I was recently sent Fatal Attraction, a board game from Paul Lamond Games to review. This is a board game where you need to use the power of magnetic attraction and repulsion to outwit your opponent. It sounds simple when you describe it like this but it is not as easy as it sounds.
When you open the box you find the game board which is foam padded with indentations in it and the magnetic stones which have a nice black pouch for storing them in.
To quickly summarise how magnets work, every magnet has two poles a north pole and a south pole. If you put a north and south pole together the magnets attract each other and stick together. If you put a north pole and north pole or a south pole and south pole together the magnets repel and push apart. The magnets supplied with the game do not have the north and south poles labelled, they just look like black stones, which adds an element of surprise.
The stones are divided equally between the players and they take it in turns to place the stones in the gaps on the game board. The object is to get rid of all your stones before the other players. This is easy to start with but as more gaps are filled you need to think carefully where to place your magnet or disaster will strike and you will find that all the magnets stick together. If this happens the stones become yours and you have more to get rid of!
While the game is very simple in concept, it is actually very hard to get rid of all your stones. The magnetic attraction between them is strong so one false move and you are in trouble. It is good fun to play and caused a lot of interaction between the players with laughter when a person fails and ends up with lots of stones.
While the game says it is aimed at those aged 14 and above, I played it with my son who is ten and he had no problem learning the rules and really enjoyed the game. It is a great family game, perfect for winter nights and after dinner entertainment.
Aimed at ages 14 and up and is for two or more players.
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