Bellz is a game with a beautifully simple concept, yet it’s surprisingly challenging!
We’re at the lovely stage with the children that they both want to play board games and properly, if you know what I mean! So it’s good to discover a new board games which can span all ages but still has an element of competition.
The concept of Bellz is simple. The first person to pick up all their coloured bells using a magnet wins. But leave behind the bells of your opponents. The first person to pick up all their coloured Bells wins!
If you’ve ever tried to pick up magnetic bells using a magnet you’ll realise this is harder than it sounds!
The game comes with a pouch, 40 bells, in four different colours and sizes, and a ‘magic wand’ magnet. The magnet is really powerful, which is where the fun comes in, because it can zap up bells in a flash!. Once that happens your go is over!
Little Mister first developed a certain technique of stabbing or dabbing at the bell with his magnet really quickly (hence the movement in the photo!). When you do the magnet doesn’t have time to pick up other bells – quite a clever technique and one which we all then started to use, of course!
There are different techniques you can use, and learn, as the magnetic wand has different strenghts depending on which way you hold it. It does use hand eye coordination and I suppose is a more 21st century game of Pick Up Sticks. Remember that, or is it just me who’s that old?!
You can pick up your bells individually, in clusters, in a string…just don’t pick up another colour or your turn is over!.
This is a really simple game but it kept our attention. We have played it after dinner most days this week, and each time the Little Shires are getting more competitive & the volume and laughter levels go up and up!
I can also imagine playing this game with four adults over a glass of wine and it getting quite competitive, and very silly!
Bellz Game review: the verdict
We liked this game
It comes in its own pouch, which means it can be easily tidied away
Everything is included in the pouch. Perfect for travelling with and a good handbag size
It’s suitable for all ages making it very family friendly
It can stretch to suit age groups
It retails for approx £18, although you can probably get it cheaper online in the run up to Christmas.
It’s the type of game I would buy as a family house gift for Christmas as I can see us getting lots of mileage out of it. A bit like Monopoly but without having to pass Go or collect £200!
Disclaimer: We were given the Bellz Game in exchange for an honest and open review, of which this is. I have included my Amazon links should you wish to find out more. For my full disclosure policy click here
I'm Tracey, nice to meet you. Mummyshire was 'born' three years ago after we moved from London to the Oxford countryside. Here I chart our journey adjusting to our new lives, the challenges of being in the countryside & surviving parenthood.