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I bought this for my four year old, remembering how good it was when I was little. Unfortunately them days are over. This "new improved" game is not very good at all...in fact the name Buckaroo implies that the horse actually bucks...after about 20 tries putting on every single item that is supplied, he didn't move. I did think I had a faulty one, but friends have told me this is pretty standard. Maybe the companies that "improve" these games should look at putting a meerkat in the advert or a dancing robot, to get more customers instead of messing around with a perfectly good old school game!
This game now basically spends most of its time in the box. When it's not then it is usually the backdrop for my daughters wild west themed game...not what I intended, but least it sees the light of day once or twice a year hey?
My in-laws had mentioned that they were going to buy my little girl Buckaroo for Christmas a few weeks before the big day and I got quite excited as I remembered that game from my childhood and remembered it being a lot of fun but unfortunately this time around buckaroo left me rather underwhelmed, its not really as fun as I remember it and my daughter doesn't seem to play it much now after the initial excitement of it.
Buckaroo is described as, "the original saddle-stacking game with an even moodier mule! Roo is in such a mood! He hates carrying your baggage across the hot desert and is ready to buck at any minute - with no warning! Gently saddle him up and load on your things.... Will he remain calm or kick up an almighty fuss and send everything flying?
So, basically you get a large plastic mule who kicks his back legs out when you put too much stuff on him. In order to set up the game you just secure his back legs back down and you do this by pressing down on his tail in order to get his legs to stay. Then you put the blanket on his back first. You need to make sure this is set up properly as there is a little plastic knob that needs to go in a little slot on the mule as this is what activates his legs kicking out if you load too much in one area. Then you have lots of different items to add such as a shovel, water bottle, pan, lamp, bed roll, rope, dynamite and a hat.
Now, here's my problem with the game. Either me and my little three year old girl (and the game is recommended from 4 years plus) are really rather excellent at this game or it just isn't sensitive enough. We are able to load up the mule pretty much all the time without it bucking and then we get to the end of the game and its a bit of a let down really and not that exciting. We aren't over careful, we are just able to add the bits to the saddle without anything happening. There are different levels that you can set on the mule. There is a little button on the side of Roo, 1 being the easiest level and 3 being the most sensitive but even at this high level we still manage to load up the mule. When I was younger and played this game I remember it bucking all the time.
My little girl initially liked this game as she enjoyed just playing with the mule and putting it down into place etc and loading it up but it soon became a bit boring for her and not one we play all the time unfortunately.
Buckaroo is a very simple game aimed at children aged 4 years and over and is suitable for 2 or more players. Minimal assembly is needed - the mule just needs to be clipped onto the base and you are ready to go. No batteries are needed for this game either which is a bonus! There are three difficulty levels which dictate how heavy handed you can get away with being during the game so one of these levels will need to be selected before the game starts by flicking a switch on the base.
The plastic mule is spring loaded and at the beginning of the game it is positioned so that all four of its feet are on the red base that it stands on. Players then take it in turns to very carefully place various wild west themed items on the mule's back by hooking them onto its saddle. The saddle therefore has to be the first item that is added (by the youngest player who takes the first turn) and after that the items can be added in any order. The items are different shapes and sizes and some of them seem easier to place than others. They are all plastic and they include a lantern, a cowboy hat, a crate, a canteen, a bedroll, a rope, a frying pan, a shovel, a holster, a stick of dynamite and a guitar.
Of course, if you are not careful enough when placing your item or if the mule has too many items on its back already it will buck! This means all the things previously loaded on its back will get catapulted all over the table! The player who triggered to mule to buck is then out of the game. You can also get knocked out of the game if the item you are putting on the mule falls off during your turn. My advice is to go for the rope as it is easy to hook over things, avoid the guitar as it is big and bulky, and try not to pick the cowboy hat as it slides off easily!
The bucking of the mule is supposed to be fun but as a child this was always by least favourite board game as I found it really scary! The mule in the version of the game that I had also had a really evil sneering expression which I wasn't keen on. So I wouldn't recommend this game for very young children or for shy children who don't like sudden noises and movement as they will probably not like Buckaroo very much.
This game is completely plastic which doesn't really look very nice. The other thing I don't l don't like about it s the fact that it isn't very colourful. The mule is brown and yellow and the pieces are either red or blue. As far I can tell the colours that the pieces are doesn't have any particular relevance to the game play - players do not have to pick a colour and then only use pieces of this colour during the game so these colours are pointless. In my opinion, it would look much better if they were more realistic colours or if the game came with stickers that could be put on them so it doesn't look quite so boring.
Buckaroo is a common game and can be found in Toys R Us, Tesco and Argos among other places, as well as online. It seems to be cheapest at the moment at Toys R Us at £12.99. Or shop around for a second hand bargain if you are not fussed about buying brand new.
In summary, Buckaroo can be an enjoyable for children who are not easily frightened but other children may not enjoy the tension and the and the whole thing is very plasticy and cheap looking. It's an average game so I will rate it three stars.
Another old game that is still going. I bought this for my Daughter as I had one when I was her age.
The game itself is a solid plastic horse with a detachable saddle. Underneath the saddle contains a switch to change the level of challenge from easy to more difficult.
The idea of the game is to place the horse's saddle on it's back and take in turns to place objects onto the saddle.
There are various objects that you can put onto the saddle, for example: Dynamite, shovel, lamp, water bottle, rope, gun, cowboy hat, sleeping bag, a box, frying pan and a guitar
The principle of the game is fairly simple, however it is not as easy as it looks to balance these items onto the horse - trying not to make it buck. Each player takes turns to place an item onto the saddle.
The person who bucks the horse by placing an object onto the saddle is out of the game. The rest of the players then start again until there is one player remaining - who will be deemed the winner?
The new version of this game does not buck as far as the old version I had when I was young. It seems that they have changed this for health and safety reasons.
This is a fun game. I remember it from my childhood!
The objective of the game is to place as many items on the horse before he bucks his back legs at you!
The game is easy to play and a lot of fun as you never know when he's going to kick! I would say that the game is suited to more older children due to the small parts included in the game as some of them would present a choking hazard. The parts are quite sturdy and durable. They're made of plastic and they come in various different shapes such as a saddle, a spade and a cowboy hat!
The parts are easy to put onto the horse as there are plenty of places to try to balance them. You can hang them on his tail, his ears or his coat. The horse is pretty durable too although I remember breaking one of the ears off mine, oops!
The game isn't very educational but it passes the time and presents hand and eye co ordination. Children can play the game either by themselves or with their friends and/ or family. The game is easy to set up and easy to take down and store. It's been around for years and they keep updating it to keep it modern, fresh and up to date.
A classic board game.
Christmas is rapidly coming upon us with some speed now, waiting to slap us in the face before we even realise it's here. Forcing us to spend more and more money on things that the kids have seen advertised on the television, or the latest mobile phone that their friends have got... what ever the reason it just means that money has to be spent and wallets are going to be a lot lighter on the 26th.
Bar Hum Bug
I remember back when Christmas was easy, when the adverts didn't start appearing until we actually got into December, unlike now when the Coca-cola advert is seeming to get on the television earlier and earlier, give it a few years and it'll be aired in the middle of July...
But back then Christmas meant time with the family, not time with the kids playing upstairs on there X-Box 3D 360 station 4 games system 4000, (or something like that anyway). When families sat around a table and played a game that one of the kids had been bought for that special day. A time to enjoy the long lost time that is family time.
Luckily my family and I sometimes enjoy spending time together, playing board games and the like, although as the kids are getting older they are starting to change their attitude to family time, so whilst they enjoy it we'll carry on.
One particular game that we seem to enjoy playing is a game that has been around for more years than I can remember, in fact I recall it being around when I was a youngster, the game I am talking about is a game called Buckaroo.
Buckaroo? I hear you say, what's Buckaroo then?
It is simply a game that involves a small plastic horse, a saddle, several plastic pieces in several different shapes and sizes and one very careful hand.
The aim of the game is to take the plastic pieces and, with a steady hand, slowly place them onto a saddle which is resting on the horse back.
That's the game in a nut shell, simply place the objects on the horse back until it flips them off... but it's not as easy as it sounds.
The winner is chosen by a process of elimination, what I mean by that is that the player that placed the last object onto the horse back before it buckaroo'd is out of the game. The horse is then reset to its starting position and the remaining players continue placing the objects onto the saddle once again.
This continues until there is one player left who has not made the horse 'Buckaroo', this player is the winner.
If all the objects are placed on the horses back without it flipping then the player who placed the last one on is the winner, (although I've never managed this as yet and to be honest I can't see that happening unless the horse has been glued down to start with).
The objects that are to be placed on the horses saddle are...
* A stick of dynamite
* A water bottle
* A shovel
* A saddle
* A rope
* A gun in its holster
* A lamp
* A cowboy hat
* A bedroll
* A box
* A frying pan
* A guitar
The game can be made harder or easier with the flick of a switch located under the horses blanket, this simply moves the blanket slightly along the horses back making the horse a little more stable/unstable.
Although this game is aimed at the younger side of the family, well, when I say younger I'm guessing around 4 years, give or take, but it's one of those games that any one can play, although the younger ones will have to watch out for choking hazards and little pointy bits.
You do need a very steady hand when trying to place the objects onto the saddle as one false move and you'll end up picking those pieces up off the floor.
The main playing piece, the horse, does feel a little bit fragile, and does flop about a bit, but it's designed to feel that way as it has taken many knocks and come out fighting after everyone.
Then there's the actual 'smaller' pieces, those that you have to try and get onto the saddle. These pieces are well constructed, all being different shapes, all easily recognisable of course, and all being slightly different weights, but none too heavy to make the horse crumble under pressure.
Each game really only takes a matter of minutes to play, with some games lasing seconds if the hand of steadiness fails you. And setting it up takes even less time as all you have to do is take everything off the horse, apart from the saddle, and gently slot the horse down into position, then you're ready to play another game.
What more can I say about this game of flipping horses and nerve shattering fun? It's a colourful, fun filled, nerve shattering, eye popping, hilarious game that almost anyone can play, as long as you have a bit of a steady hand.
So it you want to have a go at this game of steadiness then you can get it for around £10.00 to £15.00, which, as it will no doubt bring many hours of fun and laughter on one of those many rainy days of family time.
As I mentioned there are quite a few 'pokey' bits that could be a potential threat to a persons eyes, and this is why in around 2005/6, (apparently) this game was deemed to dangerous due to the objects being thrown off the horses back and posing a serious risk to children's eyes, thus, there were talks of having it banned or even a higher age restriction added to it
Hmmm, health and safety has taken over common sense hasn't it really, maybe when playing this you should wear a hard hat and safety goggles, even maybe playing it from behind a toughened glass screen, like they do in Nuclear power plant, (yes, I've watched the Simpsons).
Another game up for review and this is yet another bargain that I picked up for Jack and myself. I was looking in a local Hospice charity shop when I came across this mint condition boxed game for a mere £1! I couldn't believe my luck and especially as all the pieces were in the box it could really pass for a brand new game.
To buy this item brand new you are looking at paying around the £10- to £15 mark of course this is dependant on where you buy it from and in my opinion not a bad price. However we have so many games such as this that they all don't get the maximum possible use so I wouldn't ever consider paying the full price for a game, especially this one.
Don't get me wrong because this game isn't a bad one but it just isn't one of my favourites to play. The age range of the game is for those age 4 and over and it is suitable for 2 to 4 players at a time. The game is pretty simple and Jack managed to play it when he was around 3 years old so I am sure this age range can be tweaked slightly.
Inside the sturdy cardboard box is two large items which consist of the "Roo" donkey and then the red base plate. There is also a plastic bag that holds the saddle which is to be placed on the back of the donkey and then all of the items that then get stacked onto the saddle. There is a small four page leaflet inside that gives all the instructions for game play and other information such as where it was made etc.
Setting up the game is quick and simple to do and if you do get stuck the instructions are clear enough to follow with the help of pictures to guide you to completion. The donkey's feet slip neatly into the base plate and the tension is selected from the three different settings that the button under the saddle offers. The saddle is then placed on the donkey's back and fixed on loosely to a little plastic pin area. Then the game can begin.
The game is simple and I am sure most people will know how to play it. You start with the youngest player taking their turn first and they choose one of the 11 plastic coloured baggage items that the game offers. These include: a blanket, a shovel, a water bottle, a bad roll, a rope, a guitar, a rifle box, a hat, a holster with gun, a lamp and some dynamite. All these items have a hole in so that they can be hooked onto the various pins on the saddle.
The back of the box states that "Roo is in such a mood that he hates carrying the bagged across the hot dessert and is ready to buck at any minute - with no warning!" and this is exactly what happens. Of course depending on the tension level which has been selected will depend on how long it takes for Roo to buck all of the items off and of course how gently the items have been placed on his saddle. If the load is too heavy or the force of which the baggage has been stacked on it too much then the donkey's back legs will ping up and throw all of the items from the donkey's back and the person taking there go is then the looser!
This game is simple yet fun and one that we drag out from under the bed on many occasions. As with most of these type of games we find that there is only so much times that you can play the game without getting bored and a single game doesn't last more than a couple of minutes so we tend to only play for about 15 minutes at any one time.
All in all I think this is a harmless game of fun. There is no real learning to be had with the game unless your child is still learning colours or words in which case minimal learning can be found from the various items of baggage that are made from different coloured plastic. However we do still enjoy playing it and it is a classic game which has been around for many years plus the price I paid for it I can hardly moan can I?
I think I would be happy to award a score of 4 out of 5 stars and a recommendation! A good fun family game!
I do hope that this has been of some help/interest to you
Many thanks for taking the time to read.
This game, in my opinion, simply does not get old. Branded the game with the 'moody mule' Buckaroo is one of the simplest games I can bring to mind and yet it is still highly entertaining for kids. It requires very little set up, all that is needed is to attach the donkey to the red plastic base and you are ready to roll. Players take it in turns (or can play on their own) to place items such as a bucket, a hat, a water bottle and a shovel on the donkey's back. The object of the game is to place your item on the donkey without him bucking. The person who makes him buck is the loser and game play continues in order to determine the winner. There is a spring mechanism inside the donkey which is what enables him to buck, pushing on the donkey's back will re-set him again. For anyone who is familiar with the game 'pop-up pirate' this is based on a very similar basic idea but just in a different format.
The items are small and made of plastic so this game is not recommend for unsupervised young children which is a shame as this is a game that it is incredibly easy for young kids to understand and helps them learn how to take turns. A possible downside to this game is that it does not take long to play and therefore kids may get bored of it easily. Overall though it is a good game to fill a little period of time and kids will go back to it again and again.
Playing any game involves having fun and with Buckaroo you get plenty of this. Your aim is to place objects on to the horse which is stationary and at random it might pop up knocking all items off and if this happens on your go you have lost.
You have many various items which vary in size and weight and basically you have to take it in turns with your friend or other players and choose items to place on the saddle or even the face of the animal.
You take it in turns until someone loses and unfortunately it can be really shocking when the horse does jump up. The game is good usually but there is a few problems when the horse never jumps up and this can happen often and not only that you can find that if you have to many players it ruins the purpose of the game.
You need a few players and you need to alter the rules to make the game fun. Perhaps making people unaware of what items they need to place on the horse instead of letting them pick might be a new addition adding to the fun.
I did like the game but again this is for the younger children to enjoy and at my age I have found the game rather repetitive and boring which I guess is not good.
Buck Buck Buckaroo!
When I was little I always wanted Buckaroo, my mum told me she had it when she little and I desperately wanted it too. My wish was granted one Christmas when I got my very own Buckaroo. My excitement was short lived though because I was terrified when the Mule kicked, however I did get over this fear and enjoyed my Buckaroo game.
It is produced by MB Games and retails for £9.97 in Tesco. The box has a picture of the mule on the front, showing him kicking everything off his back. The back ground is a dessert scene. Buckaroo is described as "the balancing game with the bad tempered mule". It is for children 4 years and up, although I think it's quite fiddly for a 4 year old to balance the things carefully.
Inside there is a plastic tray containing the mule who is beige with a brown saddle, and another section which contains the base for the mule to sit on (this has to be clipped on to the mules front feet). The saddle is in here, it is made of blue plastic, along with the items to hang on it. They consist of :-
A wound up rope
A cow boy hat
A cowboy boot
A dynamite crate
A water bottle
All of these are in red plastic and in blue plastic there is:-
3 Horseshoes linked together
A frying pan.
To play the game you need to clip the mule onto the base and push its head back, this then clicks back with a spring mechanism and locks in place. When you balance the items on the mules saddle his legs start to bend until they get to the point where it triggers the spring and the mule kicks all the things off.
The idea of the game is simple. You take turns to balance the items onto the saddle and the first one to make the mule buck is out. If everything is balanced on the saddle without the mule kicking the winner is the person who places the last piece on.
It's a simple idea which has been used in various forms over the years, Pop up Pirate being one.
Although the game is made of plastic and the mule may seem a little flimsy it does wear very well. I still play mine with the younger members of my family. The only thing I would say is I think its quite difficult for 4 year olds, in my opinion you need to be slightly older, having said that it is good fun and has stood the test of time.
Buckaroo is a game that I first bought for my eldest daughter but have since invested in a newer version for my son. It isn't an expensive game (less than a tenner in most shops) and is suitable for children over 4 years of age, because of the small pieces being a choking hazard.
For those not familiar with the game it involves a stubborn mule. This mule comes complete with a base and some other pieces including blanket, saddle shovel, canteen, pan, lantern, bedroll, rope, dynamite, hat, holster, guitar, crate.
The parts are very basic plastic, and can be chewed by younger children (so be careful). The mule itself is also very brittle and I guess prone to cracking, although ours hasn't. The fact it is made from Hasbro does give you that extra assurance.
The game is suited for 2 or more players. We usually have four of us playing.
Before you start you need to attach the front legs to the base. You can then choose what level you want to play. The levels are 1,2 and 3. The higher the level you play, the more sensitive the mule is. After you have done this you press down the back of the mule, so it touches the plastic and pull the tail in order to start the game.
The idea of the game, is to get as many items on the mule before it bucks up, and all the pieces start flying everywhere. We usually start off with our youngest first, as the longer it goes on, the more likely it is to kick out and throw all the stuff everywhere.
Each time the mule kicks up, we reset the game and that person is out. The winner is the person left, after the buck has kicked up and there is nobody else left. Well that is how we play it.
The game is slightly different now to what is was like when I was younger. At that time I never used to have the different levels although it was still made by Hasbro. We still all shout Buckaroo when the mule takes a fit.
Would I recommend? Well yes certainly for the price. It is a timeless game that is very simple to play. You can play for 10 minutes or 2 hours.You can pack it away easily and quickly, which is a must in our house. The box itself doesn't take up too much space either.
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Buckaroo is another boxed game stuck in our games cupboard. This game should be called frustration also! (my other review today)
Originally made by MB games (now Hasbro), and has been around for a few decades.
I remember playing this when I was growing up and the enjoyment we all got and thought my kids would like it too. The concept is simple. Set up the bucking donkey so it's almost ready to pounce and then you have the challenge of trying to attach the items that come with the game, these being a saddle, hat, lantern, pan, rope, guitar etc. These all have little circles on them which you use to attach to the mule. There are hooks on the saddle for you to place them on as well as his ears and his tail.
You each take it in turns until the moody mule can take it no more and he buck..buck..buckaroos.
Setting it up is supposed to be easy but can be quite frustrating. The front feet slide onto the base, you select a challenge level 1, 2 or 3, which is found under the blanket (the higher the level, the more sensitive he will be) and then you push the back legs down into position and his tail down to lock it in place. Sometimes they just will not stay down and when you do get them down, then you have the opposite effect in that it is too sturdy and you can put the whole load on which is a pointless way to play the game. You then have to place the blanket into the grooves (this will not sit exactly on his back)
You can play this from 2 or more players but we usually just play it with 2 players and the winner plays the next. It is not suitable for 3 and under due to some of the plastic items being small.
The winner is the one who did not upset the donkey and make him kick up his back legs making all the items flip up in the air. It takes a steady hand to play this game (when the donkey has been set right) so there is a bit of skill involved although in the beginning it is not so tricky as you have a few options of where to place the pieces, towards the end you need to really think about where you place them.
Storing the game is easy as you just need to slide the feet back off the base and pack it on its side.
What do we think?
As I said earlier it can be frustrating getting the donkeys leg set up properly as the spring action can be a bit temperamental and my daughter has given up trying. This is a game that very rarely comes out. Also you do have to be careful that you play it in an open space as the pieces could easily get lost. I don't think we have all the original items, they have mysteriously disappeared.
On saying that, when it does go right, it is a fun game to play and the kids love it when it does buck. The tension when it has a few pieces on it and waiting any second for it to buck is quite amusing.
I think having the different levels is also a good idea as you can play with different levels of skill depending on what age you are playing against.
It does test your child's motoring skills as well as tactics.
There are as always cheaper alternatives to this game (we also have a bucking camel!) and I don't think this is made as good as the one I had as a child. I think I can count on the fingers of one hand how many times this has been out to play with.
You can expect to pay about £10-£13
On looking to see when this was first released I came across an alternative game where you play a prank game on someone sleeping. You place more and more items on them until they wake up. Hilarious! I am going to play this on my teenage son. He is forever falling asleep on the sofa!
Buckaroo has been around for goodness knows how long. I remember seeing adverts for it when I was a kid and asking my mom for one, but she thought it looked dangerous and might hurt someone, so I never got one, boo hoo!
A couple of years ago, I went to a toy swap party, where a group of us brought all the toys that our kids were fed up with, and swapped them. There, in the corner, was a Buckaroo game. It looked brand new, like nobody had ever played it before. maybe it had been an unwanted present. this was my chance to play the "taboo" game that had been denied me as a child, so I got my son to grab it quick, before anyone else got their hands on it!
Buckaroo is made by brand leader MB games, so you know that it is going to be a good quality game. The one I have got is the 2003 updated version, which contains a slightly different looking mule to the one pictured above. My mule has quite an angry expression on his face! The basic game is the same as the original though. The idea is to load the mule with various plastic items before he loses his temper and kicks them off. this is a great game for kids, because there is a lot of tension when you load the pieces onto the saddle, and then it really makes you jump when he kicks up.
The game comes with a few main pieces and is simple to set up. the box contains Roo the moody mule, the base, saddle and then lots of plastic pieces to load onto his saddle: shovel, water bottle, pan, lamp, bed roll, rope, dynamite, hat, holster, guitar, rifle box and Instructions. The new version has three difficulty levels, which can be changed by flicking a button on the side of the mule.
You set the game up by slotting the mule into the base, selecting a difficulty level, and then slotting the saddle and blanket onto the mule'sback. this is the hardest part, because slotting the saddle in, usually makes the mule kick! Once the saddle is on the mule, play can proceed. The game is designed for 2-4 players aged 4 upwards. Each player takes it in turn to place an item on the saddle, without making Roo kick.
The way we usually play is by elimination. We start on levelone and play until someone makes the mule kick. That person is then out, and we start again, this time cranking it up to level 2, then 3, until there is one player left who is the winner. The game will probably keep you amused for 20 minutes, before you get bored and put it back in the box.
The game is a lot of fun, and nobody in out house has got injured playing it, so it can't be as dangerous as my mom thought! Saying that, it is not exactly in constant use. It is in the cupboard most of the time and gets hauled out every couple of months for a quick game, before being put back. I like the tension element of the game, and the bright colourful pieces will appeal to kids.
The game costs about £10 from good toy stores.
Buckaroo! Oh how I was desperate for this game when I was little... and now I have children of my own, I just had to buy it!
It's more colourful than the 70s and 80s version so it looks great.
My children who're 7 and 4 aren't as excited about it as I was which is disappointing. I think they want it to do more.
There are settings which effect its sensitivity. If you use the least sensitive setting, it doesn't buck at all. The medium setting means it will buck near the very end, and the most sensitive means it will buck about half way through which is fine.
I think the sticking up bits on the harness need to be made slightly longer as once there are a couple of things on, it can be difficult to add anything more. We have problems getting things to stay on, they just fall off. Although maybe that's the point of the game.
Overall, great game (well I think so), but make the prongs a bit longer.
Buckaroo is a fantastic game for children of all ages! My 3 year old son loves playing it with both his friends and parents.
The game involves a mule which needs to be laden down with items such as a lantern, a hat and a rope. You gently place the items onto his saddle and try to avoid him bucking and throwing all the items off.
The game is fast paced, fun and easy to understand. It only takes a few minutes which makes it ideal for busy families or a quick game before bedtime.
It isn't very sensitive to weight which makes it ideal for a 3 year old, but older children may find it fairly boring as it is very easy to place all of the items onto the saddle without him bucking. My 3 year old can do this so I imagine an older child of 4, 5 or 6 would be able to do it easily and therefore the game would not entertain for very long.
Basically an ideal, quick game to keep younger children entertained.