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To set up, the players first place all the wooden pieces on the yellow plate, in any combination, even stacked on top of one another if they like. The plate loaded with all the pieces is then balanced carefully on top of the cork ball in the stand.
To play, players take turns attempting to remove a piece from the plate without touching the plate, and without upsetting the balance of the assembly and causing it to spill. Once the plate spills, the round is over and that player is penalized; or on a good round, the round may end with all the pieces successfully removed. The first player to reach 30 points is the winner.
In my reserch of games on the net I came across this balance game called BAMBOLEO. I am a collector of games and usualy purchase 10+ games at a time. But few of them are party games I can get my immediate family into. So I went on a hunt for unusual games to suit that purpose. I found two excelent games: one was VISIONARY and the other was BAMBOLEO. I received my shipment and proceeded to open the shrink. The quality and color of this game is outstanding. As for production value let me say WOW. Everything is made of wood in this game. I set it up and asked my wife to try it. She really liked the way it actualy scares you when the plate starts tipping and wobbling. I felt it was very dangerous to pick the wrong piece, wich gave the game an edge you dont get very often. If you want a party game to suit two to seven friends this is a best buy in my book. Everyone laughs when the plate tips or falls, and that's almost every turn. If you get this gem you will have made a balanced decision.
One of the nice things about this game is that you can be up and playing within 2 minutes of opening the box.
The rules are simple and game play is pretty quick, and you'd be surprised how your heart races not only on your turn, but also when it's someone else's turn and the disk starts swinging. There is varied strategy to removing pieces. You can try to play it safe and remove a piece to try to level the disk, or as one of our group repeatedly did, remove a piece to make the board less stable, thereby making the next player's turn more difficult.
This is a good family/party game that could be played by adults and children. The group of friends that I played it with are all in our late 20s to early 30s and we all enjoyed it. The reason I gave the game 4 stars instead of 5 is that, although this is a fun game, I can't imagine wanting to play it over and over. It's more of a light, enjoyable diversion.
This game is intriguing as you pull it out of the box: black and red wood pieces, a big yellow wooden disc, a stand, and some cork balls. What on earth?! Bamboleo of course! Not unlike multiplayer [page scan/se=0616/sf=category/fi=stockall.asc/ml=20]Jenga in the sense of being a remove-a-piece game, Bamboleo succeeds by staying simple. While Jenga is a good two player game, Bamboleo seems to be a bit better multiplayer. Not a lot to the game: put red and black pieces on yellow disc; then balance yellow disc on the corkball stand; now each player removes pieces without the plate tipping and dumping it all over himself.
It doesnt sound too hard, and that might be part of the problem. In Jenga you are never exactly certain when the tower will fall, but in Bamboleo you have a pretty good idea when it will. The game has some rules to help make even that part a bit exciting, but it does lack some tension in the end. And the plate seems to tip over a lot, sometimes not even making it all the way around to the player who started removing pieces. Dont think I dislike this game though. It is a nice diversion. But it probably wont blow your mind either.
Prove once and for all that you have a steady hand and an acute sense of balance. Put the 30 or so blocks on the giant yellow plate, and go ahead and stack some if you're feeling evil. Place a cork ball on the top of the stand. Now, carefully balance the plate on the ball. Oops! You will get the hang of it, and when you succeed, everyone takes turns scoring points by removing blocks from the plate, verrry carefully. If it tips over, pieces come crashing to the ground and the round ends with gales of laughter. The precarious angles the plate can assume will astound and confound you--and attract a crowd at parties. A smaller cork ball is provided to challenge the most proficient pluckers.
Bamboleo is a game about weight redistribution that does not resort to diet and exercise.
Various wooden shapes are carefully balanced on a plate that is poised on a cork ball placed in the hollow of the base cylinder. The purpose of the game is to carefully remove a wooden shape from a swinging plate, without tipping it over. For beginners, children and the faint hearted, there is a larger version of the cork ball.
This is a game played with the attitude of a wing and a prayer, in that each player with bated breath, touches one piece and then another while the plate sways wildly, then with a spurt of sudden courage lifts one of the pieces off the plate. This act of boldness wins him or her the shape and one point.
For those unable to throw caution to the wind there is the option to pass. The forfeit of passing is that the next player, who successfully removes a shape from the board, claims a piece from his more prudent predecessor.
The round ends when the plate tips over, there are no pieces left on the board, or all players have passed. The player with the most pieces and points wins.
A good family game which will accommodate a range of ages from 7 to 77.
All you need to play Bamboleo is a steady hand, nerves of steel and a sense of fun!