Reviewed by Rebecca Quinn
My family love playing board games as it brings us closer together in these weird times, so when I was chosen to review the game ‘Bank Attack’, I was over the moon as we were going away in our caravan, with limited Wi-Fi for my 13 and 15-year-old kids, so we would have something new to do whilst hopefully having fun.
The ‘Bank Attack’ game, is a very exciting bank robber game for 2 – 4 players and is suitable for 7 + years. It is an electronic game (you will need 3 x AA batteries which are not supplied) and you are given a mission by the ‘Boss’ to pull off the heist of the century in 5 minutes and recover ‘50 million dollars’ working as a team to crack the vault by using and swapping tools and following different commands to release the gold hidden inside.
The game contains;
• The Electronic Safe,
• 8 different tools (goggles, drill, laptop, map, flashlight, headset, explosives and gloves)
• 12 Plastic Gold Bars
• 20 notes
• and the Instructions (which I recommend you read first to fully understand the game and the levels).
To start with everyone chooses a role – Hacker, Money Man, Lookout or Explosives Expert and sits on the matching side of the safe. It doesn’t really matter which role you take on as you will still play a key role during the heist.
You then choose which level you want to play and then follow the instructions given to you by the Boss. Levels 1 to 3 are one player instructions “pass the laptop to the Money Man”, Level 4 onwards you then combine items, “use something AND something else”.
I found playing the game so tense and exciting, so much so I could feel my heart racing as we quickly tried to do all the commands on time. As the levels progress it gets harder and harder and it becomes more challenging and fast faced.
The instructions from ‘the Boss’ take the form of 4 different actions which use the cash and tools on the table – Grab, Pass, Use or Collect, and then the players have to carry out their tasks as quickly as possible to beat the inbuilt timer and avoid failure and arrest.
You can collect bonus cash prizes along the way, but if you manage to complete all tasks without losing 3 lives then something exciting happens. The top of the safe raises up and all the gold bars fall out.
When you play with less than 4 players you can just have 2 or 3 team members, or you can take on 2 roles at once, which we did but it got very confusing and frustrating when we lost lives.
What I particularly like about the game, is that for once it is a team game as a pose to just one person being the winner. It is also a quick game, unlike Monopoly, The Game of Life or other board games, so it doesn’t drag on for ages and no one loses interest as it only takes 5 minutes to play, but it is very addictive and you will want to play over and over again to try and reach the mysterious hidden Level 6, which will only open if you have successfully completed Level 5.
You really need to concentrate hard or you can start to mess up. Every command you do needs to be carried out perfectly to help the team get the cash and avoid being hauled off to jail! If your mind wonders even for a second you will forget to use a tool or press your button at a crucial time or fail to pick up a tool when you were meant too as this leads to losing lives, which are indicated by lights on the safe and you only get three so if all of the lights go out, it’s game over and all the alarms go off!
We managed to get as far as completing level 5. But so far, we haven’t achieved unlocking the hidden bonus level as my husband made a mistake (due to not concentrating) and you need to have a perfect score to unlock Level 6. It’s very addictive so we will keep playing and playing as we are determined to get that bonus level!
I would highly recommend this to any family or group of friends. It says that it is suitable for 7+ years. I’m not certain that I would agree with that as to be honest, I think more from 9+ years as you must really concentrate on the instructions from ‘the boss’ and really have your wits about you as it is a game of listening, remembering, concentration and speed.
My son is addicted to the game and wants to play at every given opportunity and to be honest so do I as it is fantastic.
I would give it 6 out of 5 stars if I could but I’ll settle for 5/5.
This product can be purchased from John Adams here.