Kimble (board game)
1968 version of the game.
|Setup time||approx. 1 minute|
|Playing time||45 minutes|
|Random chance||High (dice rolling, luck)|
Kimble is a Finnish licensed version of the board game Trouble in which players compete to be the first to send four pieces all the way around a board. Pieces are moved according to the roll of a die. Kimble is manufactured by Tactic Games Group and currently sold under the Tactic brand.
The game was first introduced in Finland in 1967 and is still sold virtually unchanged. The game has been highly popular in Finland for its whole existence. Tens of thousands of Kimble games are sold every year, and by 2003 nearly a million copies were sold.
Players can send opponents' pieces back to the start by landing on them. Pieces are protected from capture after arriving in the final few slots.
The most notable feature of Kimble is the "Pop-o-matic" die container. This device is a clear plastic hemisphere containing the die, placed over a flexible sheet. Players roll the die by pressing down quickly on the bubble, which flexes the sheet and causes the die to tumble upon its rebound. The Pop-o-matic container produces a popping sound when it is used, and prevents the die from being lost. The captive die allows for quick die rolls, and players' turns can be performed in rapid succession.