Keep the Balance

You don't have to be into weights and measures to play this simple brainteaser, which requires the player to balance a set of giant scales using a succession of strange items. In a fashion oddly reminiscent of the Generation Game, objects and figures of different weights move along the bottom of the screen on conveyor belts, while players propel them onto each of the scale pans to keep the weight even on both sides.

A monkey and small girl take it in turns to sit atop the scales, frantically waving and showing you which side needs more weight to obtain balance by moving away from the fulcrum.

Depending on the game's level, the objects can be anything from circus characters and animals to playing cards and toys. However, some of the objects need to be avoided. For example, the crocodile will eat other animals, the fan blows away all the objects on its side of the scale, and the vacuum cleaner sucks up everything near it. And just when you think you've defeated all these malevolent household appliances and are poised to achieve equilibrium, the joker appears and upsets the scales.

The game can be quite slow in the earlier stages, and with 10 levels in each zone it may become tedious. However, the bizarre and incredibly detailed animation makes it lively and it should particularly appeal to children, who may well find the Game Boy Color version of Keep the Balance more to their liking.

Publisher: JoWood Productions/MacMillan Digital Publishing
Developer: JoWood Productions

Join the newsletter!


Sign up to gain exclusive access to email subscriptions, event invitations, competitions, giveaways, and much more.

Membership is free, and your security and privacy remain protected. View our privacy policy before signing up.

Error: Please check your email address.
Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Faith Wardle

PC World
Show Comments

Cool Tech

Toys for Boys

Family Friendly

Stocking Stuffer

SmartLens - Clip on Phone Camera Lens Set of 3

Learn more >

Logitech Ultimate Ears Wonderboom Bluetooth Speaker

Learn more >

Christmas Gift Guide

Click for more ›

Brand Post

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles


PCW Evaluation Team

Maryellen Rose George

Brother PT-P750W

It’s useful for office tasks as well as pragmatic labelling of equipment and storage – just don’t get too excited and label everything in sight!

Cathy Giles

Brother MFC-L8900CDW

The Brother MFC-L8900CDW is an absolute stand out. I struggle to fault it.

Luke Hill


I need power and lots of it. As a Front End Web developer anything less just won’t cut it which is why the MSI GT75 is an outstanding laptop for me. It’s a sleek and futuristic looking, high quality, beast that has a touch of sci-fi flare about it.

Emily Tyson

MSI GE63 Raider

If you’re looking to invest in your next work horse laptop for work or home use, you can’t go wrong with the MSI GE63.

Laura Johnston

MSI GS65 Stealth Thin

If you can afford the price tag, it is well worth the money. It out performs any other laptop I have tried for gaming, and the transportable design and incredible display also make it ideal for work.

Andrew Teoh

Brother MFC-L9570CDW Multifunction Printer

Touch screen visibility and operation was great and easy to navigate. Each menu and sub-menu was in an understandable order and category

Featured Content

Product Launch Showcase

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?