KOOBA —It’s got action, skill — but not too much, magnets, flinging — it’s darts meets board game, only less dangerous and more fun.
I stumbled over KOOBA by accident at a kids’ consignment sale. The bright colors caught my eye.
I was on the hunt for the elusive outdoor game that both adults and children would enjoy enough to play. Voluntarily.
“KOOBA?” I said aloud. What’s this colorful gizamahooey?
I ran to Google and watched a few YouTube videos about it. You can watch them here.
Yeah, they’re 8 years old. DON’T JUDGE ME. Sometimes older games are classic and age-like wine. Exactly like myself.
KOOBA is no exception. I bought it, took it home, threw it up against the outdoor playhouse, and yelled at the family to get out here. NOW!
We watched the 1 minute 54 second video on how to play KOOBA and became immediate PROs.
My daughter grabbed the sticks, slapped a magnet thingy on them, and flung that sucker to Eastern Siberia.
“Oops.” We giggled. “Maybe that was too hard.”
She took her three turns and then we booted her for the next person. My husband flicked that magnetic thingy past the board, past the playhouse, and hit the shed. It was plastic, so it fell to the ground.
I nodded my head in appreciation. “Huh, too bad you didn’t lean left and hit the metal shed.”
He failed the other two flings just as majestically. Like all Dad’s, he’s a strong man.
“Step aside.” I grabbed the sticks. Having watched the family fail miserably to hit the target, I now knew the speed, strength, angle, and elevation needed to hit the board.
Quite confidently, head cocked at a jaunty knowing angle, I slipped the magnetic triangle over the ends of the two sticks. I stepped up and toed the stick line we had laid across the fake grass to mark the spot from which to fling.
I rose my arms, parallel to the ground and slid the sticks against each other, feeling the magnet slide back and forth, feeling the weight and speed. I squinted my right eye shut, took a deep breath, released two seconds of air, then paused my exhale, that floated out across the air to the board, then swung my arms out like a conductor in the finale, regaling everyone to hit the high note.
I left my arms hanging wide, hands holding the sticks, pointing north and south, as I watched my magnetic triangle fly over the air, following my last breath — It smacked against the cardboard board, causing a metal ting to launch sound waves over the air, and promptly fell to the ground.
“Okay,” I lowered my arms. “Maybe we should practice a bit first.”
KOOBA is fun, interactive, malleable. It’s good for the young, the tweens, the teens, the elderly, college frats, and middle-aged parents.
It did not take us long to master the moves enough to play and have a winner.
The only con I can think of is the cost. It’s about $50 on Amazon, but much cheaper if you can find it used like I did.
Can you play it indoors? Take the pictures down in the hallway and you got yourself a rainy day win!
After a while, we added rules.
Can you do it with one eye closed? (yes)
Can you do it with both eyes closed? (no)
Can you do it backwards? (not without practice) (except for the husband-he’s a no)
Can you do it like a gunslinger? (hail yes) (super fun)
Can you fling it from under one raised leg? (yes and no-never) (you know who you are)
Can you do it one handed? (Ha, trick question) (Someone can if they use their mouth, feet, or with the help from a friend)
Can you drink and fling it? (This was after the kids went to bed) (Yes, but not accurately)
Can you do it from laying on the ground? (Why don’t you try it and find out?)
I am a GO for KOOBA
I confidently recommend KOOBA. It’s easy, fun, can be quick or stretched out for hours. It easily accommodates new rules and challenges. It’s as colorful and unique as you allow it to be.
And isn’t that what life is all about?
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