Product Type: Mattel board games
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Mattel Piranha Panic
Member Name: cath_del
Mattel Piranha Panic
Advantages: Fun game and different to others, easy to set up, no batteries
Disadvantages: Marbles can be lost
Our household seems to have a ridiculous amount of board games available, the latest addition to our collection being Pirahna Panic. My mum's excuse for buying this one to add to the collection was that it looked unique to all the other ones around and the fact that it didn't need batteries was definitely a plus.
The game can be picked up for around £13 - £15 in stores like Toys R Us or Argos, however I've also seen it on websites such as Amazon for the same price. It's rated for those above 6 years old, and I'd say it could be played with those who are younger as it does get quite simple once you grasp how to play. Between 2 - 4 players can play the game, which makes it a great family game or just one that children can play with friends.
The box itself is quite big, however it also is sturdy so there hasn't been any issues with it breaking or the pieces falling out. In the box you get:
- 16 marbles - There is 12 marbles with pictures of 4 types of fish in and then 4 marbles with pictures of piranha's in. They look quite cute actually, however you have to make sure they don't get lost like most tiny pieces in board games.
-1 dice - not the typical dice it has the numbers 1 and 2 on two sides of it, a fish on one and a piranha on another.
-The board and it's pieces - the area where you play the game consists of 4 pieces which you have to click together. The set up of this part is quite easy and doesn't take that long. There is the main board which has 20 slots for marbles which can move to show individual piranhas in each of the spaces and 4 spaces for the bigger marbles I spoke about earlier. Then below this board is a tray which collects marbles that fall through. Attached to these sections is the backboard and legs that add a bit of decoration to the board and raise it up.
The main aim of the game is to get your group of fish marbles safe before a pirahna pops up and eats it. Each player takes three marbles which each have the same fish design and then pick a colum on the board for which they'll play in. Then you use the dice and if a 1 or 2 rolls you move to that slot in the colum you've picked. When a fish rolls, you have to miss a turn and then if a pirahna rolls you have to roll the dice to see what pirahnas go into the game board. The pirahnas are then released into the gameboard and if they hit a person's fish they have to start all over again. The main aim is to get your fish to the top of the board.
The gameplay is relatively simple to grasp, and my younger sister understood it fine. I find it better to play with the maximum number of 4 players, However, while the gameplay is quite simple, this can also be a downfall of it, as it means that sometimes a game will finish really quickly or just be quite dull.
It does have a unique feel to it as I don't think there are many games like this around, however it probably isn't the best one in our collection. I do think it is great on a rainy day or just to spend 15 or 20 minutes on, as it's not too complicated and is fun.
Overall, this is a fun game despite the fact that sometimes it can be slow. I prefer playing with 4 players as does my sister, because it makes it much more enjoyable and last longer. However, unlike some board games, I like it's unique look and the fact it doesn't take ages to set up!
Summary: Unique and fun game, aside from a few slow games here and there