Thrift Treasure: Dribble Puzzle Game

Thrift Treasure: Dribble Puzzle Game

Most of the time when we’re shopping at thrift stores we’re on the lookout for board games for our collection. A few times we find interesting puzzles that we cannot pass on. Such was the case when we featured a classic metal horseshoe puzzle or showed how quickly our (then) pre-teen could solve the more complex tree puzzle.

This week we came across another puzzle-type game that reminded us of one we had as kids. Known by many names, this classic is most widely known as Shoot the Moon. A simple game that challenged you to slowly roll a metal ball uphill towards you by slowly splitting apart the metal rails in which it rode. A super-steady hand was required and I don’t know if I ever was successful in getting the highest score.

Similar to Shoot the Moon, Dribble by Bits and Pieces has us stumped on the hardest level. Check out this puzzle game we found at Goodwill! - SahmReviews.com

Dribble by Bits and Pieces looked very similar to Shoot the Moon when we first picked it up off the shelf. The goal is the same, the closer you are able to move the ball to yourself, the higher your score. But instead of simply rolling it along parallel rails, Dribble has wooden dowels with evenly-spaced brass pegs that circumnavigate each cylinder.

Similar to Shoot the Moon, Dribble by Bits and Pieces has us stumped on the hardest level. Check out this puzzle game we found at Goodwill! - SahmReviews.com

Thankfully Dribble includes two different sized balls, one a large glass marble, the other a smaller metal bearing. Starting out with the marble allows for less failure and time to get used to how the game works. You use the pegs to slowly “step” the marble from rung to rung until you reach the end. Because of the marble’s larger size, it is much less likely to fall through the pegs.

Similar to Shoot the Moon, Dribble by Bits and Pieces has us stumped on the hardest level. Check out this puzzle game we found at Goodwill! - SahmReviews.com

However, trying Dribble with one of the metal balls is a much more difficult undertaking. The diameter of the sphere is not much larger than the spacing of the pegs. And because of manufacturing variances, is actually smaller than some. Your strategy is still the same, using both dowels you try to step the steel ball closer to you, trying to get to the end. There is a secret to being successful – there is a little bit of play in the positioning of each rod, allowing you to slightly move back and forth. Use this to your advantage to nudge the ball forward. If you try to rely on just gravity, you most certainly will not get the ball to the end.

Similar to Shoot the Moon, Dribble by Bits and Pieces has us stumped on the hardest level. Check out this puzzle game we found at Goodwill! - SahmReviews.com

And if this wasn’t hard enough (I still haven’t completed it successfully, but both my wife and youngest daughter have), a second identical steel ball is included and you are challenged to put BOTH of them on the track at the same time and see how far you can get them, receiving a score summed from the results of each. This has proven quite difficult for everyone in our family and our total score still hasn’t exceeded our result from using just one ball. I won’t say it is impossible, but will admit to needing much, much more practice.

Similar to Shoot the Moon, Dribble by Bits and Pieces has us stumped on the hardest level. Check out this puzzle game we found at Goodwill! - SahmReviews.com

Dribble is easily found on Amazon for just over $20 shipped or direct from Bits & Pieces. For now it remains in our collection, at least until we finally solve it on its hardest level. And I’m betting that will be a very long time.

Have you ever played Dribble or Shoot the Moon?

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.

8 comments on «Thrift Treasure: Dribble Puzzle Game»

  1. Now that is a cool game. It looks like it takes some serious concertation to beat it. My son would love trying.

  2. What a nostalgic game- even if it’s not exactly the same as Shoot the Moon, it totally brings me back to my childhood! Seems like a tough but rewarding puzzle!

  3. Rhonda Brown says:

    This actually looks like a fun game that I could even get my teen to unplug for awhile to play! This would also be a great game to play on Family Game Night!

  4. reesa says:

    I love how this is a real game and not an app! My kids and my husband would love this!

  5. Cathy says:

    I have never heard of this game or played it, but it looks like a good challenge. It kind of reminds of something you’d see on Survivor. 😉

  6. Star Traci says:

    I love thrifting and I love games so this is a double win for me. I am not familiar with the one but I do like those wooden puzzle games and this one looks really fun. What a great find!
    🙂
    Traci

  7. Alicia says:

    This sounds like a neat game to play. My oldest would likely love this one.

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