Anyone who knows me knows what a huge fan I am of the London Underground. So much so that pre-lockdown we were trying to take our daughter to every station on the network and document it on our travel blog as Tube Stop Baby. We obviously can’t go and do that right now, but there’s a definite Tube Itch that still needs scratching and luckily an email from the amazing London Transport Museum helped me do just that, by buying their London Underground Topple Tower.
I’m pretty sure everyone knows how to play the Topple Tower game (or Jenga as you might know it), but just in case you’ve been living under a rock until now…
The simple idea is that you’re trying not to knock the tower over. On each go players must remove one block from the tower (but not from the top three complete levels) and place it on top of the tower. The person who knocks it over loses and everyone laughs. As I said, simple.
This London Underground version of Topple Tower is exactly the same, but rather than plain bricks they have been painted in the colours of the Tube lines, and each has a roundel pained in white on both sides.
For any London Underground fan, it is quite simply perfect. It would look good stood on a shelf alongside other tube memorabilia, but it’s also brilliant fun to play too. For both adults and children.
Made for the London Transport Museum by BigJigs (who many parents already know for their excellent wooden toys and trains) it really is brilliantly done. The attention to detail to get all the line colours exactly right is also spot on for geeks like myself.
I love it. My train mad son loves it. My daughter who refuses to like trains loves it. Perfect for all the family.
The London Underground Topple Tower is available from the London Transport Museume physical shop in Covent Garden (when they are allowed to re-open) and also their online shop here (and at the time of writing there is 25% off!). The museum’s online shop is still operating under the lockdown and I was impressed by how quickly my order arrived at my front door.
If you like London Underground related toys and games then also check out The Underground Game – a vintage underground themed parlour game.
Disclaimer: I paid for my version with my own money and was delighted with my purchase. I was not asked to write this post, and if you buy a copy of the game as a result of reading this I receive nothing in return other than a warm fluffy feeling.