Meet Knoggle the Hammer Game. The original hammer game has been around for hundreds of years but now they are making a portable tailgating version of this iconic hammer game. We knew it was hammer time, so we grabbed the Knoggle game and put it to our Tailgating Challenge. Thanks for reading the Knoggle Game Review.
-Customizable wooden block
-Open Size: 32” x 23.50” x 23.50”
-Closed Size: 22” x 17.50” x 10.50”
How to Play Knoggle
At a high level, you are trying to get your nail driven flush with the wood block before you opponents. You can play 1on 1 or on teams. The first person, or team to get their nail(s) driven in first wins. One hammer swing per turn.
For the full list of rules and how to play click HERE.
What Did We Think?
We love playing new games, sure this is a game that has been around for hundreds of years, but it’s a fresh tailgating iteration of a classic. I normally played the classic game during Oktoberfest, but now I can play at home and at the tailgate. Let’s talk about the Knoggle game and some of the things you need to know.
First, let’s get into portability this is the only area where I feel the game could be better. The game tips the scales at over 40 pounds and there are not dedicated handles. When the game was folded up I was able to effectively use the folded legs as makeshift handles for moving the game around.
Next, let’s get the Knoggle game set up. With the wooden block of the game on the ground you will flip both legs out and then lock the center crossbar into place. Then flip the game over and you’re ready to get started playing.
Before you start swinging, the included hammer, you will likely notice the striker of the hammer is not like most hammers it only has an edge and is not fully solid. This means the challenge of playing just went up. A few safety tips, make sure the nail is straight and not loose before striking. Put the wrist strap on (unless doing sweet trick shots) and then it’s hammer time.
While you want to drive your nail in before your opponent you have to use strategy. The harder to try to swing the less accurate you may be. Conversely, if you swing with less force, you will likely make contact, but not drive the nail in as far. You will have to use strategy with this as you see how your opponent is playing to determine if you need to swing for the fences, or slow and steady wins the race.
I had quite a bit of fun playing the Knoggle game. It is so different from the plethora of other yard games I have played and there is something about swinging a hammer that just feels right. You can see I did a few trick shots with flipping and using some power and plan on trying to make them even more impressive in the future.
PROS: fun, challenging, stand gives it perfect height, ability to customize wood block, it’s a unique game to take tailgating
CONS: carrying case or handles on side would make portability even better
Overall, if you’re looking for a unique tailgating game that will bring the challenge and fun at your next tailgate, pick up a hammer and let’s play some Knoggle!
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Written By: Luke Lorick 12/2/23