Melissa & Doug Suspend Reviews


Melissa & Doug Suspend Family Game (31 pcs)

  • Exciting balance game for 1-4 players that will have everyone “hanging” on the edge of their seats
  • Includes 24 game rods, wooden base, 4 frame rods, colored die, and wooden connector
  • Fun to play with a group or even alone
  • Makes a great gift
  • Develops hand-eye coordination, cognitive skills, and interpersonal skills

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.

List Price: $ 16.99

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3 Comments/Reviews

  • Sheriff Armando says:
    156 of 158 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Nifty!, May 29, 2012
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    Sheriff Armando (Hartford, CT United States) –

    = Durability:4.0 out of 5 stars  = Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars  = Educational:4.0 out of 5 stars 
    This review is from: Melissa & Doug Suspend (Toy)
    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.

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  • J. Guild says:
    103 of 107 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    A little creativity can add a lot of fun to this product., March 23, 2013
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    J. Guild (Toronto,Canada) –
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    = Durability:5.0 out of 5 stars  = Fun:4.0 out of 5 stars  = Educational:3.0 out of 5 stars 
    This review is from: Melissa & Doug Suspend (Toy)
    This game reminds me of an old ,much simpler game ,”Pick-Up Sticks”.It’s much more challenging,and one could say it’s like that game ,but on Steroids.It certainly requires patience and some thoughtful consideration of balancing things and dexterity.It can be played with any number of players,or even by one person.If you’e ever tried to assemble a moblie such as sold to hang over a child’s bed or elsewhere,the same principles of balance come into play.
    The pieces are pretty well all much the same,the only difference being in their lengths.However,the enjoyment and challenge can be greatly improved with a little imagination.
    Here’s how.Get some of those hooks they sell for hanging stuff on peg boards.They come in a variety of shapes,sizes and weights and are very inexpensive.Now,try hanging some of them on the structure.Another thing that would be interesting is to introduce magnets.A package containing several small magnets of different sizes would be great.Even a bunch of “fridge magnets” would be excellent.Now for some real creative thinking,get a few metal coat hangers,cut them up in various lengths and with pliers bend them into shapes so they can hang on to the structure.A handful of Christmas tree ornament hangers,or even bent paper clips can be used to hang various objects of different weights. In other words,the possibilities are endless.If that’ too involved get some curtain rod hangers to add some variety.
    Many Reviewers have been critical of the flimsy container,that soon breaks.I agree with them fully,why,even a container of Pringles is more substantial,and that’s meant to be discarded.All I can recommend is that if the container breaks,and it soon will;get one of those cloth bags that are used to hold wine bottles,they’ll work fine.
    Now, have lots of fun with your “new and imporoved” Suspende.

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  • Andrew Ellington says:
    183 of 198 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars
    It’s all fun and games until there’s nothing left to do…, August 4, 2012
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    Andrew Ellington (I’m kind of everywhere) –
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    = Durability:3.0 out of 5 stars  = Fun:3.0 out of 5 stars  = Educational:4.0 out of 5 stars 
    This review is from: Melissa & Doug Suspend (Toy)
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    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.

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