Determination, agile fingers and an alert mind are required for Screwball Scramble, a cleverly designed tabletop obstacle course made by Tomy for children over five.
The object of The sport is to transport a small steel ball through eight hurdles as quickly as imaginable, by hitting, pushing and turning buttons or pulling and twirling levers.
The orange, brown and beige obstacles sit down compactly on a green plastic unit 30 centimetres long, 25 centimetres wide and 15 centimetres tall (at its easiest) and the controls feature clear pictorial instructions. The sport does not require batteries and assembly time is limited to the few seconds it takes to fit a timer and loop onto the unit.
The only-minute timer is slightly noisy, designed to extend the pressure as each and every second ticks away. The player has to direct the ball along a tilting three-part walkway, use the magnet on a lever to show the ball in a semicircle, manoeuvre the ball down two steel parallel bars and lead it to the proper exit on a wobbly plastic board. They will have to then slide the ball into a small hole and bounce it into three further openings, propel the ball through a loop, guide it through a covered maze, carry it on a small plastic arm into a hole before catapulting it appropriately to strike a chord.
The obstacles vary in difficulty, but players–with practice–will turn out to be adept at handling each and every of the hurdles. The actual knack is to finish the circuit in one attempt and this requires good concentration and coordination.
Screwball Scramble can also be played competitively or by myself and is challenging either way. This well-designed sturdy game will provide hours of entertainment and might be a firm favourite in any household. —Tracey Hogan
Race to overcome the clock as you’re taking at the Screwball Scramble through this topsy-turvy crazy course!
Use skill and coordination to lead the screwball: rock it across a tilting walkway, swing it across with the crane, shimmy over the parallel bars, wobble around the table maze and more!
While you’ve finished, catapult the screwball against the bell and stop the clock!
Set a time and see if you’ll be able to go one better! Play solo or challenge your folks to look who can turn out to be a Screwball Scramble champion!
Suitable from 5 years up and for more than 1 player.