Strong Stuff (aka Barenstark) S$39.90
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Designer: Heinz Meister
Number of players: 2 to 4
Official Recommended Age: 5 - 99 years
Users' Recommended Age: 5 years and above
Playing Time: 20 minutes
Publisher's Game Description:
Bear Bruno is always ravenously hungry for honey and grabs all the honey jars around him. But will he be able to carry the ever growing pile without knocking the jars over? A strong game of skill and balance for 2 - 6 players. Includes variation for professionals.
This game stimulates:
Note for video above: Hayden has the first edition of this game which is from Germany and hence in German. The edition we are selling here is the English edition published by Haba, so English rules are included.
BGG Joe Bagherra: "A very simple children's dexterity game that has to do with hand steadiness. Players move an ever increasingly tall stack of blocks around the table trying not to tip it over. While this sounds dull, it is very satisfying to play, especially as you try to stymie the next player by placing just the right piece at just the right position and angle to cause failure. I highly recommend."
BGG Jonathan Takagi: "Yet another entertaining stacking game. The nice chunky bear carrying the tray on which you stack the pieces adds to the fun. This can be enjoyable with adults as well, as it can get quite challenging."
BGG Lori Ellephai: "Fun little dexterity game of the "balancing" type. Intended for kids, I think, but just as good for adults if you like dexterity games. This adds to the usual challenge of balancing a stack of stuff the additional challenge of having to pick up the stack and move it."
How To Play:
BGG Sean Ross: "The game is incredibly simple: roll a die and, with one hand, move the wooden bear with his little "wooden" tray balancing whichever "beehives" he's collected so far 0-3 tiles clockwise around the track, then add a hive that matches the color of the flowers on the tile to which you've moved (or any other type if that color has been used up); if, during this process, you topple the tower of hives, move the bear to the destination tile (if not already there), reset the tray with a single hive of the color on that tile, then choose any other tile from the track to mark your shame... er, to keep score. The rules translation here says you play until someone has two tiles, but we've played until all but one player has been eliminated for collecting two tiles in a four player game, three tiles in a three player game, and four tiles in a two player game.
The game's delicious tension grows in relation to the height of the wobbly hive stack where maliciously clever players have teetered their additions on the edge of collapse in hopes that the tower will fall before it has a chance to come back around and deliver them their just desserts. The plaintive prayers for "Zero" by the player tasked with moving a tower grown untenably high is drowned out by the cruel steady chant of "Three!" from the peanut gallery: it's like a Disney-fied Lord of the Flies, or like those tiny green cannibal urchins in Galaxy Quest exhorting "Rock! Rock!". Also, the use of taunts, whistles, ooooo-whoo-whoo-whoohs, and the occasional "jazz hands" from the other players is not verboten.
The game's difficulty level can be increased or decreased by using the circular or rectangular tray, by widening or narrowing the gap between tiles, and/or by using your weak or strong hand. Shots of alcohol, for the grown-ups, may be applied at your discretion....
Reviews & Comments:
BGG Tom Vasel:"A great fun dexterity game. I'm actually competitive in this one with the kids, so I like it"
BGG Mark Hamburg: "Neat little game, actually kinda fun for adults. Better with kids, even if you do need to become a little less coordinated than you actually are to give them a chance.