“ Brand: Hasbro / Age: 4 years + / Players: 2-4 „
The best thing about this game is that no longer do you have to run around and hunt out the missing dice! It is trapped in a little popping bubble and is always ready for you to play. My sister and I used to have an old game of Frustration and as her children have got older, all our old games and toys have been brought down from the attic and passed down to the next generation. Unfortunately, our game had gone rusty, the popping dice was covered in orange rust from the metal plate beneath and was rendered unusable. We decided to buy the kids the game though as it is really fun to play! I ended up buying the Toy Story version of Frustration as it is a new modern edition and one of their favourite films. ==Price and availability== The game costs £17.99 from Toys R us, you can probably pick up a plain regular frustration for a little bit cheaper but I like the Toy Story version the best. ==Game play== Have you ever played Lupo? Well frustration is very similar to this. It is a game for 2 to 4 players and each player takes a corner of the board and a set of counters. The concept of the game is that you have to move your counters round the board following the directions on the board and then get them safely home in your own corner. The first to do this wins and you move using the roll of the dice. Except it is not a roll is it! It's a pop; a very satisfying pop to say the least though. The dice is held in a little plastic bubble and to roll the dice, you push down on the plastic which pushing on a little clicking platform and the dice jumps and then lands again. The number showing on the dice is the number you need to roll. Simple....it gets a tad more interesting however and if you land on the same space as your opponents, you can remove their counter and they have to start from the beginning again! ==Fun times== This is a fun game that is simple in design but it works. It is exciting, taking your opponent's counters and strategically planning your next moves to either move out of harms reach or take your opponent. The Toy Story version of the game is great although we always have arguments over who is Buzz! The four characters are: Buzz Lightyear (Blue) Mr Potato Head (red), Woody (yellow) and Rex (green.) Their images are painted on the board and add a little something different to game, although it would have been nice to have special Toy Story counters! The game is a little bit noisy, the pop is quite loud! The dice is not always rolled fairly though when playing with Olive, she seems to be able to pop the bubble so quicky that the dice does a full 360 and lands on the same number as before! (This is a common move if the last roll was a 6!) Despite this, it is fun and an exciting way to play. The children get really involved and it has fast become one of their favourite games to play. I like it because I used to play it when I was a little girl. It just goes to show that you do not need to have batteries or anything that does anything spectacular; a good old fashioned family board game will suffice. ==Final note== The game is suitable for children over the age of four as there are small parts.
As part of the Christmas list for my 5 year old I wanted to add a few board games that we could all play...good old fashioned family fun (to balance out the Nintendo DS that Santa HAD to bring him!). I had a wee look round various toy shops and online and came up with a couple that looked good. These included Frustration. I loved Frustration as a kid and thought it would be great if he got one for Christmas. Just before Christmas store own Frustration was retailing for about £7 but you could get Toy Story 3 Frustration for £12. Quite a difference but Toy Story was quite a big thing in our house this Christmas as both my boys like it so I decided it was worth paying the difference. In case you have never played Frustration here is a brief summary. It is for 2 to 4 players and the suggested age is 4 plus. The box suggests that a game should last about 30 minutes. The basic idea of the game is that you have to move your four counters round the board and park them up in your finish area first. The dice is held in the popper bit in the centre of the board and this is probably the bit I remember the most from my childhood. Rules - there are official rules in the box and then our rules which are a little different.....I think they must have changed them over the years as both my husband and I immediately thought you played to certain rules but these were slightly different to those that came with the game. We stuck with our ones! The basic idea is that you can take your players pegs and make them go back to the beginning - hence the frustration bit! So the present was opened on Christmas morning and to be honest did not make a huge impression with our five year old - other things were more exciting. However, I was dying for a game so while the kids played me and my husband decided to have a glass of Bucks Fizz and a game of Frustration (no wonder I love Christmas so much) and it was brilliant. We were shouting and giggling and generally having a great old game - so much so that both kids put their new toys down to come and watch! We had a game every day over Christmas - it became a wee tradition for our holidays this year. We have taken it to a friends house to play on New Years Eve (they loved it) and we have even let the kids play and they enjoy it too!! It even holds my two year olds attention (he loves the dice popper) which is great and he is already trying to count as he moves his counter. So basically if you do not own Frustration and you like board games buy one now! This review is for Toy Story 3 Frustration specifically so was it worth the extra fiver - basically it is exactly the same as normal Frustration but you have the characters on the box and on the actual board you have Mr Potato Head (red), Woody (yellow), Rex (green) and Buzz (blue)....and that is it! So you don't actually get anything extra for your money except a few images. However I am actually glad we bought this one and not the store own. I do think the Toy Story link has helped the kids became more involved in the game and they argue over who goes Buzz or Rex and as it was a Christmas present I did not mind spending that little bit more. This was one of the highlights of our Christmas and still gets played every week at some point. Getting the Toy Story version was worth it for us as Toy Story is popular with my 2 at the moment. So overall an absolute bargain for us at £12 and something that will now always hold special memories of Christmas 2010 for me - and that is something pretty priceless! I have nothing negative to say about this so five stars!