MFG: Hasbro Gaming
#of Players: 2
Age Range: 6+
Sug. Retail: $ 14.99
Overall Construction: Basic Checker and 6 x7 grid all plastic with stickers. 1 sheet rule page. 1 extra blank checker.
Gameplay: Game play is confusing to say the least. This is what the games website says the game play is like: Players take turns knocking out plastic candies from the bottom row of the Connect 4 frame. Each time one gets knocked out, a new disc must be placed in one of the slots at the top of the frame. The plastic candy tokens keep moving out and dropping down as players try to get sets of 2, 3, or 4 candies adjacent to each other on the bottom row, or vertically up from the bottom.
This is how the rules read: Fill the Grid randomly making sure to leave the top row empty. The sweetest player goes first. During their turn they will collect as many sets of 2, 3, or 4 in a row horizontally or straight across the bottom. There is also a “Wild Candy” that looks like a rainbow candy that can be used as a substitute for any other candy. You collect sets by popping the candies out of the bottom row of the grid. Player continues collecting until there are no more sets. Then pop out a single candy from the bottom row and then drop it into the rack in any spot. Preferably one that does not give the other player a set. This will continue to go back and forth until there are no more matches. At which point both players will count their sets and the player with the most tokens wins.
Yes/No Recommend: I think, because the rules say that the first player continues playing until they can’t find any more sets that this seems that this is one of the most broken games that I’ve seen in some time. Basically the first player will always win. We also found when playing it that with the random loading of the game it is possible to not have any combinations to play for a couple of turns. I also don’t like that there is also very little strategy in this version of Connect 4. Another downside is that although this is supposed to be a Mash-up of Connect 4 and Candyland, I see very little of Candyland except in the decor.
It may have been better if they had included the cards that show how many spaces or the special characters that Candyland uses. They could be used to give extra points for sets, they could be the wild cards, of they could be used to tell the players how many turns they get.
When all is said and done I do not believe that the game in its current condition is definitely not worth purchasing.
Where To Get It: This is a Target exclusive and can only be purchased there. Here is a link https://www.target.com/p/game-mashups-candy-land-connect-4-game-target-exclusive/-/A-76431679
It can also be purchased in target stores too.