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Fall 2005 Games
Ages: 7 & Up
Manufacturer: Cranium Inc.
Price: $16.95
Start with the basic principles of pinball, add to it the creative thinking of building and solving a 3-D puzzle, mix in some strategy, add a dash of chance and you have Cranium's formula for Bumparena.

After the initial setup, players take turns drawing one of the 40 action cards that direct them to add a bumper to the bright orange game board, add a bumper and a ball, move balls, or pivot bumpers. As these components are added or moved, players actually "build" the board, which ensures a different game each time. When a player draws a "Release Now" card, all the balls on the board are released from their chutes. As they fall, the balls bump, bounce, and ultimately land in one of the goals at the bottom. The first player or team to have six balls in their goal is the winner.

This game is for two to four players, ages 7 and older.

Review   ©2005 Parents' Choice

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