No Christmas could be complete without throwing in a few family games. Like this one from Megableu.
This is Tumball – The nerve wracking bead stacking game.
It’s a very minimalistic easy set up and easy play game. No batteries needed, no board, no counters or even cards. Just a frame and a whole lot of balls and beads.
The coloured calls are suspended in a cradle and the object of the game is to each place a smaller white bead onto the cradle of balls.
It’s not quite as easy as it sounds, as the white beads have to be carefully placed using a thin stick/straw and not with hands or fingers.
If the bead stays on, then the next player goes. However the cradle of balls gradual gets weighed down with the beads on top and begins to come apart meaning the white beads will fall down. If the white beads fall on a go, then the player must pick all the beads up and add them to their own pile. The winner being the one to get rid of all their white beads first.
It takes a steady hand to place the beads correctly and it gets more difficult as the more beads get placed. I think it works best with more players too, as this again adds more beads, building up more of a suspense on each turn. Up to four can play and it’s recommended for ages 5 and over, It’s all about trying to work out the best position to balance the ball cradle out.
I can just imagine this being played on Christmas Day with children and one or two slightly tipsy adults attempting to place the beads with a straw.
Tumball retails around £17.99.
No it’s not quite Halloween just yet tho bare in mind it’s not far off (yes already! 😱). However there has been some rather spooky goings on in our house and I’m not talking about the bumps in the night that keep me awake either (believe me that’s scary), no I’m talking actual ghosts projected onto our walls in the evening and spooky red glowing monstrous shapes just like this!
The spooky projections and lots of fun come from the guys over at Megableu games and their creepy Ghost hunt games.
There are two of them which are the very creepy looking original ghost hunt game and the Marvel Spider-Man. I’m including them both in the same review because they are very similar when it comes to the gameplay. Both sets consist of the main figure and a laser gun. The skeletal figure and the Spider-Man both spin and project several lasers onto the walls and ceiling.
It’s very much like playing a mini laser quest in your own home. The back of the gun even tells you how many targets were hit.
It does of course work best when it’s dark so I think it would make the perfect Xmas present for playing on those cold dark winter nights.
Now the age guides for both these games state 5 and over but as many of my readers will be only too aware, I seem to have an advanced 2 year old who can play games well above her age level and yes she manages the Spider-Man rhino game with no problems at all scoring a huge 15 on her first attempt and beating us all. However the ghost hunt skeleton scares her and she won’t go near it, poor little girl. I think we will have to save that one for a little later in the night.
Megableu have put their own spooky video of ghost hunt up on You Tube which you can see here.
And we have our own mini video of the Spider-Man game here.
They are both great games which keep all 3 of my kids entertained for a good hour each night and more so in the bad weather. Certainly different to the average board game.
Both require a few batteries each, so I can imagine it being expensive when colder and darker. Also perhaps two guns per set would be a good idea for brothers and sisters to play together and compete rather taking turns.
These are two separate games, each purchased individually and does not need the other for play. They can both be purchased in most toy stores and Amazon and prices vary between £25-£35 each.