Mattel Games Bounce-Off Game Review

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Reviewed by Annie Monserat
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Quality game materials

Durable

Easy to understand and play

Affordable

Highly Rated

We don’t like

Not a lot of patterns available

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Mattel Bounce-Off is a fast, fun, addictive, and competitive game for anyone from 7-99! Family game night, or any game night, is all about pure, unadulterated fun, and spending time with the people you love and enjoy the most. What better way to make the most out of your time together than with a classic, competitive head to head game like Bounce-Off? 2-4 people can play at once, so if you have a big group you could easily play the winner of each round for fast, hilarious, head-to-head knock out competitive fun. This game is so simple to understand anyone can play and will definitely enjoy it. It is an affordable, social, great game for any family.

Design

Design

Goal
The goal of Bounce-Off is so simple, all you have to do is pick a card and then match the design by bouncing a ball into the slots on the board. The first color team to finish a design is the winner of that card. The color team to earn 3 cards first is the winner of the game!
Setup
Getting ready to play this game is such a breeze, just set the game board on a surface where all the players can easily reach it. Then the players or the teams choose 8 of the color-coded balls and sets them down in the matching holders. Next just choose either the blue cards which represent harder patterns or the green cards which represent the easier patterns, or you could even shuffle all of the cards and let it be a randomized selection. Once you have selected your deck just turn one card right side up on the surface and choose your style of play. You could play turn style, in which one person bounces only one ball per turn or you could play free for all, in which all the players bounce in the balls in a frenzy.
Rules
There are still a few simple rules to this wacky game: the ball you are tossing has to bounce on the surface a minimum of one time before it lands on the board, every person playing takes their round going clockwise unless you are playing free for all, and lastly if you have thrown all your balls but still haven’t made a match you have to take a ball off the board and bounce it again.
Materials

Materials

Bounce-Off comes with 16 small and lightweight plastic balls 8 of which are blue and 8 of which are green, 4 color coordinated holders for the balls, 9 challenge cards some of which are blue or the harder ones and some of which are green or the easier ones, and a 6x6 game board with small plastic pegs to keep your balls in place when they land, and of course a nice sized cardboard box with beautiful, vibrant colors on the outside to keep all of your pieces nicely together so you can always find your game.
Durability

Durability

Bounce-off is going to last you such a long time and give you so many wacky, crazy, and fun memories all because it is a durable and long-lasting game. All of the game pieces except for the cards are made out of light-weight plastic which makes them easy to clean and hard to destroy and gentle if someone bounces out of control. The plastic is slightly thicker than a ping-pong ball. The challenge cards are made out of a light cardboard material, so they are still long-lasting, but they are subject to being bent or torn if you’re not careful. The actual box is made out of heavier duty cardboard to keep all the game pieces inside safe and clean and ready for the next time you want to play!
Age Range

Age Range

Mattel’s recommended age group is from 7-15 years of age; however, this game could easily be enjoyed by adults who like a head to head competitive, fast-paced, crazy fun game. This game is also so easy to understand that children a little younger than 7 could definitely play this game with a little bit of help and guidance from an adult. It can be difficult to find games that younger children and adults can really enjoy together because of the gap in understand and reasoning skills; however, Bounce-Off is so simple and requires very basic understanding that it really is the perfect family game because everyone can play without feeling like things need to be changed to suit the smaller kids. This game is not recommended for children younger than 3 however, because the balls are small enough to be swallowed and could lead to choking or suffocation. Always read the instructions before using with children!
Annoyance Factor

Annoyance Factor

Parents want their kids to have fun, of course, but they also don’t want to be annoyed by whatever their kids are doing. Luckily Bounce-Off has no sounds other than the laughter, joy, and maybe a little competitive banter of your kids having a blast. This game is great to give to the kids when you need some extra time to get things done or just relax. It is easy to play so you also don’t have to monitor the game to make sure things are fair or your younger kids are getting it. It can be played on any surface, so the kids can be out of your way when you are busy as well. So really Bounce-Off is a very mom-friendly game as well.
Ease of Use

Ease of Use

Bounce-Off has by far earned a 10 out of 10 for ease of use. First of all, it is so incredibly easy to play that anyone, any age can do it and will absolutely love it and have a blast while playing. Young kids, teenagers, adults, and seniors will have no problem figuring out how to play this awesome game. But not only is Bounce-Off super easy to play, but it is also a breeze to set up it will only take you a few minutes to get this game off the shelf, onto the table, set up, and ready to go for tons of fun. It is also just as easy to clean up that your kids can do it on their own without fuss or hassle. Just make sure to check that they got all the balls that may have been over bounced during the course of their crazy game!
Entertainment Value

Entertainment Value

Bounce-Off is a super simple to play game but it is definitely not lacking in entertainment factor. We have said it, you have read it, you can imagine how fun this game is going to be for your entire family. The competition when you get together to play this game is going to be crazy! No matter if you are playing free for all and everyone is bouncing colored balls in a wacky race to complete the design or if you are playing the kind of more slow-paced turn version you can be sure that Bounce-Off will supply the competition, the action, and the wild fun you want. The entertainment value is perfect for birthday parties, game nights, or family get togethers.
Portability

Portability

No one wants to lug around a heavy, big, hard to carry party game, and the good news is with Bounce-Off you won’t ever have to do that! The actual dimensions of the box are 10.5 x 2 x 10.5 inches making it so small it fights under your arm and even in little arms! The fully packed box also only weighs 13.3 ounces thanks to all that light-weight plastic! This game is so compact and light you can take it anywhere easily. It would fit in a closet, on a shelf, under a bed, in a box, in your trunk, or in your suitcase when you travel or if you just want to store it until the next time you get the urge for some crazy simple fun.
Sensory Stimulation

Sensory Stimulation

It is no secret that board games can be beneficial to children’s development and growth. By playing Bounce-Off your children will be developing several critical developmental skills they will use throughout their whole lives. Hand eyes coordination is one skill they will be developing every time they play this game. By bouncing the balls off of a surface and onto the game board, hopefully, where they were aiming, they will be stimulating their depth perception and mastering coordination. They will also be developing their ability to recognize patterns by recreating the designs on the cards. Those aren’t the only skills they’ll be stimulating either, by playing Bounce-Off your child will be developing learning, social, and communication skills as well. Communicating with their teammates to create the correct pattern, social interaction with the other players and learning simple rules and how to take turns. What more could a parent ask for than their children to learn and develop critical skills all while having a blast?
Social

Social

Tv, phones, tablets, and electronics in general seem to rule our lives in this day and age. Bounce-Off is the perfect game to get the whole family away from the blue screen and back into the real world where friends and families interact with each other and spend quality time together. A simple, but a fun game like Bounce-Off provides the perfect environment to be social with each other and work on those communication skills. This game requires teamwork in order to match the pattern and win the game, it requires lots of friendly communication between your team and the opposing team. The most important thing a game like Bounce-Off can do for a family is to provide together time, and this game certainly doesn’t lack in bringing people together for a little good-natured fun.
Price Range

Price Range

Bounce-Off is a very affordable game and it is worth every penny that you spend on it. The laughter and memories you will get out of this game are priceless, but the game itself will not break the bank. It is averagely priced for a classic, simple, low-stress game and a lot of the feedback it gets is overwhelmingly positive. The price really makes it possible for any family on a budget to have wholesome fun just a moment away. You can be sure that picking up this game will not only be a good purchase but a great investment for your family nights, parties, and overall enjoyment at any time.

Bottom Line

The bottom line is that Mattel Games Bounce-Off is such a good purchase for any family looking to have fun. The game is simple to understand and play, but lacks nothing in competition, excitement, and action-packed fun. The game still provides a challenging aspect to it but is easy to play without causing irritation for anyone. Children and adults can have fun playing this game either together or not which allows it to be a great family game but also a great addition to a game enthusiast, game night collection. The actual pieces of the game are made from a sturdy but light-weight plastic material that is super easy to clean and will last a long time giving you so many good times. Up to 4 players can play together making it a great family game and the rounds are so fast it would be easy to switch in as many people as you want if you were playing it at a party or a large family event. The game is also so small and light which allows it to be perfect for traveling fun or for storing it wherever you would like when it is not currently in use. Bounce-Off also provides a perfect opportunity for your children to develop some of their most critical skills while having lots and lots of fun. Your family will enjoy spending time together playing this awesome game, and it is such a good price there really is no way to go wrong with this game!
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