Product Type: Drumond Park board games
Newest Review: ... now believe T-Rex parents did care for their young - so it seems more like you are stealing the eggs/ babies. The babies are all very s... more
Dino bite? Dino might!
Member Name: ghoti
Advantages: Really well thought through, thoroughly playtested.
Disadvantages: Batteries and noise, but that's to be expected.
My dinosaur-mad four year old was really excited when she saw this advertised. Since then, she's returned to the topic of 'the game where you have to stop the dinosaur being eaten' on a daily basis, whenever the subject turned to Christmas presents or just an opportunity presented itself. So, I duly bought it for her, and she was very excited to open it and get playing straight away.
First off, before we even played, our family (being of the pedantic nature) had an argument about whether T-Rex would even be interested in eggs. On balance, we decided not, but that he might pick up an egg if it were easy pickings. The makers have clearly thought of that, though, as the babies which need to be rescued are new hatchlings, not eggs. That also makes it easier for younger players to grip them, a lumpy surface rather than smooth.
In play, it was better than I expected, as you don't choose a colour and stick to it, you are told by a die roll which baby to take. This means one player isn't left with an impossible task as all the green ones are under the others, for example, a problem we've run up against playing other games of this type. It's a knock out game, meaning it's more interesting for a couple of players at the end, and would make an excellent two player game (we've played it with four. Also, if you had more players than four, it could expand to fit another player or two. So it's fairly flexible.
The dinosaur isn't too loud or shocking either, but, although we weren't sure we'd fit it right the first time, it worked really well.
And my daughter? She isn't as keen as she thought she would be, but she's still very glad she got it.
Summary: I'm sure it will remain a well loved game for a long time