Screwball Scramble is a game of skill, I had this game when I was about 12 years old and loved it so much that I still have it packed away in the loft at my mum's house.
The idea of Screwball Scramble is that you must guide a ball around an obstacle course using various a selection of buttons and sliders to move the obstacles and steer your ball through. The game has a timer which counts down 60 seconds so you must get from the start to the finish, ding the bell on the last obstacle and stop the timer by pressing the button on the top.
You begin the maze by placing the ball on a little platform, this platform leads onto the Walkway. The walkway consists of 3 tilting parts, you must use the push button to guide your ball across the walkway and up onto the platform at the other end. When I first played Screwball Scramble I found this really hard as unless the timing of pressing the button was just right then the ball would come back on itself, it is really annoying especially when you are almost at the end and it decides to roll back to the middle.
Once you get onto the platform the next part is simple, the ball is picked up by a magnet on what looks like a little crane, by using the next little twisting button, you need to twist the crane around to move the ball to the parallel bars. Be careful with the crane because although the ball is being held by a magnet it isn't the strongest magnet and if you twist it too fast the ball will drop off and you will have to start again! To make the ball drop to the bars the crane will come to a little archway, the crane falls into place above the archway and the ball is detached by the top bar of the arch. The parallel bars have a slight upwards slope to them and a slider button to control the ball across them, you need to slide the slider so that the bars open and allow the ball to roll along, but you must close the bars at just the right time to get the ball to roll to the end and onto the tilting table, if you are too late the ball will drop through the bars and if you are too early the ball will roll back down them. I found this takes quite a bit of practice and the faster your movement is then the easier it will be to do.
The tilting table is controlled by a rotation control. There are two exits from the table, one leads to the next obstacle and the other drops the ball out of play. There are numbers pegs on the table blocking your way and you must carefully rotate the table to navigate your ball around them and out onto the jump obstacle. I find the tilting table pretty easy if you try to keep to the left as much as you can.
After dropping off the table the ball will roll down a little ramp and drop into the first level of the jump obstacle. This part of the game is played by tapping a button to make the ball jump from one stack to the next, the stacks get progressively higher until the 4th one which leads to a hoop that you must make the ball jump through. I found this part of the game to be ok, the first few times I played I hit the button a bit to hard and the ball fell off, but I soon got the hang of not being quite so rough and gently tapping the button so the ball would jump just enough to move.
Following the jump through the hoop the ball will roll down another little ramp and enter my most hated part of the game, the Maze. The maze really is a maze! It is the only part of the game where you cannot see the ball, it is operated in the same way as the tilt table and you must guide your ball through the maze and out onto the platform at the end. The walls inside the maze are indicated by indentations on the top of the maze, but this doesn't make it any easier when you don't know exactly where your ball has got to! I found the maze to be the hardest part of the game and I do have memories of taking the ball before it got there and skipping it, yes, I know that's cheating, but it was hard! With practice though I did eventually get the hang of the maze, but it took time and was very frustrating!
Once you do manage to escape the maze your ball will pop out onto a platform shaped like an aeroplane. For this part you need to use the same twisting button as you did for the crane and twist the aeroplane gently round to the next little platform, again you need to be careful that the ball doesn't fall off, but at the end of the twist you need to make the aeroplane gently knock the platform to make the ball roll off. The ball then rolls into the bucket of a catapult, the catapult is easy and you just need to press the final button to flick it up and make the ball drop through the loop and make the bell 'Ding!' this is the end of the game!
There is a timer included with the game and if you choose to use it this will count down 60 seconds. When I first played and was getting used to the controls I didn't use the timer as it really distracted me and I would get annoyed as I couldn't do things, however after some practice runs I did use the timer and its actually great fun and the more I played, the fast I became. At one point I did set myself a challenge of try to get round the course twice before the timer ran out, but I dot think I ever actually accomplished this!
My personal tip for this game is be patient and give it a bit of practice. Also try to move around the course faster rather than slower as I find it harder to control the ball if it has stopped moving and then suddenly rolls fast when it starts.
All of the buttons are labelled with pictures to guide you to the right one, although they are in the order that you need them, apart from the aeroplane one where you need to use the same control as you did for the crane.
The game comes already assembled and there are no batteries required... Perfect for Christmas morning I'd say!
Although Screwball Scramble is technically a single player game as only one person can play at a time, I see no reason why there can't be more players taking it in turns to beat each others times and put a bit of competition into the fun.
The game is made from a strong plastic, it is brightly coloured and while I imagine parts could easily be pulled off by younger children I never had a problem with it falling apart or bits breaking off. The age rating for the game is 6+. I can imagine this might be a little hard for a 6 year old, especially with the maze part, but I still think they would enjoy the basic aim of the game as it is fun, and they could always do as I did and skip the maze until they feel ready to practice it more!
Screwball Scramble is available from most toy shops and is currently on amazon for £10.39. I would say this is a pretty good price as the entertainment does last a while and its one of those games which you can go back to again and again.
I would recommend Screwball Scramble. It is good for kid's to improve their co-ordination and at the same time it is fun, addictive and can be quite frustrating, but this add's to the fun.
Thanks for reading! :)
I owned Screwball Scramble as a child, and decided to dig it out from my parent's loft to try it again and do this review. So here goes...
<<< What is Screwball Scramble? >>>
Screwball Scramble, by Tomy, is a manual game of skill. The objective is to transport a small ball-bearing through a series of challenging obstacles to the finish line, using a selection of controls. You can also play against the clock, with the built-in timer giving you 60 seconds to complete the course.
The game consists of a plastic base unit, with a series of coloured obstacles attached to it creating an intricate course. Along one side of the board are seven different control buttons which are used to manipulate the various moveable parts of the course.
<<< Playing the Game >>>
Screwball Scramble is based on skill, good timing, nimble fingers, quick reactions, and a steady hand. None of the obstacles require force or power to negotiate - rather they require subtle touches, good judgement of timing, and a bit of patience to master.
It also relies on fair play - if you drop the ball-bearing or fail an obstacle, there is no automated system to force you back to square one. It's easy to cheat and skip the tricky parts, but the most fun is always had when facing a challenge and beating it!
<<< The Course >>>
Start the clock! You begin by placing the ball-bearing on a small sloped platform at the bottom right corner of the board. The first obstacle is the "See-Saw Bridge" - a humped bridge consisting of three see-saws. These rise and fall alternately with a press of the first button, and you must shuffle the ball-bearing along the bridge, using momentum and carefully timed presses of the button to place it on the platform at the other side. This can be a tricky first obstacle, as timing is crucial, and the ball often slips back along the bridge if you get your rhythm wrong!
Next up is what I call "The Crane" - you rotate the crane to position a small magnet above the ball-bearing, and then spin it back slowly into position over the next obstacle, the parallel bars. This sounds simple, but if you swing the crane too quickly or jerkily , the ball-bearing will fall off, as the magnet is only very weak. Once you've turned the crane, a small arch detaches the ball-bearing automatically, dropping onto...
The "Parallel Bars"! A small slider causes the bars to separate at one end, allowing the ball-bearing to slowly roll forwards. However if you don't close the bars, the ball will fall off. The trick here is to slowly part the bars, then close them as the ball starts to move; the momentum of the ball should carry it onto the next obstacle...
The "Wobbly Board" - a small platform controlled by a joystick, which can be tilted left-to-right and front-to-back. The platform has a rim round most of it and small pins to impede the progress of the ball. There are 2 exits; the first leads to the next platform, and the second is a drop, which means you have to start all over again! Careful tilting of the platform should let you roll the ball onto a small ramp...
The ball-bearing will roll along the ramp and drop into the first of "The Jumps". These are a series of tubes of increasing height - a simple button press pushes a small piston out of the tubes to 'jump' the ball up to the next tube. The key here is not getting carried away - if you hit the button too hard you will launch the ball too far, or even off the game board entirely. as you gently jump it up the steps, you finally have to launch it through a small hoop and onto another ramp. This ramp leads to a dark and terrifying place...
The "Labyrinth"!!! Of course, calling it the labyrinth is a massive exaggeration here - this is a small tubular maze controlled by another joystick, but it is definitely the most tricky of all the obstacles in Screwball Scramble. This is primarily because the maze is covered, and you can't actually see where the ball is, you can only here it roll back and forth as you tilt the maze with the joystick. There are a few tricky turns and a couple of dead ends to negotiate here, and it can be frustrating as you will often lose track of the ball completely. When you finally get the ball-bearing to drop out of the maze, with palpable relief, you face the aeroplane...
The "Aeroplane" is a small plane attached to a plastic arm, and is controlled by the same twisting control as the "Crane". This time, rather than being carried by a magnet, the ball-bearing sits in a small indentation on top of a plane, and you must slowly and steadily rotate the arm round to the next platform. Again this must be done carefully to avoid the ball rolling off, but at the end you do have to speed up in order to knock the ball off and onto the next platform.
The ball-bearing will now roll and drop into "The Catapult" - the final obstacle in the game. The catapult is one of the simpler obstacles, but it is very easy to misjudge and fail at the final hurdle. A simple press of the final button 'fires' the catapult sending it over, dropping the ball through a ring to hit the small bell and signal the end of the game. Press too lightly and the catapult won't make it past the 90 degree point, but press to hard and you might get an eyeful of ball-bearing. Be careful!
<<< Ways to Play >>>
Technically, Screwball Scramble is designed to be played by one person at a time, however there are several different ways to play which make it more fun. You could play alone, either in your own time, or against the clock. You could also have more than one player, controlling different obstacles and using teamwork to complete the course.
Probably the most fun option is to 'race', competing with other players to see who can complete the course fastest. Whichever way you choose to play, nimble fingers and good timing are the key to enjoying this great game.
<<< Opinions of the Game >>>
Screwball Scramble is great fun to play - and offers a healthy challenge to all ages. It's difficult to master the various controls, but not so tough as to become frustrating or boring. Using a combination of careful timing, agility and patient, controlled touches, you will be able to complete it eventually!
My only very minor complaint is that the timer and buzzer do get on my nerves. As the clock counts down, it makes a rattling ticking sound. This might be intended to add to the frantic pace of a timed game, but it is actually just annoying. It's probably even more annoying for parents who have to listen to the incessant buzzing as their kids try repeatedly to do the the course!
<<< Suitability >>>
Screwball Scramble is suitable for kids aged 6 and over. This is due to the loose ball-bearing, which obviously is a choking hazard for younger children. Although it is billed as a game for young children, it's still great fun for older children, and many adults will also find it a fun challenge.
Screwball Scramble is a quality game which will last for ages if properly looked after. Mine has lasted over 20 years and is still in perfect working order. It is a solid construction, with no sharp edges or rough parts. Although sturdy, some of the obstacles could be fragile if you are sufficiently rough with them, or if the game is not properly stored in the box.
<<< Price >>>
Screwball Scramble is currently available on Amazon for between £10 and £11, which is a decent price to pay for a fun, challenging and well-made game.
<<< Final Thoughts >>>
It's been a very fun and nostalgic experience playing it once more for the first time in about 15 years - I found myself getting quite addicted all over again...
I was helping my Nan sort out her spare room today, what did we come across? That's right, Screwball Scramble. I used to stay with her every other weekend, and every time I did this is what I played with. One of a few favourite toys I had throughout childhood.
* What is it?! *
Screwball Scramble is a maze where the aim of the game is to guide a steel marble through the obstacles, operated by different buttons, to get to the end.
The obstacle course sits upon a plastic base, measuring approximately 30cm x 25 cm. The end of the base nearest the player sits all of the various levers and buttons needed to make the obstacles move. The other end houses the timer. In between these two ends are the various obstacles.
* The obstacles *
Push the lever on the timer and the fun begins. The maze starts with a tilting walkway, push the first button to get the walkway bumping and hope the ball bumps along with it to the end. At the end of the walkway is a lever with a magnet attached so the steel ball sticks to it, use the twisting button to turn the lever around and drop the ball on to the two steel rails. At the bottom of the rails the ball needs to find it's way out of the correct exit from the wobbly pegged board. After being successful the ball will be found at a series of 4 jumps, bounce the ball up the steps, through the hoop and into the maze. The maze is hidden so guiding the ball through can be difficult. At the end of the maze is a plastic arm that takes the ball to the catapult, once the ball is in the catapult give the button a push and it throws the ball to the end of the maze and it rings the bell. Just like that!
* Price and suitability *
Tomy's Screwball Scramble is currently available for £12.99 from Toys R us. It is suitable for ages 5 years and over.
* Thoughts *
I could never tire of this game. I still haven't mastered it perfectly after playing it for years. The obstacles vary in difficulty and I found the four jumps into the covered maze very hard, so hard that I would often cheat (don't tell my brother, he still thinks my times were amazing!).
The game is a one player game, but more people can play, taking in turns and seeing who can complete the maze first (or who is the last to give up). The only point I dislike is the loud timer, it is very off putting.
I recommend this game to everyone, it may get a little frustrating, but is fun all the same. I've given my Nans Screwball Scramble a new and very loving home, it's around 20 years old now and still going strong!
I remember playing this when I was younger and seem to recall I really loved the game back then, so when someone bought me this for Christmas last year I was pretty happy. It's designed for children over 5 years so my sons are a bit young for it still but in a few years they can get into it too.
The object of the game is to move a metal ball through a pretty complicated assault course with a timer that is constantly ticking down putting you under pressure. The thing I always loved about this game is that you didn't have to wait till others were available to play it but could play it quite happily on your own and to your heart's content. In my opinion, this game offers as much fun on your own as it does with a group of people.
There were some great elements to the course that would keep me interested for long periods as a child and even now when I've replayed it. There was the wonky bridge which you had to try and get the ball across. After this a magnetic crane will take the ball attached to the parallel bars and you have to use a lever to move the balls apart just enough to allow the ball to roll along.
The wobbly maze was next and you had to be very careful so as to not allow the ball to fall through a gap. The tube maze was slightly different in that you couldn't see where the ball was so you were moving it blindly almost.
Finally the ball gets to a catapult via another crane and you have to launch the ball at the bell to complete the course. It was quite frustrating as if the ball fell at any point you would have to start from the beginning again. Due to the timer this was not always that easy. This was a really good game to try and better your time each time you played and really good fun for kids and bigger kids!
Carrying on through my kid's games cupboard I have come across this great game. Screwball Scramble is a game of skill and determination as you race around the board trying to get to the end before the clock ends (1 minute)
So on the board we have to insert the timer as the board cannot be put away with this standing upright. There are no batteries required which is another plus. We have two silver steel balls but you only need to use one.
You need to navigate the ball around the course. There are seven controls on one side of the box which have a picture on the front of them to tell you what they are for. We start with the tilting bridge which you need to manoeuvre to move the ball along, and then the magnet moves the ball around to the next challenge. Two metal bars need to be put into place for the ball to roll down them onto the wobbly maze. At the end of the maze it then rolls to 4 red towers where you have to hit the ball up into the top of them. You then have to hit the ball up through a hoop into a covered maze. It then goes into another lever which you take round to the catapult and you have to throw it through a hoop onto a bell.
All of that in one minute before the timer goes off!!
I would say for the first couple of attempts try and do it without the timer. It is not as easy as it seems. The buttons and controls are all labelled by pictures and have to be used more than once sometimes around the board. It is a skill to be learned. There has been many times where you have to fish the ball back out from under the board or you flick it under the table and you have to search for it. In fact I have had to replace it with something similar now!
The clock that fits onto the board has a button on so you can stop it should you actually complete the task in time, it is put on using a wind up mechanism and this is quite loud but this adds to the tension of trying to complete it in time.
This is a great game to test your skill and co-ordination as well as patience and my kids are better at it than I am. It can be quite addictive as after they have finished playing it I am often still sitting there trying to beat it and won't stop until I have. You will be amazed how hard it can be.
As I have said previously we now play with a different ball as we have lost both that came with the game so you need to be careful with it. It is good to be played solely as well as competing over who can do it the fastest. It is a clever obstacle course but once you have had enough practice you should be able to storm through some parts of it better than others. It's the red towers that get my every time.
It is recommended for 5 years and over and I definitely agree. The ball is quite small and not something to be messing around with. The board is also probably too tricky for anyone younger.
I purchased this game for my daughter last christmas as she has just turned four in december and she was starting to show an interest in her older cousins games. I hadn't realised at the time that screwball scramble was suitable for ages 5 and up and when I realised this I was tempted to return it to the store but opted against it when I remembered playing this as a child and it didn't seem that hard.
Screwball scramble is a mazed game where you have to race around the 3-d maze quickly and complete the different obstacles before the time runs out. Skill, patience and determination is needed as some of the obstacles can be rather tricky and they can take a few goes before getting the marble round. Balls have to jump through hoops and whizz around closed in maze tunnels to get to the other side.
This game is suitable for 1 or more players as you can just take turns and write down who completes the course first deciding the overall winner. I loved this game as a kid and all my friends and I used to have a right good time trying to beat the clock and winning each other.
I do wish I had of bought this game maybe next Christmas as my daughter can only get around some of the course and she becomes very irritated with this. I think the over five rating is correct and if you want to get the full enjoyment out of this game the age should be adhered too.
Overall this is a fun game for kids and I do like to still have a go myself and even now sometimes I don't meet the timer when the marble is in the tunnel.
Screwball scramble is one of the cheaper games around today at just about £8.00 i think this might have something to do with the interest factor for kids. Basically it is the same each time and once you master the maze there isn't really mush more to it.
On my daughter's 5th birthday she got many toys and games, but one that seems to have really grabbed her attention (and mine too!) is Screwball Scramble which is made by Tomy. It's fun and quick, and can either be played just on your own or with friends! The game is described as 'a scramble of a crazy maze race against time' and the aim is to transfer a small silver ball from the start to the finish of a highly intricate maze!
The maze is made out of plastic and has a series of different obstacles to get the ball over, across and through. These require lots of skill of varying dexterity. In order to manipulate these there are a number of yellow buttons, dials and levers which will make the obstacles move in different ways. There is also an accompanying picture diagram with each of these which makes it easy to remember which one does what! If all of these are performed correctly the ball should eventually find its way home - easy she says!
Having watched my daughters have a go I thought I should try my hand too! The first thing that you have to do is to move the ball along a tilting walkway by pushing a button to make it rock across. There then follow lots of other obstacles that seem to get more and more difficult although I am sure there is a knack to most of these - I just haven't found it yet! I found it quite frustrating when things went wrong and didn't want to be bothered to finish the scramble but luckily my daughters are much more dedicated! They are also just so much better at it than I am! If it's not tricky enough on its own you can also set the timer - but that makes a pretty horrible noise!
I think that there are a number of features with this game that definitely make it worth having. Firstly it is both fun and challenging at the same time. Children seem to particularly love the challenge, and although I found the whole thing very difficult, it does seem to be well within their grasp. It is recommended for ages five and above by the way.
I like the fact that although there are many different aspects to this maze, made up of lots of different bits of coloured plastic; it does all come as one. This means that, unlike other games such as The Mousetrap Game, you do not have to spend ages putting it all up even as part of the game. No, with Screwball Scramble, all you need to do is to get it out of the box, attach the timer, and start playing - as simple as that! It also means that you are very unlikely to lose any bits. The only thing that you need to make sure is safe is the silver ball and you are actually provided with two just in case one does go missing.
The game can just be played on one's own or with many people. Because of the timer you can work out who has the fastest time or if you are on your own try and beat your best time. Either way it can be a lot of fun and something that all the family can join in. Be careful though because you might very easily be shown up by your more dexterous child!
At the moment (March 2010) Screwball Scramble can be bought from Amazon for £9.99. We definitely recommend it!
I was delighted when I received this for Christmas, it was a childhood favourite and is just as good as an adult and gave us all hours of fun and entertainment.
It comes in a colourful box and required minimum assembly, just stand the timer up. The game also comes with two ball bearings, which is good as one always manages to roll away somewhere. As well as this you get the instructions.
The game is well built and shows its quality with all of the parts running smoothly, which I have found is not always the case with other versions. The controls are also well labelled so you know what to use for the different parts.
There are a number of obstacles for you to complete, starting with the bridge and finishing off with making the bell ring. All the obstacles require a degree of practice and skill to perfect them. You will need a flat surface to play the game on for the the different obstacles to work.
The timer is self wound and you can stop it when you complete the course. It lasts for a minute and these time seems to go very quickly when playing the game. The timer can also seem a bit loud and off putting at times. It would required and quick clean round to complete the game in the given time limit, something I am yet to do but I am now determined!
I love this game and found that the whole family enjoyed playing it even though we are all adults. This game can be very frustrating when it does not go your way but is very addictive and you will keep playing until the course is completed.
I was more than pleased with one of the presents my son received recently for his 5th birthday, with the game in particular being the subject of this review.
The game I will now review is - "Screwball scramble".
This game is reasonably familiar to me, due to my cousin having this game when he was a youngster (bearing in mind he is now nearing his 30's!).
After opening the game to set up for Connor, I was more than pleased with the fact that there was no batteries that needed to be inserted and the only assembly instructions were for the stand up timing unit that simply attaches to the back of the board.
The idea of the game is simple, navigate the small silver ball bearing around the course without it flying off the board in the allotted time, or if a previous time has been set, faster than the record!
The board has a variety of obstacles to manoeuvre through, with the controls for each section being very clearly labelled on the left hand side of the board next to the applicable button or knob.
You start with your ball bearing having to travel across a draw bridge, to move you have to gently press a button to flip the section of the bridge to persuade the bearing to travel across, not at all easy as it depends more on gentleness of touch rather than skill itself.
From there you have to travel around the edge of the board with the bearing being held by a magnet, up a series of tubes, all varying in height, through a maze, through another maze but unlike the first mentioned one, the second is solid, so if you get the bearing in, you are not guaranteed to get the bearing out....I have had to rescue my son's on more than one occasion!
Finally to finish, that's if you haven't already been timed out, you have to pick up the bearing with a magnet and flip it onto a plastic ring containing a bell, once rung you are finished, again this is not an easy task to complete due to the fact that the magnet is not strong enough to slam the arm down, again depending on lightness of touch than just blasting it!
I have to say this is a frustrating but very addictive game, one that I have found myself playing quite a lot, though usually after the kids have gone to bed, nothing says love when a 5 year old calls you a dozy duck for losing the bearing under the settee for the third time in a row!
The game comes with full instructions on play and rules, and even some tips on the best way to approach each section.
As mentioned before this game comes practically set up, with the exception of the timing board that just slots into the back of the board, this does however very easily come out again, perfect to place the whole lot back into it's original box for safe keeping when not being used.
The timing unit itself consists of a wind up lever and a countdown clock of a1 minute, there is also a small lever on the top, this can be pushed in to stop the timer from counting down just incase you do manage to complete it before the bell goes off to indicate the end of pay.
Also a point to mention is the fact that you get only two ball bearings for the game, the problem with this is that due to how the game is set up there is always a very good chance that the bearing will spend more time rolling about on the floor than actually going around the course, I did of course remove he second bearing for safe keeping, but have just discovered that the first one has already gone missing, so the second has now been put into play!
Another point is the fact that this game really shouldn't be played by children under the age of 5, I know that my son would not put the bearing in his mouth, even with this knowledge I did question him to as where the first bearing had gone!
For more information visit - www.tomy.co.uk
Price wise these are available new from around the £10.00 mark but can be brought second hand for £2.50 plus P&P from www.amazon.co.uk.
Thanks for reading x
Screwball Scramble is a game made by Tomy that involves maneuvering a small metal ball through a complicated assault course while the timer ticks away.
I brought this game for my kids about six years, they can do it perfectly now! I would say it is suitable for ages 5 plus, or younger if an adult is around to make sure the child doesn't put the ball in their mouth! One great thing about this game is that you can play it on your own, and have just as much fun as if you were playing it with others, so really good for an only child.
The different parts of the course are:
- The wonky bridge. Using a button, you have to get the hang a tilting the bridge right so the ball can cross
- The ball then attaches itself to a magnetic crane which transports the ball to...
- The parallel bars. Using the lever, move the bars apart to roll the ball along
- The wobbly maze must then be controlled so the ball doesn't fall through the wrong gap
- The ball then falls down the ramp to the tyres. By hitting the button, the ball should hopefully jump from tyre to tyre
- The tube maze is next. You can't see where the ball is, but must guide it using the lever to the other side
- Then there is a little aeroplane crane which takes you to the final obstacle
- The ball falls into the catapult where you launch the ball to the bell.
If the ball falls at any point, you must start again from the beginning. You can also use the 60 second timer to race against yourself / your friends.
I would really recommend this game.
I see from the picture that despite a colour update the game is the same as when I used to play it as a child. I have also tried it recently after I bought it for a childrens' camp I work on. The game depends on good hand eye co-ordination and timing as you have to manoeuvre a ball bearing around the course, using the buttons and levers at the right time to ensure it moves on successfully to the next obstacle.
I didn't own it as a child but enjoyed playing with it at friends houses. I don't think I would have played it any more often if I had owned it as for me it was the sort of game I enjoyed playing occasionally but quickly got bored of. Either you are really good at it and so get bored or don't do very well at it and so give up. I could manage to do the course, but didn't really bother with the timer as I am not that competitive with myself. More competitive people might enjoy beating their own time, or trying to get faster than others.
I'm not sure how many balls the game comes with but they are easily lost, which renders the game useless. If you fancy the game I would be inclined to look for it in a charity shop rather than paying full price, as they are hard wearing and I have never known any parts to break. Make sure the ball is still there though!
Screwball Scramble is made by TOMY and the idea is that you guide a metal ball around an obstacle course by using various buttons, dials and levers that affect that part of the course. The game is for 5 plus and retails for around the £10 mark
What you have to do
1. You have a tilt a walk way by pressing a button, by pressing the button parts of the walk way moves and moves the ball along and on to the platform at the end.
2. You turn a dial the ball is picked up by a magnetic crane and buts it on to the parallel bars.
3. To move the ball along the parallel bars you have to open and close them but be careful not to open to much or the ball will fall though. If u do it right the ball will fall on the the unstable table.
4. The unstable table is a flat table with a border round and pegs inside you have to tilt the table to move the ball to the ramp at the end.
5. The ramp leads to a tyre obstacle, you have to high a button to make the ball jump through the tyre.
6. Then you enter the blind maze and have to move the maze around with out knowing where the ball is.
7. Once out the maze the ball is placed on a platform which is moved to but the ball in a catapult
8. You hit the final button to catapult the ball towards a bell when the bells rings the game over.
You can play this by just trying to complete the game or you can do it and try and beat the timer.
I must say as a kid I loved this game and I really cant wait to be able to buy this game for my children when they get a little older.
I did get very good at this game and could do it with in the 60 seconds, I want to play it now mmmmmm dam the shops are shut.
This is one game which seems to come out of the cupboard on a fairly regualr basis and has done for a umber of years now.
Personally I find it a bit annoying - but I'm told thats because I'm rubbish at it!!!
The idea is to get the medium sized ball bearing to the end of the track. The way you do this is by progressing it across each small puzzle. This can be a wobbly bridge or trying to fire it through the hoop.
This game is recommended for anyone over the age of 5 but I think that you need quite a patient five year old as some of the puzzles are a little bit fiddly and you need to be able to keep trying and also to have the patience to start again when you have almost got it to the end and then something fails and you need to go back to the beginning.
The thing I quite like about it is that it is a game you can play on your own as it is a race against the clock so the child can sit down and doesn't need constant help from yourself so you can get on and do soemthing and just have your go every so often.
Created by: Tomy
Suitable for: 5+ due to small pinball involved
First released: 1980's
Batteries required? Answer: No
This is a classic and if you loved board games and other games like operation then you would love this game. Basically you have a maze and with lots of hurdles in which you have to get through using only a small metal pinball.
The worst thing about it is that you are under pressure due to the fact you have a clock which is ticking down and if you don't complete the course in the allotted time then you lose!
The game Screwball Scramble can also be called other names such The Maze Game Thats Runs You Ragged. You can actually still buy this game which is available in places such as Argos and many online shops.
WHAT BUTTONS TO PRESS
During the game you must push lots of buttons and levers for different sections of the course. If you are easily frustrated then you do end up flipping the buttons harder and the ball goes higher.
WHAT SKILLS ARE REQUIRED?
To play this game and be successful you will require good co-ordination and also bags of nerves.
HARDEST PART OF THE COURSE
I found that one of the hardest sections to complete on this course was the section where you had to flick the pinball through a hoop and then land it onto the next section.
EASIEST PART OF THE COURSE
Basically there are none, so good luck!
You can buy this game for around £10 which is a bargain and can guarantee that you and your children will get your moneys worth out of the board game.
IS IT NOISY?
The only thing that tends to be noisy is the timer which has a loud clicking noise and rings a bell once the time is up. In my opinion the timer is a great addition to the game and because it is noisy it really does put you under pressure as you hear it ticking down.
The game instructions do come with clear pictures which show you how to play the game and what buttons to press during gameplay.
This is one board game that can be played by generations of you family and from experience this game has been passed down from family member to family member and will continue to do so until it no longer works.
The game is addictive and really helps develop your children's concentration and co-ordination skills as well as your own. If you are looking for a cheap and addictive game then I truly recommend this product.
MY RATING: 5/5
The object of the game is to move a small steel ball through eight hurdles as quickly as possible, by hitting, pushing and turning buttons or pulling and twirling levers. Using all your skills and co-ordination, take the screwball through the weirdest of obstacle courses. It's a topsy-turvy race to beat the clock!