Overall Rating: 7/10
GLAM Age Range: 8-12
Number of Players: 1-4
Playing Time: 5-10 min
Publisher: Melissa & Doug
Available At: Amazon.com
Quick Take: It's tricky. It's tricky even for grownups. Your child has to really enjoy playing around with the mechanics of the game and be more interested in seeing what kind of crazy tricks they can do with the game pieces rather than being solely focused on winning and becoming upset whenever the pieces fall. Because they will fall a lot, it's a key aspect of the game. I really like that you can play this with others or just mess around with it on your own, not every game works as well for one person as it does for a group. It's really fun to play if you're more interested in the impressive structures you can build rather than being on a strict quest for victory.
How to Play: Play all your pieces first to win. In the easiest version of the rules, you split the colors of the pieces evenly between two players and then take turns playing your pieces from largest to smallest. If pieces fall down during your turn they are added to your stack. Whoever plays all their pieces first wins. In the medium level version of the game you once again split the pieces evenly among the players and then each player rolls the color die on their turn and must play that color of piece. If they roll a specific color but don't have any left, their turn is skipped. And in the hardest version, you count up the little notches left on the pieces at the end of game play and add them up. Whoever reaches a cumulative of 20 points from the notches after one or multiple games loses.
Variations: Suspend Jr is your better choice if you want to play a dexterity game with younger children. It's ages 4 and up.