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We have hundreds of old children's games kicking around, many of which are covered in dust now that we are all older and busier. During a power cut we pulled out a pile of games to play by candle light.
In the pile of games was Crocodile Dentist. It probably hadn't seen daylight (and technically still hadn't due to it being candle light!) for around 8 years. The game is a simple one which two or more players can take part in. Although ideally you wouldn't really want more than 4-5 players otherwise it wouldn't work so well.
The game consists of a green plastic crocodile, which has a large head and face and a very small body. The crocodile has a hinged jaw and its bottom jaw has a row of white plastic teeth which are to be removed as part of the game.
No batteries are required which is useful, and to set up the game you simply install all of the plastic teeth into the crocodiles lower jaw. Press the button down which is in the back of his mouth and you are ready to play. To play, the players take turns in each removing a tooth from the crocodiles mouth using the yellow plastic pliers which are provided. During each game one of the teeth (this is a different tooth each time) is the tooth which upon its removal the crocodile will snap its jaws and roll forwards at you (it is on wheels). As you often need to wiggle the teeth a little bit to get them out this adds to the suspense. The person who the crocodile snaps at is the loser.
It is a very simplistic game which whilst fun to play a couple of games of, will not hold you attention for long. When I was younger I remember being so terrified of the crocodile snapping at my hand that I had a phase of not actually liking the game at all! The crocodile itself is brightly coloured and does look fun which appeals to younger children. The game is recommended for children over the age of four years old which I would definitely agree with as it can be a little bit of a struggle to pull out the teeth and for younger children who's fine motor skills are going to be less developed they may find it difficult resulting in frustration and possible tantrums!
The crocodile has clearly been made well in terms of its durability as we have had ours for many many years and it is still in very good condition. It feels robust and would not break easily. In fact the only damage is to the box ours lives in as it has gradually fallen apart and has needed a touch of sellotape to enable it to contain the crocodile. As the game is so simple there is no need for an instruction document and therefore the instructions are printed on the bottom of the box which is useful and saves paper. One of the teeth in our game has gone missing but the game still works in it's absence so this is not a problem.
My version of this game was purchased over fifteen ago but the game is still going strong as it is still widely available in most toy shops. It now costs around £9.99 and as far as I have seen has not altered at all other than the box it comes in being different.
I think this game works well as a simple one to be brought out every now and again but it is a game that children will get bored of fairly quickly. It is not a game that adults would really enjoy playing without children as it really is just too simplistic. Although, saying that I could also see possible potential for dragging it out and playing amongst friends whilst incredibly intoxicated! In terms of an ideal age I think it would most appeal to children aged around 6 to 10 years old. It does have its advantages in that it doesn't require batteries which is useful. Also it is simple enough for children to play without getting impatient at having to listen to a long list of instructions. The game itself is well made. Due to the nature of the teeth being small parts it's a good idea to supervise children - more on the basis that it seems to amuse children to place the crocodile teeth in their mouth to impress others! My brother used to do this and it is quite possible that this is how one of the teeth went missing.
Its not a game that I would strongly recommend as it is not as exciting as it could have been and whilst mine is evidence that it will last a good few years and still be brought out years later to be played with - I think that many people would feel that it was not that good in terms of value for money. I am therefore only able to rate is as satisfactory.
I am aware that there is also another version of this game (also called crocodile dentist) which is exactly the same principle other than rather than pulling the teeth out - the teeth are fixed and you take turns in pressing them down and if you are the unlucky one the crocodile snaps at your hand. Whilst I can see that this may have its advantages in that there are no small bits to the game - surely this limits the entertainment value even more? Also it's more likely to terrify younger children (and me) who do not want a plastic crocodile snapping at their hands!
In these modern times where you can play games on a telephone and playing with Wii isn't as filthy as it sounds, there doesn't seem to be as many games involving the whole family as there were when it was acceptable for me to wear shorts and have my mum cut my hair. Overall, I think this is a shame, but at least there aren't as many 7 week long Monopoly wars taking place that used to lead to inter-sibling violence and people getting written out wills as part of a blood feud caused by a cheating banker (at least, I think that's what my sister used to call me).
One little gem we have in our house that is a game which all of us can (and do) play is the Hasbro Crocodile Dentist game. I'll try to explain why it's a gem below.
A very simple toy, with no fiddly pieces which are prone to being swallowed by toddlers or getting hoovered up, the box contains the crocodile head and stickers for its eyes. The head is about as long as a loaf of bread that you've used a round's worth of toast slices from, and as tall as a large cup. The crocodile has 10 teeth and a hinged top and lower jaw. When the upper jaw is opened up, the game is set and you can now start to press one tooth at a time, taking it in turns. There is a random generator device in the mechanism for the teeth, which means that a different tooth is selected each game as the trigger.
When the trigger tooth is pressed down by an unsuspecting player, the upper jaw snaps down and the person who caused this to happen is out. The jaw is to be then reset and the remaining players carry on. The jaw doesn't snap down with bone breaking force, it's quite harmless. The aim of the game is not to be the person who presses the tooth which makes the jaws close.
My youngest daughter very quickly picked up the game's concept and hasn't needed an indepth lesson on how to play, she is now only just gone four and has been playing it since she was two. However, the manufacturers do say on the box that the game is for four years and up - I presume this is an exercise in back-covering just in case the crocodile's head somehow breaks open and exposes the springs inside which could lead to some nasty nips for toddlers' fingers. With normal use though, the game is perfectly safe.
We use the game in our house as a replacement for tossing a coin or stone, paper, scissors to see who has to do unpleasant jobs like the washing up or going out in the rain to put the chickens back in their shed. When played as a game, it's very quick for the four of us to go through, so there isn't the endurance test requirements of say a game of chess or Scrabble. This novel use of the game has given it longevity for both my wife and I and our kids - I suspect my children wouldn't have played with it for as long as they have were it not for the thrill of seeing their dad having to wash up due to losing a game of Crocodile Dentist - again!
Some might say that the quickness of a game (the four of us take no longer than two minutes to have one person left as the winner) makes the longevity of it as a toy to not get bored with diminish, but I disagree as you're not put off playing it with the kids by any fiddlyness or long oppressive list of rules. Overall, I would recommend it for a quick, fun family involving game and think it is well worth the current Amazon "used" price of from £7.99, but I'm not sure I would pay the RRP of £15.99. I think that four stars is fair - I cant justify the full five as like I said, some might find it too quick to play and soon get bored of the game. Thanks for reading.
My little grandson at the moment always seems to want to play with games. I bought him quite a few games at car boots sales recently and he seems to be addicted to them once they arrived home lol. I decided to buy from car boot sales to save a little money. The games I bought have all been in excellent condition too and saved me pounds.
This game comes in a cardboard box, the crocodile is a bright green colour and has a huge mouth and a red tongue. It has 10 white teeth and 2 huge eyes. It isn't a scary looking crocodile and is a fun one to look in my opinion.
The aim of the game is for each player to press a tooth, taking it in turns. It is designed for 2 to 4 players and for children of 4 years old and above. The croc is suffering from toothache and his teeth are giving him some grief and he is feeling a little snappy lol. Each tooth is pressed down one at a time by each player, the teeth press down nicely and isn't a struggle for the little ones to do this task. If each tooth is pressed down and the jaw of the crocodile doesn't snap, it means the next child can have his or her turn until the crocodiles jaw snaps. Once it snaps that child is out of the game.
Once the game is over the crocodiles jaw can be opened again and be played again. It is designed for the youngest player to take the turn first but it doesn't really matter which player goes first in my opinion but that is the rules lol. Then it is for each player to take turns clockwise. If you are the last player left in the game and the croc hasn't snapped his jaws, you are the winner.
My little grandson, myself and my hubby have had hours of fun playing this game. The jaws of the croc don't hurt the child's fingers at all, it is a really safe jaw and doesn't hurt or cut the fingers. It is lightweight and sits well on a surface. It is pretty large too.
This game encourages the little ones to play games together and to know how to take turns playing a game. My grandson is very happy for us to have our turn but his eyes do light up when it is his turn lol. He laughs and giggles when the croc snaps down when it is our turn lol. Such a fun game although it doesn't really do anything else but snap to be honest but it is a game where children of the age it is designed for to learn skills of having family fun together and hopefully not argue lol.
I bought this game for only a £1 from the car boot sale, I have checked websites for the usual price and it appears to be priced at around the £15 price mark. I think bought new it is a really good Christmas game and one I think the little ones would really enjoy on Christmas day. It is an ideal birthday gift too and not a price that would break the bank for a gift for these occasions.
The croc is made from a strong plastic and so it can be just wiped clean with a cloth and cleaner. It can be placed back into the box after the end of each game play and placed where the toy is to be placed.
The quality of the crocodile is extremely good, it is sturdy and I think for the usual price it is very good value for money. I am really pleased I bought this game because we have had hours of fun playing it at our home together as a family. It also learns children how to know which is clockwise too and to learn going the correct way is a part of a rule. Some adults like their children to learn proper rules when playing games and I think this is an ideal game to learn that task. My little grandson is only just over 3 and a half but he does know he has to wait his turn and is happy to do so, well most of the time lol. We do sometimes break the rules occasionally when he is planning to cheat lol. But that is part of the fun too in my opinion and brings lots of laugher to the game.
I do highly recommend this game for anyone looking for a decent priced game for all the family to enjoy together. Playing family games is a fun way to bond together and I don't think you would be disappointed in this game at all. My games is immaculate and almost new and so if you are looking to buy one for a gift for your child and cannot afford the usual price, look to buying from a car boot sale because you can grab a bargain and save lots of money and your child wouldn't know it was a used one in my opinion. only difference would be the plastic wrapper covering the box, but most children wouldn't even know the wrapper existed.
I give this game 5 stars.
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Thank you for reading my review and I hope it has been of some help.
Isn't it great when you find a game that's not only fun to play but is as harmless as watching an episode of the Tweenies with the kids, and when you find that type of game it's a blessing when everyone want to play it.
One particular game that fits into the category of harmless games with lots of fun filled excitement is a game that my family and I have owned, and been playing for a while now, in fact, I think it was bought for my daughter as a present a few years ago, when she was less 'technological wanting', so to speak.
The game I am talking about is a game involving a crocodile, several teeth and a steady hand, with the game being called Crocodile Dentist.
For the record, this game is for 2 - 4 players, aged 4 and above, although as there are no loose pieces to be swallowed then I think younger kids could have a go as long as they are capable of holding the little tooth pusher and aren't startled at snapping crocodiles.
Playing it is easy, just open up the crocodiles mouth as wide as it will go, without pushing it open too far, and you're ready to begin your career as a dentist, sort of.
Then, once the mouth has clicked into place, each player takes it in turn to push on one of the teeth, hoping that the crocodile won't snap shut.
Each player takes a turn until... snap, the player that touches the 'sore' tooth, forcing the crocodile to snap down, is out of the game.
Then it's a matter of opening up the mouth again and the remaining players go through the tooth pushing process again until all but one player remain, that player is declared the winner.
There is a one in ten chance of pressing the 'sore' tooth as there are ten teeth to choose from; so the odds are not too bad really.
This is, without a doubt, a fun game for all the family to play, even if it aimed more towards the younger people in the group, possibly around 5 or 6 year olds; but it can be played by any age really as it offers lots of entertainment, even if it can get a little annoying after the twentieth time of the Crocodile snapping at your hand.
The crocodile itself is the smallest crocodile I've ever seen, in fact, if you came across it in the wild you've more chance of dying from laughing at the size of it that if it got hold of you.
But as it's supposed to be a fun crocodile that's not meant to frighten any one at all, then the size of this crocodile is about right.
The ten white teeth stand proudly in the red mouth of the green skinned reptile with the funny looking 'angry look' which is more comical that scary.
And even when the mouth snaps shut it doesn't get scary either, just more comical as the teeth try and trap your fingers, although this is not going to happen as the mouth doesn't shut tight enough to trap anything at all, although I wouldn't advice putting your head in there as thing may just get a little nasty.
The actual loose tooth chops and changes, (get it? Chops??? ) so that each time you open the crocodiles mouth it should not be in the same place when you push it, although once or twice it has been in the same spot but it's not spoilt the game due to the fact that you end up pushing most of the other teeth before hand anyway.
The crocodile itself is built pretty well and has come through a few 'accidental' falls onto the floor when someone's been surprised by the snapping and caught the mini beast whilst trying to drag their arm out of the way.
As for the price; well this fun filled, slightly excitement injected game sells on the open market for around the £15.00 region, which isn't too bad really
In all, this is a fun game to play even if it aimed more at the younger audience, but when we play it as a family, with me being a little over 21 year old, (only a little mind you), we certainly have some fun whilst playing it.
So if you want a bit of harmless fun with a friendly crocodile then this could be for you.
© Blissman70 2012
My little one was very lucky this past Christmas and amongst other things, she was given many games. One particular game her nanny gave her which was this Crocodile Dentist from MB Games. I do not generally make a habit of looking up prices of presents though for the purpose of this review I found out that this game can be bought between £12 to £15 - too high a price if you ask me for what it is as you will see below!
Crocodile Dentist is aimed for children four years and upwards, though I think that the ages of two to three will be able to play this game easily. It is also stated that it is for 2 to 4 players, though my little one plays with it on her own quite happily.
From the size of the box you would expect there to be a lot more included with this game, though all you actually get is one green crocodile whose mouth opens to reveal 10 small teeth. The crocodile itself is quite attractive and would appeal to young children, though to be honest, that is about all on the plus side to this game.
The object of the game is simple. The crocodile is suffering from toothache and you have to find out which tooth is giving him problems. Simply take it in turns to press down a tooth. The looser is the one who makes the crocodiles mouth snap shut on their hand! The winner is the last person in the game.
When the mouth snaps shut, it actually can hurt if you are not quick enough to pull your hand out, though with smaller hands it is not too bad as with adult hands.
When you first purchase this game, there is no hard set up needed, just stick a few stickers onto the crocodile and you are ready to go.
The game literally takes a minute or so to complete and although my little one loved it at first, she has soon thrown it to the back of the toy box as it really does not keep her entertained. Although the tooth changes with each reset, with only ten teeth the game is over as quick as it has begun. To entertain her more, she has started feeding the crocodile little people to eat!
For the price it is sold for, I really do not think it is value for money. It entertained my youngster for a very short time and is now put to one side.
One of my sons presents at Christmas was Hasbro Crocodile Dentist - which he had asked for after playing it at a friends house. Its a game that I would say that any child between the age of about 18 months and 4 years would like - although my nephew, who is only 15 months, finds it hilariously terrifying!
This game doesn't have any fidily bits for you to loose - and it's essentially just a green crocodile. It doesn't need any batteries, which is a bonus, and it doesn't require any other parts to play. It's so simple to play without any real instructions to follow that even the smallest of children would be able to play it - although each game only lasts about a minute!
In order to play, what you need to do is to stretch open the crocodiles mouth so that his mouth is wide open and all players have access to the crocodiles teeth. The aim of the game is then to take it in turns to press each tooth in turn, in order to find out which tooth is the bad tooth. There are ten teeth in total. When the "bad" tooth is found, the jaws of the crocodile snap shut - and that person is then "out". The procedure is then repeated until there is only one person left and that person is declared the winner. Its important to know that when the crocodiles mouth slams shut, it is gentle and doesn't hurt at all - and my son squeals with laughter. More often than not, my son wants to loose so he gets the bite!
This is a simple game, but it's effective for small children. It seems to be fairly sturdy and seems to be able to take a real battering. It's made of plastic and so it can be wiped over when it gets mucky or dusty. Overall, I recommend this toy for a toddler.......it's mindless, but they find it fun!
When this was bought for my son I had in my head that the teeth had to be pulled out and the dispare on my face said it all. The pieces were going to get lost my daughter who was one at the time would be picking them up and trying to put them in her mouth it just screamed safety hazzard.
This came in a big square box with a picture of a crocodiles head with its mouth open and childern putting their finger in the mouth. When we took it out of the box I was pleasantly surprised. It was a large crocodiles head that you opened the mouth and would stay open until you pressed the triggered tooth. Yes I did say press. This was the best thing about this game you had to press the teeth and not pull them which means no loose bits. Its head is a nice bright green and there are 12 teeth and each time you play the game the triggered tooth is a different one.
Our favourite thing about this game is that we play it very quickly and we get lots of game out of it. I have also found that this game is brilliant for my daughter she has been able to press the teeth down but did used to get a little scared when it snapped down. It doesnt snap hard so this will not hurt fingers and will always turn into a competition when we play usually ending in my son winning.
I love this game it is very simple to play, it is a simply design, it doesn't need batteries and you can have hours of fun out of it. This is a highly recommeded game for children under the age of 10 and can be played as a family. This was bought as a presant by a family member so I can't tell you how much this cost but I do know that toys r us do a buy 2 get one free on this games range.
Crocodile Dentist is a game made by MB games and it retails at around £10 from Amazon.co.uk.
I bought this game for my son at a car boot sale for 50p when he started to show an interest in turn taking games.
When you open the box you see a large green crocodile head made from plastic. The mouth opens and closes, and inside the mouth are teeth.
The aim of the game is to take it in turns pressing down the teeth until you find the tooth which makes the mouth snap closed. That person loses the game. To start the game again you simply open the mouth and away you go.
The game is for between 2 and 4 players, and for children aged 4 and up.
My son is 3 years old and understands how to play this game, but I don't believe that it will last him long. He is already bored with it. My 1 year old enjoys pressing the teeth down even though he doesn't understand about turn taking. The snap of the crocodile's mouth is quite fierce but makes my children laugh.
I would be quite upset if I had paid the full price for this game as I don't believe it is worth that, but for 50p it was a bargain and something that I don't mind if it only gets played with a few times.
I certainly wouldn't recommend this for any child over about 4!
My 2 oldest children have just returned to school after the long summer break. It was a very wet and uneventful break for them and we were unable to afford a holiday this year so it was very much a staycation. However as an end of summer treat we booked a 2 night break at a hotel and spa, the children were well served by the swimming pool and enjoyed this very much. As we were going to be away from home for two nights with 3 young children we decided to bring some games and art activities for them to play in the evening. One of the games was Crocodile Dentist, this was bought for one of the children last Christmas but had not yet been used so we thought it would be something different for them to play.
Our version of Crocodile Dentist is from MB Games, it is for 2-4 players and for players aged 4 years and over. The box for the game is bright and colourful with a cartoon crocodile and some children on the front and sides. On the back of the box are the instructions on how to play. When I opened the box I was pleasantly surprised that there were only 2 elements contained within, the plastic crocodile head and a sheet with some stickers. The stickers were the eyes and nostrils for the crocodile and had to be affixed to the plastic head. I took out the head and looked all over for a battery compartment, I then checked the box to see how many batteries were required and to my astonishment there was no compartment and no batteries required, quite unusual for a modern game.
The object of the game is to press down the crocodile's teeth without getting chomped. The youngest player goes first, this always pleases my son and irritates my daughter. Basically you ensure the crocodile's mouth is fully widened and then each player takes a turn to press down on a selected tooth, if you are lucky nothing happens and play passes to the next player, again they press down on a tooth. The crocodile randomly chomps down on a player when they press a tooth and if this happens you are out and after widening the mouth again play continues until everyone is out, the winner is the person left at the end without being chomped.
This is a very simple, low tech game but we had fun playing it. I don't think it would entertain children for hours on end and there are no sophisticated tactics or game play involved. It is just down to pure chance as to who the crocodile chomps, I think this is what my children found so amusing. It is a bit of a shock when the mouth closes down on your fingers but it is not scary and it does not hurt. My children are aged 8, 6 and 22 months, the game is aimed at children aged 4 and over but I can see no reason why a younger child could not play in fact my youngest was able to grasp the practicality of pressing down on the crocodile's tooth and he was very entertained when the mouth closed down. There are no small parts to the game and no electronic parts, no really sharp edges so I can see no reason why a younger child could not join in.
This game passed some time for us and the children enjoyed it with no major temper tantrums as to whose go it was or who won. It is a game that could be put away and played with occasionally as a bit of a change from other types of more sophisticated game. I would recommend this as a straightforward game for all the family, a bit of easy fun and no batteries required.
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This game is one of the many delivered by Santa for my two boys this Christmas. I hadn't heard of this particular game before, but it is a boxed children's game made by MB Games. I've played lots of MB games over the years and have always found them to make good quality, durable and fun games, so I had high hopes for this one.
I was pleasantly surprised when we opened the box to find that it contained just a green plastic crocodile face and a pack of stickers. No messing about with complicated assembly and lots of little parts to mislay. (The fiddly little bits and pieces and attachments are the bane of my life with some kids' games.) The instructions were also pretty simple and straightforward and were clearly printed on the back of the box. (So again, no instruction leaflets to get lost or for the little ones to scribble on or chew.) An additional bonus, appreciated by all parents, is that this game doesn't need any batteries. The only thing we needed to do before the game was officially ready for play was to stick on the eyes and nostrils of the cute plastic crocodile that comprised the whole game. This is, obviously, something of a responsibility as a wrong move could result in the croc being boss-eyed or wonky-nosed for the rest of his game playing existence! Luckily, I rose to the challenge and managed this aspect adeptly. (Just don't ask me to set up a Scalextric track or anything along those lines!)
The concept of the game is really very simple. This makes a refreshing change, as I can't stand those games where you have to spend twenty minutes reading the instructions and then the same amount of time explaining them to the rest of the family. To get the crocodile ready for the game, you just need to open his mouth as wide as possible until it makes a very slight click. In this game, each player (up to a maximum of four players) takes it in turns to press one of the ten plastic teeth within the crocodile's mouth. Apparently, the croc has toothache and the player that presses his poorly tooth is rewarded by the crocodile's jaw snapping down on his or her finger! Don't worry - even with his poorly tooth, Croc's bite isn't very sharp and my youngest can survive a bite by this cute croc without any tears - in fact it gets lots of smiles and giggles! The instructions recommend that you reset the croc after each bite and that the players continue in turns until there is only one person left who hasn't been 'bitten' by the crocodile and that person is declared the winner. To be honest, we just reset the croc (by re-opening his mouth) and then start afresh, as winning or losing doesn't seem such a big issue with this game.
The recommended age range of this game is listed as being 4 years and up. I don't really understand the logic behind this age range, to be honest. I have learned to my cost that age recommendations are usually fairly accurate and that games with a higher age range can often be too complicated or long-winded for younger children to understand or enjoy. Well-meaning relatives have bought my oldest son presents aimed at older children, in the belief that they will last him longer, unfortunately he's usually just got frustrated or bored with them and, more often than not, they have been damaged or had pieces missing by the time he actually reached the age where he would appreciate the game. That's certainly not the issue with this game. The concept of the game is so, so simple that my youngest boy, who isn't quite eighteen months old yet, can play it and enjoy it. The only other reasons I can think of for a comparatively high age recommendation are for health and safety reasons - where there are small pieces that little ones could swallow or sharp edges etc. Neither of those apply in this instance, as far as I can tell. There are no little pieces as the game consists of just one large plastic crocodile head (and the teeth seem pretty sturdily attached.) The only health and safety issue I can think of is when the croc's mouth snaps shut but, as I've already mentioned, this doesn't shut with enough force to cause any harm, even to little toddler fingers.
In spite of the age recommendations on the box, I'd recommend this for a much younger child. As I've said my (almost) eighteen month old child can play this game and really enjoys it. He screams out loud with laugher each time somebody presses a tooth and screams even louder when the croc's mouth shuts - regardless of whose finger he catches! It's a very quick game and, as there are only ten possibilities, he doesn't have the chance to get bored before the croc bites. My oldest son is six and also enjoys this game but I think he would tire of it before his younger brother. I'd imagine a two, three or four year old would get the most enjoyment out of this game as it's such a simple concept, but it is genuinely good fun. (Even I squeal like a big girl's blouse every time the crocodile's jaw shuts on me!)
I suspect we'll get quite a few years' play out of this one but it is the sort of game that you're only going to want to play for five minutes or so at a time. It's not one that's going to keep the kids occupied for hours, unfortunately! Nonetheless, good simple family fun, especially for younger kids (regardless of what it says on the box.) Pricewise, RRP in December 2008 is £9.99, with the game currently available from Amazon at £9.73.
Use the special tooth tongs to wiggle out one Croc tooth per turn. But don't pull the one that triggers Croc's touchy temper or, Snap. He'll growl, charge and chomp and you're out of the game. To win, be the only dentist who dosen't rile the crocodile. For 2-4 Players. Ages 4 Years+