Product Type: MB Games board games
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Twist & Shout!
MB Games Twister
Member Name: supersonic75
MB Games Twister
Advantages: A good, fun game
Disadvantages: Mat slips about far too much
My boys are now at the ages of 7 and 8 and as far as games go they are very electronically swayed (wii,DS) as board games just don't appeal as much to them. Despite this, I still insist on buying them 'proper' games at Christmas and for birthdays and one addition last Christmas was the old classic Twister..
*~*Price, packaging & availability*~*
Twister comes housed in a reasonably sturdy cardboard box which is predominantly white with a smattering of bright colours. The logo stands out immediately in a bold and bright red font, whilst the cartoon sketch on the lid of the box is also enticing showing cartoon children smiling whilst playing the game.
I purchased this last December costing £9.99, which for a branded game (it's made by MB Games) I found to be quite reasonable.
As this is a popular and classic board game it can be found at most toy stores and as I purchased this from Asda most large supermarkets that stock toys will probably have this, plus it can always be found online from a plethora of sites.
*~*What's included in the box?*~*
To access the game the lid lifts off completely and inside the box are just two items; the twister mat and the spinner. The mat is made from a wipeable plastic material and is reminiscent of a colourful plastic tablecloth. The spinner is in the form of a large squared piece of cardboard and is split into four sections; blue is for the left foot, green the left hand, orange the right hand and purple is for the right foot. The actual spinner is a large plastic needle which is attached in the centre and once flicked spins quite easily.
*~*The aim of the game?*~*
Well I think most people will know how to play Twister, but for those that don't and may have been living under a rock for the majority of their lives the rules are relatively simple:
For more than 2 players a 'referee' is chosen who spins the spinner and calls out the instructions to each player (i.e player one red, left hand). That player has to 'twist' into position to put whichever limb on their designated coloured dot and not fall over whilst doing so making it a last person standing wins game.
2 players can be played in the same way with each other calling out instructions to their opponent.
*~*Our thoughts on Twister*~*
This review is aimed at our our thoughts on the game and our experience of using it, so what do we think one year on of owning it?
Though growing up I had several games myself Twister was one I never owned as I never really yearned for it though I had played it at friends houses. I decided to get this for my boys and basically the whole family to play as I thought I could steer them away from Mario on the wii for a while and play some 'wholesome' games once in a while.
I have to say that my first thoughts on playing Twister were how difficult it was to stay upright, and that unfortunately has nothing to do with any skill involved but more of the flimsiness of the mat.
The mat is extremely slippy and despite being placed on a variety of different floorings from thick piled carpet to rugs on wooden flooring, the mat slipped about constantly and made playing the game really quite difficult.
I found the thinness of the plastic material very disappointing also, as after just a few games it began to tear in places and had to be patched up which isn't very good good for the amount of times it was actually used.
The game itself is as fun as it ever was and my boys do love playing this so at least it keeps them away from the gaming consoles for a while, and though the quality is disappointing the game is undeniably addictive and perfect for parties.
A simplistic game with no set up and no batteries required for once that never fails to entertain no matter what age. The actual game play can't be faulted and can entertain for hours on end, but the build quality of the product is disappointing it has to be said.
Each game lasts on average 10 minutes and the recommended ages are 6 years plus, starting at 2 or more players though from personal experience 4 players or more is far more fun!
Summary: A classic game