Product Type: Mattel board games
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Toy Story 3 Kerplunk (Alien Freefall)
Mattel Toy Story 3 Alien Freefall
Member Name: bringingsexyback
Mattel Toy Story 3 Alien Freefall
Advantages: This game is very well made
Disadvantages: It takes a long time to set up and the aliens are too small
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.
Summary: This is a fun game but takes too long to set up and not long to play