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Manufacturer: Chad Valley / 2-3 players / Age: 4 years+

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      13.12.2011 12:45
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      Fun game for kids and adults

      I bought this game from a Charity shop for £1, I was chancing it a bit because the box was battered but I was working on the reasoning that they wouldn't be selling it if it was faulty. I was so excited because I never had a game like this when I was a kid, so I wanted my children to have something that I never did.

      ==Hooked==

      The game 'Hooked' is a simple fishing game for 2-3 players, and comprises of a large blue plastic pond which is square but the hollow in the middle is round, 12 plastic fish (4 red, 4 pink and 4 yellow) which have mouths that can open and close, and 3 plastic fishing rods. The game requires a D sized battery (the big fat ones).

      ==How To Play==

      To play the game you place all the fish into the pond and switch it on. The fish will then start moving around the pond, quite erratically, and their mouths will also open and close. I think this works on some magnetic mechanism that is working underneath the pond, and obviously the fish must be magnetic too so they are pulled around the pond at random.

      There are two ways to play the game. The first way to play is for each player to catch the fish which are the same colour as their rod (so the red rod catches the red fish etc) and the first person to catch all their fish is the winner. The second method of play is to catch fish at random and when all the fish have been caught, each player adds up the points on the labels on the underside of their fish. The person with the highest score is the winner.

      ==Our Experience==

      As you can imagine, the concept of the game is pretty simple; however playing the game is not so easy! Once we had located a battery the right size, and that actually worked we were all keen to play. The age recommendation on the box is 4+ so I was unsure whether my kids aged 3 & 4 would cope with playing, and when I saw how fast the fish were moving I knew for sure my 3 year old would not find it easy.

      When we first played I found myself giggling throughout the whole game because you each have these tiny rods with a small hook (which has 4 prongs) dangling off it, and you are all concentrating so hard on catching a damn fish that your heads end up banging together and the rods get tangled, and sometimes catching a fish is virtually impossible. The fish move backwards and forwards, and round in circles, it really is erratic behaviour and it is hit and miss whether their mouths will open when your rod is hovering over the fish you want. Just when you think you have got a fish hooked it goes and moves backwards out of your reach. They do seem to stop every so often giving you a chance to hook it, but when there are 12 fish in there moving all over the place, locating one that has stopped for a breather is really quite hard!

      My 3 year old gave up almost instantly, much preferring to use her hands rather than the rod, but my 4 year old caught on pretty quickly and really enjoys the game. She seems to have a knack of catching her fish relatively quickly, well a lot quicker than me anyway. Perhaps my reflexes are not what they used to be, but I find myself dangling my rod and chasing fish all around the pond and only seemingly hooking one by accident, and it's usually the wrong colour! It's really quite frustrating being beaten over and over again by a 4 year old child.

      In my opinion the second method of play is the easiest because you can hook whichever fish you like, which is easier for me because I seem to have absolutely no aim when it comes to hooking a particular colour. However, my 4 year old has a favourite colour, and that favourite colour is red, so when we play she insists on fishing for the red fish. This will never change, so I am destined to be a loser at this game forever.

      ==Final Thoughts==

      Despite me being a total loser at this game, I really like it. It makes a change from all the 'learning games' that we own, and I find it is much more entertaining. Don't get me wrong, the learning games we have are great and the children love them, but sometimes it is good just to have some fun, and Hooked certainly provides that entertainment value, and my kids find it hilarious that I am useless at it.

      ==Recommendation==

      As the box states, I would recommend this game for children aged 4 and above, and they need to have good hand eye coordination. As I said earlier my 3 year is rubbish at it, and finds it really frustrating, so it would be wasted (in my opinion) on children younger than 4 years old.

      ==Availability==

      I cannot find a new version of this game anywhere, but second hand versions are available on Ebay, and I'm sure they will pop up in charity shops if you keep an eye out!

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        23.08.2010 11:35
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        We purchased this Chad Valley Hooked game for my daughter last Christmas. She loves these sort of fishy games and at the time it was on offer in Argos for £4.79 so it was a bargain price for little Xmas present.

        I remember having a similar game when I was younger but mine came from the Ideal Home exhibition if I remember rightly. I was always playing it and remembered having a great deal of fun whilst I did so I thought it would be nice for my daughter to have a updated version of a game from my childhood.

        The game comes in a brightly coloured Chad Valley box with a real picture of the product on the front and a cartoon shark holding a fishing rod - my daughter loved the look of this shark!

        Once you finally get into the packaging, you will find 12 coloured fish (pink, yellow and red), 3 rods of the same colours and the blue base which the fish go on. What surprised me about this game was that it had indeed been updated from when I was little. When I had it, the little fish were in holes and went round in circles in a "pond" and used to open and close their mouths and you used to have to try and hook them out whilst they had their mouths open. With this version, the fish are placed on to the blue base which is magnetic as are the bottoms of the fish and they shoot around the base really quickly! They are really fast too!

        There are two different ways to play this game which I thought was a good idea. The first way is just a simple case of each player trying to get all their colour fish first and whoever does this is the winner. The other game Chad Valley have created is that in the box there are some numbered stickers in the box which you stick on the bottom of each of the fish. Once all the fish have been collected each player adds up the numbers on the bottom of the fish whoever has the highest score wins.

        My daughter absolutely loves this game and it has been a real firm favourite with her for a few months now. She always gets it out to play it and sometimes she will play it with her teddies which is very cute!

        This is a battery operated game and takes 1x C battery.

        Highly recommended! A bagain priced game which is fun for all the family.

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          03.07.2010 01:30
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          a good game

          Chad Valley Hooked.....


          Chad Valley are now selling there toy range through Argos rather than before when they were based in the Woolworth's stores. This particular game is selling for £6.99 p in Argos at the moment but I think there was some sort of special offer on when we purchased it a good year or so ago now so we paid less than £5 for it.

          I wanted this game in particular as I though it was the same as one I used to have when I was growing up and thoroughly enjoyed. Getting the toy home and set up ready for use didn't really take much time or effort and the only tricky bit was getting into the cardboard box and the cellophane wrappers inside which kept all the fishes safe.

          The game is battery operated and these were included in the box when we bought it which is always a bonus. The game is pretty simple and up to three people can play at any one time. The object of the game is to catch all your fish first! Simple. You have a coloured fishing rod and this matches up with the coloured fish which are swimming about on the "pond" (the main piece of the game).

          Chad Valley have also included numbered stickers which you can stick to the bottom of the fish and this makes way for a variation of the game where the points on the stickers are added up and the winner is the one with the highest score.

          This games is slightly different to the one which I had when I was younger in the way that the fish on this game move about the board via a magnetic current meaning they dash randomly all across the place. My game used to have holes where the fish would move round with the pond opening and closing their mouths so you had to try to catch them with their mouths open. I have since picked up a 99 p wind up small version of the game I once had and jack seems to like this more than this larger more expensive one, typical!

          Jack however does enjoying playing this game with me and he is pretty good at it too. This considering he has only just turned 3 and the age range on this particular game is 4+. The fish are not overly easy too hook onto the fishing line so a lot of the time he does turn the power off and cheat a little! I sometimes let him! Lol

          All in all the game is a good one. The price is affordable and it is enjoyable to play for the hole family (or at least 3 people) It is made to a good standard and I am glad we have it in our collection.

          5 out of 5 star rating and a high recommendation


          Many thanks for taking the time to read.


          I do hope that this has been of some help/interest to you

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          18.06.2010 11:23
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          A great game that surprisinly can be challenging

          Hooked is another game I remember from years ago and this children's game is now made by Chad Valley. As with games like Hungry Hippos and such like, this is also great fun and is interactive for kids, allowing them to participate in a game in a fun way.

          The game itself is packaged well and looks interesting which is half the battle for the manufacturers so people go out and buy it. Within the box you have a blue platform which is essentially the pond, three different coloured fishing rods, 12 different coloured fish with 4 of three different colours and some numbered stickers. You will also need batteries for this game. In order to set up you just put the batteries in and then put the stickers on the bottom of each fish. Next you need to put the fish on the platform and choose a fishing rod to use. There is an on switch you flick when you are ready to begin the game.

          As there is a magnetic device under the pond/platform this means the fish move around randomly and fairly erratic. To add to the already difficult task of catching them they open and close their mouths making it harder to get the rod in and hook them.

          Not you can start fishing and the fun and games begins as you battle it out to catch fish. You can only catch fish that are the same colour as your rod and the winner of the game is the first to catch all their fish and it can get quite frantic towards the end.

          I really enjoy this game and I think it's great fun for adults and children alike. However, it does require a lot of patience and concentration. My son is still a bit young to appreciate it fully but in a year or so I think he'll be into it when he's over 3 years.

          You can pick this game up for around £5.99 which is good value I think for the amount of entertainment you get out of it.

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          13.06.2010 23:22
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          Good value game.

          I like games that have a simple concept, as I have no desire to plough through pages and pages of rules when I buy a new game. I love games that you can play with your children, as such time is so precious and valuable, and kids grow up so quickly. I had high hopes when I bought "Hooked" from Woolworths for a bargain £5 about two years ago, as it seemed to tick the boxes as an ideal game for parents to play with kids.


          As the game was not too expensive, I did have initial doubts about the quality of the game, but I found that there weren't too many components, and it seemed quite well made. The game consisted of:

          3 plastic rods with hooks on the end, in red, yellow and pink.

          3 sets of fish with hinged jaws in red, yellow and pink.

          A set of stickers with numerical values ranging from 10 to 50.

          A blue base unit which is powered by a single "C" battery.

          To set up the game, you need to insert the battery into the base unit. The base unit has several magnets inside, which move around when the unit is switched on. The plastic fish also have magnets inside them, so when you switch the unit on, they move around very quickly, snapping their mouth open and shut. The idea is to catch as many fish as you can with your hook while the fish have their mouths open. As you can see, it is very quick to get the game set up and started, which is great news for impatient kiddies!


          There are two ways of playing the game. The fist way is to try and catch all of the fish that are the same colour as your hook. The first one to catch all the fish of the right colour wins. A second variation involves the stickers that come with the game. You can stick the stickers on the base of the fishes. They all have different points values. The game then proceeds, this time with players catching fish of any colour, until all of the fish have been caught. The players then add up the points values on the bottom of their fish, and the player with the highest total wins.


          I am not a big fan of the second version of the game, as someone can win if they get a couple of high scoring fish, wheareas a player who has caught lots of low scoring fish would lose. Also, the second version of the game would not be very appealing to younger children, who would find it difficult to add the numbers up. The first version of the game is much more simple, although a third, "house" variation, could be that the players just try and catch as many fish as they can, whatever colour, and the player with most fish wins. I think this is the best variation, although it is not in the official rules, but seems to be the version that is the most enjoyable and simple, as well as being educational, as even very young children should be able to count up how many fish they have caught.


          The box states that the game is suitable for children aged 4 and over. I think that children younger than this could play, but it should be noted that the fish do move very fast and they can be very tricky to catch. A young child can easily get frustrated and lose heart. Then again, they seem to be happy just looking at the fish moving around on the base unit, as they cannot work out how this is done, and think it is magic!


          I like the fact that this is a game that kids can get of the shelf and set up and play by themselves, without the help of a parent, as it gives the child a measure of independence.


          I will just make a note of some problems I have had with the game. Firstly, the game is a very big drain on the battery, and you will have to replace it often. This is really frustrating if you haven't got a spare battery on hand and the game cuts out in the middle of a match.
          Secondly, although the fish are robust, they can get lost if your kids aren't careful. Ours got lost all over the house, and the game is hard to play if it is incomplete. Thirdly, the fishing lines are easily tangled when you are playing and it can be hard to untangle them, or you will both hook the same fish with your tangled lines!


          These things aside, I still think this game is very good value for what it costs. This is primarily aimed at young children, but it is fun for parents to play with their kids too. It is a great addition to the family games cupboard, although kids over seven years old will probably have outgrown the game and will find it a little too childish. It is a good game to help fine motor skills and co-ordination. A typical game only lasts a couple of minutes, and after about 15 minutes solid play, your kids will be ready to move on and do something else. It is a game that they will regularly get out of the cupboard, though, and is perfect for rainy days and school holidays.

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          Catch the fish with their mouth open quicker than your opponent.

          Hooked by Chad Valley is another of the boxed games that my children have owned for a few years. It is aimed at children aged 4+ but I would imagine that a 2 or 3 year old could have a go at playing this, and there are 3 rods so up to 3 players. If I remember rightly I paid £4.99 for mine from good old Woolies.

          In the box is the main base which requires 1 C battery not included, 12 fish which are 4 red, 4 yellow and 4 pink and three rods of the same colour. There are also the numbers to stick on the bottom of the fish.

          The object of the game

          To win the game you need to basically hook the most fish. There are three versions you could play. One is that you have to hook the coordinating colour to the rod you have, so if your rod is red you have to collect all the red fish. The one who gets all their fish first wins. Version two is going for any fish colour and trying to get the most and version three is similar to version two but you can add the points up on the bottom of the fish to see who has the highest total. Once the fish are placed on the base and it is switched on the fish start to move around from the vibrations and they also open and shut their mouth. So you need to get your hook in there once it is open, not as easy as it sounds believe me! Catch your fish and put it by your side.

          My Opinion

          This is a great game that we have had lots of fun playing. It does teach them hand eye coordination as well as patience. They can also try their mental arithmetic if you are playing version 3. The base can be a bit noisy when it is turned on and all the fish are rattling around but it's bearable. Sometime the hooks lines can get tangled into each other also but it's not too difficult to untangle them. As with other games we have we like to make our own versions and so we also have timed games where one of us challenges how fast we can collect all the fish on a solo challenge.

          My children love this game although it can get frustrating for them if they can't hook that fish's mouth before it shuts, the temptation to hold the fish or the bottom of the hook is always a trial! Our box is quite tattered now which just goes to show how much use this game has had, and as usual with Chad Valley games it is a cheap and simple game that appeals to young children. It is very colourful and made of plastic so durable also. The fish are about the size of small ping pong ball and I would suggest getting a small bag that can be tied to store them in the box. It would have been useful to have a container inside the base to store them in like they have done with the rods. I do wish more games would do this. The amount of times I have found an escaped fish!

          Overall I would recommend this game, it is very enjoyable.

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          13.01.2010 15:54
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          Chad Valley nail it once again.

          Hooked is a childrens game made by Chad Valley.

          The game comes packaged in a colourful cardboard box - I would advise keeping the box to store the game away as there are lots of pieces.

          ** CONTENTS **

          The game consists of a blue platform, 3 coloured fishing rods (red, yellow and pink), 12 coloured fishes (4 red, 4 yellow and 4 pink) and a set of numbered stickers.

          ** SETTING UP **

          The game is very easy to set up - just pop a battery in, stick the stickers onto the bottom of the fish, place the fish onto the platform and choose a fishing rod! When you are ready to start just switch the 'on' button.

          ** HOW TO PLAY **

          There is some sort of magnetic device underneath the platform which make the fish move around erratically (the fish are actually plastic but obviously have magnets inside). The fish also open and close their mouths to make catching them that bit more harder.

          There are a number of ways to play the game...

          Game 1:
          Each player chooses a fishing rod and can only catch fish that match the colour of their rod. For example, if you choose a red rod, you can only catch red fish. The first to catch all of their fish is the winner.

          Game 2:
          All players try to catch as many fish as they can. The person that catches the most fish is the winner.

          Game 3:
          All players try to catch as many fish as they can. The person that has the most points (on the bottom of the fish) is the winner.

          The easiet ways to play are game 2 and 3 (although some adult assistance may be needed with the adding up at the end of game 3) - I would recommend these to younger children and beginners. In my opinion game 1 would better suit older children and fishing pros!

          Getting your 'hook' inside the fishes mouth is the hardest part of the game. Once the hook is inside the mouth it is very easy to pull the fish out - it doesn't drop off the hook either (unless you shake it off or unhook it by hand).

          ** OVERALL **

          This is a fabulous game which we have spent hours playing together as a family. It's a fun, enjoyable, competative game which requires lots of concentration and patience.

          The age recommendation is 4+ years, although my daughter has been enjoying this game since she was 2 years old (under supervision of course). At first she found it almost impossible to catch a fish but after a few tries she got the hang of it - now she's quite a contender for me! Unlike many games that my daughter has played she never loses interest in this game halfway through and will quite happily play it repeatedly.

          The educational aspects of this game include hand-eye coordination, learning colours (if very young) and adding up (if slightly older).

          The game is suitable for 1 - 3 players. It isn't a loud game - the platform makes a slight humming sound, the fishes mouths make a bearable clinking noise and young players will be too busy concentrating to make any noise! There are also 3 holes in the platform where you can store your fishing rods when the game is not in use.

          Hooked requires 1 x C battery (not included). The battery compartment can only be reached by screwdriver. Battery life isn't brilliant but isn't the worst I've come across.

          It is available at Argos for £5.99 - brilliant value for money in my opinion. I very rarely come across a decent toy that costs just over five pounds!

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