Playing the Boulderball correctly

The Boulderball is a pocket-sized climbing wall. This means that you can climb a predetermined route just like on a climbing wall. Take a good look at the ball first. It consists of small pentagonal holds and larger hexagonal holds, each with two different features: the holds have a protruding structure or are recessed. There are also 10 different colours.

The route cards

Here you can see what the individual symbols mean and how the holds are displayed.

Here we go!

- Take a route map (difficulty level 1 to 10) and look at the sequence of holds. The routes always follow a deliberate line.

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- Take a route map (difficulty level 1 to 10) and look at the sequence of holds. The routes always follow a deliberate line.
- Apply magnesium to your fingers for a better grip.
- Use both hands when climbing. However, only 3 fingers may touch the ball at the same time. It doesn't matter which fingers you use, they can always be different ones.
- The Boulderball is always held freely in the air when climbing. You are not allowed to put it down or support it.
- Make sure you have a non-sensitive surface, as the Boulderball can "crash".
- Hold the Boulderball up on the first two holds indicated on the route. Hold hold 3 of the route with a third finger. Now release hold 1 and move on to hold 4 (does not have to be with the finger of the first hold). Follow the route in this way.
- Once a finger is positioned on a grip, it may not be replaced by another. However, the finger may change position on the hold, i.e. slip.
- If you have managed the ascent and descent without "falling", you have reached the goal.
- You can also climb freely or come up with your own routes.


As with wall climbing, only the right technique will get you to your goal. Therefore, try different finger combinations and postures. You will see that a small change is often the key to success.


Easier game variant:

Follow the rules of the basic instructions. However, you can simplify them by climbing with four fingers. For example, hold the ball with two fingers on the first two holds, take two fingers from the other hand and hold holds 3 and 4. Let go of hold 1 and move on to hold 5 with any finger, let go of hold 2 and move on to hold 6, etc.