MFG: Out of the Box
#of Players: 3 – 6
Age Range: 8+
Overall Construction: The cards are standard card stock. There is a little rubber “basket” that holds the up to 6 game pieces. There are 12 wooden tokens. 6 look like people and the other 6 six are just cylinders. The board is a somewhat narrow tri-fold rectangle. The rules come in a glossy bi-fold booklet, but there are 4 of them because they come in 4 languages. Lastly, there are 4 Dice with different color balloons.
Gameplay: Like most Out of the Box Games, the gameplay is very simple. There is the basket of a hot air balloon with 6 holes in it. It is elevated by a pair of plexi-glass legs. The board has nine (9) clouds down the center of the board with markings of how many dice should be rolled. Each player is given 6 cards. On the cards you will see one of 4 balloons or a man holding all 4 balloons that say Wild.
Turns go like this: Everyone, but the first person rolling the dice gets to decide if they will stay in the balloon or not. Once that is decided, the player rolls the dice required. If the roller has cards that match the faces on the dice, then the balloon goes up to the next cloud. If they don’t have matching cards, but do have a Wild Card, the balloon still goes up. If they don’t have the correct cards to cover the dice roll, then the Balloon crashes and everyone in it loses all of their points. Anyone who was out of the balloon scores the points from the cloud that they were on, using their corresponding token. There is extended play for the person in the balloon if they are the only one left. Once the balloon crashes everyone gets a new card, but only one card. The object of the game is to reach 50 points.
Yes/No Recommend: This was a fun little game. It was very easy to learn and easy to set up. It doesn’t take up too much room so it’s easy to play in most places. It is also easy enough that we had a 3 year old and a pair of 5 year old twins playing this game. I think the thing they enjoyed the most was rolling the dice, but they also had fun taunting each other when it came time to jump out. If you can get a copy of this game, I suggest doing so. It will be fun for the whole family.
Where To Get It: Out of the Box Games is no longer in business, but it may still be available at some game stores, no promises. You might also want to check with online retailers to see if they have a copy.