With some stacking games, the game is over immediately upon the fall, which raises the stakes on every placement. A player becomes terrified of the shifting structure and the thunderous crash that often seems to go in slow motion. With Wobbly Wall, however, the game is taken in stages.
One player may lose out initially with a small fall and pick up a few pieces, but if other players cause tumbles, too, he or she might very well pull out victory. This makes for a less stressful time while still holding onto the strategy and skill of block-placement.
If Wobbly Wall needs anything, it would be more pieces. The game is carefully crafted with its 25 pieces and maximum of four at the bottom so that it is not too long, yet it also can seem too short. In our playtesting, we have been unable to stack all of them at once, so it is not a matter of “too easy”, but rather a wish for even more choices. Of course, players could always get two sets and have le grande mur, which sounds like a blast.
Wobbly Wall is for two to five players ages seven and up and takes about 15 minutes to play a round. It is not recommended for children under three as some of the wooden pieces could be a choking hazard.
For kids and adults alike, it is a great time for those who enjoy the intensity of a steady hand, sharp mind, and sometimes outrageous luck of stacking games.