Many games have been played in this house over the years but only a few have made my list of favourites and Screwball Scramble is one of them.
If you have never played it, Tomy’s Screwball Scramble is a brilliantly entertaining and totally infuriating game. It is a brightly coloured obstacle course which you have to navigate with a small steel ball and there are 8 main areas to negotiate. The aim of the game is to get your ball through the course as quickly as you can by hitting, pushing, and turning buttons or pulling and twirling levers. It is really rather clever.
Each part of the course varies in difficulty and it takes patience and determination. To play you have to direct the ball along a tilting walkway, use a magnet on a lever to turn the ball in a semicircle onto the next obstacle, manoeuvre the ball down two steel parallel bars, and hope that it lands on the correct exit on a wobbly plastic board; they must then slide the ball into a small hole and bounce it up three ‘steps’, guide the ball through a hoop, manouevre it through a covered maze, carry it on a small plastic arm into a hole, before catapulting it accurately to ring a bell.
To add to the fun, there is a one minute timer which ticks away noisily and adds to the tension as you try and beat the clock.
Only one person can complete the Screwball Scramble course at one time but it is perfect for competing against other people to see who can complete the course in the quickest time (or at all). But I love the fact that it is also great for solo play, my daughter has been quite happily playing the game by herself and trying to perfect her skills.
Screwball Scramble is an amazing game. It is simple to set up, the timer slots in to place and you are ready to play. No batteries needed, just concentration and agile fingers. It might look easy but let me tell you, it isn’t as easy as it looks but it is great fun and I know that we will have hours of fun playing it. And if you find an easy way to get past the tilted walkway without cheating, please let me know as I would love to get off the first part of the course before the timer ends just once.
We were sent Screwball Scramble for the purpose of this review. All opinions are our own.