Product Type: Character Options board games
Newest Review: ... themselves although it's probably wiser to allow an adult to supervise, judging by the mess my oldest son creates with tap water splashing... more
Wet Wet Wet is Fun Fun Fun!
Character Options Splashy the Whale Game
Member Name: jo1976
Character Options Splashy the Whale Game
Date: 08/12/12, updated on 15/08/13 (50 review reads)
Advantages: Simple to play, entertaining, possibility of getting wet, appeals to wide age range
Disadvantages: Batteries not supplied
My Dad generally buys his grandchildren board games as gifts. Some can be a bit of a disappointment but 'Spashy the Whale' was purchased a couple of years ago and has proven to be one of the better novelty games available.
The concept of this game is a fairly familiar one, involving some level of delicacy and co-ordination. The players have to take turns to remove small items from under the tongue of a large plastic whale, using a (rather flimsy) plastic fishing rod without disturbing the creature. The twist to this game is that, if disturbed, the whale will squirt out water from its little spray holes, giving the player a nasty and rather wet surprise!
Initial set-up is minimal as all of the pieces come ready assembled and fit back into the box after each use. Three AA batteries are needed which aren't suppied. The game also needs filling up with water before playing, which is pretty straightforward as the water container is simply accessed by a little pull up flap on the base. A child can do this themselves although it's probably wiser to allow an adult to supervise, judging by the mess my oldest son creates with tap water splashing back at him. The water may need topping up after every few games or so, depending on how skilful (or how silly) the players are being. Generally speaking, by the time the whale has run out of water, the kids will have lost interest anyway so it doesn't usually disrupt play.
The game is not a particularly difficult or complex one and, whilst the official recommendation is for children over five, this can easily be modified to include much younger children who will most likely love the added drama of getting wet whilst playing a board game! I think three plus is a pretty realistic option, although my two year old has joined in with the game happily too. It is worth considering that the pieces to fish out are very small plastic shapes (all various nautical items such as life-preservers, anchors, fish bones and seahorses) and would pose a choking hazard to curious little ones, so parental supervision is needed if toddlers are around.
The level of skill needed to fish out the items without disturbing the whale is actually pretty limited. As an adult player, I find it pretty difficult to knock the tongue hard enough to make the whale start squirting. My ten year old is also pretty adept at this game but it is one that he still enjoys and it is a game that the whole family can join in without older children or adults becoming bored too easily. My kids do exaggerate the difficulty when they choose to and my oldest son is perfectly capable of removing all of the pieces without setting off the whale at all. He finds it much more fun to deliberately set off the whale, however, and always cheats slightly be sitting to one side to avoid the full force of the spray - hoping to catch one of his siblings instead! My five year old, of course, loves the drama and silliness of the game, even though he's not the most even-handed of players and usually suffers the worst of the squirting. Fortunately, even when sprayed deliberately, there isn't actually that much water released and it doesn't create as much mess as you might imagine.
The winner of the game should depend on the number and type of objects that each player has managed to collect, as the different pieces are worth different numbers of points, depending on the difficulty involved in catching them. My oldest son is quite competitive and always makes a beeline for the pieces worth the most points, whereas the rest of us simply grab what we can! The official method does mean that there is some educational value to the game, through the addition of all of the points to determine the winner, although this can be simplified by just counting up the individual items instead.
'Splashy the Whale' is currently available from Toys R Us half price at just £9.99. I think this is an excellent price, considering the game's durability and ongoing entertainment value. Whilst children won't be playing this for hours at a time its silliness and simplicity, not to mention the added excitement of getting wet, does mean that it's a game that they will return to again and again. We own quite a few novelty games of this type but this is one of the best and most popular in our household.
Summary: A fun novelty game that appeals to kids of all ages
More reviews in the field of Board Game
- Tabo - try not to use the common words - A great adults game and lot of fun
- Lets Twist again like we did last Christmas.
- Great fun for all the family
- Frustration to frustrated
- Control The World
- Smart Ass Board Game
- Peppa Pig version of 'Beetle'
- Great game which anyone can enjoy
- Brilliant Game - educational and fun.
- I 'Dino' Whether to Recommend This!