When our kids were toddlers/preschoolers they spent countless hours building towers for the sole purpose of knocking them down. I can only assume that was the inspiration when Blue Orange created Kaboom. Keeping reading to see the full Kaboom Game Review.
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Kaboom Game Review, a Game of Construction and Destruction
In Kaboom, players work to build towers to earn points, but there’s a twist. While one player is building a tower, the other players are trying to knock it down! Kaboom is a high paced game with constant highs and lows created by completing towers, only to see them knocked down!
- Manufacturer: Blue Orange
- Manufacturer Age Recommendation: 6+
- Number of Players: 2-5
- Game Length: 20 mins
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How to Play
The goal of Kaboom is to complete as many towers as possible in three rounds. The game contains a number of tiles showing different towers and points earned for constructing each tower. On your turn, flip over the timer and start building. You have until the timer runs out to complete as many towers as possible! Watch out though, while you build, all the other players will be launching projectiles at your towers, trying to knock them down. Play continues for three rounds, whoever has the most points at the end of three rounds wins!
Gameplay of the Kaboom game really shines. The game completely eliminates waiting time which is great for young gamers! During your turn you are focused on building towers, and during your opponents turn you’re focused on knocking towers down. This might be the only game we’ve ever played where our kids prefer it to be someone else’s turn! Overall games take 10 to 20 minutes which is a great game length for kindergarten aged board gamers. The game does generate a lot of excitement, so we keep a ‘no Kaboom before bed’ rule in our house.
On its surface, Kaboom would seem to have limited learning opportunities, but after playing the game there is a lot kids can learn playing Kaboom. Like all stacking games, Kaboom is great for teaching fine motor skills and dexterity. However when playing the game, they’ve packed in a lot more for kids to learn.
By giving players the option to pick which towers to build, the game helps kids work on making logical decisions and estimating what they can complete in a fixed amount of time. Kids will also work on addition skills as they add up their own and other players point totals, trying to figure out who is winning. Maybe the coolest learning opportunity in the Kaboom game is emotional maturity. Kids will learn to deal with frustration as their towers are inevitably knocked down just after completion! The game also gives kids an opportunity to see how you handle challenges and learn from your example.
Kaboom is a very well built game. The stacking blocks, catapults, and destruction cubes are all made of wood, while the tiles are made of cardboard. The paint on the wood pieces has held up well, considering the pieces are constantly getting rammed into each other and launched across the room, Our copy has help up very well despite a lot of play.
What We’d Change
The only frustration we with Kaboom is the time it takes to set up the game, and trying to keep the tiles half way organized while playing the game. It would be really nice if there was some mechanism to hold the tiles in place while players are frantically building and trying to destroy towers. The game is still a blast without this, but it would make gameplay flow even better if you didn’t have to pause after each turn to reorganize.
We have had a blast playing Kaboom as a family. There is nothing better than seeing the joy in your child’s eye when they accomplish something in a board game. Kaboom provides lots of opportunities for kids to accomplish goals, be it tower destruction or construction!
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This is one of our favorite kindergarten aged board games, if you’re looking for more, check out the best board games for kindergartners post.