Pass the Bomb – The Big One – Gibsons Games Review

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You may recall that last month we reviewed Quirk! & Rockpool from Gibsons Games, now it is the turn of Pass the Bomb – The Big One!

During lockdown we found a new love for family games that came as a bit of a surprise to me – did I mention that I’m an only child and had no one to play with? 

Pass the Bomb – The Big One comes in a striking box and, as with the other Gibsons Games, has the appropriate age range, number of players and the average length of game play displayed on the side. 

Pass the Bomb - side of the box showing the age range, number of players and time taken to play

Pass the Bomb – The Big One – box side

What’s in the Pass the Bomb – The Big One box?

  • 1 electronic “bomb”
  • 165 cards- 3 categories with 55 cards each
  • 4 double sided puzzle tiles
  • 8 playing pieces
  • 1 cup
  • 1 wooden ball
  • 1 special die

You will also need 2 x AAA batteries (and a screwdriver) which are not included.

The aim of Pass the Bomb – The Big One 

The aim of the game is to try and solve the task or give the answer to the card before the bomb detonates…

Each player chooses a piece to play with. The board is set up in the middle of the players with the cup, ball, puzzle tiles and die in easy reach. The three sets of cards should be face down in their categories.

To begin the oldest player (why is it always me?) rolls the die and starts the time-bomb. On the die are various challenges:

Pass the bomb board game, set up with pieces

Pass the Bomb – The Big One Word Challenges

You have to hold the bomb while you complete these. Once you have successfully completed your task you pass the bomb to the next player who has to try and think of a valid word, this continues until the bomb detonates.

Word Acrobat

You have to draw 3 cards which each have a consonant on and you have to find a word that contains all three. This is NOT easy, especially under pressure and I am no Carol Vorderman. For the younger ones you are allowed to draw less cards to make it easier for them. No one likes playing with a child who is grumpy because “it’s just not FAIR”!

Rhyme Artist

This one is a bit easier – you have to think of a word that rhymes with the word on the card. Keep it clean if playing with children, please!

Category Captain

For this one you need to find a word that fits the category on the card. For instance “underwater” – diving, fish, sea etc

pass the bomb - outer box

Pass the Bomb – The Big One Dexterity Challenges

You don’t have to hold the bomb while you attempt these

Puzzle Pro

You have to quickly put the four puzzle pieces together correctly. It is not as easy as it looks – trust me! Once you have completed the puzzle it is turned over so the next player has to complete the other side, this continues until the bomb “detonates”.

Bounce Boss

This can get messy (I would suggest moving drinks out of the way)! You have to quickly grab the cup and ball and attempt to bounce the ball onto the table into the cup. If you manage it the next person has to try until the bomb goes off.

The final side on the die is

Pass the Bomb – The Big One The Joker

You can choose which challenge you wish to do out of the five categories

Who wins, or loses, Pass the Bomb – The Big One?

Play progresses as whoever is left holding the bomb as it detonates has to move forward one space on the board. The player whose piece makes it to the middle of the board first loses. If you want to play on until there is one winner remaining you can, it’s entirely up to you.

What did we think of Pass the Bomb – The Big One?

We really enjoyed it. It is aimed at age 8 and above but you can team up with younger ones to help them. It is a great game to keep those little grey cells ticking over (if you pardon the pun, ticking, bomb, gettit?) and a good way for children to learn about consonants, rhyming words and so on.

Where can I buy Pass the Bomb – The Big One?

It’s available direct from Gibsons Games or Amazon (affiliate link) RRP £22

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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