We first picked this game up - the classic version - in Hamley's in London in 1992 - I love games of all kinds, and it's not sold in Canada. My husband lived in the UK for a few years as a child and had fond memories of this game, so it didn't take much to convince me.
The colour scheme has been updated for this "New" version from the institutional blue and white we bought back then. And it's been given a new, "mechanical" look that seems to go over well with the little-boy demographic in our household!
As I said, I must recommend the classic version, if you can get it, over the NEW Downfall style. I think it's a better game.
This "new" version certainly looks more exciting, but its structure is poorly conceived overall. Setting it up, it's hard to pop the cogs in properly, and heaven help you if you don't. My husband had to break his fingers prying them off (after my attempt) and snapping them back on again. I was afraid they would break at that point, but luckily, they didn't.
But the base of this version is its real "downfall" (so to speak). The upper portion snaps onto the base and snaps off for storage. The base is a narrow pointy shape, MUCH less stable than the old rectangular version - wobbles a lot and has no rubber feet, so it slips and slides across the table as you play. Plus, you need a special "key" to turn the dials, as I'll mention below.
I special-ordered the new version from the UK because we'd lost all the playing pieces. So now we have both versions, and I will be reviewing both, and - as I said - recommending the classic one.Read more ›