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Trapdoor Checkers


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  • Open and close trap doors to thwart opponents
  • Beginners and champions have equal chances of winning
  • Tactics and a changing board make this version of checkers more exciting
  • Ages 7 and up
  • Extremely high quality components
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CHOKING HAZARD -- Small parts. Not for children under 3 yrs.

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 2.5 x 10.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B001DCEPWI
  • Item model number: 70433
  • Manufacturer recommended age: 7 years and up
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #169,807 in Toys & Games (See Top 100 in Toys & Games)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
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Product Description

Checkers has been transformed into a game of cunning and luck where kids can beat their parents. On each turn players spin to see if they will move or open/close trap doors. If your checker is on one of the trapdoors – beware! It might fall through. Internationally acclaimed, this exciting game will be a favorite in your game library for years to come.

  • Product Dimensions: 13.25 x 2.5 x 10.5
  • Recommended Ages: 7 years & Up

From the Manufacturer

Checkers has been transformed into a game of cunning and luck where kids can beat their parents. On each turn players spin to see if they either move, or open and close trap doors. If your checker is on one of the trap doors look out it might fall through. Internationally acclaimed, this great game will be a favorite in your game library for years to come.

Customer Reviews

Well done to come up with this variety!
CatMom3
It is made of hard, although very durable plastic and the pieces can slide around fairly easily.
S. Seward
My 10 year old loves to play checkers and this is a fun spin on the game.
Vicki L. Marchione

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

30 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Bernard Dekoven on May 18, 2009
Trapdoor Checkers adds new levels of strategic fun to a familiar game

Trapdoor Checkers is a new board for an old board game.

Flanking both sides of the board are controls for 4 different slides. Each slide opens or closes one of two trap doors (as the name of the game implies). Which slide you can use, and when, is determined by spinning one of two cylinders embedded on either end the board. When spun, the cylinders offer their players one of three options: slide either a green or orange lever to its next position, or move a checker. When the lever is moved to the left, a trap door is opened; to the center, the door is closed; and to the right, another trap door is opened. On your move, can only slide the lever to the next position.

Each time a trap door is opened or closed, the board is redefined. Though it seems most satisfying to open a trap door underneath one of your opponent's pieces (a rather delicious moment, I must say), it is at least equally satisfying to open a trap door so that when your opponent makes the obligatory jump, she jumps over your piece into the pit of vindication. Every open trap door adds an almost palpable sense of peril. Almost, but not really perilous. Just fun. From time-to-time, the kind of fun that makes you laugh. Often, Major FUN.

To get a better idea of the game, watch this marketing video (originally for game vendors) showing how the game is played.

Designed by David Mair, Trapdoor Checkers proves to be easy to learn, especially if you already know how to play checkers. It brings checker-players a welcome opportunity to re-examine their basic understanding of checker strategies.
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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful By M. Mclean on August 26, 2011
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GREAT CONCEPT - NEEDS TWEAKING - This is a fun twist on a classic game, but the game makers need to work on its design. First, the checkers are extremely lightweight very thin making it difficult for adults to pick up the checkers. They also slide around the plastic board so one small bump shifts everything on the board. Next, the board is made of plasic and has four foam "feet." However, the feet are too small so they don't really hold the board in place on the table. This really becomes a problem when you need open or close a trap door. The levers for those are extremely tight. One person has to hold the whole board while the player attempts to open/close the trapdoors. Mostly, I was doing it FOR my 6-year old. Finally, the plastic board is arched slightly in the middle making the pieces slide off the black squares. My 9 and 6 year old both want to keep it but it is a little tricky to get through a whole game without incident.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By P. Williams on August 1, 2010
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We have lots of games, and often our kids love a game for a day or two, then lose interest. But this became a favorite and has stayed that way for the long haul. Our family loves this game! It adds an element of unpredictability to checkers that makes it possible for a young player (like our 6-year-old son) to beat an older opponent (like our 8-year-old daughter, or even mom & dad). Before each turn, a player spins a roller to determine whether they move a piece, or open/close a trapdoor (of 1 of 2 different colors). It's tons of fun to open a trapdoor and make one of your opponent's pieces fall through. Even more satisfying to be jumped by an opponent, only to have their piece fall into an open trapdoor. We laugh and have a good time. And I can see our kids really thinking ahead and trying to figure the odds of moving versus opening/closing trapdoors, so their brains are working.
The sliders for trapdoors and the mechanisms seem sturdy enough. But one of the two rollers on our board doesn't spin well at all. I don't know if that roller/spinner is off balance, or if the board is warped, or if the axis for that roller is being pinched or what. Fortunately the other roller spins very well, so both players just use that roller.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By mon on December 2, 2010
Nice concept but durability of this toy is very poor. The knobs are hard to turn and broke the first time we played! Disappointed and will ask for a refund!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Vicki L. Marchione on February 11, 2010
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My 10 year old loves to play checkers and this is a fun spin on the game. Definately adds to the excitement. I would recommmend this for anyone who enjoys playing checkers. The trap doors could be a little more durable when opening and closing tho.

Good game
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By John S. Dean TOP 500 REVIEWER on March 17, 2011
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Unit I received has some build issues. The spinners you spin to determine if you're opening a trap door or moving are plastic with a sticker on them with the various options. One of the spinners works fine, the other won't spin at all, partly because the sticker was so poorly placed that it interferes, and partly because it doesn't sit right in it's space. So we have to use just the one spinner.

As another reviewer mentioned, the levers are hard. My 7 year old son can't hardly move them without the whole board getting shifted, even when holding the board steady so it doesn't move. Just the shock to the board from the slider being moved is enough to displace pieces sometimes.

On the plus side, even with the frustration my son has with the levers, he just LOVES playing. He's a big checkers fan, and this new dimension to the gameplay had him besides himself when we got it and started playing. Even though he lost, he thought it was so cool when someone lost a piece to the trap doors.
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