Product Type: Drumond Park board games
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Dino Bites and Dino Frights
Member Name: princesschickpea
Advantages: great quality, loads of fun
Disadvantages: can be scary for young children
I bought this game for my four year old twin sons, who are dinosaur mad and had begged me relentlessly for Dino Bite ever since they'd seen an ad for it on TV. They're still getting the hang of traditional board games, but this seemed straight forward enough, so I picked it up in Smyths toy store for £14.99 (and it is still on sale in store at this price.) It is for 2-4 players and from ages 4+, though our two year old has played once or twice and we've played with 6 players before too, with no problems. It's about 9 inches long and 8 inches tall, and the nest opening is generous enough to make playing easy for kids. There is an on/off switch on the bottom.
The game is simple. Each player rolls a dice which gives them a colour. They then have to lift the leaf covering the dino nest, and take out an egg of the right colour. If the dinosaur bites, you're out. Apparently you're saving the eggs from a rampaging T-Rex, but my sons are convinced that we're the ones stealing T-Rex eggs. Sometimes it's nice to not always be the good guy! It's basically the same premise as any other kids game where something happens suddenly, such as Buckaroo or Pop Up Pirate. When the game starts, you simply push back the dinosaur into an upright position, which my kids can do themselves. The base plays suitable prehistoric noises, such as growls, and when the dinosaur lurches forward, it makes roaring noises. The dinosaur doesn't actually bite, it simply opens its mouth, so the players won't come to any harm. A set of plastic tweezers shaped like a dinosaur's head (maybe a pterodactyl - hence why it makes sense that players are the egg thieves) are included for picking out the eggs, but we usually play without them, as they are difficult for the little ones to use.
The quality of the game parts is great. The base is really good quality plastic, as is the leaf and the dinosaur itself. We had to attach the dinosaur to the base when we first bought it, but it's easy to do. There are plenty of coloured eggs (20), and even the tweezers are good, thick plastic, meaning they won't get snapped by over zealous players. Overall I'd say the game is durable enough to last many, many games. Batteries were not included (are they ever?!) but it takes 2 AA batteries which are easy enough to get hold off at a reasonable price.
The only downside is that one of my 'dino expert' sons was frightened of the game, despite being reassured that the dinosaur can't hurt him and that it's just a toy. This won't be a problem for every family, obviously, but if you have a child who doesn't like sudden surprises, I'd advise you to give this one a miss. My son eventually overcame his fear (though he does whisper 'be brave, be brave' to himself while he's playing!) and does enjoy playing it now.
In all, I'd say this is a great buy for any dinosaur obsessed child, and it's actually a lot of fun to play for adults too. Although its educational value is limited, it helps children with their colour recognition to a certain extent. It's definitely worth the money we spent, has been played loads and is one of our favourite games.
Summary: Lots of fun for dino fans young and old
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