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TOMY Screwball Scramble Game

by Tomy

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  • An exciting obstacle course game which requires determination and agility
  • Move the ball through the eight challenging hurdles as quickly as possible
  • The timer counts down the one minute time limit to increase the pressure
  • Obstacles include wobbly board, covered maze and tilting three-part walkway
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Product Information

Technical Details
Item Weight9 g
Product Dimensions29.2 x 8.9 x 35.6 cm
Manufacturer recommended age:6 - 14 years
Item model numberT7070
Main Language(s)German, German manual, German translation
Number of Puzzle Pieces1
Assembly RequiredNo
Batteries Required?No
Batteries Included?No
  
Additional Information
ASINB00005M22M
Best Sellers Rank 581 in Toys & Games (See top 100)
Shipping Weight1.3 Kg
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Date First Available1 Jan 2004
  
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  • Warning: Not suitable for children under 36 months

Product Description

Product Description

Determination, agile fingers, and an alert mind are required for Screwball Scramble, a cleverly designed tabletop obstacle course game. The object of the game is to move a small steel ball through eight hurdles as quickly as possible by hitting, pushing, and turning buttons or pulling and twirling levers. The orange, brown, and beige obstacles sit compactly on a green plastic unit 30 cm long, 25 cm wide, and 15 cm tall at its highest, and the controls feature clear pictorial instructions. The game does not require batteries, and assembly time is limited to the few seconds it takes to slot a timer and loop onto the unit.

The noisy one-minute timer is designed to increase the pressure as each second ticks away. The player has to direct the ball along a tilting three-part walkway, use the magnet on a lever to turn the ball in a semicircle, manoeuvre the ball down two steel parallel bars, and lead it to the correct exit on a wobbly plastic board; they must then slide the ball into a small hole and bounce it into three further openings, propel the ball through a loop, guide it through a covered maze, carry it on a small plastic arm into a hole, before catapulting it accurately to ring a bell. The obstacles vary in difficulty, but players – with practice – will become adept at handling each of the hurdles. The real knack is to complete the circuit in one attempt, which requires good concentration and coordination. Screwball Scramble can be played competitively or alone, and is challenging either way. This sturdy game will provide hours of entertainment and will be a firm favourite in any household.

Amazon.co.uk Review

Determination, agile fingers and an alert mind are required for Screwball Scramble, a cleverly designed tabletop obstacle course made by Tomy for children over five.

The object of the game is to move a small steel ball through eight hurdles as quickly as possible, by hitting, pushing and turning buttons or pulling and twirling levers.

The orange, brown and beige obstacles sit compactly on a green plastic unit 30 centimetres long, 25 centimetres wide and 15 centimetres tall (at its highest) and the controls feature clear pictorial instructions. The game does not require batteries and assembly time is limited to the few seconds it takes to slot a timer and loop onto the unit.

The one-minute timer is quite noisy, designed to increase the pressure as each second ticks away. The player has to direct the ball along a tilting three-part walkway, use the magnet on a lever to turn the ball in a semicircle, manoeuvre the ball down two steel parallel bars and lead it to the correct exit on a wobbly plastic board. They must then slide the ball into a small hole and bounce it into three further openings, propel the ball through a loop, guide it through a covered maze, carry it on a small plastic arm into a hole before catapulting it accurately to ring a bell.

The obstacles vary in difficulty, but players--with practice--will become adept at handling each of the hurdles. The real knack is to complete the circuit in one attempt and this requires good concentration and coordination.

Screwball Scramble can be played competitively or alone and is challenging either way. This well-designed sturdy game will provide hours of entertainment and will be a firm favourite in any household. --Tracey Hogan


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Customer Reviews

4.3 out of 5 stars

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59 of 60 people found the following review helpful By Andrea N. on 17 Nov 2001
Just brought this for my 6yr old daughter, but my nearly-3 yr old loves it too. It is great for co-ordinations skills development and has kept both kids quiet all afternoon - no mean feat. The game is really well designed and intuitive to use, no having read the instructions first! Also came out of the box ready to go with no assembly required. I can see this having a long life as once they've got the hang of it, you can start using the timer and see who gets around fastest.
I recommend not 'showing them how to do it' unless you've had the chance to practice first :-)
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By S. Renshaw on 20 Jun 2011
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I actually owned this as a child and recently purchased it for my 7 year old daughter. Things that have been around a while i usually find arent as good as they seem to be repackaegd and remade with cheaoer materials. This thankfully hasnt happened with Scewball Scramble.It is exactly as i remember it, really great fun, my daughter loves it and so does her elder sister and us, mum and dad too!! highly recommend this game, you dont really get fed up with it too quickly either, its quite addictive!!!!
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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Jedge on 18 May 2007
Firstly, the sloping runways as the first obstacle is NOT a design flaw - you are supposed to time it so that the ball is still rolling forwards as the slopes change direction (another reviewer has commented that the first runways cause the ball to always move in the wrong direction). The idea is not to just let you press buttons and watch as the ball moves - the point is to cause the user to think how to reach the end using basic physics, adding to its educational value.

The game loses a lot of replay value, unless you are determined to beat your fastest score. This is possible, and suprisingly hard - its very easy to make one slip up and have to start over (unless you cheat and put the ball back onto where it fell off!)

This game requires no batteries - its all just twisting dials, pushing levers, and pressing buttons - the timer is clockwork.

Definately keeps kids busy, and stops them wondering upstairs when the family come round to visit!

Dont sell this off - just pass it down the family and itl continue to serve its purpose.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Paul Jackson on 5 Jun 2013
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A great product, just as I remembered it from when I was a child and my kids are enjoying it equally.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 19 Feb 2013
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I had this game as a child. This one is an inferior quality product. The maze is not balanced and the steps but is faulty. Very disappointed. Don't waste your money.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kelly Gooden on 18 Aug 2013
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Love this game, not sure if I got it for my daughter or for us adults who fondly remember playing this game as kids. It's great and as I say it hasn't been changed as far as I can remember, we all love it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Tuppney on 23 May 2013
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I remember playing this game when I was younger. I bought it for my nephew for his birthday. He really enjoys playing it. The old ones are the best! Good value for money and hours of family fun!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Mr. T. A. Grimshaw on 31 Aug 2013
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I bought this toy as I was feeling nostalgic and hoped that my boys would like it as much as I used to. From opening the box I had my doubts. The quality was poor. As someone else has commented the draw bridge at the start is not what it used to be and the final hurdle does not hold the ball like it used to. All of this has nothing to do with the way that it is being played it is down to the extremely poor way it has been put together.

I my advice would be to look for the original game and not buy what seems to be a cheap copy.
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