When I was a kid I absolutely loved this game, it provided countless hours of fun and entertainment. It was my favorite and every chance I had to play I jumped at it. It's nice to see a classic game still around for the newer generations to enjoy as well. I have noticed that the new model is a bit more cheaply made. A friend of mine has this for her children and I was astonished at how easily it falls apart. I beat mine, as a kid, relentlessly and it stood up to it. This newer model needs a gentler hand. Plus the marbles aren't marbles anymore, but just plastic balls. That in and of itself makes the game a bit harder since the marbles aren't heavy but very light weight and harder to grab. But none the less it is still extremely fun and enjoyable to all the kids who love this very noisy game!