Product Type: Drumond Park board games
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DOH! NUTS! I can't pick up any doughnuts!
Member Name: karalouk
Advantages: Nice idea, Rather nostalgic, No batteries required, Not a noisy game, The masks look hilarious!
Disadvantages: Doughnuts are impossible to pick up, Masks are too big and heavy, Play board is too small
Doh Nutters is a childrens game made by Drumond Park. This game has been around for years, I never actually owned it but I remember playing it with my cousins when we were kids in the early 90's. So when my daughter received it for a present last Christmas it brought back lots of nostalgic memories!
The game consists of a thin cardboard 'playing board', 12 plastic coloured rings (or 'doughnuts') and 4 elephant masks.
The game is very easy to set up - just put the playing board down on a flat surface (such as floor or table), put the doughnuts on to the playing board and choose an elephant mask. Each elephant mask has a different coloured pair of glasses (blue, yellow, green, red) - the colour of the doughnuts you must collect will depend on the colour of the elephant mask that you choose. All masks have an adjustable elastic strap to fit around your head.
**How To Play**
The rules of the game are really simple. Use your elephant mask to pick up the doughnuts - the first person to get all 3 of their coloured doughnuts on to their trunk is the winner (there are 3 doughnuts of each colour). Hands are not permitted!
Initially we were all quite eager to play this game but it soon became clear that my memories of it were significantly more exciting than the reality! The idea behind the game is good but the trunks have been designed in a way that it's impossible to pick the doughnuts up. Even I find it hard to pick a single doughnut up, so my 4 year old stands no chance! Whenever we get the game out she has no choice but to use her hands, which isn't really much of a challenge. On the rare occassion that you do manage to get 1 or 2 doughnuts on your trunk, it's then impossible to get the last one on to your trunk as they all fall off again!
The other problem is that the masks are quite heavy and the 'adjustable' strap is too big for my daughters head, even when stretched to the very last piece of velcro. This is quite a silly flaw considering the game is designed for children 4+. I think most young children would find this a problem (I even find the mask a bit too heavy for me). My daughter usually has to use her hands from stopping her mask slide down - so that's one hand to hold the mask on and the other hand to 'encourage' the doughnuts on to the trunk!
One more problem is that the play board is too small. We all end up bumping heads and pushing each other out of the way, before pushing the doughnuts off the board and all over the floor/table...
The game is designed for 2-4 players. Two good points are that it isn't a loud game and it doesn't require batteries. Another good point is that the masks are hilarious - I can't help but laugh when I see anybody wearing them (particularly adults), they're ridiculously funny!
The game comes packaged in a colourful cardboard box. The box is rather disappointingly flimsy and is hard to fit the pieces inside. A minor downside I suppose, but still a downside.
It can be found in most toy shops/stores that sell toys (Argos, Toys R Us, The Entertainer, Tesco etc) and can retail anywhere between £8.99 - £16.99.
Overall, a fun idea but with a few too many design flaws.
Summary: Fun idea but with a few too many design flaws.