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My eldest daughter has had this game for three years now, and as we have a younger daughter following up behind her it doesn't seem that we will be able to make these Pumpaloons "disappear" (put them on a car boot sale in parent-spaek) anytime soon.
Pumpaloons might sound like Victorian anti-flatulance trousers, but what they are is one of two inflatable figures, just over a metre high when inflated. The box they come in also contains the pumping devices, which are simple diaprhagm style foot pumps and the hoses which connect the pump to the pumpaloon.
The aim of the game is to be the first to fully inflate your figure by using the pumps, and as my youngest daughter only weighs about three stone she struggles to get enough force to use the pump so often loses. I wouldn't say that you need the body mass of Geoff Capes to use the pumps, but smaller children will probably always lose to bigger ones. The figure is deemed to be fully inflated when a squeaky noise is made by the pumpaloon - they both have a squeaker inside them which only sounds when the pumpaloon is fully inflated. I think it is a plus point that this game requires you to get up off the couch and physically do something, most games these days don't encourage much physical activity.
The pumpaloons themselves are based on a dome which is filled with soft sand, so like a giant weeble they will always end the right way up. Both of the pumpaloons are different - one is stripey, one is spotty and both are combinations of garish different contrasting colours. I think they sort of resemble Mr Blobby, but with the added benefit of not having Noel Edmonds in your living room every time you play with them.
My daughters enjoy having a game of pumpaloons very much. Personally, the novelty wore off for me after two goes but as they are aimed at children and not grumpy 30-something parents who prefer XBox games, I won't let this affect my star rating. They seem durable - we all know that kids can play roughly with toys but after three years they have never popped and the pumps still do their job. On a negative, once they have been inflated don't forget to deflate them and pack them back into the box - I once thought we had two dwarf intruders in the middle of the night whilst fetching a drink from downstairs as they were both still inflated in the middle of the living room floor!
They are currently available on Amazon for £7.50 which I think is a good price. Overall, I give them five stars.
My daughter asked for a game called Pumpaloons for Christmas last year, after seeing an advert on television for it. Sure enough, Santa delivered!
I brought it from Tesco for around 17.00. It's currently widely available at most toy shops, supermarkets, online stores etc and costs around the 15.00 mark. It is made by Drummond Park, is recommended for children 4 years onwards and is suitable for up to 2 players. The game comes in a colourful cardboard box and there are instructions inside. The game consists of 2 Pumpaloons (which are funny looking inflatable people), 2 tubes and 2 pumps. The game is very easy to set up - just push one end of the pipe inside the Pumpaloon and the other end of the pipe in to the pump.
My daughter was very pleased to receive her game and was eager to try it out. As she had to play against an adult, we gave her a head start! She initially found it quite hard work to pump up the Pumpaloon (I used to help her out) but since then she has got a lot better at it and can pump up a whole Pumpaloon on her own. Very young children may need a helping hand. You can use your feet or hands (or any other body part) to pump up the Pumpaloon. The Pumpaloons have weighted bottoms so as they begin to inflate, they stand themselves up. They look very funny as they transform from deflated lumps of plastic to fully grown Pumpaloons - I'm sure this would appeal to most youngsters. They stand fully inflated at 3 feet and it usually takes a minute for my daughter to fully inflate her Pumpaloon. The Pumpaloons come in 2 different colours and designs - one is blue with red spots and funny face, the other has orange and pink stripes with a funny face. My daughter has been known to keep her Pumpaloons inflated for a few days, just to play with them and jump on them!
The aim of the game is pump up your Pumpaloon the fastest and beat your opponent. It's very competitive (especially when the adults get involved!) and a lot of fun - my daughter usually laughs her way through it. When your Pumpaloon is fully inflated you can squeeze its head (which lets out a squeaky sound) to signal that you are the winner. There is some confusion with the squeak, as sometimes the Pumpaloons squeak by themselves when they're fully inflated but sometimes they don't - this is a minor downside in my opinion.
To deflate the Pumpaloons you need to squeeze the valve and flatten the Pumpaloon until it's fully deflated and ready to pump up again. This is pretty easy for adults to do but quite awkward and tedious for children. My daughter often gets distracted and looses interest in the game whilst I deflate the Pumpaloons!
My overall thoughts of this game are that it's good, competitive fun. It's not one of my daughters favourite games, she doesn't get it out to play on a regular basis (maybe once every month or two) but she enjoys it when she does - in fact, we all do! I think it's a little overpriced for what it is and I would recommend shopping around for the lowest price. I think this game would be fun for children up to around 8 years old and would be enjoyed by both girls and boys. I can imagine this would be a hit among adults/families too - we all had a great time using it over the Christmas festivities!