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How to win:
The winner is the first person to get their plastic character all the way up to the top of the board where the mystery machine is. You can choose between fred, daphne, shaggy or velma. They have their own individual colours and then a scooby doo in each colour to go with them. You have to get both your character and scooby up to the mystery machine.
It may look easy at a first glance but when the spinner or your characters lands on a monster square, you have to turn on the spin top at the top of the board and hope that when it spins its way down the board, it does not hit your character, because if it does the person has to start again from the beginning. It is by luck if the spin top does not hit your character, sometimes it flies off the board before it gets all the way down which is a bonus if you are nearer the bottom or the middle section of the board. It is unpredictable each time which is a good thing. Each mountain part provides one space where if you land on the space on the board, you can put your character on the mountain space and it will be immune to being hit by the spinner on that turn if someone else lands on a monster.
To move, you have to spin the spinner with one of your fingers as it is not automatic and there are no dice. It is not the worst spinner ever but it is not the best either, I find it less enjoyable compared to dice. However the spinning top has a handle where you can spin it by pressing a button and releasing it.
Setup: It takes a few minutes to set up at first, I believe you have to put the stickers on things yourself such as the mystery machine plaque. You have to reassemble and deassemble the board every time you play. The legs hold up the board so that the spinner can go down it and the mountain pieces that are like gravestones help to guide the spin top down.These all have to be placed on and a C shaped ring near the top made of plastic in which you start the spin of the spin top as it goes very fast and uses this to slow down a bit.
The box contains: Gameboard which is longer in length than width, plastic mountain pieces, legs, c shaped ring, mystery machine stand, spin top, 8 characters, spinner, 3 monster cards, label sheet and instructions.
Age: From ages 6+ as there are a lot of plastic parts and some relatively small parts that are detachable from the board. Players: From 2-4 (8 character pieces altogether)
I was bought this game years ago by my mum, must have been for my birthday. It looked exciting back then but the game only lasted about 20 minutes with 3 players. I did have another scooby doo game prior to that and I preferred that one. It may be enjoyable to a child at first when they first play it as it is something different; having a spin top control the outcome of a game, but after a while they may get bored as there is not much else to it and the number of squares to move are few. The most enjoyable part for a child will be setting off the spin top.
I feel it could be better if it had better parts to it. The characters are not detailed, they are just one coloured piece of plastic each and only with their outline can you tell who they are. The parts to it look rather cheap too. I think my mum paid around £15 to £20 for this game back around the time when it came out but I feel that it was not worth it, there are a lot of other board games out there for a similar price and ones that you can get more out of. I cannot really find it on the internet, ebay had no listings and amazon had one but it was in america priced at around $35.