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Star Wars Force Grab Game by Wonder Forge

January 23, 2015

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I stumbled upon this game in Toys R Us a while ago, having never heard of it before. I was of course delighted to see that it included a little Jabba figure and bought it right away. I finally got a chance to try it out with my son a few days ago. It comes with 15 Star Wars-themed objects like the Millennium Falcon, Darth Vader, R2-D2 and of course Jabba the Hutt.

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The idea behind the game is that you roll the objects out on the table like dice and then compare how they fall to the pictures on the card you draw (each card shows 4 objects in various orientations). If you see one that matches, you grab the light saber token of that color. If you see 3, you grab the “3” token and if you see none you grab the “0” (there’s an optional rule that lets you grab two sabers if you see two items, but generally there is no option for just two — presumably to make it more likely for multiple players to score during any given turn). You get points for grabbing correctly, and that’s pretty much the whole game.

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It might not sound like much, but it can get kind of heated trying to quickly decide which of the objects match the cards. You don’t want to grab too quickly, since if you’re wrong you’ll lose a point. I could see it growing a bit contentious if you had two or three kids playing.

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There’s also an optional “combo call-outs” rule where you check if certain pairs of objects land face up. If they do, the first person to say a particular quote from the movies gets to collect those objects. This was a fun addition, but my son and I found that certain objects would never ever land face up (we even tried tossing them over and over just to see if it would ever happen). Maybe ours are a little deformed or something, but that detracted from the experience a tad. Overall, it’s a fun game to play if you have kids, although I can see it getting old quickly.

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