MFG: Blue Orange Games
#of Players: 2 – 5
Age Range: 6+
Overall Construction: The board is a hard cardboard with the same thickness as a normal Memory Card. There are 4 catapults, 9 dice, and several building pieces of various shapes and colors. They are all made of solid wood, although some seem a little on the thin side. There are stickers that go on the catapults. They are easy to apply.
Since you will be launching the dice at the shapes that you are building they will eventually nick and the paint may eventually chip off of the pieces and you might have to refresh them from time to time.
Gameplay: The tiles will be laid out on the table with the “Mega Tower Tile” in the center of the table. One player will be the builder. They will try to assemble as many towers as possible in 30 seconds. The other players will use the catapults and white dice to destroy the towers being built. The amount of dice they get is dependent on how many players there will be. After the 30 seconds is up any towers that are left standing will be scored. If by any chance the builder can build the “Mega Tower Tile” they automatically win the game. You decide how many rounds you play until the game is over.
Yes/No Recommend: This game is different than most of Blue Orange Games, games due to the difficulty of it. I think it will make a great game to teach patters and building skills with, even if you are not playing it competitively. We had a lot of fun launching the dice at the towers. You have to be careful not to be too rough when launching the dice because you could hit each other with them. I know the rules say round, but I think you could also play to a certain amount of points as well. I think the pieces are very well put together, but could have been a little thicker. As I said above the paint will chip over time, so be prepared to repair them down the road.
The one thing that I will say could be better, is the timer. Ours seemed to empty faster than 30 seconds. To avoid this and avoid accidentally knocking over the timer, I recommend using a digital timer to keep track of time. With a digital timer you could also give each other more time than would normally be allowed. As you’ll see in the video, it can be really hard to score points in 30 seconds because of all of the things you will have to keep track of.
Overall, as with most of the Blue Orange Games out there, you are getting your monies worth of game and it will be fun for the family. The game is solid and well thought out. It makes me think of what you would get if you took a more aggressive version of Jenga that decided to be combined with Bandu.
Where To Get It: Kaboom is slowly making its way out, but for now, I recommend checking with your local game/hobby shop for a copy or to get one ordered. If you want more information on this game or other Blue orange games, visit their website. http://www.blueorangegames.com/index.php/games/kaboom