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You may be asking yourself, at this point, who in thier right mind would buy a giant Connect 4? Well, I'll tell you who: lots of people. Short sighted people and people with giant hands being just two examples. But, the real question here is, do you want a giant Connect 4? And the answer is, no, probably not.
Now Hasbro's Giant Connect 4 is by no means the first normally small game to be made larger for no apparent reason, like giant chess or giant foosball (some call it football, i think), but it may be the least necessary. I cannot even fathom the reason for this games existence- the giantness adds absolutely nothing to the equasion. If anything, it makes the whole affair more awkward and unwieldy.
The game is sold and packaged as a 'party' game, which is exactly where i played it. But, unlike its eccentric cousin, the giant Jenga!, which at least brings with it the threat of serious physical injury by those huge blocks falling on someone, perhaps the head, giant Connect 4 was deserted almost all night. Those flimsy Connect 4 coins couldn't even make a baby cry, not even if you throw them at it really hard, it just leads to an angry mother shouting at me. The frame was shabby looking too, which means the whole affair makes you feel like an idiot, and rightly as thats exactly what you look like when you play it. Just take a look at those people playing the game there in the picture, they definitely look like idiots. The game may even make you into an idiot, just look how the girl playing with the yellow coins is about to lose to a straight-up column- what an idiot!
The price of the game is really the icing on the fruit cake (a metephor i use on the assumption that, like me, you hate fruit cake. Of course you do, everyone does). Going for nearly £150 on eBay, this game is wildly overpriced. If its astounding flimsiness wasn't enough to render this price tag absurd, then its complete and utter dullness and stupid premise should be.
Giant Connect 4 is exactly the same as its tabletop counterpart but scaled up considerably; the game consists of a blue vertical grid into which the 2 players must take turns to place counters, with the intention of getting 4 of their coloured (red or yellow) counters in a vertical, horizontal or diagonal row whilst simultanously blocking their opponent from doing the same. It's an engaging, moreish and very simple game with a reasonable scope for strategy, and is good, diverting fun.
The grid is just over 1metre high, making the game especially good for children (6-12), and the larger version with its hand-sized counters means that the game is even suitable for younger children, even those too young to really grasp the rules, who can still use the game-set to experiment with colours and shapes. Concersely, its slightly frustrating for adults, the tallest of whom will have to stoop to play.
The game is mde of brightly coloured plastic and is rainproof, although I wouldnt advise leaving it out in all weathers but rather to store it in a shed or cupbard, (its straightforward to dissassemble and pack away), and genearlly its a great product, but for one flaw- the price. Many online retailers are selling it for as much as £150 plus p and p, which is a hell of a lot to pay for a few bits of scaled-up moulded plastic. Hunt around and see if you can find it cheaper, (much cheaper), or, failing that, make your own equivalent garden-game with some wood and some paint.
Connect 4 is a classic board game which brings back great memories from my childhood. They do say that the best concepts are the simple ones & this game illustrates this fact brilliantly.
The game is played with two players, one plays with the red pieces whilst the other with the yellow pieces. Each player takes it in turns to drop their pieces into the frame where they fall into one of the slots. The aim of the game is to get four of the same coloured pieces in a row either horizontally, vertically or diagonally. Obviously the other player will try to stop this and try their best to block any such movements.
It is very entertaining whilst being easy to play at the same time. I came acroos this giant version & wish I had it as a kid, as it gives the game an added dimension of entertainment. Everything is just bigger from the counters to the main frame. The counters are stored on the sides & when the game is over you can pull the bottom releasing the counters.
If you have kids or are even a big kid yourself, I would highly recommend this giant version of Connect 4, it will provide endless entertainment. The only downside is that at aorund £150, it is quite expensive.
My dad brought this at the beginning of the summer and it's been used loads and is mad fun. I love Connect 4 and we've had the board game for years and this giant one is exactly the same only bigger.
To play Connect 4 you have to decide who is going to be red and who is going to be yellow. Then we toss a coin to see who goes first. You place the disc at the top of the board and drop it down to where you want it to end up. The aim is to get 4 in a row but your opponent will be trying to block you and make lines of 4 for themselves.
I like the sides of the board on this giant Connect 4 because that's where you keep the discs and it's a dead simple idea but very effective.
When you've finished the game (and hopefully won!!!!) you just pull the bar at the bottom and that releases all the discs onto the floor and then you stack them back up and are ready to play again.
Everyone loves playing this and we've had it in the garden and played it inside as well because even though it's big it's not a majorly bulky thing. You just have to reemember to wipe the feet of it before you bring it in because if you 've had it on the grass it will get the carpet dirty.
My little sister gets annoyed when we're playing this big Connect 4 game because it's taller than she is so she has to keep asking to be picked up so she can put her disc in. She's not allowed to play the small Connect 4 either because she puts the pieces in her mouth so she loses out all round with this game.
It's very expensive, my dad paid £110.00 for it and he had a proper good deal but if you wait til the winter it'll be loads cheaper so you should be able to get a bargain for next summer. The game is dead sturdy and isn't flimsy at all and stands up straight while you're playing, it was easy to put together in the first place and it still looks in as good as new condition even though it's been played loads and left out in the rain and everything.
Connect 4 is a timeless yet simple game. The idea of having a grid with slots that you put discs in to make a line, is rather basic, but it is quite often the simplest things that are magic, and now there is a Giant version for you to play. The idea of the game is to make a row of four of your discs, either horizontally, vertically or diagonally. You and another person take it in turns to drop one of your coloured discs (red or yellow) in one of the vertical slots (as this is the only way of putting the discs into play). Your opponent must try and make their own line of 4, and both of you must try and prevent the other from succeeding, whilst keeping focused on your own line.
It's quite a strategic game, but takes no time at all, so the winning and losing doesn't seem to be quite as important as the taking part, if you see what I mean. And the beauty of thsi version is that it's just a whole load more fun to play with the Giant game. It doesn't change anything in terms of the actual game just makes it giant. The grid, on its legs, stands a just over 1 metre tall, and a bit more in length. The discs are 20 cm in diameter or thereabouts each.
Despite its size, it's no hassle to play it indoors or outdoors, as setting up and clearing away are very easy. You only have a grid and a bunch of discs to tidy away, and the playing of the game is confined to its particular size. You can even play it up against a wall if you like, saving even more space.
I suppose, really, it's a quirky money maker. There's nothing new about the game itself, it's just a whole lot bigger. It's the magic and the commercial appeal of having a traditional and classic game in giant format that makes it a popular thing. However, its price tag is likely to put people off. It wades in at around the £150 mark, depeneding on where you get it, and for me this would be a bit too steep.
However, one bonus of the giant version is that you can adapt your play to make it a bit more physical, should you so wish. I consider more a further incentive to try and win. Essentially, the way it works is that there is a tab on the bottom that you slide out of the way once the game is over to let the discs fall out. It's much more fun if the loser lies under the bottom so that all the discs fall on them. Great fun for a few turns, if you're thinking of something different to do with the game. The winner gets a bit of satisfaction from it, too, as they get to pull the lever that releases the discs! The game also comes with a stack to pile the discs on. I suppose you could also use the discs as mini-frisbees, although this is probably something I shouldn't advocate!!
All in all, it's a clever money spinner, but in all honesty, it's a lot of money for something that would just be a bit of a luxury game item, for a big kid or if you have the money to spare, which I know a lot of people just don't. £150 is way too much for me to be spending on a game, no matter how fun it is, and this in itself would stop me from buying it. However, gameplay is so much fun!
Well what can I say. It is obvious what the game is about if you know connect 4. For those who don't here we go. The aim of the game is that 2 people will take it in turns to enter a piece into one of the holes in the grid. One person will have a yellow counter the other will have a red, you have to get 4 counters in a line diagonally, horizontally or vertically and you will win.
This is a great game for children because they tend to concentrate what they are doing when playing. This version is cool as my son says. It stands just over a meter tall so the children do have boxes to stand on so they can reach and it is easy to assemble. It comes equipped with the same amount of red counters as yellow ones, and they are quiet large so the children do not find them that hard to pick up.
We bought this for £150 from toys r us last summer and it has been a great outdoor game for all the children although the counters do tend to be used as frizbies from time to time. This is quite light so it is easily moved around the garden and I would advise anyone to invest in this for the nice hot weather for children.
AS a child i used to play the ordinary connect four. as all kids do..... we enjoyed it... This larger version obviously slightly more expensive is a huge hit in the garden in summer with kids and adults alike. The set up is exactly the same as connect four the normal version. And just as easy to set up and start playing. We bought this a year a go and although we rarley use it indoors. simply too big. we have it out in the garden everytime we have friends over. old or young this is definatley a simle game to be enjoyed by everyone. Online you can get some excellent deals for this game. In saying it is easy to set up it needs to be stored away in a reasonable place. it cant be just thrown in the garage as it will break. Hours of fun to be had by a very simply game. A must for the summers
Players take turns to drop counters into the frame to try and form a line on 4 and at the same time stop their opponent. 1.1 meter tall.