for money but wouldn't want to spend a lot on it. £60 on Amazon, as one reviewer has quoted, does sound very expensive!!! I am not sure what price was paid for ours, as it was a gift, but I would hope it was nowhere near as much as that!!!
Overall, I think this a highly enjoyable new version of a classic game. True, it is not built that well and will need adult supervision to fix together and set up but still I am mostly pleased with it and look forward to lots of games in the near future!
My young cousin saw this for sale in Tesco and fell for the bold advertising. He asked for it for his sixth birthday. It seemed like a reasonable price present, so I agreed to buy it for him. Unfortunately by the time it came round to me next popping in they seemed to have sold out. It must have been a xmas thing and they expanded their toy section. I had a quick look on the internet and play.com and amazon.com both sold the toy for £13.99 which included delivery. I chose paly.com and took advantage of the cash back through quidco.
The toy comes in a rectangular cardboard box, with the Toy Story 3 logo and pictures of aliens all over it. The toy itself is plastic. It is shaped like a space ship, tall thin and pointed, in a soft hamless way. It stands upright on three fins. The pastic is clear and has lots of holes through it. The holes are for the plastic sticks to be slotted through, and on top of the plastic sticks sit lots of aliens. The idea is that you play this game with a friend, or friends, and take it in turn to pull the sticks out. You are not meant to drop any of the aliens down the game and onto the floor, so it is all about clever guessing of which sticks need to be removed. It reminds me of some kind of reverse Jenga game. Another one of my relatives pointed out that there used to be lots of similar games on the market, but that the toy story three logo made this one much more attractive!
The game itself is quite flimsy and in a house with multiple children playing around I wouldn't put my money on it lasting long. I think that it will either get borken and snapped, or the pieces will get lost.
The game doesn't cost too much money and is fun, but it certainly isn't one which I can see it giving a life time of value! It is however easy to play and quick to pick up the rules. Something almost everyone will understand!
As my little man is a fan of Toy Story he received this Alien freefall game from father Christmas and he loves it, well that was until he actually played it! The game is quite fun to play but it does take a long time to set it up and then you only really get about 5 minutes of game play before you have to set it all up again.
~~PACKAGING AND CONTENTS~~
The box for the game is nice and bright and has a picture of the set up game on the front, the Toy Story 3 logo can be found on the top corner and there is a picture of one of the green three eyed aliens on the side. The back of the box shows three children playing the game. The main colours to the box are red blue and green and it would be easy to spot on a toy shelf.
Inside the bow you get the plastic pocket, lots of sticks, approximately 25 which are green purple and blue plastic. They measure about 17cm long but are quite thin so small hands may have difficulty picking them up off a table. We get a bag of green aliens which look just like the alien from the film. These are quite small and only measure 2.5cm by 2cm, they too are made from plastic and we have around 30 of them. With the contents of the box we also have a dice which is white in colour and differs from a standard one as this one has the colours of the sticks on each side, there are two sides for each of the colour.
We do also get an instruction sheet but this really is not needed as the game is very self explanatory.
~~SETTING UP AND GAME PLAY~~
Before we can start a game for the first time we have to assemble the rocket. This is quite simple to do and the two clear plastic sides with all the holes in have to be clipped together and then sat in the red plastic rocket base and on the very top a red tip just needs to be pushed on. The rocket takes shape when this has been done and it is quite sturdy but not very big. It stands only 27cm high and it 8cm wide and the widest point around the middle.
The start setting up for a game the plastic sticks need to be pushed through the holes so they come out of the other side of the rocket. The colours need to be spread out and they need to be put in a lot of different ways so they are not all forming straight lines, mixing it up makes for better game play overall. Once this has been done then the tip of the rocket needs pulling out so the aliens can be tipped in. this may sound easy but believe me its not, the aliens are quite thin so you will find quite a few just come straight out the bottom and they will have to be put back in, this can get slightly frustrating for children.
When all this has been done then it comes to actually playing the game, the object of playing is to remove all of the sticks and be the one who has the least aliens at the end. The dice is to be rolled by each player and the coordinating stick and dice colour needs to b removed from the rocket. If you remove your stick and aliens drop from the bottom then you have to keep these. Once the sticks have all gone the player who has the least aliens wins. It is then time to start the whole set up process again.
~~OPINION OF THE GAME~~
When it first came to setting the game up all three of my boys were very excited and loved the idea of having the make to rocket. I did not have to tell them what they had to do them with the sticks as they looked at the picture and had worked it out for themselves. They did find it very simple to put the sticks in as the holes are a good size and even my 3 year old found it quite simple to do. When it came to putting the aliens in the first time they did enjoy this as they laughed a lot when they just dropped straight through to the bottom but after a few plays this started to really annoy them as it meant they had to wait longer to play the game.
Both me and hubby explained about the dice and what the object of the game was but the first time we played they thought the object was to get the most aliens to win but when they discover they had lost as they all had loads of them and hubby had none they soon understood it was the other way round. The dice was a good size and simple for them to use, even with very small hands and they could easily see the colours. They did manage to get the sticks easier than I thought they would and had no problem getting them out.
We had a lot of fun playing with this game and for me I had the added educational side as they had to use their maths skills to count the aliens and work out who had the most and least of them. The only downside I found to the playing of the game was the amount of time it too for us to set it up as once completed the game only takes 5 minutes to play, there is no way of making the game play longer which is a shame. We have overcome the set up problem as it s now left to me of hubby to do it for them.
~~AGE RANGE AND SUITABILITY~~
The box says that this game is suitable for ages 5 and over. I don't really take much notice of these guides and my 3 year old had a great time playing, he was easily able to help with the setting up and he recognised the colours and fully understood what he had to do, he was actually very good and had a great steady hand to remove the sticks. I think very small children will need to be watched with the game though as the aliens are small and may be put into mouths and the sticks can be a little dangerous as they are not very rounded at the ends.
We are told that the game is for 2-4 players but again I don't agree fully with this. Obviously you need a minimum of two players but we are a family of 5 and we all play this together and it really does not make much difference at all and I think up to 6 people could comfortable play this game together.
I think that the game would be a good choice for all fans of the Toy Story film but if they are not then you may wish to stick to the original Kerplunk one which does not have a theme so will never go out of fashion with them.
~~PRICE AND AVAILABLITY~~
This toy was a gift for my little man but I have recently seen this on offer in Tesco with a price tag of just under £10, I think full price would be around £15. I do think the full price is steep as it only has a limited life, the length of time your child like the toy Story films and think that under £10 is much better value for money. It is available in a wide range of toyshops and also online.
I am going to recommend this game but I can only really give it 4 stars. We have lots of fun playing it and it is a game the whole family can play together but it does have its negative side, it takes a long time to set up and the game play is only short. The Toy ~Story theme is good but it only gives this toy a limited life. I think would say the original Kerplunk game may be a better way to go for a gift unless you can get this for under £10.
Knowing my kids are both completely obsessed with all things related to Toy Story, my sister bought this as a christmas present for my 4 year old. It is recommended as a toy for children aged 5 plus, but we have played this a number of times with both my 2 and 4 year old in the holidays, and they have enjoyed playing it.
As a child myself i had the game kerplunk, which is identical to this in the theory if not the actual appearance. In this version you have a plastic spaceship, which you slot thin plastic straws through the holes along the sides. You then add about 20 aliens to the top through the cone of the rocket before attaching it.
There is a dice, which features pictures of the alien from Toy story in silouhette, in the 3 different colours of the straws. Blue, green and purple. The aim of the game is to remove straws trying not to make the aliens all fall down through the bottom of the rocket.
In theory, so far so good.
In practice, the plastic the rocket is made from is very lightweight and the mechanism for connecting the 2 halves of clear plastic which make the sides of the rocket is not very good. It is hard to line up the holes, and the whole thing is very unstable without the bottom stand and the cone being attached. It makes it very hard to set the game up, as you need the cone on while putting in the straws, and also you need to then take the cone off without all the straws falling out to add the aliens to the top. The final problem is you then need to get the cone on without shaking the rocket at all or the aliens start to fall out as there are not enough straws to stop them.
The straws are very thin and flimsy, and can only be put in the rocket if they are horizontal. If you move the rocket at all they start sliding about, and my youngest has managed to bend a couple of them. My fault that one though as he is 2.5 years below the age recommendation.
Yes, it is only a kids game, but i feel from Mattel, more thought could have gone into the construction. The design is really attractive and the idea of the game appeals strongly to my kids, but to play the game, it is really hard to play or even set up without aliens falling out before you start. If the rocket were heavier/thicker plastic i feel some of these problems could have been solved.
Looking at the box itself, it is a huge box which appeals and makes it look a good toy. I have no idea what my sister paid for it unfortunately to say if it is worth what it cost unfortunately, but i see it is on amazon for an extortionate £60. £10 is probably more its worth. The toy takes up less than half the space in the box. This always annoys me when i think they could have put some of the cost of packaging quite easily into making it sturdier and it would also take up less room in the playroom and probably cost Mattel the same.
I'm going to give it a 2 star rating as it is very entertaining for the kids, but honestly, i wish they had been bought the original kerplunk instead for better game play. If it did not have Toy Story branding this would be a complete flop.