Fantastic Gymnastics. The game of skill and precision. Our recent attempt at trying out the new family game from Hasbro brought out the best and worst in quite a few of those who gave it a whirl. This Fantastic Gymnastics review turned out to be all kinds of fun.
Fantastic Gymnastics Review
The idea of the game is to get the gymnast to flip over the bar and land in one of the point zones to win the game. Simple right? Or was it?
Simple to set up yes. It literally just slots together. But then this is where the hard stuff sets in!
Olivia first attempted her best gymnast moves whilst her friend was over for a sleepover. There were cries of “mum it’s not working” “the man won’t flip over”. It seemed a little practice was needed and maybe some help from mum after all!
So the 3 of us sat around the coffee table and following the instructions attempted to get the little gymnast to do his stuff. It seemed easy enough. Press the yellow button to get him to swing. Once he flips over the bar, press the red button and attempt the landing!
It’s all about practise and timing. Two things Olivia isn’t known for. What could go wrong?
After about an hour we still hadn’t gotten the swing right. And we then resorted to flipping the gymnast over the bar to reach the landing part of the game. It was a skill we would have to work on.
Olivia has since played the game many times since and each time she has struggled to gain momentum and speed to achieve the flip that allows the gymnast to release the bar and land. As has pretty much everyone that has attempted this game! Check out this little video clip as various family members try their hand at Fantastic Gymnastics!
Whilst it is no doubt a fun game you can play on your own or with friends, it is a game that requires skill, perseverance and patience. I found that when I had it out for Olivia and family children and/or friends to play, they got a bit bored when they couldn’t do it and kept coming back it over time to try again.
It’s a shame really as it is a fun game, competitive too, but the novelty soon wore off for us when no one could get the gymnast over the bar. The adults persevered a bit more than the kids but as of yet, no one has found that seemingly all elusive magical rhythm required. I have a feeling it won’t become one of Olivia’s favourite games unless we figure this out sooner rather than later. I’ll keep you updated!
Have you played Fantastic Gymnastics? I would love any tips/tricks/anything that helps us enjoy the game more. And actually get the gymnast to flip over the bar!
*Disclaimer: We were provided with the above game as part of our Hasbro Toy Tribe duties. All thoughts and opinions are our own*