Friday, 6 October 2017

Ravensburger Buggaloop Game with Original HEXBUG Nano V2


I must admit that when I first heard of HEXBUG (the beetle-like nano ones), I didn't think much of it as although it's a clever robotic bug, it didn't do much for us apart from scattering around and make the kids giggle because of the vibration.

However with the new HEXBUG Nano V2, allowing the little robots running up and along tubes, it has created a lot of fun possibilities, including HEXBUG's tube playsets (like a mini hamster playground!) and partnerships with other companies to create exhilarating games like Ravensburger's Buggaloop board game!


What to do with Hexbug, Ravensburger Buggaloop board game, fun family game this Christmas

What to do with Hexbug, Ravensburger Buggaloop board game, fun family game this Christmas

Ravensburger's Buggaloop board game (RRP £29.99, suitable for 6 years +, 2-4 players) comes with 2 sided game board, a 3-D yard, HEXBUG Nano V2 (includes 1 x AG13/LR44 battery), 12 bugs in 4 different colours, 2 loops, 1 die and instructions leaflet.


What to do with Hexbug, Ravensburger Buggaloop board game, fun family game this Christmas

To start, place the game board with the side that has a fishbone picture facing up onto the yard (the other side for a more challenging play), and place the loops on each side according to the instructions.

Each player takes the bugs of the same colour and place it on the platform that has a rat. The goal is to be the first player to move all their bugs to the other platform (with vine leaves on) across the yard.

During the game, the HEXBUG will be running under and above the game board through the loops. When it appears on the game board, the game pauses and no one should touch anything on the board.

While the HEXBUG is not on the game board, players take turn to roll the die and place their bug on the path based on the number they rolled. Players can have as many of their bugs on the game board as they want.

When the HEXBUG is on the game board, it might move the bugs around. Depending on the game rules, the bugs might go forward or backward on the path, or even all the way back to the start.


What to do with Hexbug, Ravensburger Buggaloop board game, fun family game this Christmas

What to do with Hexbug, Ravensburger Buggaloop board game, fun family game this Christmas

Buggaloop is definitely funnier than we expected! The HEXBUG is vibrating throughout the game, adding the excitement to the game play. There is no way of telling when it will appear as it never follows the same path.

It was also hilarious to watch it moving the bugs around, because at one point it looked like it was trying to place a bug into a particular spot, and kept going back to it to adjust its position in the spot. We also kept laughing at Abby because she had to keep sending her last bug back to the start!

We also noticed that our die is 1 heavy, so when we first started the game, it was a bit frustrating that no one can roll pass 2. But if you think about it, the distance from start to finish isn't that far, if we roll bigger numbers (although the game rule stated that you can't move more than 4 spaces forward), the game would probably end before HEXBUG can even make an appearance! So if you keep rolling 1s and 2s in Buggaloop, it's probably normal.

I think it's very clever to create a board game with a nano bot as part of the feature, this really opens up a lot of ideas, and we will probably see more of this kind of games coming out in the near future.


Overall we loved Buggaloop and will definitely recommend it. You can buy Buggaloop now online and in stores.