Product Type: Gibsons Games board games
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Tick, Tock, Tick, Tock, Tick......Kaboom!!!
Pass the Bomb
Member Name: HotBabes
Pass the Bomb
Date: 07/12/05, updated on 18/08/06 (3696 review reads)
Advantages: A funny, fast and quick game
Disadvantages: You could end up a nervous wreck!
Fed up with all the repeats on the TV and the snow on the ground, we decided to buy a new game. I wanted something that wasn't going to take 2 hours to play, was funny and not that childish it would be too easy or boring. So we bought...PASS THE BOMB!
This 9"x 6" x 3" box is dark green in colour with Pass the Bomb in orange written across the whole of the box, just like the pic above. It is made by Gibsons Games and the game won the Daily Telegraph Game of the Year Awards, (although it doesn't state which year!)
On the side of the box it states " Players live on a knife edge as the infernal Bomb ticks away. Nerves are tested to the limit as they struggle to find a suitable word and pass the b****y thing on before it goes off!" I have to say this statement is so very true!
INSIDE THE BOX.....
Not a lot really! You have :
110 letter cards - Each card has a different combination of letters printed on both sides. These combinations maybe just 2, 3 or 4 letters. i.e CI, SHE,RES, STR,LAST
The BOMB! - A black plastic bomb about the size of a Lush Ballistic or for the fellas a tennis ball, with a 2" string fuse. The button to turn it on is on the underside. It has a preset timer inside that can go off anywhere between 10 and 60 seconds after starting.
A special die - This has 3 different faces. One face says TICK, this means the letters from the card cannot be used at the START of the word. TICK TACK means letters can be used ANYWHERE. The third face has a picture of a bomb, This means letters cannot be used at the END of the word.
AIM OF THE GAME....
To make words using the combination of letters from the chosen card before the bomb goes BANG!
Any common word is allowed including proper names, brand names, foriegn words in common use i.e Kibbutz.
The same word cannot be used more than once in a round, but can be used again in subsequent rounds.
The letters on the card must be used in that order in your word. For example, card says ANT, you make PANT, ANTELOPE but not AUNT or QUAINT because you cannot change the letters around.
Thats all the rules!
SO HOW DO YOU BECOME A NERVOUS WRECK?.....
We played with 3 of us (the game is for any number).
Well, my son, ny partner and little ol' me, looked at this little bomb on the table wondering how much noise it makes when it goes bang! So we decided to have a test, press the button underneath and its starts tick tocking like a bomb, and still tick tocks like a bomb, tick tock, tick, tock, then BANG! Not a big bang or even a recognizable bang, more like a short burst of loud interference!
Still at least we knew what to expect.
So onwards, shuffle well and deal 13 cards into a pile on the table. The first player rolls the die to determine where in the word the letters must be used, start the bomb, quickly turn over a card. Once you have said an acceptable word you pass the bomb to the next player, once they have said a word they pass it on the next and so on until the bomb explodes.
Remember that I said the preset timer goes off somewhere between 10 - 60 seconds? Well thats how long each round is going to last. You might not get the chance to say your word or you might not be able to think of another word and believe me its not as easy as it sounds.
It goes something like this :
Partner rolls TICK TACK (letters can be used anywhere) turns the card to show TOR, starts the bomb....tick tock... and says STORY..tick tock... passes the bomb to me who says TORRID...tick tock....passes the bomb to son who says STORED...tick tock..passes to partner, OOPS BANG!!
A players turn is finished once they have said the word so even if my son had still had hold of the bomb, it would be my partner that is caught out!
Words can be challenged as to whether or not they are acceptable. If you have the bomb you can pass it back to the previous player to try again. Any arguments and ALL the players vote. If the bomb goes off before a decision has been reached and the word is subsequently accepted, the player who passed the bomb back loses. If it is declined the player who said the word loses.
I have never known such a simple game to create so many nerves! Not only is it hard to think of words against a 'clock' you constantly hear this tick tock, tick tock and are so concerned that it might be you holding it when it goes bang you just CAN'T think of words! As you never know the length of each round you might only say one word, other times four or five, as well as having to remember the words that other players have used! Tis not as simple as it sounds and you find yourself letting out a deep breath in relief when it goes off whether you end up with the bomb or not!
The three of us were laughing at each other as we tried to rack our brains for words but the smile soon disappeared when it came round to our own turn. There were lots of um's, err's and hmm's as well as the fists lightly banging the table in frustration.
Although these rounds are really quick its just as well with the tension that can mount up. There were a few light swear words that were used, mainly by Zack in desperation! You can even feel your heart beat quicker.
It is for age 12 upwards and I certainly agree with that due to the quick thinking and creating of words. It is also good at extending your vocabulary especially for the teens that play.
With 110 double sided cards you would struggle to remember the same words for the same set of letters and obviously if you play against diferent people they will say different words too.
I would definitely recommend this game and would imagine it could be even more amusing if you had had a few drinks as well!
I bought this from a local games shop for £14.99 although you might be able to get it cheaper from the usual places (no advertising here!).
Gibsons website is www.gibsonsgames.co.uk.
Many thanks for reading and thanks to my game 'mates' for a very funny and entertaining evening. x
© HotBabes 2005
Summary: Its a quick and fast game, leaves you struggling for words!
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