Product Type: other board games
Newest Review: ... 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 an... more
Member Name: Whizz11
Advantages: Fun when he bucks
Disadvantages: He doesn't buck very often
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.
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