Monday, August 18, 2008

#69: Hullabaloo

  • designer: Forrest-Pruzan Creative
  • publisher: Cranium
  • date: 2003
  • BoardGameGeek rank/rating: 3485/5.69
  • age: 4+
  • # of players: 2-6
  • print status: in print
  • cost: $24.99 (Amazon... but I've found it MUCH cheaper than this)
If you're looking for a game to teach the competitive spirit to your children, you're in the wrong place. OTOH, if you want a Twister-like game for the preschool set with a delightful sense of whimsy, have I got a game for you.

Set-up is simple enough for a 3 year old: throw the little plastic mats out on the floor, push the "on" button on the bottom of the talking Hullabaloo machine - and then follow the instructions. You'll be jumping, running, skipping, flying & any other manner of cavorting as you bounce from mat to mat. At some random moment, the game will declare that the person standing on the "X" mat is the winner (usually after about 1-2 minutes) and give the winner a command. ("Winner, take a bow!" "Winner, do a victory dance!")

Children are encouraged to share mats (more than one person can be on the same mat at the same time) and any game where you have multiple winners in 10 minutes is obviously not trying to hone someone's killer instinct. But that's not the point - the point of Hullabaloo is unadulterated fun... and it delivers that by the truckload.

This game works with kids as young as 3 years old & is a great game for families to play together - the silliness makes for wonderful bonding moments. Again, the Cranium folks are making up for the debt of badness they incurred by releasing the Cranium game on the world by putting out a really great kids game.


Gameguythinks said...

I think I have 3 Cranium flavored games, two of which are still in shrink wrap, that were gifts from family members. Now I will have to check and make sure that one of them is not a hidden gem.

Thanks Mark!

MommyLydia said...

I'm looking at this one for Christmas for our son (but was nervous because of the Cranium game itself. A complete bomb for our family). Thanks for the review!

Mark (aka pastor guy) said...

The Cranium kid stuff is (with a few exceptions) pretty good. The games for adults are (with a few exceptions) pretty bad.