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Asda's economical range, Smart Price, provide a wide range and variety of products but at much cheaper prices than the well known brands. One such product is the Smart Price Bran Flakes. They are currently selling for 78p for a 750g box, a mega bargain or is it? They did used to sell for 70p but jumped to 78p, not that much you may say but this is a 10% increase over night!!!
Nutritional Values (per 100g)
Carbohydrate 66.4g of which sugars 17.5g
Fat 2.4g of which saturates 0.6g
Sodium 0.26g equivalent as salt 0.7g
Thiamin (B1) 1.2mg
Riboflavin (B2) 1.4mg
Vitamin (B6) 1.7mg
Vitamin B12 0.9µg
Pantothenic acid 5.1mg
The box is decorated in the usual Smart Price décor, a white and green box with a picture of a bowl of bran flakes on it. Writing on the front is as basic, Asda Smart Price near the top and Bran Flakes across the middle. As with most cereal boxes, slide a finger under the top flap to open the box revealing the bag of cereal inside. The bag seems to be of similar quality to that of any other brand totally sealed keeping the cereal fresh.
As with most cereals pop them in a bowl and cover them in ice cold milk. For the sweet tooth, spread some sugar on top as well, or even drop in some fruit.
Considering they are perceived as being of inferior quality to the bigger named brands, they quite surprised me. The taste and texture of these are very similar to the well known brands. In fact I couldn't tell the difference in a recent house hold taste test. Some of the Smart Price products I have tried are not up to scratch of the bigger named equivalents, but with the Bran Flakes I can not tell any difference. I would certainly recommend these to the cost conscious members out there.
Weetabix Oatibix is the new bix in town. Well it has been around for a while now but I am only just getting round to review them.
Weeta's younger brother but boy oh boy he's just as tough, on the milk that is.
What are Oatibix?
Oatibix are identical to weetabix in shape, oblong shape with curved ends. Only difference is the biscuits are made using 100% wholegrain oats as opposed to wheat.
Nutritional Values for Oatibix are, (per two biscuits)
Energy (Calories) 181kcal
Carbohydrate 30.6g (of which sugars) 1.5g
Fat 3.8g (of which saturates) 0.6g
Fibre 3.5g (soluble) 2.0g (insoluble) 1.5g
Sodium 0.07g Salt Equivalent 0.18g
As with Weetabix, Oatibix come in a yellow box containing 24 biscuits, two wrapped stacks stood proudly next to each other containing 12 biscuits in each. Sometimes, as with Weetabix, the wrappers are sealed very well, so when opening them, the packets tend to rip. This can mean the biscuits are exposed, unless you wrap them by some other means, else they'll become stale. The cost of these are approximately £1.40 per box in Asda at present.
As with most cereals pop them in a bowl and cover them in ice cold milk. For the sweet tooth, spread some sugar on top as well, or even drop in some fruit. Personally the ice cold milk tends to do the trick, however sometimes there's enough room to drop in some sugar puffs or even frosties to sweeten them up.
There's a whole range of Oatibix cereals. They are available as Oatibix, Oatibix Bitesize, Oatibix Bitesize Sultana & Apple or Oatibix Bitesize Chocolate & Raisin.
As with their older Brother, the biscuits are initially crispy in texture and crunch in your mouth. However, these really take the 'biscuit' when it comes to the sponge test. I thought Weetabix was the winner of all milk absorbers till these blighters entered my bowl. Leave the biscuits in the bowl a tad too long and the milk will be gone. The biscuits swell and become stodgy as opposed to crunchy. At this stage they can seem to clog your mouth up and it feels like you are chomping on dough. When it gets too bad, there is no option but to splash the white liquid in the bowl again.
The taste and texture of these are very similar to Weetabix, though obviously they have more of an oat taste. I have got to admit I like these even more than Weetabix, they seem to taste better when served with just milk and are just as good when mixing with other cereals ( a bad habit of mine). One word of warning though, you'll be advised to purchase your own cow to keep up with these guys.
Spotted these on the shelf and must admit they were a last resort purchase. There were no other brands on the shelf, the ones I usually buy are Warburtons, at the time I went shopping but loving crumpets as I do I had to get some and any would do. Picked them up from the local Adsa a pack of six costing me 35p, yes just 35p more than half the price of Warburtons ones.
As per any smart price product, the packaging is simplistic with the familiar Smart price logo on the front. The crumpets were well sealed and felt very fresh and soft. Opening the packet was fine, sometimes with packets there is too much 'supa' glue sealing the packet that you have to rip into them!! The smart price package opened with ease.
Typical values (grilled) per 100g:
Carbohydrate 34.5g of which sugars 1.4g
Fat 1.2g of which saturates 0.1g
Sodium 0.48g equivalent as salt 1.2g
Each crumpet being made from:
Wheat Flour , Water , Raising Agents (Sodium Bicarbonate, Diphosphates) , Spirit Vinegar , Yeast , Salt , Acidity Regulator (Citric Acid) , Preservative (Potassium Sorbate)
The first noticeable thing about the crumpets is that they are not as deep as the other brands, Warburtons seem almost double the thickness, though in truth I didn't exactly measure them. However, seeing as they cost over 50% less what could I expect. Taking one out of the packet and the crumpet feels like any other, nice and fresh and squashy. I always grill my crumpets on the George Foreman grill, so as per usual 3 crumpets immediately slapped on and close the lid. Obviously being slimmer, they heated through quicker. Taking them off and smearing them in butter they felt like any other crumpet.
Biting into a buttered crumpet to evaluate the taste and I must say they taste like any other crumpet I have ever eaten. A little thinner but just as yummy as the rest of them. The familiar texture and taste with every bite, if you didn't know any better you'd think you were eating the more expensive brand of crumpet. Next one had a splash of lemon curd on it and the final one chocolate spread, all tasting just as nice as each other.
I must say I'll be tempted to continue to buy these crumpets. Yes they are a tad thinner than the rest but that will help with the waistline lol. But for 35p per pack I can get 12 crumpets for the price of 6 of the original ones I used to buy. The next test will be when I make my Pizza style crumpets for the kids, they'll soon let me know if they aren't up to scratch.
Uniroyal make various tyres for all types of vehicles. This review looks at the Uniroyal Rainsport 2 tyres.
Rainsport 2 tyres have been recommended by various tyre sellers and Internet forums as one of the best midrange tyres for wet conditions. After having numerous near misses with my previous tyres, mainly losing the back end whilst going around roundabouts, I decided it was time to change tyres.
I changed all four tyres at the same time. My tyres are 205 16 50 in size, however the rainsport 2 tyres are provided in the following ranges;
Rim diameter: 14" - 19"
Section width: 195 - 275
Profile: 30 - 50
Speed rating: V (149 mph) - Y (186 mph)
Mine cost me £80 each, including fitting / balancing, though I have seen them from as little as £65 (unfitted) to £98 fitted. I have had the tyres on for approximately 8 weeks now and am glad to say there has been plenty of rain to test them during this time.
The best tyres I have ever had. In dry conditions, your car feels like it is stuck to the road with superglue. During the recent very wet weather I pushed the car hard (for testing purposes only) and not once did I feel the car would leave the road. The grip when pulling away from junctions is great. At no point have I managed to wheel spin the front wheels, or should I say make the traction control kick in. Not that I normally pull away like Starsky and Hutch, but for testing purposes I have on several occasions in dry and wet weather conditions. My previous tyres were bad for spinning in the wet, even under a very light pulling speed from junctions.
The tyres also seem to generate less road noise than my previous tyres. When travelling on motorways the car seems quieter now.
I now also have confidence when taking tight corners, again, I am not one for speeding round corners, but the slightest tight corner on my last set of tyres would on occasions have the backend stepping out on me. Now the tyres feel like they are glued to the road surface.
The grip is attributed to two key technology features of the tyre. Firstly the tyres have a v shaped tread which Uniroyal say efficiently displaces water and secondly the tread blocks have a three dimensional design which further aids water dispersal. Not sure if any of this is true, but boy something certainly keeps you adhered to the road.
Overall, I don't think I'd buy any other tyre at the moment. Although as mentioned I have only had these tyres for approximately 8 weeks, doing approximately 2000 miles in that time, I guess I'll have a better opinion in several months time. But for now, these tyres feel like the best thing since sliced bread. I have every confidence in the tyres and feel safer since having them put on the car.
Walkers will always be the original crisps in my eyes. Walkers Cheese and Onion crisps live in the familiar blue wrapper and come in sizes of 25g and 34.5g bags.
The bags are now made of foil which keeps the crisps nice and fresh and unlike some other makes of crisp, the amount of glue sealing the bag seems right. When opening the bag, you don't need a huge pull and the bag opens smoothly without crisps shooting out all over the floor.
Once opened the smell is instant, straight up the nostrils. The smell is strong and immediately gets the taste buds dancing. The crisps are of a good size, nice and big wavers of potato. Take one out and place it on the tongue and the flavour spreads in your mouth. Lovely cheese flavour accompanied by the right amount of onion.
Bite down and the crisp crunches under your teeth, nice, fresh and crunchy!
For a 25g bag the nutitional values are:
8.3g Fat of which 0.7g saturates
Not the healthiest of snacks, but now with the smaller 25g bags they make a good sized snack for the kids lunchbox. They tend to come in multi packs these days, currently asda are selling 6x25g bags for £1.28, though they have an offer on crisps three multi bags for £3.
Overall they are a nice size, full of flavour, nice and fresh tasting crisps
In this, the day and age of fraud and identification theft, it makes real sense to get a document shredder to destroy any personal documents containing information which may be used by thieves for a variety of fraudulent activity. The Fellowes P50CM shredder is one such device. It is ideal for home or office shredding. The shredder comes with the main head unit which contains the on / off / reverse sliding button, the mains lead and the blades. It also comes with a 17 litre mesh waste basket into which the shredded paper collects. The main head unit sits neatly onto the basket and one very good point is the head unit has a cut out switch, so remove the head unit from the basket exposing the blades and the device will stop working. The approximate size of the shredder is Size (W)30.5cm (H)38cm (D)18.5cm which means it can fit neatly under a desk.
The P50CM shredder has a 5 sheet capacity and blade cut of 3.9 x 48mm using a cross cut style. This is recognized as one of the most affective cutting styles in the shredding industry as the paper is shredded into fine pieces of paper as opposed to long strips which are produced when the cutter is a strip cutter. The width of the mouth of the shredder is 230mm wide, this is more than big enough to comfortably take A4 sized paper, anything bigger and you can simply fold and place into the shredder. The shredder also takes staples, this is very useful as it means you do not need to remove staples from documents before shredding, this saves you time.
Once switched on, the shredder has an auto-start/stop feature, that is simply place the paper into the mouth of the shredder and the shredder automatically starts working and pulls the paper into the blades. Once the page has been shredded, the blades continue for a few seconds before coming to a rest. It also has a reverse feature, if there is too much paper in the blades and they get jammed, switch the switch to reverse and the motor reverses and attempts to push the paper back, this always seems to clear any jam, virtually straight away you put the switch into forward mode and the paper soon gets mashed.
I have owned this particular shredder for about 18 months now and it is still going strong. I would class myself as a medium use shredder on average shredding about 20 to 40 times a week. It will shred 5 sheets at anyone time as stated, though this does seem to be a bit much. The motor, although it does work, seems to struggle and get hot quicker. I find it is better to feed a maximum of 3 sheets in at anyone time when shredding a pile of paper. The motor doesn't struggle as much and the paper goes through the machine quicker. Fellowes also recommend a maximum of 100 sheets per session, again I would say this is less if regularly shredding 5 sheets, as the motor soon becomes very hot, though I have shredded more than this in one sitting but again shredding less pages in one pass.
The mesh basket collates the shredded paper and is easy to empty, though as expected the shredder also creates a fine paper dust so after a few goes there is paper dust in the basket which can get into the air when emptying causing a sneezing fit.
I picked this shredder up for approximately £35, though have since seen it costing anything from £30 - £55 so do look around before buying one.
Overall this is an excellent shredder, treat it right and it will last. My only negative comment is that is can seem a little noisy at times, though to be fair I have not had another shredder to compare it to. I would definitely buy another Fellowes shredder when this one finally bites the dust!
Pepsi Max first hit the UK in 1993. It is a carbonated beverage and seems to be the main rival to coke.
Pepsi Max, Max meaning Maximum taste no sugar comes is a variety of packages. A 2 Litre bottle, 500ml bottle and 330ml can. The familiar logo accompanies the product, Pepsi MAX across the bottle or can and a circle with red top half, blue bottom half and a white flash across the centre. Costs range from approximately £1.56 for a 2l bottle, 85p-90p for a 500ml bottle and 50p-65p for a 330ml can. Though supermarkets at times do have good offers with Pepsi. Tesco are currently selling 12x330ml cans for £2.99 and Morrisons are selling the 2l bottles for £1.
As with any carbonated drink, caution must be adhered to as you open the bottle. The slightest shake and you are sprayed with the drink before you even taste it. The first thing I noticed when opening the bottle is the amount of fizz in there. So much so the bottle had to be opened in stages so the wild fizz could be controlled. Twist and open the lid slight and a rush of bubbles attempted to escape, reseal the lid quickly and let the initial fizz back off. Then slowly twist open and closed several times until the fizz fizzles out.
One you open the bottle fully, you notice bubbles surfacing through the drink to the surface. This seems to continue for a while and is a sign of a good carbonated bottle. Now you can either very slowly pour the drink into a glass, very slowly indeed or else the fizz explodes again and the drink will climb up the glass and overflow onto your worktop, or you can drink straight from the bottle, but again slowly else the fizz with kick off in your mouth and you tend to end up chocking on a mouth full of bubbles.
In my opinion, Pepsi Max is the best tasting cola on the market. It seems to have a stronger cola flavour than some of its rivals. They seem to have more fizz in the bottle or can and seem to retain the fizz longer than the other varieties. As with most drinks this tastes much better cold than warm, however if too cold you seem to lose some of the flavour and your mouth just has a very cold fizzy experience.
TIP: One of the best ways to enjoy this is to let it go flat. Yes I know this defeats the whole object of having a carbonated drink, though at the moment Pepsi don't make a non carbonated variety so until they do I need to make my own lol. Anyway, yes try letting a bottle or glass full go flat in the fridge and you'll be amazed as it seems to have even more of a cola taste, the carbonation must disguise some of the flavour.
Overall the best tasting cola at a reasonable price and even better when the offers are on.
Such a simple game in theory, but boy this takes skill and a steady hand to become the jenga master.
Jenga consists of 54 blocks of wood approximately 3 inches long, 1 inch wide and half an inch deep. For the particular game I have, the blocks are made from good quality wood, each block is smooth and the word jenga is printed along the side.
To start the game you first of all need to construct the tower. To do this place three of the blocks side by side and lay on a good flat surface, such as a table top or hard wood floor. Now take the next three blocks and lay these on top of the first three but perpendicular to the bottom three. Continue laying the remaining blocks, in groups of three, until all eighteen levels are standing. The game is now ready.
The person to build the tower has the pleasure of taking the first move. Each player takes it in turns to remove a block from the tower, apart from any on the top layer. Once removed, the block is replaced at the top of the tower again perpendicular to the existing three at the top. The players can prod and probe the blocks to see if they move before trying to remove them from the tower. The game ends when the tower topples over leaving a mass of blocks spread across the table. Players can wait for 10 seconds before making their move to make sure the previous move holds.
Overall a great game of skill and tension one for the whole family. Prices for this game range anything from £6 for cheap makes to £17 for the better quality table top versions.
Buckaroo is a great game. A game for kids aged four and above. A plastic donkey standing on a plastic base on its two front legs with its hind legs in the air as if the donkey is kicking out. Press the donkey's back down until the donkey clicks into position, the donkey now stands on all four legs. Now carefully place the items onto the donkey's back until you either get all items loaded or until the donkey kicks out and throws its legs into the air and displaces the saddle and contents from its back.
The donkey is made up from good quality colourful plastic and the associated items are plastic and colourful too. These days the sensitivity of the trigger mechanism can be adjusted via a switch under the donkey's blanket. There are three different levels.
Once the sensitivity is selected and the donkey is 'primed' the game begins and the items are placed on the donkey. Items to place on the donkey's back are:
The saddle, which has hooks on to hold the other items. This needs to be placed on the donkey first.
Other items to place on the saddle are: a bedroll, a water bottle, a frying pan, a rope, a shovel, a guitar, a holster and gun, a crate, a cowboy hat, a lantern and a stick of dynamite.
The game is a fun game to play and keeps kids entertained for ages. Set-up is very quick, once the donkey has 'kicked' remove the saddle and items then press the donkey's legs down again and you are ready for the next game. You need a steady hand and nerves of steel to play this, a good game to teach kids tactile skills and how to be gentle. Costs arouond £10 - £12.
Buster bathroom drain cleaner is one of today's must haves, especially if you have long haired people living in your household. The one thing they really cannot blame me for in my house is the blocking up of the plug hole in the bath with hair lol.
We have all been there, taking a shower and realising you are standing in a shallow pool of water. When the bath does not drain quicker than the shower you know you need help.
There are a variety of products to perform such as task. Buster bathroom drain cleaner, manufactured by Challs International Ltd, is one such product. They can be found in amongst the cleaning products in most supermarkets. Buster comes in a black bottle with a blue lid and costs around £1.99 for a 300ml bottle.
What is it?
Buster bathroom drain cleaner is a thick gel which can sink through standing water. It contains ingredients which are specially formulated to dissolve hair and soap and thus clears your bathroom plumbing to allow free flowing water to drain away.
INGREDIENT NAME CONTENTS
Sodium Hydroxide 2 - 4.8%
% Cl active 1- 2.5%
Sodium Silicate 1- 4.5%
Dimethylamine Oxide < 1%
As expected with such a product, this can have hazardous affects. The gel is corrosive and can burn your skin if it comes in contact. It will also give off a toxic gas if mixed with acids so extreme caution is required when using this product.
Recommended first aid measures for this product are:
Ingestion: Wash out mouth with water, give plenty of water to drink. Do not induce vomiting. Obtain medical attention immediately.
Eye: Irrigate the eye thoroughly with water for at least 10 minutes holding the eyelid apart. Obtain medical attention.
Skin: Immediately wash with plenty of water, preferably under a shower. If affected area is large enough to warrant this. Remove contaminated clothing and thoroughly clean and dry before re-use. Obtain medical attention if irritation persists.
Inhalation: Remove from exposure. Rest and keep warm. Obtain medical attention in the event of breathing problems.
Recommended handling and storage:
Handling: Avoid contact on skin or eyes.
Storage: Store in a cool dry area avoiding acids.
How to use.
Open the bottle and slowly but carefully pour the entire contents of the bottle down the offending plug hole. Minimum recommended waiting time is 15 minutes, however I tend to use this just before going to bed so the product has a good few hours to 'work its magic' before the bath is used again. Once it has had time to clear the blockage, run hot water into the bath for a few minutes to flush it through.
Does it actually work?
I must say I am most impressed with this product. Yes it definitely works in fact it works very well. I have used this product 3 times now over a period of a couple of years. Each time I have left the drain cleaner in the plughole over night so it has had a good few hours to clear the blockage. The next morning, the drain is unblocked and water freely drains away as expected. I wouldn't like to say if it can clear a blockage in 15 minutes, and given the fact that you are spending a couple of pounds to literally pour down your drain I would not like to try it and find it hasn't done the trick. So for the matter of leaving it for a few hours!!
The manufacturer actually recommends regular use of this product, as it claims prevention is better than cure. If used regularly, the blockage won't build up in the first place. However in saying that, they would want you to buy regularly. But be warned, a plumber friend of mine advised me to use this sparingly, over use can cause the rubber washers / rings within the pipe work to perish and hence you'll end up with leaking pipes which will require a plumber to fix. Overall though, it is one of the best products I have used to clearing blockage in the bathroom caused by hair.
Battleships, a game of navel strategy and shear destruction, well in theory. Battleships has been around for as long as I can remember. The version I have is the MB games Battleship from the 1970s. Two plastic folding trays coloured blue and red. Unfold a tray, the base is covered in holes and has small side sections for storing the white and red pegs and your moulded plastic ships. The ships also contain holes. The wall stands 90 degrees from the base and is also covered in holes. The bases, pegs and ships are all made from good quality plastic, well they must be as they have survived my house hold this long lol.
Aim of the game:
You have 7 ships, one small one containing two holes, three ships made up of three holes, two ships containing four holes and a battleship which consists of five holes. Without the other player looking, you place your ships on the base of the board in the holes. Each ship has two pegs under it so they can snap onto the playing board. Once all ships have been located play begins. Each player takes it in turns to shout out a grid reference, the holes on the board are in a square dimension with the letters A-J along the top and numbers 1-10 down the side making a grid of 100 holes. So the first player shouts out "A 7", if an opposing players ship is located in that grid reference, the opposing player shouts HIT.... The player calling the grid reference then knows he has hit one of his enemies ships and places a red peg on his vertical board, which contains the same grid reference. If however it is a MISS, a white peg is used. Each player takes it in turns shouting out grid references until the fleet of enemy ships has been sunk.
This is a very good game, gets you thinking and is very enjoyable. The pegs can be a little fiddly when placing them in the vertical board as some of the pegs can be loose and keep falling out. Even today, the kids enjoy playing this. Such a simple game that can even be made up using paper and pens, one for the kids over the holidays, get them making their own battleships. Overall a great family game, though can get a bit tedious after playing several times.
Pop up pirate, what a fantastic game for kids and adults as well. Especially after a few beers lol. Pop up pirate consists of a plastic barrel, which has slots around it. A base on which the barrel sits, plenty of coloured swords for sticking in the slots of the barrel and old black beard the pirate. All of the parts are made from good quality plastic, nothing feels like it will break under the constant bashing from the kids. Even the mechanism which controls the plunger feels like it will last forever. Each time you press the plunger in, you feel confident it is not going to jam or break.
Aim of the game:
Place the barrel on the base, inside the top of the barrel is a plunger, push this down until it locates and locks into position. Next place black beard into the top of the barrel on top of the locked plunger. Now each player takes it in turns to stick a sword into one of the slots around the side of the barrel. Be lucky and the sword will rest firmly in the barrel and no more will happen. Be unlucky and as the sword reaches the hilt, POP... The plunger is released and black beard is thrown from the barrel. Remove all of the swords stuck in the barrel, replace the plunger and you are ready to go again.
This is an excellent game one which all the family can enjoy. The materials are good quality as mentioned and the cost is around £10 which is good value. Unlike some games, this is very quick to set up once black beard has popped. There is no waiting around for fiddly pieces to be constructed again so the kids don't get bored hanging around. Game play can be quick if he pops on the first sword, though due to the short setup time you are soon playing again. A good adrenalin pumping game, surprising how nervous one can feel by sticking a plastic sword into the barrel. Excellent fun for all the family and very cost effective.
Guess who is a very simplistic game which my kids seem to love. The game comes boxed in a standard game sized box. The contents are two playing boards coloured red and blue, a stack of cards with different faces and names on. The same cards but a smaller version which clip into a white surround and are attached to the red and blue bases. The white plastic housing clips in so that it is free to toggle from lying flat to standing up.
Aim of the game:
The game is for two players. Each player secretly chooses a card and stands it at the front of their playing board. The overall aim is to guess which person your opposing player has selected in the fore mentioned process. All of the cards clipped onto the board begin in the standing position. The players then take it in turns to ask a question about the faces on the cards, each time they make a match, the opposing has to answer HONESTLY the question (My son sometimes has a problem with this part of the game lol) . The player asking the question then flips down the people who match the criteria of the question. This process is repeated until you are left with one face standing, this should match the face which your opponent chose in which case you are the winner.
The game contents are good quality, however initial setup is fiddly as you need to clip cards into the white plastic stands and then clip these onto the board. Another gripe about this is, if you accidentally knock the game board whilst playing, sometimes the cards can flip down and it becomes a nightmare trying to establish which ones should be up. The game is currently selling in Argos for approximately £12.79 which seems a little expensive for what you actually get. However, this is a very addictive game, problem is the kids' staying power is far greater than mine as I soon become a little bored. It does get a little tedious asking does he wear glasses?, is it a she?, does it have black hair? etc... There are only so many times you can ask these questions before you question your own sanity. In saying that, the kids love this game and it does keep them occupied for a good while. Only problem is my son tends to mishear you or miss the odd person so you end up with people still standing near the end who SHOULDN'T be. The game encourages and teaches kids to tackle questions in a logical and methodical manor, but somehow I don't think my lad will make a decent policeman.
Original Scrabble, the game of letters and words. The game comes boxed, inside there is a playing board, covered in squares, four plastic stands on which players stand their letters, a bag to hold the letters in and the letters themselves. The letters are made of good quality plastic squares with printed letters on the front. Also there is a small number near the letter, this number indicates the number of points each letter is worth. The game is for two to four players, recommended age is 10 years plus.
Aim of the game:
Each player initially starts with seven letters, the first player who starts the game makes a word in the middle of the board and counts up the numbers of each letter, this is the players score for that particular round. The next player then has to make a word using his letters and some of the letters already on the board. Words begin to form a pattern similar to a crossword. This continues until no player can make a word or until all letters have been used. The player with the greatest score is the winner. Some squares are 'special' squares in that if a word is formed via these squares, the points tally is doubled, or even tripled. Other squares give double or triple letter scores.
An excellent game of skill and chance. You need to keep your concentration at all times and have several options of words, because it always happens that someone uses the space you were about to use. A must is that you can spell in the first place, bigger words using the more obscure letters bring in the highest points. Overall an exciting game of strategy and thinking. Only negative point is that games can last a while and arguments of word validity always come up, especially if you don't have a dictionary to check. Seems costly for what it is, some places are selling this for approximately £14 - £15, but it is a good family game. Also great for nights in with friends, pizza and beer.
A very addictive game. The game is made up of a blue plastic base on which stands a blue plastic matrix, with the top open allowing you to 'drop' your counters in. The counters are of good quality plastic, one set being coloured yellow and one set being coloured red. The counters, 42 in total, 21 of each colour, have a neat serrated designed surface which enables them to be stacked neatly on top of one another. The matrix has a mechanism to drop the counters from the bottom which can be fiddly sometimes.
Aim of the game:
Originally this was connect 4, one game, one way to play, but today they now have three games in one. The original, connect 4, pop out and pop 10.
Connect 4, each player takes it in turns to drop a counter into the matrix, the first player to get four of their counters in a row, vertically, horizontally or diagonally wins that particular game.
Pop Out is basically the reversal of connect four, the matrix is full of the counters and the players attempt to get four in a row by 'popping out' a counter from the base of the matrix.
Pop 10 is pop out, i.e. the counters are pre loaded into the matrix, when a player pops one out and the counter is part of a four in a row, the player keeps the counter. The first player to get 10 counters wins.
This was a great game to play when I was younger when it was "only" connect 4. Now with the redesign of the base, allowing you to pop counters out, and the introduction of the new games, this truly is a good value for money game. A game of chance, excitement and sheer "doh" when you realise you have just lost. Excellent value also, the game costs approximately £10 and is currently selling in Argos for £9.79.