A game of balance, Suspend uses metal rods to hang on the elevated game stand. The game includes 24 rubber tipped, color-coded metal rods, each color having its own pattern of notches or bends. Also included is the game stand's wooden base and frame, a colored die, and instructions.
Put together the frame and wooden base to make the game stand and start balancing!
The included instructions explain four different versions of gameplay to allow for varying skill levels. Playing solo or cooperatively in a group is also an option, as the goal of this game can be changed to suit the players.
A player rolls the die, then places the corresponding colored rod onto the balancing base. The players continue in this manner, with each rod added creating for a more unstable structure.
Players can try to destabilize the structure, purposefully making it difficult for the next play to keep the structure balanced. Alternatively, players can work to see how many rods they can balance, or how big of a structure they can make before it tumbles over.
We’re pretty pleased with the feedback received on this game. Not only is it quick to set up, take down, and put away, but the simple rules can be easily changed to suit the desires of the players. In this way, this game allows for greater imaginative play than the more rule-oriented board games.
Adding personal creativity to the rules is a big bonus for this game. Try adding small magnets, or hanging small objects from the structure. Metal clothes hangers can be bent and shaped to be used as more challenging pieces. Add a time limit to each turn for a more fast-paced game. Come up with new ways to make this game even more fun and challenging!
Because balance is key, this game requires fairly good hand-eye coordination. Children who haven’t quite developed this skill may find this game frustrating.
Problem-solving and thinking ahead are also skills used, making this game appropriate for older children and adults.
One recurring complaint is that the container falls apart easily. We suggest finding another container to store the parts in. A few reviewers said they were able to use a cleaned out Pringles container. Others just used a shoebox.
- Wipe down with a damp cloth.
- Wash with warm water and mild soap.
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
We have not found a place to buy replacement pegs and ships. If you know of a place where replacement parts can be purchased, please send us a link.
Losing pieces could affect gameplay, though it will not ruin the game by any means. Creativity may be needed to work around lost pieces.