“ Type: Kids Games „
Hungry Hippos is just one of several classic games that my young daughter was recently bought for Christmas and is a real fun blast from the past.
The concept is a simple one: 2-4 players can play, each taking one of the coloured hippos to control, several balls are introduced to play and then you basically start smacking the hell out of a lever at the back to make your chosen hippo stretch forwards and "eat" the balls. The end of play is reached when all the balls are gone from the playing area. The winner is the one whose hippo has eaten the most balls. There is an alternative game you can play that involves the one yellow ball included in the game. In this version, the winner is the one that swallows the yellow ball.
My daughter absolutely LOVES this, proving that some games never go out of fashion. I'm not saying this game is old but I remember playing this when I was a kid and the game hasn't changed or altered one bit! It is also refreshing to see that game manufacturers haven't gone down the traditional route and messed about with this either ~ coming out with a Simpsons version for example, replacing hippos for Homers or something (hey, there's an idea waiting to happen ~ Hungry Homers....groan!).
The disadvantages to this is that the balls are quite small and easily lost if they roll under the sofa, armchair, cupboard etc etc etc....also, when you are hammering away at the hippos, it can all get a bit noisy!
The advantages are that this game is lots of fun and doesn't take long to play. My daughter even enjoys playing this by herself if one of us is busy and it is very entertaining!
Overall, this is a great present and one that is unlikely ever to get boring! Prices vary but this can cost up to £21 on Amazon which seems a bit expensive to me. We got ours as part of a deal at Xmas so didn't pay as much as that! Still, this is great value for money and good fun all round....
Hungry Hippos by MB games.
Another one of MB Games (or otherwise known as Milton Bradley) board games and it has been around for years. MB makes lots of board games, they began in the mid-1800s and have been making games almost constantly since.
I remember seeing the adverts for Hungry Hippos as a kid and it always looked so appealing.
I tend to always buy at least one board game every Christmas, just a tradition we have gotten into, and this is among our growing collection. I have to admit that this is not one of my favourite game, as it just seems so pointless to me but both my sons seem to like it, not that my youngest of two and a half really understands the game; he just finds it funny to watch the hippos eat all of the marbles, but I do keep a very close eye on him because I am concerned about the chocking risk with the marbles.
Essentially the game is a red plastic tray in which you attach four coloured plastic hippos in pink, yellow, green and orange which you attach to each side of the tray, each of these have plastic handles which you push down to open the hippos mouth and stretch out his neck to try and collect as many of the twenty white marbles, which are placed in the tray, as you possibly can. The game can get rough, my oldest gets a little too enthusiastic and bangs on the handle shouting and laughing with excitement and my youngest cheers from the side line finding the whole situation very entertaining. The game itself is incredibly noisy because the plastic mouths bang against the plastic base.
This is quite a hardy game and I am very surprised that my oldest son hasn't broken it yet because he can be very heavy handed. Even with him playing very roughly the game is still going very strong. The instructions are very straight forward not that the assembly and game rules are very complicated anyway. I can't recall what I paid for mine but I have bought one for my nephew for Christmas and it cost £14.99 from Argos but you can purchase it in most toyshops and even some supermarkets for around the same price. There are cheaper versions available on the market but I can't vouch for the quality and there is also a travel game available which is quite fun and also no hunting for balls when the bouncy off the tray, which happens frequently due to over enthusiasm.
The game is designed for four and over and I would not let younger children play unsupervised with it due to the chocking risk with marbles. The size is 26.6cm x 26.7cm x 10.1cm and is for two to four players. It needs to be dis assembled to be placed back in the box for storage and the bag that the marbles come in is not ideal for storing them after opening so I have made a small fabric pouch to keep them in. This is a really fun game but really very noisy and not ideal if you suffer from headaches.
This is a game that I used to own when I was little and I always loved it so when my sister bought it for my daughter for Christmas last year I couldn't wait to play it with her.
The game is created by Hasbro and the box for it has changed a fair few times over the years but the one we have has a white background with the name of the game on and the Hasbro logo, all four hippos are pictured on the front of it as if they are jumping out towards you chasing the little white balls.
Inside the box you get an instruction manual although the game is pretty self-explanatory, you get the playing arena and you get a bag of little white balls about the size of marbles. The playing arena is made of red plastic, there is a circular area for playing and there are four hippos attached in pink, yellow, green and orange, to the side of each hippo there is a little well where the balls you eat will collect.
To play the game you need between 2 and 4 players and the game is suitable for ages 4 and up according to the box. You release the balls into the playing arena and then on the words go you each use the black lever on the back of your chosen hippo to make the hippos head leap up and forwards and then down and in, the hope being that some balls will become trapped into the hippos mouth and be pulled back into your well. The game continues until all of the balls have been collected and then you have to count up how many balls you have caught to find the winner.
Sophie loves this game when she wins and hates it when she loses, she tries to cheat by sitting sideways on to her hippo and blowing the balls which is my Dads fault as he suggested it when he had had a few! Sophie manages to play the game easily and the lever is easy to work, the game is made of plastic and is durable and the balls are pretty lightweight but heavy enough that they don't fly off.
I like this game as it is really fun to play but can get pretty competitive, if you are clever you can watch for balls bouncing off your opponents hippo and open your hippos mouth at just the right time. I like that the game takes no time at all to set up and hardly any time to play which means you only need a few minutes for a game so even if you are busy you can still do something with your child. Sophie does get rather over excited after we have played this game which I think is because it is so fast paced. This was a family favourite when I was little and still is now.
Oh my, these colourful hippos, red, yellow, blue and green, are they're so, so hungry but there's not much food to go around. The food, in this case, is represented as marbles. Just make sure the children don't put the marbles into their own mouths. The food is for hippos not humans!
The ravenous hippo's mouths are hand operated by the players and they are connected to a base. Under the hippos is this base which I take to be that a water hole.
Up to four players have a hippo each and then it's a feeding frenzy. The marbles are released by a small lever for that purpose only. Players operate the chomping mouths via a black, up and down, lever device and each of these can be found on each of the hippos backs.
There is one marble with a difference - the golden marble.
The hippo that gobbles up the single golden marble wins the game. But sometimes we play with a rule that whoever gets the most marbles wins regardless of the golden one. This is just for variety of game play.
Keep the marbles away from children aged three and under. This game is suitable for four-year-olds. I have observed that around the age of seven, interest and enthusiasm in the game is lost very quickly. It's the younger children who have the most fun with this.
We had one afternoon session with two five-year-olds where they only stopped for a drink and a biscuit in four hours! They developed a chant, 'Hip hip, hip, hippo' instead of the usual, 'hip, hip, hip hooray.' Moreover, they've taken the original game into a new format and now they like to play at being hippos hunting for their prey. This means that for the price of one game we ended up with two. Not bad going.
I encourage the children to count the number of marbles there are all together and the number they have caught. I have even thrown in some subtraction. I ask them to minus their winnings from the total number of marbles. Alternatively, I may ask them to add up the totals of all the players. I strongly believe in trying to educate at the same time as having fun but I only do this once in a while because children soon roll their eyes and switch off their brains to it if they've figured out that I have an ulterior motive!
You wouldn't think Hungry Hippos has any educational value with all the noise and cheering from the players and the snapping of hippo mouths but it teaches them to count and there is a skill in hand eye coordination as the mouth has to be opened at the correct moment to capture the marbles.
This is a good fun game for young children. If there are children under three around, then make sure they are supervised, because it would be all too easy for them to mimic the hippos and put a marble in their own mouths.
This game is a good one to keep in the house for young and should get a decent amount of use. We've had fun times with this.
Hungry Hippos currently costs £11.55 on Amazon instead of £14.99.
Hungry Hippos...what can I say, this takes me back to my childhood in an instant. I remember getting this game for Christmas one year and me and my sister spent hours playing on it. So when looking for birthday presents for my goddaughter I just couldn't resist after I saw it in Smiths Toyshop. Besides, I knew she'd need someone to play it with and who better but her favourite godmother ;o)
Hungry Hippos is a children's board game from MB Games. It is designed for 2-4 players for ages 4 and over (our goddaughter is 6 so though this was well suited). The aim of the game is to munch as many marbles with your chosen hippo as quickly as possible until all the marbles are gone. Whoever has munched the most wins. The game is predominantly plastic so it quite sturdy and lightweight and the red base board measures around 27 x 27 x 10 cm. The games comes with 4 coloured hippo's in Orange, Pink, Yellow and Green which simply click into place on the base. Each hippo has a black handle which when pressed moves the hippo head forward and up to gobble up the marbles. There are 20 plastic marbles for munching and you can add as many or as few as desired.
So as the balls are released the game begins frantically with a scrabble of hippo's trying to gobble as many marbles as follows. The game really is fast and furious and great fun for children and adults alike. The game also helps children develop their hand-eye coordination so its educational while great fun. Children really wouldn't realise they were learning. Then as you count out your marbles they can develop counting skills.
An great original board game from MB that's standing the test of time. Although almost all plastic the game is strong and will not easily break making it long lasting. Great for all ages and loads of fun. It is also colourful for the children, dynamic and fast moving to keep their attention. Suitable for anyone from 4 years up and worth getting for a great laugh! The game can be purchased from toy shops such as Smiths and Toy-R-Us and also places such as Argos. I have seen it priced from £10 to £17 and I got it for £12.99 a couple of weeks ago from Smiths. For the price it really is a great buy!
I always wanted this game as a kid but my mum always said it was too noisy and didnt do much.....so I rebelled and purchased a game for my daughter when she was about 5, we spent many a hour playing the game and making as much noise as we possibly could....because we could!!!
The idea of the game is to spring your hippos tail so that his head lunges forward and catches one of the balls placing it in your section, the winner is of course the one with the most balls at the end of the game. Dont expect too much from this game it is just fun and noise and more fun!
My 2 year old boy has now discovered the 'hippo game' as he calls it, now jamie is quite a destructive little man, if something can be broken he will break it. However so far so good this game has stood up to even the toughest toddler, obviously we watch him like a hawk as the white balls are just a nice size to form a choking hazard, so far again so good, touch wood!
Anyway Jamie loves this game now, we sit on the floor and have noisy fun play with this game, he manages to spring the hippos tail although he doesnt quite get the idea of healthy competition yet so basically he always wins!
I would recommend this game to any parent who doesnt mind their kids having fun making noise and getting away from the tv screen!
I bought this game last christmas for my grandaughter who is six years old and enjoys playing family games now as she loves to be sat with you to take part in games and this is one of ther favorites .
It is a simple game without much skill involved to play but is ideal for entertaining children from ages five upwards.
You can buy it from Argos and online at Amazon for around £12 upwards which is a reasonable price to pay for a game that keeps kids happy for a while. It is something they can play with their friends but if younger children are playing you may have to supervise them as there are small marbles included in the game.
The game is easy to set up and you get four hippo's of different bright colours that fit in the arena where the marbles sit, each hippo has a level to press that makes the hippo move in a forward and backwards motion which grabs the marbles out of the arena and pops them into the tray in front of the player, the one with the most marbles at the end of the game wins.
Its just a case of fastest hippo grabs the most marbles wins and is such fun for the kids to play my grandaughter ends up in fits of laughter playing this as she loves the game. It is quite durable to as it has taken some stick from her and her friends and we have owned it now for over six months and it's still going strong.
Value for money wise it's been great as she hasn't got bored of it and it is hard wearing, you have to have a flat surface to play so on the table is good enough for it or you can play it one the flloor , packing it away properly in the box after use helps to keep the game intact as the marbles could be lost if it isn't put away after playing with it.
I like the game as it entertains the kids even if it is a bit noisy it is nice to have the house full of laughter.
Happy to recommend.
Hungry Hippos was a classic game from the 1980s. It was a game I always wanted to play as a child and the parents were typically reluctant to let me play due to the incessant noise. Luckily as I had two hands, I could essentially play against myself if no one else wanted to play...everyone's a winner that way!
==How to play ==
Hungry Hippos is a specially designed plastic board with one "hippo" on each side. There is a leaver on the back of each hippo which allows their mouth to open and close. You get about 40 mini white balls that are distributed in the middle of the board and each player taps the leaver so that the hippos "eat" the white balls. That's why it is called Hungry Hippos!
As aforementioned, the game tends to be very noisy and very frantic. It involves very little skill and it typically just the luck of the draw as to who manages to get the most balls in the hippos mouth. At the end of the game, the number of balls are counted up, whoever has the most, wins the game!
I think this appeals to children over the age of 7 mostly. The small white balls would be a worry for me to give to any younger children. I can imagine they would get bored of this after a couple of years, but definitely one I loved playing a lot!
Hungry Hippos is another one of those games that I remember from my child hood and one that I consider to be a classic. We used to always play this game when we had to have our break times inside due to the rain and I really enjoyed playing it. So when me and my brother received it to share one Christmas to say I was excited would be an understatement. Since then the game still remains in the cupboard under the stairs and has provided hours of entertainment.
**What is hungry hippos?**
Hungry hippos is a game based all around, you guessed it, Hippos. The game is designed to be played by up to 4 players who have to try and eat the most marbles. The player with the most marbles wins. We have had plenty of fun playing with just 2 players however I don't think you would have much fun playing this game on your own.
**Game set up**
Being a little bit lazy when it comes to setting up board games some times I really like the fact that this game is so easy to set up. Literally it is a case of getting the hippo base out of the box and putting the marbles into the middle of the area. This also makes it easy for children to set up without adult supervision.
**Playing the game**
Each of the 4 coloured hippos work by pressing a button at the back of it, this opens its mouth so that it can eat a marble. Due to the fact this game is made out of plastic when the hippo is constantly opening and closing its mouth it can make a bit of a racket.
Despite the game being very noisy it is very easy to operate and easy to understand. This makes the game suitable for a wide range of ages and is perfect for family time.
Personally I have found this game to be very hard wearing considering the repetitive movements of the hippos. A good 10 years later and our one is still going strong. The one thing I have to say about the game though is be careful not to lose the marbles!
**Price and availability**
You can find this game in a variety of outlets both online and in the shops priced at around £10 which I think is a great price.
I love hungry hippos and think that for such a simple game it is great for providing entertainment. I would recommend this game to anyone
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I first had hungry hippos over 14 years ago and it was one of my favourite games I have ever owned. Now my youngest nephew you owns it and the little kid in me in jumping for joy eager to get involved he frantic madness. The game is made to be played between 2-4 players. Although I remember playing the odd game on my own waiting for my brother to return. When he was about we liked to play each other in a one versus one battle.
On the board are four brightly coloured plastic Hippos. Each were a different colour with a blue, pink, green and yellow (blue was my favourite). The hippos were fixed around each side of the board. In the game you are provided with marbles that you place in the centre of the board. The Hippos had a leaver on each one and when pressed the hippo lunges forward opening its mouth. The Hippo then flips back closing its mouth (hopefully filled with marbles). The marbles then drop down into your designated tray below. You continue playing until all marbles have been swallowed. At the end you count your marbles in each tray. The winner is the person who has collected the most marbles. To start the game we just used to shout "3, 2, 1 HIPPO!" and away we went.
This game can be played for hours and hours and the hippos would take quite a bashing and never brake. From what I see at the moment you can get the game for around 10 to 15 pounds. This is a bargain for me considering the hours of fun we got out of ours.
My nephew loves this game of speed and timing and I love to get the chance to relive childhood memories
When I was a kid, this was a game that I always wanted but for some reason my parents would never get for us. I was never sure why really until I became an adult myself and we were bought it as a family gift for us all to play.
At the time my youngest was 19 months old, which was too young really, but we got it out to play with the people who bought it for us, and it seemed to be a hit, so we decided that it would be a game we could play under close supervision only.
The game is a simple concept. Balls are released into the central part of the board by pressing a small lever. Each player has 5 balls at the start to release, which are a bit smaller than a marble and all white in colour. It is a game of no skill whatsoever. You press a lever on your hippo, one of four on the board. This makes the head of the hippo go up and forward before snapping down and hopefully catching a ball, dragging it back towards the throat area. The winner is the person who gets their hippo to 'eat' the most balls.
Because the concept is so simple, young kids can join in and be as successful as any adult or older child playing with them. I have found it possible to play this with 2 players, 3 or the maximum of 4, and have fun.
The games are really quick, and very noisy. You find that everyone gets really excited and just randomly bangs down on the lever that operates the hippo head, making a heck of a racket. So I now know why my mum never bought it for us, as it is the game we own that is guaranteed to induce a headache within a few games.
I find I like a couple of games maximum of this before the kids get too het up and we put it away again. This can be a pain, as to store it in the box you have to take the hippo heads off the board. Not overly difficult as they just clip on, but a bit of a pain setting up and putting away again. I find it hard to work out quite how to get it all in the box, and kind of wish it had just been given in a larger box to avoid this step. We'd probably play more often if it had.
The only downside I would say to this is you might be fooled like us that it is ok to play this with younger kids. I would offer one word of warning. The balls are small enough for a 2 year old to swallow. We found this out the hard way. I lost attention for a few minutes while the set was out, and turned round to see my son with a mouth full of the balls. We thought we got them all out, but I found one later in his nappy that had obviously gone all the way through. Nice. I felt very lucky he had not choked at the time.
The board itself mostly works ok. The levers can sometimes get stuck from being hammered too hard, but it is fairly easy to unstick them with a bit of a wiggle. I am sure we will play this as a family for a long time to come, so I had best keep a pack of paracetomol in the house for such occasions.
It's that time of the year again, that time where we have to figure out what to get people for Christmas, (am I allowed to use the 'C' word on here? I'm not sure but I've said it now).
Anyway, it's Christmas and it's time to spend more money of gifts for people we like, and in fact people we don't like, (mentioning no names at all Bob).
Sadly these days board games don't seem to be as popular due to the fact that electronic games are the younger generations first choice, mainly so they can head off to their rooms on their own and play on their DS, play station, Xbox or one of the other ones, there's plenty these days.
In my house I try to get the family together, even if it sometimes turn into shouts of annoyance and some angry comments, (usually from the wife), but for me family time is important.
So to help my quest in family time I have invested in several board games, such as monopoly, cluedo, chess and many others, including a fun filled game that involves a four fat animals and a hunger for small balls, (no I'm not talking about Loose women so don't go there, you'll only get me into trouble).
The game I am talking about is a game called Hungry Hippos, hence the four fat animals, and the hunger for balls is the marbles that the four hippos are all trying to eat. (See, it wasn't Loose women after all).
Anyway, the game of Hungry hippos has been around for many years now, in fact it has been on sale since the 1970's, and I remember having the game as a youngster, (well, younger anyway). So getting hold of it again was a must for me asa I knew that my family would love playing it, especially my youngest daughter who loves anything that involves whacking things, whilst my eldest like animals, so this game should please them both really.
And since buying it we have played that many games that I swear the hippos have lost some weight.
Firstly, the game doesn't take much setting up, in fact once you get it out of the box and push the hippos into position it's set up and can be left that way for future games, only make sure you keep the marbles safe as there are 20 of the little blighters.
The Hippos themselves come in four colours, pink, green, yellow and orange, with each one consisting of a body, a head and a black 'tail' which acts as the head flipper.
And for those that have never heard of hungry hippos all I will tell you is that it is a game of very little skill yet bring a lot of fun into such a small place.
The aim of the game is to 'flip' the hippos head, into the middle of the game board
To try and snap the marbles and drag them into your own score tray.
The heads 'flip' forwards when you whack the black plastic tail which is situated on the hippos rear end, this forces the head to lurch forward and at the same time lift up slightly so that the mouth lifts over the marble, then comes down with a bite and then retreats back into the hippos body, with or without a marble in its mouth.
The game is over when all the marbles have been eaten from the playing area, with the winner being the player who has 'eaten' the most marbles.
To start a new game simply throw the marbles back onto the playing area and, once all 20 are there, your Hippo's are ready to eat and the feeding frenzy begins.
For the record the average game is thought to last around ten minutes, but if the marbles don't want to be eaten then a game could go on for a lot longer, and as each player gets more and more excited the playing board rocks more and more, sending the marbles in play all over the place. But as the middle of the playing area is 'dented' slightly the marbles always head back to the middle, ready for the hippos heads to lurch forwards and have another bite.
It is a game for 2 to 4 players and aimed at children of all ages, and adults really, as it so simple to play, and quite sensibly it does have a lower age limit of 4 years or above, and due to the marbles I totally agree.
For me this is as good now as it was when I first played it, with it being more fun when I watch as my kids get that determined to grab the last marble that they begin to cheat, using their fingers to try and direct the balls towards their hippos, failing as the other players hippos take a bite out of the offending fingers. There's screams and shouts, with tantrums and tears... typical game playing in my house.
It is one of them games that take no previous experience to play, all you need to know is that when you press the black 'tail' on your hippo the head will lurch out and grab anything that is in its way.
In simple terms, smack the lever as fast and as often as you can until all the marbles have disappeared.
But before you start worrying about the 'tails' breaking off with too much 'whacking', well, my kids aren't exactly light handed and have given this game a proper run for its money, so to speak, and it is still going strong, with no dame to the 'tails' at all, although we have had to replace a few of the marbles over the time but there easily found in shops.
As for the price of this hilarious game, well, it can be bought for around £10.00 from places as Amazon and even Toys R Us, and for £10.00
In all, a game for all to enjoy, but watch out as it may bring out the animal in you.
The frantic marble game.
Hungry Hippos is one of my favourite games from childhood. It is so simple but I think that is the beauty of it, the simplicity, the fun, the frenzy and the laughs it produces.
On your game board you have four very hungry hippos. They like to eat marbles, so when the marbles are released it is a scramble to see who can eat the most marbles before they are all gone. Whoever eats the most wins the game, it's as simple as that.
The marbles are actually little white plastic balls are not like your traditional glass marble. They are not as heavy as a marble wither and to me actually resemble those marbles you get for cooking that you use to bake a pie crust blind with.
I would say there is no real skill to this game. The hippo is attached to the game board and has a handle at the end of it which you press over and over again in order to open and extend the hippos mouth. This is how the hippo can gather and swallow the marbles, but be careful, if you do it too quickly the hippo is prone to spitting out a few marbles that have not collected on your slot yet and they will come out of the mouth and go back onto the game board again.
The game is loud, very loud, with all that plastic banging on plastic. It's also very quick too as there are not that many marbles, only 20 and they get gobbled up very quickly. Although this game is for four players I actually used to like playing it with just two of us as you then controlled two hippos and had to work each of them one handed to get as many marbles as you could. Apparently, according to an article I read the hippos have names. They are called Henry, Harry, Homer and Happy, something I never realised when I played this game as a kid!
The game is made by Hasbro and costs about £10
I can't believe that this game is still going. I remember playing this from 1987-1989 (I think it was around this time) and it was such a fun game. Me and my dad used to play this and my mum used to get on to us about the noise that this game made. I bought this for my nephew and i've played this a few times when i've been at the house and it is still as fun and as noisy as I remember it to be. I got this for £9 online.
There isn't much to this game. It is a very Simple game. This consists of 4 Hippo's who are attatched to a plastic square and the Hippo's are facing into the square. To play this you get the little white balls that come with this, place the balls in the middle of the square and the idea is that you press the lever on the back of the Hippo which opens the Hippo's mouth and this will gobble the balls up. You keep doing this until all the balls are away and the winner is the 1 that has the most balls. You see the balls that the Hippo has eaten as they are stored at the Hippo.
This game is simple but fun. The noise part of this comes when you are pressing the button to open the Hippo's mouth to eat the balls, as the scraping and tapping of 1 Hippo is loud enough let alone 4 of them. Obviously to win then you have to gobble the balls up quickly, so it's about being quick to get as many balls as possible.
Each game doesn't last all that long since there isn't all that many balls, and after you are finished a game then i'm sure you would want to play again. I know I used to be like this when I was young and my nephew is the same.
A fun simple game which will probably make a few people laugh, and probably make a few people shout about the noise as well.
This is a game that can be played for 2-4 players, you could use 1 player but that would be pretty boring as you do need someone to compete against.
My kids usually play this game as a two player and they do get very competative about it lol. The game consists of 4 hippos all in different colours, so you can chose the colour of the hippo you want to be before you start. You then have several marbles which are places in the middle of the board, these do tend to roll around as they are places on a plastic round arena type center.
To play the game you place the marbles in the center, and your hippo has a lever that when pressed down moves the hippo forward and opens its mouth, when you push the lever down and the hippo moves forward and swallows the marbles that are in reach, when the hippo moves back it releases the marbles into a tray at the bottom, you keep doing this until there are no marbles left, the winner is determined by the person who has won the most marbles.
This is not really a game of skill but more a game of speed, the faster you go the more marbles you are likely to win.
My kids love playing this game and it really shows how competative they can be. They can easily be amused with this for a good few hours, the only thing is the game is pretty noisy so I make them play this in their bedroom, so it does give me a bit of peace for a while. I would recommend this to anyone for their kids it will keep them entertained for quite a while.
For 2-4 Players