** A Geek Daddy received the featured product for free to review **
The nice folks at Future of Play were very kind in sending A Geek Daddy their new TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLE - MUTAGEN MAYHEM Battlesnap game to preview before it arrives at stores in August. Battlesnap provides a fun new twist to the classic Rock, Paper, Scissors game featuring the heroes and villains from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. My kids and I enjoyed a nice summer evening playing a few rounds of the game on our back deck.
You start of your Battlesnap competition by selecting a character. My daughter was the evil Shredder and my son choose to be one of the Ninja Turtles. Players place their character within a plastic case called a "card." Flip over the panel holding the character so that the top of the card is flat. The flipping action will cause a small dial located next to the figure to spin. This spinning action will allow the dial to randomly display one of three symbols - pizza, weapons or mutagen - which is not disclosed to your opponent. You can also manually steer the dial with your finger if you want more control and less randomness in your game play.
Each player loads their cards onto the Mutagen Mayhem rail. Ready, Set, GO! Both players push their cards toward one another. As the cards collide the characters spring out revealing each player's symbol.
PIZZA beats WEAPONS
WEAPONS beat MUTAGEN
MUTAGEN beats PIZZA
If you tie no one wins the battle. Each time someone wins a battle, they collect a slice of pizza. The first player to collect 4 slices of pizza (a whole pie) is the winner of the round. There are no preset number of rounds for the game. Players can determine how many bouts they want to have before someone is determined the champion or can just informally play until they've decided they've had enough.
My daughter faced off against my son in the first round of our competition and won four slices to two. She then only earned one slice in a loss to him. I then took on my son losing three slices to four. Battling against my daughter I won four slices to two. My daughter took on my son again with him pulling out a narrow come from behind victory winning four slices to three. With my son's three victories, compared to one each for my daughter and I, we declared him Champion of Mutagen Mayhem.
TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLE - MUTAGEN MAYHEM Battlesnap game from Future of Play is a nice diversion to relax and enjoy spending time with family or friends. We had a really nice time playing it ourselves. It is simple to do yet provides for some competitive fun whether it is kids taking on kids or parents taking on their children. A perfect game to pass the time on a rainy afternoon or uneventful evening. Light weight and fairly compact it is easily stored around the house to pull out when the kids are whining they are bored or convenient to take along when you need help keeping the kids amused during a long family trip. Recommended for children over 3 years old because of small pieces, this game is suitable for children from preschool age through elementary school.
Arriving at Kmart, Target, Toys-R-Us, Walmart and Amazon.com in August 2016. For more information, visit futureofplay.com/teenage-mutant-ninja-turtles