Beasts of Balance Game Review
It may be hard to classify the Beasts of Balance Game as it is on its own level of unique gameplay. It is an augmented reality game that you physically play like a type of stacking board game, that is completely connected with and affects the digital game’s virtual world. Using Bluetooth technology the plinth, or base is connected to your phone, tablet, or computer. You stack animals, energy blocks, and more to create endless possibilities within the digital game world.
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We were SO excited to get this and play it!
This game is all about balance. Physically balancing the various animals, energy blocks, and migration and morph blocks on the plinth. You also have to balance the ecosystem you create within the digital world! Certain animals are stronger and take energy from smaller animals each turn. Once animals all have the same level of energy, balance is achieved. You can boost smaller animals with energy blocks, or conserve and redistribute energy with the miracle block.
The Beasts of Balance Game has physical game pieces and the app you download. You must have an Android device or an iOS device to get the app. The plinth the connects via Bluetooth to your device (make sure your Bluetooth is turned on!) The first time through you can follow the tutorial, but as it turns out the “rules” are simple. You pick what you want to place on the plinth and hold the icon on the pice to the icon on the plinth until it registers on the screen (this is very quick!) Stack you animals and block and build your digital world!
Animal blocks place animals within your world. Migration blocks will transform animals into new ones in a different environment. Morph blocks will also combine animals into new and strange creatures! The game keeps track of all your new discoveries as well in the Beastiary. The miracle block adds another element by allowing you to store and redistribute energy to animals, but you have to complete challenges on the app while placing your block on the plinth! Fail the miracle challenge and you lose the miracle. There is no right way or wrong way to play. This makes it simple for everyone, young and old, to figure out. You stack whatever piece you want on your turn!
My boys loved playing! Balancing the pieces helps with hand-eye coordination, and teaches them basic elements of physics. They loved seeing the new stuff pop up on the screen and would race the volcano to rebuild their stack if it fell. Admittedly they did not pay a whole lot of attention to the digital games portion of “balancing” the animals’ energy. So they learned that they would lose animals if they didn’t keep their energy up. What’s great is if your stack falls, you do not have to rebuild it the exact same way. As long as all the pieces get back on, you’re good to go. We managed to save a couple of topples and keep playing!
Winning and Losing
The Beasts of Balance Game is almost endless. It’s all about how many points you can rack up by keeping animals alive (if they lose all their energy, they die!) and adding new ones. However, if your stack falls, you have limited time to rebuild or the digital volcano explodes, your world is destroyed, and the game is over.
This game is crazy fun. Its simple concept makes it easy to learn and play, but the ever-changing digital worlds you create with it keep it interesting. My kids love playing this on their own, and I have just as much fun playing with them! I plan on bringing this with us during the holidays to play with the whole family. The Beasts of Balance Game will be a go-to for our family for quite a while!
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