A Balancing Act

Create a digital world of never-before-seen creatures and magical “artefacts” in this app-connected beast balance game. Building the tallest tower you can is just part of the challenge. The balancing act extends to a bunch of animals and their personalities. The Plinth—the game’s physical base—is what you build on. Place a beast (which doubles as a building block) on the Plinth, and it appears on screen in the app. From there, players introduce more beasts, which add complexity. Create hybrid animals for more points. Lower-point earning beasts get jealous of higher-point ones, which make those envious animals drop their points and could cause them to become endangered or even go extinct. Feeling adventurous? Add in miracle pieces to unlock challenges that boost your points. But be careful—they don’t stack easily. If the structure falls, you’ve got 10 seconds to reconstruct the tower before a volcano explodes and ends the game. When our first tower fell, we didn’t beat the volcano. But we immediately wanted to see if we could build a better tower, beat our high score, and create a new, creature-inhabited world.

Beasts of Balance

Digi-Physical Stacking Game

A Balancing Act

Create a digital world of never-before-seen creatures and magical “artefacts” in this app-connected beast balance game. Building the tallest tower you can is just part of the challenge. The balancing act extends to a bunch of animals and their personalities. The Plinth—the game’s physical base—is what you build on. Place a beast (which doubles as a building block) on the Plinth, and it appears on screen in the app. From there, players introduce more beasts, which add complexity. Create hybrid animals for more points. Lower-point earning beasts get jealous of higher-point ones, which make those envious animals drop their points and could cause them to become endangered or even go extinct. Feeling adventurous? Add in miracle pieces to unlock challenges that boost your points. But be careful—they don’t stack easily. If the structure falls, you’ve got 10 seconds to reconstruct the tower before a volcano explodes and ends the game. When our first tower fell, we didn’t beat the volcano. But we immediately wanted to see if we could build a better tower, beat our high score, and create a new, creature-inhabited world.
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Grommet Launch Conversation

Grommet Launch Conversation

  • Alex
    Alex

    Hello everyone! I'm proud to introduce Beasts of Balance to The Grommet. I'd be happy to answer any questions you have!

  • Henry
    Henry
    10/6/2017 11:01 AM

    Hello Alex,

    What ages is this game for?

    Thank You

    Henry

  • Alex
    Alex – Special Guest
    10/6/2017 11:16 AM

    Hi @Henry, The recommended age is 7 and up, though we have seen younger kids have a lot of fun with it too. The game has been designed for intergenerational play so there's a good deal of challenge and fun in there for teens and adults as well as 6-12 yr olds. The digital aspect of the gameplay means there's a lot of world building strategy beyond the dexterity challenge of building towers.

  • Alex
    Alex – Special Guest
    10/6/2017 11:18 AM

    @Henry Hi! We recommend the game for ages 7+. We do have a lot of families that play with younger kids though as well as adults who use Beasts of Balance as a great party game.

    There's lots of different focuses to the game - the stacking, the scores, the discovery of new beasts - younger kids tend to enjoy the physical stacking and the graphics on screen and once they get to 7 and older, they grasp a deeper understanding of the strategy involved and how to get higher scores. Both are completely fun and valid ways to play the game and it's great to see kids enjoy playing, no matter their age.

  • Fletcher
    Fletcher
    10/6/2017 11:07 AM

    This game looks really fun, what age ranges do you recommend (I assume the upper end is open, I'm more concerned with the lower end ages)?

  • Alex
    Alex – Special Guest
    10/6/2017 11:25 AM

    Hi @Fletcher, we recommend 7+ on the box but this is by no means a cut off! We have kids younger than 7 playing and loving the game. They love the physical stacking and the cool graphics and animals they create on screen. We made the game for inter-generational play so it's fun for youngsters and adults alike.

  • Gail
    Gail
    10/6/2017 11:08 AM

    You mention an app. Do you need a smart phone for this to come up on the screen? Is everything you need supplied when you purchase this game?

  • Alex
    Alex – Special Guest
    10/6/2017 11:27 AM

    Hi @Gail, in order to play the game you need a smart a device with bluetooth capability - either a phone or tablet. The free app integrates with the physical pieces to create a hybrid game that is both physical and digital.

    The game also requires 3 AA batteries that are not included in the box.

The launch day conversation has ended. Please direct further questions about this Grommet to our Community Experience Team.

 

Beasts of Balance

Digi-Physical Stacking Game

A Balancing Act

Create a digital world of never-before-seen creatures and magical “artefacts” in this app-connected beast balance game. Building the tallest tower you can is just part of the challenge. The balancing act extends to a bunch of animals and their personalities.

The Plinth—the game’s physical base—is what you build on. Place a beast
(which doubles as a building block) on the Plinth, and it appears on screen in the app. From there, players introduce more beasts, which add complexity. Create hybrid animals for more points. Lower-point earning beasts get jealous of higher-point ones, which make those envious animals drop their points and could cause them to become endangered or even go extinct.

Feeling adventurous? Add in miracle pieces to unlock challenges that boost your points. But be careful—they don’t stack easily. If the structure falls, you’ve got 10 seconds to reconstruct the tower before a volcano explodes and ends the game.

When our first tower fell, we didn’t beat the volcano. But we immediately wanted to see if we could build a better tower, beat our high score, and create a new, creature-inhabited world.
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Grommet Launch Conversation

  • Alex
    Alex

    Hello everyone! I'm proud to introduce Beasts of Balance to The Grommet. I'd be happy to answer any questions you have!

  • Henry
    Henry
    10/6/2017 11:01 AM

    Hello Alex,

    What ages is this game for?

    Thank You

    Henry

  • Alex
    Alex – Special Guest
    10/6/2017 11:16 AM

    Hi @Henry, The recommended age is 7 and up, though we have seen younger kids have a lot of fun with it too. The game has been designed for intergenerational play so there's a good deal of challenge and fun in there for teens and adults as well as 6-12 yr olds. The digital aspect of the gameplay means there's a lot of world building strategy beyond the dexterity challenge of building towers.

  • Alex
    Alex – Special Guest
    10/6/2017 11:18 AM

    @Henry Hi! We recommend the game for ages 7+. We do have a lot of families that play with younger kids though as well as adults who use Beasts of Balance as a great party game.

    There's lots of different focuses to the game - the stacking, the scores, the discovery of new beasts - younger kids tend to enjoy the physical stacking and the graphics on screen and once they get to 7 and older, they grasp a deeper understanding of the strategy involved and how to get higher scores. Both are completely fun and valid ways to play the game and it's great to see kids enjoy playing, no matter their age.

  • Fletcher
    Fletcher
    10/6/2017 11:07 AM

    This game looks really fun, what age ranges do you recommend (I assume the upper end is open, I'm more concerned with the lower end ages)?

  • Alex
    Alex – Special Guest
    10/6/2017 11:25 AM

    Hi @Fletcher, we recommend 7+ on the box but this is by no means a cut off! We have kids younger than 7 playing and loving the game. They love the physical stacking and the cool graphics and animals they create on screen. We made the game for inter-generational play so it's fun for youngsters and adults alike.

  • Gail
    Gail
    10/6/2017 11:08 AM

    You mention an app. Do you need a smart phone for this to come up on the screen? Is everything you need supplied when you purchase this game?

  • Alex
    Alex – Special Guest
    10/6/2017 11:27 AM

    Hi @Gail, in order to play the game you need a smart a device with bluetooth capability - either a phone or tablet. The free app integrates with the physical pieces to create a hybrid game that is both physical and digital.

    The game also requires 3 AA batteries that are not included in the box.

The launch day conversation has ended. Please direct further questions about this Grommet to our Community Experience Team.