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Stomple Board Game
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42 of 46 people found the following review helpful
on November 21, 2010
I purchased this game this weekend while attending the Chicago Toy and Game Fair. We were able to speak to the inventor as well as play the game right on the spot. The minute we played we were instantly hooked. This game is simple to learn as well as play. The inventor was friendly and told us the different ways we can play the game and make it interesting even for younger kids. The game is definitely a must have for anyone who likes a good strategy game! Take my word for it... once you stomp your first marble... you won't be able to stop playing.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
on December 6, 2010
As both a teacher and a parent, I can't rave enough about this game! My kids can't resist the colorful marbles and especially the thrill of STOMPING out the other players. I love the critical thinking and strategizing that they have to unknowingly use to play (and win) the game. The design is simple and easy to use. My kids played this for the first time weeks ago and - even surrounded by new holiday gifts - couldn't stop talking about their new favorite game. Stomple is ridiculously addictive and fun!
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on December 6, 2010
A friend just introduced me to this game and I loved it so much I had to run out and get it. Unlike most games, it's so easy to learn and fun to play. Even my little brother and his friends have been able to pick up the game and enjoy it. I plan to buy a couple for friends for the holiday.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
I was in the process of reviewing Stomple from Spin Master - an inspired use of the multi-hued marvels of marbles - when I was reminded of a fascinating video on how marbles are made. I know, I know. The game itself is what I should be telling you about, because it's at least as marvelous as it is marbleous.

Nevertheless, before I go on, I find myself having to share this video with you. The hand-made marbles are exquisite, but I was struck by the mechanized marble production. Early in the process, the molten glass is cut and little blobs of glass fall into the interlocking grooves of long, cast iron screws. The blobs cool until they are recognizably glass marbles which then roll down through the chutes of sorting device: part Rube Goldberg and part Dr. Seuss. The machine makes thousands at a time. All those marbles. Where do they go?

Perhaps Stomple is their ultimate destination and purpose - a unique strategy game that pits 2 to 6 players against each other as the players stomp marbles off the playing board in order to trap their opponents.

The game consists of 49 marbles (7 different colors), 6 stompers (playing pieces shaped like a pawn with a marble on top), and the playing board. The board is what makes the game possible. Lots of marble games rely on rolling the marbles, but Stomple must hold them in place until a player can stomp them out of play. The marbles are randomly spread across the board. The board consists of a wooden box with a wooden lid. The lid is perforated by a grid of 49 holes, but the marbles don't fall through the holes because there is a rubbery ring that cradles each marble in each hole. The marble doesn't fall through the hole unless someone punches it down with one of the stomper pieces.

This game mechanic is so satisfying that many people will just want to set up the game and then punch the marbles through the holes. Forget the rules and the strategies. Forget winning and losing. This is like a sheet of bubble wrap (the kind with big bubbles) that you can replenish.

Luckily, the game itself turns out to be even more fun. The rules are quite simple. On your turn, starting with any marble on the outer rows, stomp any marble you choose. If there is another marble of the same color adjacent to your stomper, you must stomp that marble too. On your next turn you may stomp any marble adjacent to your stomper OR stomp any marble of your color anywhere on the board. This lets you jump around but it eliminates one more marble of your color. If a player cannot move (no adjacent marble and none of the player's color), that player is eliminated. Play proceeds until all but one player is eliminated.

It is important to keep in mind that if there is a path of marbles of the same color, you must stomp the entire path once you start. Incredibly satisfying when you stomp someone else and heartbreaking when done to you.

The rules are easy to learn and there is a good deal of strategy that goes into your decision of what color to stomp and when to jump to your own color. The game proved at least as Major Fun for 2 as it was for 5 players. You play the game for score (or not) - the winner getting one point for each colored marble, and three points for each cat's-eye marble left on the board. Everyone wanted another go, anyway, so those of us who like to carry a grudge to the bitter end found playing multiple rounds most satisfying. And setting the game up for the next round was as easy as pouring marbles from the Stomple box back on to the Stomple board. Stomp. Stomp. Stomp. Fun. Fun. Major Fun.

Stomple by Greg Zima. © 2010 Spin Master Ltd.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on December 19, 2010
Just received this and LOVE it. Perfect for anyone 8 and up that enjoys strategy games. My kiddos are 8 and 10 and love it as much as mom. After the kids went to bed my husband and i continued. Some of our favorite games are Blokus, Stratego, Headbanz, and Monopoly. This fits right in that type of "fun" category. Totally different type of game with the Stomper. Well made, simple to set up and learn. Go for it. You won't be dissappointed.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on December 24, 2010
Just received this game last week and it is our new favorite! A great combination of skill and luck. My husband and I are now in fierce competition (I am winning) when not playing with friends. My son (too young for strategy) loves to stomp the marbles through the board. Appreciate the clever design and the fact it can be played by 2 to 6 players - this game has replaced Blokus as our new favorite. I would recommend this game for anyone looking for something different!
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on January 6, 2011
Literally, the materials used to make this game had such a smell like paint thinner that it gave us headaches after 5 mins of playing with it! The concept of the game is great and we were really getting into it but it was difficult getting past the smell even in an open environment. After touching all the pieces your hands are left with this horrible smell and a greasy feeling to it which took us several times to wash off. I don't know if other people have experienced this same problem but no game is worth getting a headache over it and no game should really smell this bad, that just can't be good for you. The game is made up of wood (don't know if it was real or fake) and some rubber foam to hold the marbles in place.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on January 16, 2011
Just wanted to chime in that I am a happy customer so far with this game. I really enjoy the tactile feel of the piece pushing down on the marbles so that they fall into the hole. As for the long run, I am not sure how long the foam holding the marbles up will last with all the stomping.

My 3 year old likes to line the colors in a pattern to stomp the marbles, set it up, and stomp them again. This game helps him with sorting. He does like to swirl the stomple piece around in the hole, so it does concern me that the foam will be too loose in the future to hold the marbles.

My 8 year old actually beat me a couple of times in this game, so I know her planning skills are a lot better than mine.:) The way she holds the stomping piece does cause wear on the foam too. I try to tell her to not touch the piece until she decides to move.

My Stomple Game did not have any smell like some reviewers mentioned, so that was nice.

Thank you to the people that reviewed this game so that I was able to try it myself when it was on sale. If you go to the Stomple Web Site, you can read the rules and see a sample play of the game.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on January 9, 2011
Stomple is a great game for the entire family. It took us only 2 minutes to learn to play but unlike Checkers all four of us can play at the same time. The aspects that really make this game fun and hold our attention are; the strategy, the fact that the other players' moves directly affect your next move, the stomping of the marbles through the board is really cool, and resetting the game takes only 10 seconds. If you and your family like games that involve strategy this is a must for you.
Durable: Solid construction.
Fun: See comments above.
Educational: Learn Strategy, Concentration, Pattern Recognition, Planning Ahead, Critical Thinking, and Logical Reasoning.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on December 28, 2010
This game has the strategy of Stratego, Chess and Othello - but you can play with more people! At the end of the game I like to stomp the rest of the marbles through in a victory stomp. I played this game on Christmas with friends and decided to order one for myself. It is definitely fun for both kids and adults.

Top five reasons I like this game:
1. Game board is random everytime.
2. Board is really attractive and can be left out of the box on a table.
3. Being a competitive player, I like smashing my opponents marbles through the board.
4. Enough strategy to keep me interested - but still easy to learn.
5. FUN FUN FUN!
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