Product Type: Drumond Park board games
Newest Review: ... 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 infla... more
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Drumond Park Pumpaloons
Member Name: Stewwydablue
Drumond Park Pumpaloons
Advantages: Encourage your kids to be active and my kids enjoy them
Disadvantages: The novelty wore off for me quite quickly
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.
Summary: A get off your backside and play kind of game