Product Type: BB Tradesales board games
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Tabletop football game
Table Top Football
Member Name: louisechackett
Table Top Football
Advantages: a good size, easy to operate, well made
Disadvantages: attracts dust!
A couple of Christmases ago I bought my son a table top football game from Debenhams and he still has it now and so I thought that I would review it!
The set came in a cardboard box which had pictures of the game on it in colour and so you could get a good idea what you are getting from the toy even before opening it. When I bought it Debenhams actually had one on display so I knew exactly what I was going to get before I bought it. The box it came in was pretty heavy really and although it isn't going to be too hard to carry it may start to weigh on if you are doing a lot of shopping and buy this first.
Inside the box there is everything you need to make up this table top football game. There is an instruction sheet for you to follow and there is a little assembly to be done with this one because it wouldn't fit in the box if the handles with the football players were already attached to it. The instructions for assembly are quite basic but it wasn't too difficult to set up and probably took around fifteen minutes or so on Christmas day. Once it is all set up you cannot pop it back in the box as the handles do make it larger and so we store ours on the top of a toy cabinet so it isn't taking up too much space but is still accessible when my son wants to play.
This table top football game is made from a pretty heavy feeling wood and so care does need to be taken with this as it would hurt if it was dropped on a foot for example. The product features a green coloured bottom part to represent the football pitch and this is marked with things such as the half way line and the goal mouth. There are obviously two teams and these are yellow and red and these are controlled by handles which are on either side of the wooden base. There are three footballers per handle and just two handles for controlling them but this is enough because you only have two hands and I think as this is a table top version you don't need to have to keep swapping and changing handles to control your players as you would with a larger one!
My son really enjoys playing this game when we get it down and he likes to play with both his friends but also other adults too and I think this is because he sees it as a bit of a level playing field because even though an adult does have more control with a game like this I do think a lot of it is down to pot luck, or it certainly is when my son plays against me! Along both sides of the game near the goal mouth there is a sliding scorer which goes up to number nine so you can keep score of the number of goals you get per game and we either play to a timer to see when the game is finished or just go until someone scores nine goals and then see who the winner is. The scorer is certainly a really handy way to keep track of who is winning in my opinion.
The bars are covered with a black plastic grooved handle and they are really easy to hold and manoeuvre for both myself and my son so I do think this is suitable for all of the family really and is something that most people will enjoy playing from time to time. We don't have it out all of the time as it would lose its fun value I think but when we do get it down we always like to have a few games. The whole feel of the game is that it is well made to be honest and it looks as good as the day we got it even a couple of years down the line. It does attract dust though I have to say and so we usually need to give it a good dust down before we play it!
This table top football game comes with two small plastic footballs and I think it is so important that it comes with two because things are inevitably going to get lost and so at least having two if you lose one you can still play the game. You can buy replacement balls from amazon for a couple of pounds for a multipack so all is not lost if you do lose both though.
This table top set is selling on amazon for around £13 delivered from some sellers. I paid £10 for the one I bought my son for Christmas a couple of years ago and I have seen them at a similar price in the quirky, gadget style shops which are popping up in shopping centres and so I am sure you could find one on the high street should you wish to. I would recommend this product because I think it will last many years and it is something all the family can have a go at really.
Thank you for reading my review!
Summary: A good product for family fun
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