This Christmas you may well find that your child has included the Bakugan game on their wish list. Certainly not just in the US and Canada but across the globe this has become one of the top selling toys for 2008. The game itself is based on the anime series shown on children's channels such as Cartoon Network and comes from Japan.
The game of Bakugan is similar in concept to that of Pokemon. However, it doesn't solely rely on them playing just with cards there are also special marbles needed that house the Bakugan creatures inside. Also unlike the Pokemon games where children need to play with each other this one allows a child to play on their own if they wish.
When you are looking to buy such a gift for your child there are several different items that you can purchase for them. Along with the Bakugan starter packs that come in a variety of different colors and which contain three Bakugan marbles and three character cards, there are also the battle packs, booster packs, bakugan arena and launcher to consider as well. Although the launcher and arena are great items to have they aren't essential for the child to be able to play this game.
The cards that are contained within each pack represent various of the characters that are seen on the show. To play the game one lays the cards out on a flat surface (a table will suffice) and then they roll the marbles containing the characters across them. If the card lands on an appropriate card it will stop and the marble unlocks and transforms into a character in a certain fighting position.
However, if two marbles which are used by opposing players happen to land on the same card then a simulated battle takes place between them. It is this which then determines who has won and who has captured the card on which both players have landed. Each player has to add up the number of points on the card to the number of points that their marble has and the one with the highest score is deemed the winner.
This game has been specifically designed for children from the age of five upwards, but the younger ones may find it difficult to do the calculations. But even so they will find the game extremely enjoyable and will love it when their marble lands on the right kind of card and so exposes the character within.
As for the price of the Bakugan games compared to what you would normally pay for a computer console one these are relatively inexpensive. Also as they get more involved so a child can build up the number of Bakugan characters they have. As well as being fun to play it is helping a child improve their maths skills without some of them even realizing it.
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