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Melissa & Doug Melissa And Doug Suspend Family Game 31pc

Item# 210-14195505-AF | Model# 14195505 | Added on December 27, 2015 |
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Melissa & Doug Melissa And Doug Suspend Family Game 31pc
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Description
This award-winning “teetering, wobbling, shifting, tipping, unbalanced, balance game” is a must-have for family game night! Take turns hanging the notched, rubber-tipped wire pieces from the tabletop stand. With each added piece, the balance shifts and the sculpture transforms. But watch out! One wrong move could send it all crashing down! Suited for 1-4 players, this game is guaranteed to appeal to kids and grownups alike! Besides being an exciting game to play, Suspend helps promote important developmental skills. Retrieving and placing the wire pieces helps refine fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination, while the strategic thinking and logic involved in deciding where to place a piece helps brush up those problem-solving skills. Playing games also helps children make social-emotional connections and learn important concepts like taking turns, playing fair, and winning and losing gracefully. Our activity game for families is easy to set up and play. This hand-eye coordination game includes 24 game rods, wooden base, 4 frame rods, colored die, and wooden connector. For more than 30 years, Melissa and Doug has created beautifully designed imagination- and creativity-sparking products that NBC News called “the gold standard in early childhood play.” We design every toy to the highest-quality standards, and to nurture minds and hearts. If your child is not inspired, give us a call and we'll make it right. Our phone number is on every product! Gender: unisex.
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By melissaanddougpwr
January 13th, 2013
Very Fun

Suspend, with the packaged rules, is fun for a short time. It's interesting to play out your pile of bars with three friends and watch the structure evolve. As adults, the basic rules simply make the game too easy and if you're the first player it's very easy to win. Adding the dice rolls adds a bit of luck to the gameplay, since you might lose your turn by rolling a color you've already played. After about five games of playing by the rules, the game becomes less interesting and fun. In order to make the game more interesting, last longer, and allow for more players - 4 player maximum is very limiting. We changed the game to have a pull pile and to be point based. Place all bars in the center of the table. All players will pull from these bars. Play starts with the first player and proceeds clockwise. Phase 1 - The Build The player rolls the dice to determine the bar color to be placed. If there are no bars of that color, then the turn moves to the next player. If there are bars of that color, then place the bar on the structure. Any bars that fall during that players turn are negative points for each notch in the bar. For example, orange bars are -7 and yellow bars are -2. All bars that fall off the structure are placed back into the pile. The bar being placed by the player must be placed (hand removed) for play to continue to the next player. If the bar being placed also falls, the player receives negatives points for that bar. Phase 2 - Deconstruction The player removes a bar from the structure. Only one bar can be removed per player turn. If more than one bar is removed, then the player receives negative points per notch on each bar removed; this includes bars that fall during removal. If the player successfully removes a single bar, then that player receives positive points equal to the number of notches on the bar. Once all bars have been removed the player with the highest score wins. By changing the rules, the game is opened up to a larger number of players. The game also lasts longer with bigger, more unstable structures. The game also becomes more strategic and is often about how to cause other players to lose points. For even more fun, we added a second set of Suspend. Lastly, as a gaming group we feel that Suspend could benefit from additional pieces. For example, pieces that are bent, pieces that are not symmetrical, etc. would make the game more challenging.

16 found this review helpful
Criticism
By melissaanddougpwr
January 4th, 2014
Did not love

Please do not delete this comment as you did my prior comment. If you are really looking for honesty from your customers, you should value ALL feedback, not just feedback that is favorable. My comments are balanced and honest. I think it should be posted along with the other consumer posts. Per your disclaimer, my review contained nothing inappropriate so should not have been removed.

5 found this review helpful
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Allen, aka frog

a national treasure

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This game has changed lives. I've read some negative reviews here. People are saying it's boring or unusable... Hate to say it but this is more a reflection on the creativity and imagination of a few select "individuals" then on the game itself. This game has brought my colleagues and me hours of fun. Challenge. Suspense. Camaraderie. Anguish. Comebacks. And finally... Victory, sweet victory. You can taste it in your mouth. Hubris is not tolerated, punished in fact. This game teaches humility, teamwork, courage in the face of adversity. I type this a changed man. Thank you to Melissa and Doug. You both have managed to create a powerful game... nay... experience.

June 28th via Melissa & Doug
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Allen, aka frog

a national treasure

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This game has changed lives. I've read some negative reviews here. People are saying it's boring or unusable... Hate to say it but this is more a reflection on the creativity and imagination of a few select "individuals" then on the game itself. This game has brought my colleagues and me hours of fun. Challenge. Suspense. Camaraderie. Anguish. Comebacks. And finally... Victory, sweet victory. You can taste it in your mouth. Hubris is not tolerated, punished in fact. This game teaches humility, teamwork, courage in the face of adversity. I type this a changed man. Thank you to Melissa and Doug. You both have managed to create a powerful game... nay... experience.

June 28th via Melissa & Doug
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Rebecca

Very frustrating

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Have tried to use it, but everything falls off. Very frustrating.

December 23rd via Melissa & Doug
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melissaanddougpwr

Laughing

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Great game. Makes you have to think and laugh and have fun at the same time.

September 25th via melissaanddougpwr
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melissaanddougpwr

Not good color difference on die and metal hooks

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We played this last night and had trouble telling the red from orange and blue from green. Seems the color choices were not well thought out. Otherwise,it was fun.

August 4th via melissaanddougpwr
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