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Game Review: ‘Jumping Jack’

Reflex games like Slap Jack have been around for centuries, but Jumping Jack from Goliath Games takes it to a whole new level. Well known for its tension-building plastic figure games like Pop the Pig and Gooey Louie, Goliath has long shown that kids, like adults, love to build anticipation and then finally have a crescendo to release a wave of endorphins. Typically with these games, the “popping” signals the end of the game, but for Jumping Jack, that is only the beginning. The game consists of a garden plot stand into which players place oversized carrots and push the…

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Summary : A quick moment of chaos kids (and adults) will love!

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Reflex games like Slap Jack have been around for centuries, but Jumping Jack from Goliath Games takes it to a whole new level. Well known for its tension-building plastic figure games like Pop the Pig and Gooey Louie, Goliath has long shown that kids, like adults, love to build anticipation and then finally have a crescendo to release a wave of endorphins. Typically with these games, the “popping” signals the end of the game, but for Jumping Jack, that is only the beginning.

jumping jack game goliathThe game consists of a garden plot stand into which players place oversized carrots and push the rubbery-plastic rabbit “Jack” on his stand (be sure to push hard until he clicks). The clever mechanism randomizes which carrot will be the trigger that causes Jack to pop up without any use of batteries. When the proper carrot is pulled, Jack jumps high into the air with an audible bang that sends thrills through everyone. Players should not lean over Jack, as they could get bopped in the face, because this rabbit is a serious jumper.

In the game, the youngest player spins a spinner to see how many carrots he or she must pull from the garden plot. Players might pull two carrots, pull a single carrot, lose a turn, or lose one of the carrots out of their baskets. When the carrots are pulled, they are placed in the baskets to keep track of them and ensure they do not roll around the table. Eventually, a player will pull the right carrot to make Jack jump, and it is up to that player to catch him midair. If the player does not, then the player with the most carrots in his or her basket wins.

An alternative way to play listed in the instructions follows more like the game Spoons with all players competing to have the fastest reflex. When Jack jumps, any player may grab him and win the round. If everyone fumbles, then the winner is again established by the most carrots. While the carrots aspect is largely a matter of luck, the fun of everyone scrambling to go after Jack is a huge thrill that will entice kids as well as adults.

Jumping Jack is a reflex game for two to four players aged four and up. Each game takes only a few minutes to play as there are a limited number of carrots, prompting players to return to the game over and over in a single sitting. Since it is free from battery use, it may be stored easily and will last for many fun years as a great go-to game for players seeking a quick, exciting game.

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Jeff Provine is a Composition professor, novelist, cartoonist, and traveler of three continents. His latest book is a collection of local ghost legends, Campus Ghosts of Norman, Oklahoma.