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Yes, I know I'm late and Johannes has with him Setapp Stories newsletter already presented the pick for the KW34. The summer vacation, children and a few jobs somehow threw me off my feet. But now it is here, my belated one Pick for calendar week 33: A completely non-digital game called "bark!“That works without a display and batteries.
Just to make it clear again: Bellz! by Spin Master Games is not a game for the iPad, iPhone or Mac. You play it together at a table ... So what is commonly referred to as a parlor game.
So that my spelling correction doesn't drive me crazy, I'll just call it “Bellz” in the rest of the article, even though it's actually called “Bellz!”.
My Bellz consists of a neoprene pouch that you can open with a zipper. Unfolded it is a circle the size of a plate in which colorful, metallic bells and a rod with two magnetic ends can be found.
In the meantime, however, the game has been revised and instead of the neoprene folding bag you now have a lockable plastic plate. That was probably done because the neoprene thing never unfolded completely and the balls always collected in the kink. This is impossible with the plastic plate.
If you want to win at Bellz, you have to be able to pick up the bells of your color with the magnetic stick. The highlight: No bell of any other color may be pulled up with it. And that is sometimes not that easy, because the bells hang together when you want to fish one with the magnet.
You have to work a bit with tricks and quickly get close to the bells and quickly pull back again so that you only pick up the one you want. Or you move the magnetic stick very slowly to the bell and make sure that you only pull the one away.
The rod has a weak magnet at one end and a stronger magnet at the other. You can also use this to “dose” something and make sure that you don't collect too many bells.
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What I really like about Bellz is that it is suitable for almost all ages. You can play it with a 5-year-old child in the same way as you can with a 15-year-old. And best of all: Both of them can have fun playing with Bellz together. This is especially important for families when the children are of different ages.
The game does not cost 15 euros, requires a bit of skill and has brought us many hours of fun. I think it's great that there are no complicated rules and that even young kids have no problem playing Bellz.
Anyone who likes to take a look will find it here at Amazon or via this product box:
Jens has been running the blog since 2012. He appears as Sir Apfelot for his readers and helps them with problems of a technical nature. In his free time he drives electric unicycles, takes photos (preferably with his iPhone, of course), climbs around in the Hessian mountains or hikes with the family. His articles deal with Apple products, news from the world of drones or solutions for current bugs.
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