A Little Poke Here, A Little Poke There

A Little Poke Here, A Little Poke There

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One of my favorite games to play as a kid was Don’t Break the Ice. You probably remember the game too. A polar bear sits on top of a sheet of ice made up of plastic blocks. On each turn you hammer out one of the blocks, hoping the ice sheet remained intact. Once the bear fell through the ice, game was over and the last person to knock out a piece lost. It was quite a fun party game since there was only one loser and the rest were winners!

Boom Boom Balloon from Spin Master Games falls into this same genre, but with a more teeth-clenching event at its climax. The sound of a popping balloon is something that most of us dread, especially when we don’t know exactly when it will happen.

If you've played Jenga or Don't Break the Ice, then you'll love Boom Boom Balloon from Spin Master Games. But make sure you buy an extra bag of balloons! - SahmReviews.com

The game is set up with a cute-expressioned inflated balloon that is trapped inside what I can only describe as a torture chamber. On each players’ turn they roll a die numbered 1 through 3 and push the protruding spikes inwards that number of ‘clicks’. Players can push on one spike or spread out their roll across multiple spikes depending on how ‘evil’ they are feeling.

This is definitely a game where a video is worth a thousand (million?) words. Take a look.

And as you can see from this video, the reactions can be priceless. Everyone (well, almost everyone) was afraid it would pop and covered their eyes and ears in anticipation. We discovered that a slightly-less filled balloon gave us a longer game and some very interesting distortions!

If you've played Jenga or Don't Break the Ice, then you'll love Boom Boom Balloon from Spin Master Games. But make sure you buy an extra bag of balloons! - SahmReviews.com

We elected to bring this to our weekly board game night that typically has 30+ adults in attendance, and while we weren’t able to get any of them to participate, I could tell they were entertained and watching closely for the balloon to pop. Just seeing the torture this poor balloon goes through brought a smile to nearly everyone.

If you've played Jenga or Don't Break the Ice, then you'll love Boom Boom Balloon from Spin Master Games. But make sure you buy an extra bag of balloons! - SahmReviews.com

Boom Boom Balloon supports 2 or more players and would be perfect for a birthday party or holiday gathering (imagine putting a prize inside!). You’ll find it on Amazon for around $15 or pick up one at your local retailer. Spin Master Games has a number of family-friendly titles in its catalog and is always introducing new and innovative toys and games for your kids. Keep them in mind during this upcoming holiday season!

Scott

About Scott

A former manufacturing executive, Scott now balances his family life with ownership and backend administration of websites such as SahmReviews.com, GiftCardCollector.com and a number of other online properties. He also is an occasional writer and full-time board game fanatic.

21 comments on «A Little Poke Here, A Little Poke There»

  1. What a fun idea for a game. Sounds like it would be perfect for a party.

  2. Pam says:

    I can’t believe you couldn’t get the adults to participate! That looks like it would be lots of fun to see how long the balloon would last!

  3. Amy says:

    Man, this looks like a stressful game! I used to get anxiety from Operation, nevermind this!

  4. It looks like the kids had a blast playing it. I can’t believe it took that long to pop!

  5. Elizabeth O. says:

    That looks like a fun game! The anticipation on when the balloon would burst is what made it more exciting.

  6. My kids saw this game on a t.v. commercial and have been asking for it. Looks like a fun game!

  7. I’ve seen this game before – I have to admit it would have terrified me as a child – I was scared of balloons popping! x

  8. Popping balloons is fun it’s the loud sounds that would get to Bella.

  9. Nolie says:

    My kids would love this game. Never heard of it before.

  10. This looks like such a fun game!!! I love games that can shock you like this with either falling or popping.

  11. Daisy says:

    I’ve never seen this before. It looks so awesome, especially for my little boy. He would love this!

  12. This looks really fun even though balloons popping drive me nuts ha-ha My kids would love it

  13. That looks like fun! I like anything that will keep my kids busy for more than just 10 minutes!

  14. Donna says:

    OMG…I want one. Love it. Im a big kid at heart anyway so I would have a blast with this game.

  15. That looks really fun! I’d play that now and I’m 20 years old! Lol. I like games that keep you on the edge of your seat!

  16. Greta says:

    This looks like the perfect party game! We play Michigan Rummy a lot at parties, but are always looking for new things to mix up game night

  17. My kids would love this game! I could see them now on the edge of their seats waiting for the balloon to pop!

  18. Maggie Boone says:

    My kids would love this game but I would hate it with a passion. I don’t like balloons 🙁

  19. Gabriel says:

    Added bonus for whoever screams the loudest when it pops! This is great for little kids.

  20. Wade Welsh says:

    What a clever idea. Same sort of emotions as Operation and Jenga, but with a visual benefit. I’d play this game with my nephew and nieces for sure.

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