Product Type: Hasbro board games
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What time is it Mr Crocodile?- Tooth-hurty.
Hasbro Crocodile Dentist
Member Name: Stewwydablue
Hasbro Crocodile Dentist
Advantages: Very quick to play, easy to get into
Disadvantages: Some might say it's too quick to play and might lead to the novelty soon wearing off
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.
Summary: A fun game for all the family - use it to decide who does the washing up
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