KerPlunk Review (Mattel)

KerPlunk
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EDITOR'S REVIEW
OVERALL EDITOR'S RATING:
What It Is

For more than 35 years, the classic game of Kerplunk has been a favorite with kids. A clear plastic tube is filled with marbles that are supported by crisscrossing sticks inserted through the tube. The initial set up takes about five minutes. Each player then takes turns carefully removing a stick from the tube in hopes that no marbles - or as few as possible- will be dislodged. With each round, players turn the tube opening toward them so if any marbles do fall, they will wind up in their numbered compartment. As the game progresses and fewer sticks remain, it gets harder to keep the marbles from going ker-plunk. Play continues until all 32 marbles have fallen. The player with the fewest marbles in his compartment at the end of the game, wins. Ker-Plunk takes a steady hand, a bit of skill, and a little luck but it's all in good fun.

Is It Fun?

This is a classic game that has been popular for over 35 years. Parents and grandparents may feel nostalgic while playing, and it's a fun game to share with a new generational of children. While the initial set up takes about 5 minutes, once all the marbles have been added, and sticks have been inserted, game play is easy to follow. Anyone can win, as it' takes both skill and luck.

Who It’s For

KerPlunk is for 2-4 players aged 5 years old and up. Since many parents and grandparents may have played this as a child themselves, this would be a fun game for them to play with their children and grandchildren. Kids can also play without the help of an adult as game play is easy to follow once the initial set up is complete.

What To Be Aware Of

To start, players will need to insert the sticks through the holes in the clear plastic tube so that they go in one end and come out the other. They should be inserted in all different directions so they crisscross creating a barrier for the marbles to sit on. After all the sticks have been inserted, add the 32 marbles through the top of the tube so they sit on the sticks. During a player's turn, he or she turns the tube opening towards their number (1-4), then carefully removes one stick from the tube in hopes that no marbles fall into their numbered compartment. Game play continues until all 32 marbles have fallen. The player with the fewest marbles in his compartment at the end of the game is the winner. It took us five minutes for the initial set up, and ten minutes to play the game.

AT A GLANCE:
  • Fun

  • Repeat Play

  • Assembly & Instructions

    None or Very Easy