Product Type: Gibsons Games board games
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Pass the Bomb
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Pass the Bomb
Date: 06/12/12, updated on 01/10/13 (201 review reads)
Advantages: Fun and educational.
Disadvantages: 2 AAA batteries not included.
Pass the Bomb
But you can't; not until you can complete the word.
Tick, tick, tick
It's going to explode in your hands. Hurry!
Can't think, can't think, you just can't think of a word to complete the letters from the drawn card.
Thirteen cards were on the table. The top card was drawn. It has letters on it (my example) 'EA'
The three-sided dice was rolled.
(Tick Tack) It could have landed on the symbol of instruction that allowed you to insert the given letter on the card anywhere into a word. That would have been easier for you. 'TEAcher'
(Bomb symbol) or the dice could have determined that the letters on the card could be used at the beginning of a word. 'Easter)
(Tick) but no, for you it was the least favourable outcome. The roll of the dice concluded that the letters on the card come at the end of the word and now you just can't think of a word where those two letters will come in at the end. One of the players said, 'TEA'. The next, 'ArEA' but does that leave anything left in the English language?
The bomb (which looks like a hand grenade out of a comic, (it even has a fuse sticking out of the top) was triggered by the button on the base of the plastic bomb. It could have gone off in seconds but it's been about a minute. The people before you all thought of a word each and passed the bomb to the next player. This is the scary version of Pass the Parcel.
Your mind has gone blank. The longest the bomb will go on for is three minutes. It's never known when the bomb will go off. There is no predictability. It is always random.
The bomb is ticking. It sounds like the ticks might be speeding up. The bomb is in your hand and you can't pass it on to the next player unless you think of a word that incorporates those two letters, from the drawn card, at the end of the word. You can't repeat a word that anyone else has stated. You have to remember what they said.
You feel the sweat gathering on your brow. Your palms are sticky. The bomb is in your hand. You have to find the word but...Tick, tick, tick...
And that was only one round of thirteen needed to complete the game so I wonder if your nerves are steady enough for you to keep going?
Apart from suffering the humiliation, and the explosion, now you have to keep the card with the letters that you couldn't make fit into a word.
The person with the least amount of cards at the end of the thirteen rounds of the game is the winner.
Not to be handled by children under thirty-six months. Players should be aged from twelve and up.
Batteries are not included. Two AAA batteries are required.
The battery compartment is awkward to open. It has a very small screw. A small tool will be required to change the batteries.
You'll need spare batteries so that game play isn't ruined. The batteries drain after a few months of weekend play.
It's a noisy game, from the bomb ticks, the explosions, yells and the shrieks from the players.
It's not a good game for people who don't like to be put under stress or are of a nervous disposition.
Even with strength in language ability the game can be challenging, due to the ticking bomb, which adds a high level of pressure onto players.
It is an educational game as it aids language acquisition and spelling. It can be very funny to play but I do think that some personalities will not like the intensity. The bang is not a frightening, loud explosion it's more the anticipation of the bomb going off that brings the fear. The ticking dies away into a cartoon like 'brrr'.
I think the maker of 'Pass the Bomb', Gibsons Games, can't win, in some respects, as thrill seekers will want a scary explosion and those of a nervous disposition will wish they had never agreed to play. For those in between people you'll be sure to enjoy it.
This is a quick fire word game that will have you panicking, yelling and laughing.
It is an educational game and can be used very well in a classroom setting, with made up rules for game play, to make it easier, if need be.
Players require a decent vocabulary and the ability to break words up into component parts. There is a junior version that uses visual communication cards but I've not played this so I can't comment on the game.
Pass the Bomb can also be used to learn a language and all the actual game rules can be ignored and the cards left out of play.
The ticking bomb also makes a good ice breaker exercise.
Any number of people can play, though it's meant to be between, two to four players but the more the scarier, or merrier, (depending on your personality) the game can be.
I think I paid about twenty pounds for this game. On Amazon it is currently down from £18.99 to £16.74.
The high cost of purchase, use of batteries (not environmentally friendly and adds more cost) and the exclusion of batteries from the box, and the fact that the game makes me feel tense, leaves me marking 'Pass The Bomb' down to four stars.
Are you thinking of buying this game as a present? Can the recipient handle the stress? It's so hard to decide. Time is running out. It could be fun. Tick,tick,tick...boom!
Summary: Fun unless you're of the nervous type!
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