Product Type: Drumond Park board games
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Drumond Park Pumpaloons
Member Name: karalouk
Drumond Park Pumpaloons
Advantages: Fun, Competitive, Simple to play, Easy to set up
Disadvantages: Slightly overpriced, Deflating is tedious, Doesn't get played with too much
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!
Summary: Inflatable fun.
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