Klask Dexterity Game Overview
Anyone who knows me would probably agree that I’m not an obnoxious person. Landing somewhere between the life of the party and a wallflower, I don’t partake in things like karaoke or activities that require liquid courage. Even when I’m upset, seldom will you hear me swear. I’m (usually) humble in my accomplishments; happy to redirect limelight whenever possible. I’ll cheer on my favorite teams, but am unlikely to be the first one to hoot and holler. I try to be respectful of others, of their feelings as well as beliefs, and praise their victories.
But when it comes to air hockey, all bets are off. The meekest parts of me fly out the window. When we moved back from California, we joked that our house-hunting checklist should have noted whether the home included a ping pong, pool, Foosball or air hockey table because pretty much every Iowa basement had one. I consistently had to remind myself that the air hockey tables didn’t come with the house and therefore shouldn’t be part of our decision making process. I reminded myself that I could always buy one and put in the basement of whichever house we purchased.
Unfortunately, I valued space more than I craved the need for an air hockey table. Instead, we play at entertainment centers while finding alternatives in board game form. We’ve played dexterity games like Pitch Car, Ice Cool, and Battledome. But the closest we’ve come is a throwback to our childhood with a vintage copy of Crossfire we picked up at the thrift store. That is until we discovered KLASK. It’s about as close to air hockey as I expect to find without losing valuable square footage. While it is smaller and uses a different mechanic, it offers the same anxiety and excitement as air hockey.
KLASK is a 2-player wooden game that looks like a tabletop version of something you might find in a pub. It consists of the elevated board, two 2-piece magnetic striking pegs, three barrier magnets and a ball. The goal? Be the first to earn six points.
If you’ve ever seen those maze boards for kids where magnets are used to move pieces around then you already know the play mechanism in KLASK. The 2-piece striking pegs have half above the play area and half below, connected by… you guessed it… magnets. Unlike regular dexterity games where everything is done on the tabletop, in KLASK, control happens underneath the board. You’ll move the lower half of the striking peg around your half of the table while attempting to hit the ball into your opponent’s goal.
In the same manner that one might describe billiards, Foosball, ping pong or air hockey as easy, so is KLASK. Unfortunately, the explanation is where the simplicity ends. Trying to score on your opponent without allowing your opponent to score on you isn’t all there is to the game. To make things more complicated, there are a couple ways where your actions actually allow your opponent to earn a point. In total, there are four ways to score:
If you hit the ball into your opponent’s goal and it stays then you score. That’s pretty much the only way that you can earn points on your own. All the other methods for scoring involve things your opponent does. In other words, you’ll score points for your opponent when you goof up.
If you get to close to one of the white barrier magnetic pieces in the center of the table, it will stick to your striker. If two find their way onto your magnetic striking piece then your opponent is awarded a point. Of course, it can’t be as simple as avoiding the center of the table either. These small pieces are mobile and a bump from the ball will have them flying across the playing field. If you plan well, you can use them offensively!
If you accidentally move your striker across the area of your goal, the top half of the striking piece will drop into the goal. It will make an obnoxious noise (referred to as KLASK) and your opponent will immediately score. Sure, you might be able to maneuver it back out of the goal, but that doesn’t matter. Your opponent scores as soon as they hear KLASK.
Things will get hectic and crazy and no doubt you’ll start flailing your striking piece quickly in hopes of catching your opponent off guard, to prevent your opponent from scoring into your goal or in an attempt to dodge one of the flying magnetic pieces. If you lose control of your striker and can’t regain control with the steering magnet, then your opponent scores. Sometimes you’ll be able to recover it, but other times it flies onto the opponent’s side of the table. There’s a bar between the two sides that prevents players from entering the opposing side so yes, there will be times that you cannot recover it.
What I like most about KLASK is you don’t have to be a master at dexterity games to have a chance to win. You simply need to have fun… and hope your opponent is good at making mistakes. You can see more hilarious content from the KLASK team on their Facebook and Twitter channels. If you’re ready to add take on the challenge, pick up a copy of KLASK on Amazon or Target for under $50.
What’s your favorite pub-style game?
20 thoughts on “Klask Dexterity Game Overview”
Thank you for this review, I didn’t quite “get” this game when I saw it, but this makes more sense now.
So true, Bill. I wasn’t drawn in at first… then I played and really enjoyed it!
This looks really fun and I love the girl, especially in the top photo!
It would be great to learn from someone how to play this game in person. It looks complicated though. Right now, I am playing online games bu I miss playing games that are not virtual.
Analie – It’s not complicated at all!
If you want to take your gaming offline, see if there’s anything happening in your area. Depending on where you live, there are game cafes, library game nights, events and possibly regular meet-ups. We attend one every Friday night and twice a month at one of the libraries.
I’m glad I’m not the only one who goes nuts when air hockey is involved. We sound like we could be quite similar!
I’m seeing so many reviews of games here. Although not a big fan of board games, it seems like it’s a great way to meet people and have fun.
I didn’t understand it until I read magnets. Hah! Cool game. Would be nice to have this at a small party.
This sounds like a fun game. Thanks for sharing the review.
Looks like a fun game! I love reading your recomendations for board games. My family is always looking to turn off the screen and play together!
That looks like so much fun. There’s so much diversity in games these days. I think this would be a fun game to play with my girls.
I have never seen a dexterity game but I already like the idea of it! This looks like a fun game that my boys and I could enjoy!
This looks interesting. Hope we can get one too, soon. Love it!
Great way to meet people and have fun is over board games!
KLASK looks like a very fun game to play. I love games that are unusual, engaging, fun and competitive. KLASK seems to be a game that delivers all of those elements wonderfully. I’m very interested in trying it.
That’s so cool. I always love to play these kinds of game with friends and family, we have so much fun to spend time together. Nice sharing.