Publisher: Baxbo Games
Tummple! has been described as reverse Jenga. That seems pretty accurate. Both games share a similar wooden-block aesthetic, and in both games the object is to keep things from falling. The key difference is that in tummple! you are building.
The game goes like this. A small wooden base is laid out. All subsequent builds are placed on the base or on other pieces. Players take turns rolling a nice big twelve-sided die that will give the rolling player one of five options. The first three involve placing one of the blocks. The block is to be placed on the wide side, the narrow edge, or the end. The other two options are what add a bit of strategy and meanness tummple! Players may be required to place a tump. Tumps are little plastic half marbles. The white ones act as blockers. They cannot be touched by any pieces played subsequently. The yellow tumps are even tougher. They render the entire surface area on which they’ve been placed untouchable.
Blocks must be placed flat. And when the player releases the piece, their turn is over. Anytime someone causes pieces to fall, they keep all those pieces as points against them. When all the blocks in the box have been played, the game is over. Add up the blocks you’ve collected. Player with the fewest, wins.
The box says 2-4 players, but you can play as many people as you can fit around the table. With more people you’re likely to have ties as some people will cause no collapses during their turns. But it’s still fun. While taking photos for this review, I discovered there’s also something to be said for solitaire play. We have had a good time with this one. It’s good for all ages. And you have a pretty cool little abstract sculpture when you’re all done.