54 rectangles made of hard wood stack up to form a tower. A thin cardboard sleeve is included to help set up the tower. Instructions are also included.
Use the stacking sleeve to create a solid tower of blocks. Players take turns pulling a block from the tower, then placing that block on top. As the blocks are removed, the tower becomes increasingly unstable while the blocks added to the top change the weight distribution. The last player to move their block without making the tower fall over wins.
All that is required to play is a hard surface.
Suitable for most ages, this game has simple instructions, a quick set-up, and needs no batteries or additional pieces. Great for groups, this game is a good addition to family gatherings, daycares, or after-school clubs.
The magic of this game comes from its ability to entertain even those who are just watching. Watching the tower crash to the ground is just as fun as being the player who nervously held their breath as they placed that last block on the top of the wobbling stack.
Like other games we give a high social score to, this game is good to help break the silence and get people laughing. In cases like this, winning the game is not as important as just having fun with other people.
The manufacturer recommends this game for ages 6 and up, and we agree. Though younger children may understand the concept, they might lack the coordination and steady hand required to keep the tower balanced.
Getting mostly great feedback from users, this game has little to dislike. However, as with most games that have been in production for decades, there have been some slight changes. While the game has mostly been left unaltered, some reviewers brought up concerns regarding quality.
Users report receiving sets in which the blocks vary in quality. Most users reports the blocks being sanded smooth, but some have received sets that contain gritty, or not-quite-so-smooth blocks. If the blocks are rough, they may stick to each other, making it difficult to slide them out of the tower. This can be frustrating.
Rough or poorly sanded blocks are somewhat rare, and users have found that a piece of sand-paper fixes the whole issue.
Many users voice complaints about the new sleeve. Previously, the sleeve that helps to create a perfectly formed tower was made of a thick plastic. Now, the sleeve is just a small piece of thin cardboard. While some users point out that this doesn't affect the gameplay, and that finding any other object with a 90 degree corner will suffice, we agree with the users who are disappointed in Hasbro's decision to decrease the quality of their products in order to make a larger profit.
This game is loud. It is difficult to keep a tall stack of wooden blocks quiet as they tumble to the floor. Children, or adults, who take a particular dislike to noise will probably not find this game pleasing.
The box the game arrives in may not be the best for storing. The cardboard does not seem to hold up to being banged around, so getting an old shoebox or other container may prove best. We found that using two strong rubber bands can help hold the tower together. Alternatively, the box can be cut down and used as a slightly better sleeve.
- Wipe down wooden blocks with a damp cloth
For more in-depth information on how to clean this type of toy, please see our blog, The Cleaning Guide for Toys.
Parts and Pieces
Not applicable. No additional parts are required.
Aside from the new sleeve design, this game will likely give audiences as much fun as it did 20 years ago.