Crazy Claw is the latest game from Drumond Park we have been sent to test out. I opted for Crazy Claw as it looks a little different from your average board game, and when we went to Doniford Bay in the Summer I saw a competitive side to Miss A whilst we were in the arcades, so I knew she would enjoy this game.
The game is based on an arcade style game. The main aim of the game is to choose the correct balls with hidden tokens inside to fill your game card before the other players. It’s a simple idea and fun at the same time.
One quick point to note is that you have to build the game up from the box and once built it won’t fit back in the box when you’re not playing with it. You will have to dismantle the game to out it away or find a different home for it to leave assembled.
Inside the box is the plastic base and lid, a perspex box shape, a claw, 12 plastic balls, 12 tokens, four game cards and stickers. I love that no batteries are included and you can still make the balls inside the box move during game play.
For two to four players, once you have assembled the game, each player is issued a game card with three tokens on. Taking it in turns, players can remove a ball from the box using the claw and see what their token is. If it matches their game card then they can keep the token and place the empty ball back inside the box. If it doesn’t match their game card then it goes back inside the box. Other plays should be vigilant and take note if their token has been picked out.
That sounds easy enough, but with three of the same coloured balls inside the box, the other players have the chance to put each other off by pressing their lever on the side of the game. This makes the balls shake and move so it’s not easy to see where a ball may be if they think it’s got their token inside.
The game is a quick paced game and a lot of fun. It’s a game that will burn some excess energy and could create some loud noises with everyone competing against each other. Sometimes the game goes on for a long time, but if you are short on time then a tip from me would be to not re add empty balls back into the game play as this will eliminate some of the chances.
The game itself has been well made with very easy to read instructions. I would have liked to have been able to store the game away in a box after playing with it, and sometimes the balls can be a little difficult to twist open to get the token. Aside from those two minor issues I can’t fault the game. It retails for £22.99 and would make a great gift.
Other games from Drumond Park we’ve reviewed include The Magic Tooth Fairy Game, Sshh! Don’t Wake Dad, Rapidough, Logo Grab, Wordsearch Junior, Best Of British, Pumpaloons, Pig Goes Pop, Articulate For Kids
Disclosure – we received the game free of charge but all opinions are our own