A very esthetically pleasing and well designed game with bright colours and pleasant bell tinkling sounds. But there's defintely a learning curve to mastering a technique for using the magnetic wand to selectively pick up only bells of your colour. Strategically, players can decide to collect a single bell at a time, or risk trying for a string of them. Skilled players learn to use the wand to tease the bells apart, getting just close enough to use a weak magnetic force to pull them apart without letting them latch onto the wand. Our younger testers found the magnets very difficult to manage. Those that enjoyed the game most had the opportunity to learn from watching the way adults learned to use the wand. Variables include two ends of the wand with weaker and stronger magnets, as well as, three sizes of bells in four different colours - each player has ten bells to pull from a pile of forty bells contained in a bowl-like mat.
WHAT THE KIDS SAY
It's hard, but in a good way! It's not easy to win, but it's a lot of fun to play. Using the magnet stick is tough! Getting only one colour bells is super tricky, especially when all the other colours are all around. They all stick together and I get too many bells of the wrong colour! But others have that problem too, so sometimes, I can still win. Good thing there's only 10 bells to pick up!
WHAT ADULTS THINK
It's not as easy as it looks!! Bellz is a fun game for all ages. The rules are easy to understand, but to win the game you have to master the magnetic wand which sounds much easier than it really is. Picking up bells is easy, too easy! Without even trying, you can easily pick up 4 bells or more, the hard part is only picking up bells of one colour. My 8 year old went through bouts of frustration with this game, because he wasn’t able to pick up the bells he needed to win the game, but we only ended up laughing more because the same would happen to me. We definitely found the game more challenging with only 2 players because some of the bells you need end up buried in the pile of other coloured bells, whereas when 4 players are removing bells, it gets easier as the game progresses. So far, we found this to be a great game, easy for all to play and the carrying case makes it easy to take along wherever you’re going.
It definitely takes a ton of practice to master the wand in this game, but half the fun is figuring it out. Although I would say this is more of an adult game, the girls f5 and f7 enjoyed playing as well. The carrying case is great, small and holds it all in a zipped up bag. If any Bells go missing, it would make the game more difficult to play. Although strategy plays a big part, luck can turn the game around for sure. It is a fun pass time learning to use the wand. Instructions are simple and colours are shiny and attractive.
What a fun game! A very popular game with all members of our family, adults and kids (F7 and F8)! We play as a family and the girls also play together and collect two colours of bells each. The game definitely has a learning curve as we get used to how both ends of the magnet wand work and how strong they are. I find Bellz reminds me of Pick up Sticks a bit, a game using eye hand coordination and luck of the draw. We did drop a bell on the floor and it cracked right in half. Luckily my husband was able to glue it back together but if they crack and can't be repaired it would definitely affect playing the game as you would not have even numbers of bells of each of the four colours. The soft zip-up carrying case makes it easy to contain all of the bells and store it away neatly. This would be a great game for either boys or girls, it's a family game or friends could play it together, thinking about buying a few for our kids school as a Christmas gift.
Love, love, love this game! The wand is definitely strong, and it takes a few turns to become strategic. Played with a group of four adults the first time and each of us started to find strategies on how best to place the 'wand', and get the bells to move to be able to grab, etc. We had a great time and everyone wanted to play again. And we have. Lots of adults have played this game at my house, with or without children, and fun was had every time. Played with my daughter (6) and although it is definitely more difficult for her, she really likes it. After seeing me play a few turns, she started trying different moves with the 'wand'. The play mat zips up as a carrying case, so it is fantastic to clean up and carry around. Great family game.
Let Fun Ring!
Bellz is deceptively simple and yet supremely challenging at the same time. Just open the travel pouch and you’re ready to play! The pouch opens to become the game arena. Inside there are 40 custom bells in 4 colors and 3 different sizes. Players use the magnet wand to pick up bells of only one color. Make a string off the end of the magnet wand, or create a cluster — just don’t pick up bells of any other color or the turn is over. Each player must decide how far to push their luck on every turn. The first player to collect all 10 bells of one color wins!
The magnet wand can be used two ways:
Use the small end for precision grabs, or try the larger, more powerful end to make really long chains. You choose which end to use each turn.
1 magnet wand
You cannot shake the bells off the pen or drag them off the game arena to try to lose bells of a colour you don’t want.