Recommended for players 5 and older, Connect 4 Launchers is a new twist on an old favorite. A pair of plastic grid trays are assembled on a set of pillars (one on top, one on bottom) and the goal is -- as always -- to get four of your checkers in a row to win. But in order to do so, you have to launch them. Each player is equipped with a plastic catapult-style launcher that will flip their checkers into the air, aiming to make them land in the spaces on either the top or bottom grid tray. Connect 4 Launchers comes with instructions for three different games of varying degrees of difficulty, so you can tailor the game based on the skills of the players. There's even an option for team play if more than two want in on the fun.
Parents who loved playing the original Connect 4 game say they are extremely happy with the new challenges that Connect 4 Launchers offers. The game receives high ratings on retailers' websites, with many reviewers saying the game is easy to assemble and to learn. "Kids ages 4 and up shouldn't have any problems playing the game, and it's the same kind of frantic fun that can be found in games like Hungry Hungry Hippos," writes a parent posting feedback at Amazon.com.
While a few users complain that the game pieces are flimsy, most -- including reviewers at Wired -- have no issue with the durability of the game. The various game options are often noted, as parents like that they can choose a game based on their child's abilities, though most say that the games work better with two players rather than with teams.
While the manufacturer says Connect 4 Launchers is for children 5 and up, many parents say that kids as young as 3 or 4 also enjoy playing Connect 4 Launchers. It's also a fun bit of nostalgia for adults who used to play the classic Connect 4. Though it's not as intellectually stimulating as the original game, some users note, Connect 4 Launchers is a fun, fast-paced game for the entire family to play.
More than 30 customers review Connect 4 Launchers on Amazon.com, and the majority gives the game a 4- or 5-star rating. Most reviewers are parents who are fans of the original Connect 4, and they say that this new game is a great update of the classic. They like the different game options and how some require more skill and strategy than others, so the game can be tailored to the age and capabilities of the players. A few reviewers say that while Connect 4 Launchers is marketed for kids 5 and up, younger kids of 3 and 4 also enjoy playing. Some say the plastic game board and launchers are flimsy, while the majority says the game construction is very sturdy, so that opinion probably depends on how rough it's played with.
Review: Connect 4 Launchers, Contributors to Amazon.com
A handful of customers review Connect 4 Launchers on Walmart.com, with all of them giving it the highest possible rating. They say that it's easy to assemble and take apart, and that kids in ages from 6 to 12 enjoy playing it (as well as their parents). One parent comments that she likes how Connect 4 Launchers has an element of chance to it, so younger children have a better chance at winning than with the original Connect 4 game, which involves a lot of skill.
Review: Connect 4 Launchers, Contributors to Walmart.com
So far only one customer reviews Connect 4 Launchers on ToysRUs.com, giving it the highest rating. It was purchased for a 2-year-old and a 5-year-old, and both children find it easy and enjoyable to play. They say the game set up is easy and that pieces all seem durable.
Review: Connect 4 Launchers, Contributors to ToysRUs.com
Matt Morgan, who writes for the GeekDad blog, tries out Connect 4 Launchers and finds it to be a fun, challenging game that would be a welcome addition to any family game night. He finds the game assembly easy and the pieces to be sturdy, and likes that there are a variety of different games that can be played, though he finds that two players works better than team-play mode. He comments that it's not as challenging as the original Connect 4, as it doesn't require mathematical skill, but that doesn't take away from the enjoyment of playing.
Review: Connect 4 Launchers is Flinging Fun, Matt Morgan, July 22, 2011
5. Parents' Choice
Reilly Reagan is a teacher, librarian, and parent who reviews media for Parents-Choice.org. She says Connect 4 Launchers is a great game and that her two children can spend hours playing it. She says the game moves quickly, so no one has to wait very long to have a turn. Reagan likes the fact that there are different game options, though she finds that it works best with just two players rather than teams.
Review: Connect 4 Launchers, Reilly Reagan, Fall 2011