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I purchased this for my 2 year old daughter for Christmas two months ago. It got stacked in the cupboard and I pulled it out yesterday to have a go. The game comes in a reasonable sized box and inside is a cardboard sheet that has the parts attached with those horrible plastic tags. Once all the parts were off the board it was time to put the game together.
The centre console needs 3 AA batteries (not included). The instructions were easy to follow and the legs slotted onto the centre console without any effort. The bee on its stick sat on top of the middle piece and then pooh bear sat on top of that. The four honey pots are then balanced, one on the end of each leg. The legs are supposed to represent tree trunks.
The aim of the game is to hop your honey pots over the bee as it moves round. If you don't get it over you lose a life. Each player has 5 lives that are marked at the end of each of the trunks by a counter that the player can move along. Each game lasts for 20 seconds and music is played for the duration. The bee moves round and changes direction throughout each game. The game is started by pressing Pooh gently down, if you want to stop before a game is up you just press him down again. Each leg has an indent for the honey pot to sit and a button at the end for you to push to get your pot in the air.
I sat down with my six year old son and my daughter ready to play. We sat at the table and I think this is best because you wouldn't have a sturdy enough surface if it was on the carpet. We pressed Pooh down and off went the bee. The first few goes our pots hardly moved off their platform and were therefore knocked off by the bee. If you pressed too hard the pots just jumped too far into the air and landed away from the game. After a few attempts I was managing to hit the button with just the right force for it to jump the right height and still land back on the platform. The kids however could not control their selves enough to apply the right pressure.
After a couple of games the kids just got fed up. This game is recommended for age 3+ so it would have been acceptable for my daughter not to be able to do it. My six year old only got it right on the odd occasion and ended up being frustrated that he couldn't get it right.
I just think this game requires far too much skill for a young child to be able to play it. As it is supposed to be for small kids it is totally inappropriate. Gladly I only paid £5.00 for this so it isn't a huge loss just a disappointment. However I think the recommended purchase price of £14.99 is extortionate as you'd have to be about twelve to have enough control to play, and what twelve year old wants to play a Winnie the Pooh game?
A game of reflexes! My daughter who is three was given this for Christmas this year. I think that it is appropriate for her age.
The game consists of a plastic tree trunk onto which you attach the branches with the scores and honey pot holders. In the middle of the trunk is a cross that you place the clear arm of the bumble bee on and then stick Winnie the Pooh on top. The game takes 3 AA batteries. You then put the weighted honey pots onto the branches. When you press down Winnie the Pooh the clear plastic arm with the bumble bee at the end spins round. The aim of the game is to push the button and the end of your branch and make your honey pot 'jump' over the bee. The winner is the one who still has their honey pot in it's holder.
A very simple game but one that I have not been overly impressed with. There are several issues with this game that I have found.
Firstly Winnie the Pooh in the centre has to be exactly upright as otherwise this causes the arm to droop and the bee jump gets stuck in the branches.
Secondly the honey pots are not very stable and even if you jump over the bee and they land in the holder they still fall out.
Thirdly the arm with the bee on it is very flimsy and will not take much pressure to break.
However, my daughter has really enjoyed pressing the button to make the honey pots jump and takes great pleasure when they actually fall down or get flung across the room.
It is a game that will keep your little occupied for a little while but to be honest my daughter played with it a few times and then it was forgotten.
Not worth paying full price for this item - argos was selling it for around £6 which is the most I would pay for this item.
Bought this as a present for a Winnie The Pooh mad child, we bought it when it was on offer and only paid £4.99, which I thought was great value. The game is made from a hard plastic, a small amount of assembly is needed but only takes a minute or two, also requires batteries AA if I remember correctly. Then you're ready for the game. The box suggests 2 to 4 players but a child can have fun hopping the pots alone too, which is a bonus . The game itself is simple to understand, even by young children, just pick your favourite Winnie The Pooh character choose from Tigger, Rabbit, Piglet or Eeyore switch on and hit your button when the bee comes to your hunny pot. This is where it can be frustrating, while the concept of the game is easy for young children to understand the timing needed is a bit harder, but once they get the hang of it they will really enjoy it.
Winnie The Pooh's friends are looking after pots of honey for him and the angry bee wants them back. Choose your favourite Winnie The Pooh Character and help keep the honey from the bee by jumping the pots over the bee as it flies around. Try not to let the bee knock over your pot.