I am going to be totally honest with you and say that we have so many games in our house, I have actually lost count. We love games and always have, so when something completely different comes along, we like to add it to the collection.
I have had my eye on Chrono Bomb for a while and suspected that it could be quite an entertaining game. Chrono Bomb turns your living room, kitchen, hallway or bedroom into a top secret spy mission. Your mission, if you choose to accept it, is to use the string and clamps provided to create a laser maze to get through to defuse the bomb.
The box contains 1 bomb, 1 sensor, 4 simple clamps, 1 clamp with wire reel, 1 clamp with a rubber cap, 8 object cards and 2 special cards. The instructions are quite thorough but I have to be honest and say that it did take a while to set up.
First of all, you have to set up your bomb and sensor clamp. Then you use the four simple clamps to create your ‘maze’. Finally, you set up your clamp with wire reel and then you feed the wire through all of the clamps and back to the sensor clamp. Your final job is to carefully position the sensor so that if the wires are touched once the bomb is activated, the timer will speed up or the bomb makes a sound.
The concept behind the game is really clever and I know that once you have played it a few times, setting up will be easier. A narrower space would be ideal such as a hallway and you need something quite thin to attach the clamps too (stair bannisters would be ideal). Next time we will try the landing as I think this would create a much more challenging maze.
When you maze is ready, there are two game modes and the cards included add extra interest to the game.
Single mode allows you to get through the course without being timed. You can also use single mode to set the game up as an intruder alarm. Chrono mode is timed and you can choose how long you have to complete the course. Once started, both modes give you a ten-second countdown and a timer to start you off. You then navigate the course or maze trying not to touch the wires to get to the bomb and defuse it.
The 8 object cards can be placed around the maze to be collected as you go around. This adds more time pressure and can make it more of a challenge. The 2 special cards require the use of a virtual reality app (free to download) which you use to scan the cards and these give you two additional games to be played as part of the timed challenge.
As I said, I love the idea of Chrono Bomb, it is great fun and my daughter loved playing it. She loved ducking under the wire and crawling around trying to avoid the wires. I do like the fact that you can simply wind up the string with the wire reel when you have finished playing and the addition of the cards makes the game more interesting. However, I do think there are some things that would make the game better. Clearer instructions would make setting up a lot easier and slightly wider clamps too as we found our furniture was too wide for the clamps to fit on to. A slightly longer wire would also help to give you more space to create the maze.
We were sent Chrono Bomb to review. All opinions and images are my own.