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Toy Story's KerJunk!
Mattel Toy Story 3 Alien Freefall
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Mattel Toy Story 3 Alien Freefall
Advantages: the overall idea has good potential..
Disadvantages: the quality of the game is extremely poor
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.
Summary: a good idea in theory just not very well made
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