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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. My thoughts 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! Also posted on Ciao under my username chilcott1
While walking through a well-known department store recently my eye was attracted to a stack of WobBally games (target age 5+). I wasn't there to buy a game, and I don't even have any regular contact with under 18s, but somehow I never grew out of being attracted to brightly coloured things and as a result I ended up purchasing WobBally, a very brightly coloured game that is a little like Jenga but with plastic balls rather than wooden blocks. On getting it home my other half looked dubiously at it. "You brought it because its bright, didn't you?" he accused. "No" I replied unconvincingly "I got it because it looks fun... you liked jenga in the past." He looked at me with a hint of despair then decided that he'd get this over with quickly. We opened the box and set about arranging the 98 balls in layers with plastic discs between them until we had a circular tower of balls (time taken: around 5 minutes). We skipped the instructions, assuming (correctly) that you played by rolling the dice then knocking out a ball of the colour indicated using the little plastic poking stick. He went first and expertly prodded a ball out of place. I went next and promptly destroyed the tower's structural integrity, resulting in a cascade of balls everywhere. And I mean everywhere. We had used the plastic barrier provided with the game to prevent this happening, but it was rather flimsey and in short was about as useful as a chocolate fireguard. Once we had located the majority of the balls (time taken: 20 minutes) we reassembled the tower (time taken: another 5 minutes) then played again, with similar results (gameplay time: 3 minutes.) At this point even though all the balls were colourful they lost their appeal and the game was returned to its box to languish in disgrace for a while. Then we had to visit my parents, and remembering my father suffers from the same affliction to bright objects as myself I thought WobBally deserved a chance to redeem itself. This time even my other half failed to knock out a ball without the tower collapsing, a situation he attributed to my parent's table not being quite flat. We left the game with my parents and they reported subsequently enjoying successful games on a flatter surface and reported that it kept them and their middle-aged 'gang' amused while they drank wine. However, despite this eventual positive feedback I don't feel I can recommend this game - there seemed to be far too much setting up time, too much potential for loosing bits and not enough play time.
I have 4 children and as a family we have had a real "ball" playing this game. It is not an educational toy in an academic sense, but it is good for instilling concentration and fine motor skills, as you have to very carefully tap the balls out of the tower levels into the centre of the tower, being very careful not to knock it over. Obviously the less balls there are on each level, the more unstable the tower becomes and it becomes a bigger challenge, so tactical playing comes into it for the older children. My 5 year old did not really understand the game concept, but just loved knocking the balls out and laughed his socks off... which is worth a lot in itself. A couple of annoyances, because it needs a level flat surface, like a table, to play it on, when it does topple over the balls tend to roll everywhere, including off the table and under whatever furniture you have... add wood or linoleum flooring to that and you end up losing the balls everywhere as they roll even further accross the floor. What I did to stop this was to roll towels and place them around the edge of the table, like bumpers, so that when the tower fell over, they stopped the balls rolling off the table. Although the game includes a flimsy plastic bumper, I think the game could be improved by providing some sort of sturdy plastic bumper sections instead to place around the playing area, as the flimsy thing provided is useless and although towels work well it isn't very practical for us mums! Also, it can be a pain having to set it all up again after every game, especially if you put one too many balls on a level, as you can't reach in easily to get the balls out and you have to tip them all out and start again, so it can be quite time consuming! That said, overall, this game provides numerous hours of fun and laughter and can be played by up to 6 people for a good game, or more for shorter games. It has a few different ways to play, either by rolling the colour dice only and knocking out a ball of that colour, or rolling the number dice and knocking out that many balls, or a combination of both the colour and number dice, so it is quite a versatile game to adapt for younger and older players alike. It is great fun for all the family at a very reasonable price!
I was really pleased to see this game. It's one which you'd think would have been invented a long time ago. It's also refreshing to see games of this sort being made these days where everyone and everything seems to revolve around computers and games consoles. For children, this game will improve hand-eye co-ordination and manual dexterity, and the coloured balls will be visually stimulating for them. I can also imagine drunken students having a lot of fun with these and I, as an adult, am planning to take them to parties myself. I have not yet had the pleasure of playing this game under the influence but I can imagine I'll spend the next 2 weeks looking for stray balls. The above is my personal review of the product, and below are some specifications from the manufacturer and from Amazon. Manufacturer's Description WobBally is a great new, fun game for family and friends for 1-6 players (aged 5 upwards). It consists of a tower of 98 very unstable balls and can be played in three different ways. All versions start by placing the WobBally tower on a firm hard surface. The tower contains a ball-bearing, self-leveling device (fun in itself!) and once the tower is centered the clear outer cover on the tower can be removed and play can begin. Test your skills and patience by tapping the balls into the tower one by one. But watch out because the player who causes the tower to collapse is out of the game! How to Play WobBally Version 1: Each player takes turns to knock any coloured ball from the tower without the tower collapsing. When a player does knock over the tower, everyone shouts "WobBally" and that person is out of the game. Rebuild the tower and then take turns again until one player is left--the winner! Version 2: Each player throws a numbered dice and the player with highest number goes first. Players then throw the coloured dice to determine what colour ball they have to knock out of the tower, but they can choose a colour from any level. Play continues as with version 1, until one player is victorious! Version 3: This play combines the numbered and coloured dice. Each player has to throw both, selecting a colour to remove and the level to remove it from. So, for example, the dice may show a blue ball from level 4. If no balls are left of the colour shown on the dice, the player has to knock a ball off the top level level 7! Play continues until one player is left and is crowned the winner. Box Contents 123 balls including spares 1 coloured dice 1 numbered dice 6 playing sticks A game surround that ensures no balls are lost All dice and sticks plus spare balls are very neatly encapsulated inside the centre of the WobBally tower. My summary: Overall, this game really would appeal to everyone, from children and families to students and adults. It's a lot of fun and easy to get into. It's an understated game which I think is already a classic.
WobBally is a great new, fun game for family and friends for 1-6 players (aged 5 upwards). It consists of a tower of 98 very unstable balls and can be played in three different ways.