Fantastic Gymnastics, a Surprise Hit

In my house there’s a lot of talk about gymnastics. My wife was a gymnast growing up and older two kids have been doing tumbling or gymnastics since about the time they could walk. I’ve spent a lot of time driving to and from the gym, participating in parent/tot classes, and watching as the kids moved on to more progressive lessons. So the other day when my wife happened upon this new game called Fantastic Gymnastics she picked it up.

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I was skeptical about the game myself, but the kids love it!

Fantastic Gymnastics is pretty simple. There’s a plastic dude with Velcro on the bottom of his feet that hangs from a bar and two buttons on the side. One button makes the guy raise his legs up so he’s in a sitting position and the other releases him from the bar. The object of the game is to get the little plastic dude spinning around this bar and then release him so he goes flying to a little piece of cardboard covered with Velcro. The cardboard has three different zones depending on where the guy lands where you’ll score 25, 50, or 100 points. Simple enough, right?

That’s the thing though, this Fantastic Gymnastics game is challenging. First you gotta master pushing the one button with the right timing to get this guy’s momentum building so he’ll spin around (the move itself is called a Giant in gymnastics terminology). Then you have to hit the release button at the right moment to send him flying onto the mat. Both of these things take some practice to get right, and so far my kids have had a great time doing it. Even my wife and I have had fun trying to stick the landing!

Fantastic Gymnastics sets up easily and doesn’t take up a whole lot of room. Once they get going, the kids will sit there and play with it for a good while. The hard thing is to get them to take turns without it turning into an argument. My 10-year-old son has been playing more than my 7-year-old daughter and he’s become pretty good at it after a few days. While at my mother-in-law’s house over the weekend he called himself the “Fantastic Gymnastics master.”

There are plenty of people who have turned the game into a challenge, adding in BeanBoozled jelly beans and other gross foods to the game play.

I was genuinely surprised that my kids would take to the game as much as they have, but they’ve been playing with it every day since my wife brought it home. There are a couple of things that could be improved about the game, but if I had one real complaint it would be that the sound of the little motor that moves the guy’s legs gets to be a little annoying after a while.

Pros:

  • The kids love it! (My wife and I have fun with it too.)
  • The game is quick to setup and quick to take down.
  • Fantastic Gymnastics comes with a score sheet for tournament play.
  • It’s easy to adapt to making your own fun challenges.
  • The game is simple to learn but a challenge to master.

Cons:

  • Despite some rubber feet on the bottom of the game, it tends to travel across the tabletop as you play.
  • The velcro landing pad that the gymnast lands on for the score is easy to knock loose.
  • The noise of the motor that gets the little guy moving gets a little annoying (to me at least) after a while.

Requires:

  • 4 AA batteries

If your kids are like mine, I’m sure they won’t be disappointed to spend some time trying to flip this gymnast around and around his bar before sending him flying through the air!

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