Rating: ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️
Recommended age: 6 year-old ++
Who would love this: Anyone who enjoys a quick, simple (but addictive) game.
I didn’t expect much of this game initially; after all, it’s just a game involving spinning top in a wooden tray - simple and unsophisticated, nothing to shout about, right? As it turns out, we spent more than an hour spinning and attempting to perfect our skills. It’s mesmerising, addictive, and we couldn’t get enough of it. This is “Rollele Roulette” (also known as Spinning Top Roulette) from Funyards Australia.
Why I love ❤️ this game:
(1) Intriguing Game - The set comes with 10 miniature balls (2 red, 2 blue, 6 natural), a beautifully crafted wooden spinning top, and a uniquely-designed wooden base with 8 “divots”, and 4 “pockets” at each corners that linked to the main board through a hole. The divots are perfectly carved with indented holes that can “capture” the balls. Each of the divots and pockets are labeled with a different point value. The rules can’t be simpler; First, place the 10 balls in the centre of the wooden base; turn the spinning wheel, and watch the momentum and inertia of the wheel knock the balls around, bouncing them off randomly to all directions. When the balls finally settle down, calculate the total points depending on the positions where the balls have landed. I love that this game requires a combination of skill and chance! If you are looking for something unusual that can be enjoyed by all ages and doesn’t take long to learn - this intriguing little game is a superb choice!
(2) Maths & Counting - My six-year-old enjoys counting the scores by the end of each game; balls that landed in the outer “chambers” (or pockets) yield the most points (100, 75, 50 or 25), and those that landed in one of the circular divots would earn you various points from 2 to 16. We can also modify the rules by giving “double points” (or penalty with points deduction) to certain balls (eg red or blue balls). The first player reaches the score of 1,000 points wins. This is a fantastic way to practise mathematics skills in an entertaining way.
(3) Material & Quality - This classic-looking game is handmade in Thailand from teak/ samena wood. It’s light weight, a bit of a rustic feel, and would make a delightful tabletop decoration.
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