Melissa & Doug Suspend

August 22, 2013 - Comment

A family game of tricky hangs and steady hands! Try this hanging balance game and you’ll be hooked! Suspend comes with 24 notched, rubber-tipped wire pieces to hang from a tabletop stand. Sound easy? Try adding another piece! Each time a bar is added, the balance shifts, the difficulty changes and the incredible midair sculpture

A family game of tricky hangs and steady hands! Try this hanging balance game and you’ll be hooked! Suspend comes with 24 notched, rubber-tipped wire pieces to hang from a tabletop stand. Sound easy? Try adding another piece! Each time a bar is added, the balance shifts, the difficulty changes and the incredible midair sculpture transforms. Can you add all your game pieces without making it fall? This tricky game for 1-4 players is a test of steady nerves and steady hands.

Melissa & Doug Suspend is a balancing game that is as easy to understand as it is difficult to master. The game comes with 24 notched, rubber-tipped wire pieces that hang from a tabletop stand. With each turn, a new piece is added to the transforming vertical sculpture, causing the balance to shift and the difficulty to increase. Recommended for ages eight years and up, this balancing game tests your nerves and helps develop hand-eye coordination, cognitive skills, and interpersonal skills.

Melissa and Doug Suspend

Suspend comes with 24 notched, rubber-tipped wire pieces to hang from a tabletop stand. View larger.

Simple Rules to Follow for Easy Play

Players must use one hand to hang and balance the individual game rods on the frame without causing the structure to collapse. If you touch any of the suspended game pieces with your other hand, you have to take back your piece, losing your turn. Should you cause one or more pieces to fall, you have to pick them up and add them to your pile. The first player to run out of pieces is the winner.

Suspend can be played individually or with up to four players. A colored die is included to determine which color of game rod is to be used at each turn.

Easy Setup for Fast Game Play

Suspend comes with 24 colored game rods, rods and connectors to construct the base, and a colored die. Before playing, assemble the stand on a level playing surface. Insert the frame rods into the holes of the wooden base, and then add the wooden connector and frame rod with hook. Distribute the pieces among the players, making sure each player has the same number of colored game rods. Place any additional pieces in a draw pile for everyone to use.

Four Levels of Game Play Suit All Ages

For versatile game play, Suspend can be played in four different ways. Beginner-level play allows inexperienced players to work their way from using longer pieces to shorter pieces, while intermediate play requires more experienced players to draw on another player’s game rods should they roll a color they no longer have. The expert tournament requires advanced players to keep score using a point system.

Melissa and Doug Suspend

An exciting balance game for the whole family. View larger.

For individual play, the balancing pieces of Suspend can be used to create a freeform sculpture.

Easy to Understand, Difficult to Master

Suspend is a fun and challenging game of coordinating balance. Our testers found the game and its rules simple to follow and challenging to play. Rather than arbitrarily placing pieces about the frame, Suspend requires players to skillfully determine where pieces of different lengths will best balance. Players of all ages will appreciate the challenges to their hand-eye coordination and cognitive skills as they try to win the game.

About Melissa & Doug

Started in the garage of Doug’s parents’ house in 1988, Melissa & Doug has become one of the most popular toy makers in the world. Its toys have garnered dozens of awards and have been widely featured in national media.

Melissa & Doug toys meet all US consumer product safety regulations. The toys are tested at the factory of origin during various phases of the production process to ensure they meet the company’s stringent safety requirements. In particular, the paints and coatings on Melissa & Doug toys are tested frequently to meet or exceed government recommendations limiting heavy metals and lead in children’s items.

What’s in the Box

Wooden base, 24 game rods, four frame rods, wooden connector, colored die, and instructions.

Melissa & Doug
Suspend

At a Glance:

  • A thought-provoking balancing game for ages eight and up
  • Game develops hand-eye coordination and cognitive skills
  • Four levels of game play for beginners and experienced players
  • Play individually or with up to four players
  • Simple to understand and challenging to play

Age/Weight Requirements:

  • Eight years and up

Assembly Requirements:

  • Simple board setup, with no tools required

Players Required:

  • One to four players

Product Features

  • An exciting balance game for 1-4 players
  • Includes 24 game rods, wooden base,4 frame rods, colored die and wooden connector
  • Exciting to play as a group
  • An intriguing challenge when played alone
  • Develops hand-eye coordination, cognitive skills and interpersonal skills

Comments

Sheriff Armando says:

Nifty! A great, engaging game for (most) ages. This can be played cooperatively (let’s see whether we can hang all of the pieces working together) or competitively (who will successfully hang all their pieces first?). And after you have all of the pieces hung, it’s just as much fun to see if you can remove them one at a time without disrupting the entire sculpture. While it’s recommended for 8 and up, a 3-year-old was able to hang pieces with a lot of help. Nevertheless, its challenging – and whimsical enough – to keep teens and adults engaged as well. Patience, concentration, a steady hand, and a little creativity are all key.One minor critique – the packaging isn’t very strong, and this is such a weird shaped bundle of pieces, you definitely need some sort of container to store it in.Also, a wish – it would be great if they would come out with an extension pack with more odd shapes.

Andrew Ellington says:

It’s all fun and games until there’s nothing left to do… I’ll mirror some other sentiments here regarding the lack of various shapes. The fact that all the pieces are in essence sticks makes gameplay a tad boring and uneventful after a while. Sure, the fun factor is there in the beginning, but it wears off after gameplay begins to lack any real shifts. If you are playing to win, then you are limited to the places in which you can actually hang your pieces, and once you figure out how to strengthen the core then you basically regurgitate the same moves every time you play. Playing alone only helps you to figure out how to build effectively, and there isn’t an unlimited amount of shapes you can create here, considering that the structures are very easy to collapse if you don’t lay your pieces in essentially the same spots every time.I really like the idea of this, but in order to make this a game that is fun EVERY time and one that the whole family will want to revisit, they really need to create extension packs and even include different bases that would allow for more elaborate creations. As it is, you can basically make one thing here. I do like that it makes you think, and it teaches patience (although my kids are too young for this, so it’s a game that my wife and I have entertained ourselves with) and it really does take a steady hand and eye to master it effectively; but the lack of diversity makes this a one-trick pony that runs out of steam rather quickly.

M. Anderson "Mom of 2 BUSY boys" says:

a good, but maybe not great choice This is a good, well designed game, maybe not “super” fun. The kids have enjoyed it, but not raved over it. That’s why I gave it a solid 4.

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