A Ruffles review:
Battle Bands is a collectible game for children which uses different flexible "rubber" bands in various shapes. The Bands come in different shapes such as animals, dragons, and beasts, and come in different colors representing powers. Blue is Water, Green is Earth, Red is Fire, and Black is Darkness. The game comes with a colorful Battle Mat that you set on the floor and shoot the Bands onto from about six feet away. To shoot a Band you simply pull it back and flick it with your fingers, like you would with a normal rubber band. Each Band has a different point cost that is calculated when you assemble your army.
You must first pick a point size to play: Brawl (50pts), Skirmish (75pts), Onslaught (100pts), and War (150pts). The size of your army also determines how many points are needed to win the game. An army must have 5 Bands, no more and no less. You may pick any of the colors to use, but only one Band may be a black. A player then shoots his Band at the mat. Any Band that misses the mat is removed from play and does not count. If a non-black Band lands in the Abyss Circle it is also removed from play. If the Band lands touching two or more spaces, the player gets to move it so it is in the center of one of the spaces. A Band that lands on the corner of the mat means the battle mat must be rotated ninety degrees in the direction of the arrow on the mat. If another player’s Band lands in the same space with the other player’s Band the Bands must battle each other. Earth beats Water, Water beats Fire, Fire beats Earth, and the Darkness Band beats all the others. Darkness Bands with the special rules depending on the actual Band. Each Band also have a crad that goes along with it, it has a picture, point cost, and the special rules for the band. Players alternate the shooting of their Bands until both players have run out of Bands. Once both players have shot their Bands, players see how many points their Bands have scored. The game ends when the first player to the set amount of points wins. If both players have enough points, the player with the most points wins.
You can get Battle Bands in three types of packs:
Rumble Pack $9.99
15 Warrior cards
Fully equipped Battle Mat
Starter Pack $6.99
7 Warrior cards
Booster Pack $3.99
5 Warrior cards
Battle Bands picks up on the latest fad of shaped and colored rubber bands. I have seen the rubber bands at many different stores, even a few people wearing them on their wrist. Outside of a fashion statement I didn't really see the point of them, however Battle Bands gives you a reason the use their shaped bands! The game is aimed for boys ages 6 and up, but by no means is it for boys only. Battle Bands gives kids the chance to collect and use these select Bands to play a game against their friends and/or family. I had the chance to have my nieces play the game and they both loved it! They loved the "cool shapes" that the Bands came in, and the collectability it offered. If you have kids or younger family members, this is a game that will be a hit with them. The great price of the game is also something that helps make Battle Bands more attractive over many of the other games out there for kids. My bottom line on Battle Bands is: 3.5 out of 5.