PaddleSmash Review: Pickleball Meets Spikeball in This New Backyard Game

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The Lowdown

PaddleSmash is a game-changer in the world of outdoor activities, combining simplicity, strategy, and social interaction in a way that few games can. With its easy-to-learn gameplay, focus on physical activity, and ability to create meaningful social connections, PaddleSmash is not just a game; it’s an experience.

Overall
5

Pros

  • Combines trendy pickleball and spikeball games
  • A great game to play with family and friends
  • Great design decision of making the playing platform a carrying case that can hold everything
  • Fun for the whole family

Cons

  • It can be tricky for younger kids to play because they lack the coordination and strength to play well, but it is great for older kids and adults
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In the search for new outdoor games, PaddleSmash emerges as a breath of fresh air, offering an exhilarating blend of physical activity, strategy, and pure fun. This innovative outdoor game combines the gameplay of Pickeball and Spikeball. Let’s look at what makes PaddleSmash a great new option for active families and friends.

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PaddleSmash is ingeniously simple yet endlessly entertaining. Played with wood paddles and a pickleball ball, the game combines elements of pickleball and spikeball, creating a dynamic and fast-paced playing field.

The entire game set comes in a hard carrying case with a handle that, while not lightweight, makes it easy to take to the park or your friend’s backyard. The genius part of the whole thing is that the carrying case folds out to be the platform for the net! It folds out, and you can then insert the posts into the platform that holds the net up; it’s really cool.

PaddleSmash set folds into its own carrying case

PaddleSmash gameplay is simple: you want to smash the ball down on the platform and ensure it comes out past the net; then, it’s the other team’s turn to try to return the ball.

The goal is to force your opponent to be unable to return the ball into play by either not getting it into the net/platform or being unable to get it out past the net. You can also pass to your teammate while the ball is in the air, so you can see where PaddleSmash is pickleball meets spikeball.

Check out the video below for a quick overview of gameplay:

PaddleSmash’s gameplay is easy to grasp, making it accessible for players of all ages and skill levels. However, beneath its straightforward surface lies a world of strategic possibilities.

The game demands quick reflexes, precise aim, and tactical thinking. Whether you’re engaging in casual matches with friends or participating in competitive tournaments, the strategic depth of PaddleSmash ensures that every game is a unique and engaging experience. You can play 2 vs. 2 or 1 vs. 1, with slightly different rules for each game style.

PaddleSmash kit opened

The paddles are made of wood with soft-wrapped handles, making them easy to grip. The included balls bounce nicely, though I expected slightly more bounce off of the platform. You really need to slam the ball down to get it to bounce out of the net. The net is easy to set up, especially once the poles are installed, so you can get playing in less than 5 minutes.

Playing PaddleSmash encourages camaraderie, teamwork, and friendly competition. Whether you’re playing in local parks, beaches, or organized events, PaddleSmash creates an environment where players can connect, share experiences, and forge lasting friendships. The game’s ability to bring people together is one of its most outstanding qualities.

PaddleSmash set up for play

PaddleSmash is more than just a game; it’s a fantastic way to stay active and promote physical fitness. The game involves constant movement, agility, and hand-eye coordination, providing players with a full-body workout while having a blast. It’s an excellent option for individuals and families looking to engage in a fun outdoor activity that promotes a healthy lifestyle.

PaddleSmash’s versatility shines through in its adaptability to different playing environments. Whether you have access to a spacious lawn, a beachfront, or a community park, PaddleSmash can be enjoyed in various settings. Its accessibility makes it a popular choice for parties, picnics, and social gatherings, bringing entertainment to any outdoor occasion.

PaddleSmash can be played by up to four

My family and I had a lot of fun playing in our backyard and even considered taking it on vacation with us, but due to the size of the carrying case, we decided against it due to limited trunk space.

It’s not a great game for younger kids, as they don’t have the coordination or strength to hit it hard enough to get out of the net, but older kids and adults should have no problem. Overall, we really enjoyed our time playing!

PaddleSmash is a game-changer in the world of outdoor activities, combining simplicity, strategy, and social interaction in a way that few games can. With its easy-to-learn gameplay, focus on physical activity, and ability to create meaningful social connections, PaddleSmash is not just a game; it’s an experience.

Embrace the excitement, gather your friends and family, and let PaddleSmash redefine your outdoor gaming adventures.

The author's son playing PaddleSmash

PaddleSmash sells for $199.99; it is available directly from the manufacturer.

Source: Manufacturer Supplied review sample

What I Like: Combines trendy pickleball and spikeball games; A great game to play with family and friends; Great design decision of making the playing platform a carrying case that can hold everything; Fun for the whole family

What Needs Improvement: It can be tricky for younger kids to play because they lack the coordination and strength to play well, but it is great for older kids and adults

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About the Author

Perry Brauner
I'm an architect by trade, but the overarching theme of my life has always been trying to keep up with the newest, coolest technology. Ever since I picked up an NES controller, I've been hooked on the latest and greatest gadgets, gizmos, and toys. Whether it's gaming, mobile phones, and accessories, or PCs and Apple products, I'm interested. I use many Apple products in my daily life, such as the iPhone, iPad, and my MacBook Pro. I've also built a few PCs in my day, so I'd like to say that I'm a pretty well-rounded techie.