Everything You Need to Know about Kerplunk & Japlonk

Japlonk is a great game that we have on our site but it originated from the classic family game kerplunk. Japlonk is basically just the giant version of Kerplunk and the bonus with Japlonk is that it is suitable for playing indoors and outdoors. Kerplunk has been around for nearly 50 years and still remains popular among all ages as a classic family game and a great party game. Read on to learn about the origins of the game, the rules of the game and learn about the version of the game we have on our site.


  • Kerplunk was first marketed by the Ideal Toy Company in 1967
  • The onomatopoeic name of the game derives from the sound of the marbles tumbling to the base of the tube during play
  • The game is manufactured and marketed by the Milton Bradley Company in the UK and by Mattel in the USA
  • There are also other versions of the game, such as a Toy Story-inspired version that uses a tube shaped like a rocket ship and Little Green Men figures instead of marbles

  • In addition, the KerPlunk Game to Go features a collapsible tube, making it more portable than the standard version
  • Another game has also been released known as KerPlunk 2. The rules are the same, except the marbles that come with the game are colored and, after falling, move around a spiral pathway similar to that of a gumball machine. It also has flashing lights and an assortment of sounds

Rules of Kerplunk:

  • The game consists of a transparent plastic tube, plastic rods calledstraws (normally numbering 26 to 30 in total and of various colours – yellow and red predominantly) and several dozen marbles
  • The base contains four separate numbered trays and the straws are passed through holes in the middle of the tube to form a lattice
  • The marbles are then placed in the top of the tube and held in place by the lattice
  • At the start of play, the entire tube is rotated so that a hole in the base of the tube is aligned with the active player’s tray
  • Players take turns removing a single straw from the tube while trying to minimize the number of marbles that fall through the web and into their tray
  • Once a player has committed themselves to a particular straw by touching it, they must remove it
  • The player who accumulates the fewest dropped marbles wins

Rules of Japlonk:

  • The rules of Japlonk are basically the same as Kerplunk except Japlonk is a much larger game and game includes coloured balls rather than marbles.


Japlonk on gardengames.ie includes:

  • 3 Sides
  • 20 Sticks
  • 56 Coloured Balls
  • Instructions

Price:  €64.96


*Check Out A Kerplunk TV Commerical from the Early 90s Below*

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