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Take Along Soccer Match

Take Along Soccer Match

Fall 2012 Toys
Ages: 5 - 10 yrs.
Manufacturer: Playmobil USA, Inc.
Price: $59.99

Playmobil's Take Along Soccer Match that includes four soccer players, two goalies, two balls, and a portable 22 x 33 inch playing field. The goalies attach to the goals via a joystick mechanism. Except for the clear and easy to follow setup instructions, there were no instructions for how to play with the set, giving maximum flexibility to kids. This flexibility is perhaps the greatest strength of this set: it is familiar enough that any kid knows how to get started, but open ended enough to encourage kids to devise their own ways to play. Even children who had never played soccer still enjoyed moving the characters around to 'kick' the ball into the net. That said, children who do play soccer especially loved the set. In one family, it has become a permanent fixture on their coffee table. Testers enjoyed adapting soccer rules to fit the table top set's limitations.

Parents liked the attention to detail in the product's design. For example, not one, but two soccer balls were included, and these aren't completely round. They have flat edges so that they don't roll off the table. It's fun to use the little lever on the players to 'kick' the ball, and move the goalies to block the shot. Especially if you have a soccer fan in your house, this game may be worth the investment.

Barbara Chamberlin   ©2012 Parents' Choice
Barbara Chamberlin researches and develops educational software and media at New Mexico State University's Learning Games Lab. She and her husband have two boys.

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