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Mattel Piranha Panic
Member Name: rji0907
Mattel Piranha Panic
Advantages: Kids enjoy it, easy to play and set up
Disadvantages: Not the best game around
My son has received many different games over the last couple of years from family members for Christmas and Birthday's, one of these games was Piranha Panic.
Piranha Panic is a game for up to four players. Within the box you get the Piranha infested 'sea' two legs, a ball catcher, dice, four piranha balls and the playing 'fish' balls. There are four sets of balls all in different colours, with each set containing three balls.
To start, you simply click the legs and catcher into place on the main plastic playing board and then you are ready to go. Each player chooses a set of three balls in their chosen colour and you are ready to go. Each player takes it in turns to throw the dice which will reveal either a 1, 2, blue fish or an orange piranha. If you get a number, you simply move your ball up the 'sea' towards the top of the board. A blue fish means you miss a go and a piranha means you get a chance to throw the dice again. The second throw means you get to decide how many piranha balls you send through the sea to try and knock your opponents fish balls off so they have to go back to the start again. This is the fun part of the game though you have to be careful not to knock your own fishes back to the start!
The game ends when a player manages to get all their three 'fishes' to the top of the board and past the piranhas to safety.
Although my son enjoys this game and regularly asks if we can play it, I think the concept of the game is actually better than the game itself. I thought this game would be more fun than it was but sometimes we can get through a complete game without the piranhas taking any of the fish out which means the game can be over in the space of a few minutes and can be quite boring. The game is definitely better played with four players rather than two as there are then more fishes on the sea and therefore there is more chance of the piranhas being able to knock an opponent's fish off which makes the game a little more fun.
The price of this game tends to be around £15.00 which I think is a little overpriced for what you get. I personally would say this game should be priced around £10-12.00 maximum as the actual plastic game board is quite basic and there isn't much to the game to justify such a high price tag.
Although I am not as impressed with this game as some of my sons other games, my son does enjoy this game and as said, he regularly asks us to play it and he quite often plays it with friends when they come round so the enjoyment factor for children is obviously there. The game doesn't take up much room and is quick to set up and put away when finished which is good and there aren't many bits that can get lost either which is a bonus.
The recommended age by the manufacturer Mattel is 5-6 years which is about right as the concept of the game is quite easy and therefore younger children won't struggle with it. I wouldn't recommend it for children much younger than this as there are small parts such as the fish balls and the dice which they could choke on. My son is 8, nearly 9 though and still enjoys this game so it is suitable for children over the age of 6 too in my opinion.
Overall, I was expecting a little more from this game than I got. My son enjoys it but sometimes a game can be over in a couple of minutes and can be a little boring if nothing happens during the game. As said, you tend to have more fun with it when playing with 4 players as you are more likely to have the piranhas knock the fish back to the start and the gameplay tends to last longer. Although this isn't the favourite of my sons games by a long way, he enjoys it and therefore it comes with a recommendation from me.
Summary: An ok game for kids but there are better
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