Product Type: Trends board games
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Trends WobBally Game
Member Name: emmachilcott
Trends WobBally Game
Advantages: Easy to set up and play
Disadvantages: Over quite quickly, no great tension
There can't be many of us who haven't enjoyed a tense tournament of that well known wooden block game where you stack them high and have to push one out until the stack falls, well, when I saw wobbally which is along similar lines only with balls, I had to buy it to see if it would be as much fun.
Wobbally comes in a brightly illustrated large box which and inside you get a set of instructions, a dice with colours and a dice with numbers, dozens of different coloured plastic balls, a container in which to build your tower, six plastic rods, six circular discs and a long plastic strip, the use for which soon becomes obvious. The instructions are very easy to read and to follow making this a very easy game to understand and also to initially set up.
Let the game commence
In order to play the game you first have to build the tower. You take the clear plastic container and load the balls up level by level, separating each layer by one of the discs. There are fourteen balls on each layer and I find it easier to count them in, otherwise, if you put an extra one in, it is a touch tricky to get them out, but by no means impossible. When it is built up to seven levels - the height of the cover, you twist on the base plate and turn the whole thing upside down so that it is sitting on a sturdy base. Inside the cover at the top there is a metal ball, and when this ball is dead centre, the game is level - you get it level by twisting the base slightly until perfection is achieved. Next the cover is twisted off and very carefully removed so as not to disturb the stack. The game is now ready to be played.
Each player takes it in turns to have their go, usually starting with the youngest player. There are three versions - firstly you can play without a dice and just poke out balls until the tower collapses. Secondly you can throw the coloured dice and poke out one of that colour only, or thirdly both die can be used with the number corresponding to the level and the colour, obviously, for which ball to remove. The balls are poked inwards towards the centre of the tower and they fall through to the bottom and out of holes in the base so as not to disturb the stack on their way out. Essentially this is a poking out ball game and whoever is responsible for the collapse loses.
This game is very quick and easy to assemble due to the cover and once it is levelled and the cover is lifted, the tower is surprisingly stable considering that it is made of balls! Each component is sturdy and well made and our set has been played with a lot and still looks as good as new however the box is a little bit worse for wear.
We prefer to play the version of the game where you just throw the coloured dice to play and a game can last for up to ten minutes, depending on how clumsy you are, so this is a quick and easy game to play if you haven't got much time. As there are six poking out sticks, it is recommended for up to six players, but if you passed the sticks around I think that the number of players is unlimited, but of course there needs to be at least two of you to start off with to make it any fun.
One aspect that I really like is the inclusion of the long plastic strip which is intended to act as a boom around the game for when the stack collapses -it contains all of the balls so that they don't go all over the place and the game can quickly be rebuilt or put away again without any being lost of the floor. This is a really small touch but well thought of by the makers in my opinion.
Once the tower starts to collapse, it does not go all in one motion, it can actually take a few goes to get the entire thing down and consequently much debate has been held in our household about at which point the loser is declared; if it is the person who dislodges the last ball, this is just unlucky as it very often comes down to having just one ball left in the game. Therefore I have to say that I do not think that this game is anywhere near as good as the wooden block game which is certainly more tense and competitive - I think that this is possibly because the tower gets built up as it is being played but there is no opportunity to do this here. Also in this game, there are no winners, only losers which is a bit sad!
This is a good game and suitable for all ages from five upwards though due to the small parts. It is a good party game but to play when the family are around but I would pick Jenga every time over this. Prices for this product vary enormously and I have seen it for between £8 and £20 which is a big difference. At the cheaper price of £8, I think that it is decent value for money. This is what I paid for it, and I am glad that I didn't pay any more for it as I do not think that it is worth it. Manufactured by Trends, this product is available in most toy shops, department stores and on the internet. It is a good stocking filler or birthday present and to sum up this game I would say that it is reliable, a bit different but not rip roaring fun!
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Summary: A wobbly twist on a classic game
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