Product Type: MB Games board games
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MB Games Twister
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MB Games Twister
Advantages: Lots of ways to play.
Disadvantages: Expensive for what it is.
Twister is a classic family game that has been around for as long as I can remeber. I definitely remember playing it at friends' parties when I was little, though I never owned one myself until about 4 years ago, when I bought it to play as a family and at kids parties.
The game costs about £8, which is quite pricey for what is essential a piece of plastic shetting and a piece of cardboard with a plastic "spinner" attatched to it. You can get cheaper "own brand" copies of this game from places like Asda and Smyths.
The plastic sheet is thick enough not to tear easily, and ours is still in pretty good condition, considering the length of time we have had the game. The sheet is printed with four rows of coloured dots: green, red yellow and blue, and there are six dots in each row. The game requires no assembly as such, apart from atatching the plastic spinner to the card, so you can play straight away.
One player is the caller, who shouts out the instructions. The other players stand on the mat, with their feet on two circles. The "official instructions" specify which circles to stand on, but we just use any when we play. The caller spins the spinner, which will point to a colour and a hand or foot. The caller then shouts out where the arrow is pointing, such as "left foot blue" and all the players have to put their left foot on a blue circle. Players cannot occupy the same circle. The game then continues, with players moving their hands and feet to the circles specified by the caller, until someone loses their balance and falls. The last player standing is the winner.
This game is a lot of fun to play, and is a lot harder than it looks. It is specified for 6 years and up, which I think is about right for the official version of the game, as kids younger than that would have trouble reaching the circles, or knowing the difference between left and right. My kids do like to play with the sheet itself though, and use it as a tent, or all climb underneath and pretend to be a chinese dragon. They tend to make up their own games, one of which involves chasing each other round the edge of the mat, being careful to jump on one circle at a time, or running up and down each row of colours as quickly as possible. With imagination, there are lots of games you could play with the printed sheet.
Twister is a simple idea, but has continued to be immensely popular. The game is only limited by your imagination (!), and is an essential part of every family games collection. My only gripe with the game is that it is impossible to get back in the box properly when you have finished playing. It is like folding a map, they never go back quite the same way do they?
Summary: Classic game.
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