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Monster surgery by Spears Games is a take on the popular game Operation. It has the same feel and idea behind it and although the quality and size doesn't match that of Operation it can still provides some fun. A simple game which of trying to operate on the monster without making him shake is the idea of the game. As a child I remember the game operation it was a game that used to infuriate me I hated it getting the better of me. A steady hand is the name of the game. Monster Surgery is quite a small basic game. We have been bought this game twice for my son's aged 5 ½ and 4 years old and even after it was bought a second time it still didn't encourage my children to play with it more. As soon as I opened the large cardboard box measuring 33.5cms by 26cms and 7.5cms in depth I was instantly disappointed and so were my son's too. The actually game measures 24.5cms by 17.5cms and 3cms in depth. The box itself was packed out with cardboard. The size of this game makes it perfect for sitting on your knee but not that brilliant for the recommended 2 to 4 players! When set up on a table it feels like you are sat round a postage stamp! The green man monster isn't too scary for young children and has a slight comical look to it. Within his body are 11 different shaped holes with a small depth of about 1cm. To put in the 11 different shaped holes are 11 different shaped very thin items that loosely fit in the correct holes. Like the game itself the lose items are very small and can be a bit fiddly. The tweezers that are attached to the game by a small thin wire are then to be used to get the pieces out. But to make it difficult with the help of 2 AA batteries the monster shakes when the tweezers touch the metal bottom of the holes. To decide which piece you are to try and tackle in removing it there is an arrow dial you flick and twist with the pictures of the miniature pieces. Whichever the arrow ends pointing to you have to try and remove. I think having the dial attached to the game is handy. The game itself is fairly simple and was one both my boys picked the concept up pretty quickly. What they didn't like about it bearing in mind neither of them had ever seen operation so couldn't compare like me was the size of the game and the rather weird shake it would give when the tweezers touched the metal bottom. Instead of a shake it was more like a violent quick shudder. My youngest son tired of it quite quickly as he didn't like the shudder motion and my eldest son wasn't long after. It different provide quite the fun I first thought it might. Everything about this game is on the small side and that disappointed me a little. Since that first game both of my boys rarely bother with it and when they do they general just play alone. Me and the boyfriend have played it a couple of times but just like Operation I get frustrated with it. For me it is the shudder that gets me I would much prefer a buzz concept like operation. Even though the game is quite small as I keep mentioning it is quite neat and compact. At the top is a small pull out draw that houses the loose miniature pieces which I find handy as then they don't get lost. I like this redeeming feature of it and of course the dial that is at the top of the plastic board. The game is available from Tesco's priced at £5 which I do think is a fair price. I guess with this game you do get what you pay for and you are not getting a bargain. If you can put up with the strange shudder and the size of it then I would recommend this game, not really for us though. Recommended at age 4 years and above I would definitely say stick to this and maybe even older.
This is another of the games that my daughter, Emilie, got for Christmas and is an alternative take on an old favourite ~ namely Operation. This time around, the victim in question is not a randomly selected NHS patient but instead something resembling Frankenstein's Monster and instead of just body parts, players must also remove various tools.....amongst them a hammer, a screwdriver, a circular cog and a screw. Gone is the red nose that flashes when you fail to remove the selected body part correctly and gone is the buzzing sound of alarm that also used to sound. Instead, in this variety, the Monster just shivers violently. But apart from all this, what remains is essentially the same. Each player spins a dial to discover what they are charged with removing and if they successfully do so, then they get points that vary according to how difficult each part is to extract. The person with the most points once all items have been removed is then the winner. At first, I thought this looked pretty good and indeed, me and my daughter have had quite a bit of fun playing it together. But the game is not without its faults. When the Monster shivers, as I mentioned previously, it does so violently. So violently that often the pieces are thrown all across the room!! Can you imagine anything else less fun and more likely to kill someones enjoyment than having to stop every five minutes to try and find all the bits that have been scattered all across the living room? Also people of a nervous disposition should probably stay clear, as this has often made me jump out of MY skin when I have played it and set the Monster off let alone somebody more sensitive! Overall, this is a nice idea and a good effort at attempting to do something different with a classic piece of nostalgia. But it doesn't ultimately quite come together as well as it would like to..... I am not sure how much this cost as it was a present but similar style games go for around £10 in Asda. Frankly, that feels a bit too much for something that throws its bits all across the playing area.
I generally start my toy reviews with an age range I feel is appropriate for this toy. In this case I do not know where to begin as I really do not think this toy is appropriate for any age. It certainly appeals to young children. the game is basically like the classic operation, but looks all the more fun with a monster for a patient. My 5 year old was over the moon when his Dad bought him this. I thought it looked like a brilliant idea too. I liked the fact that all the parts store in a built in drawer and it uses a built in spinner instead of cards. All in all it looks like quite a nice design. The problem is, that instead of using metal sensors at the sides like operation, they must have saved money by making one solid metal sheet for the bottom. Any time the tweezers used to retrieve a body part touch the bottom the monster shakes. He really shakes, parts fly through the air and end up under the table behind the settee, in my cup of tea, everywhere. Now this is so sensitive, I believe it is next to impossible for the average child. My son absolutely could not ever get a part out, neither could I. My husband did manage after taking all the parts but one out and trying for 15 minutes. My son was obviously terribly disappointed. My youngest though does like the game. He loves to make the monster shake and watch the bits fly over. He also finds watching Mom crawl about picking up the pieces amusing. I suspect he would rather like 52 card pick up as well, as long as only Mom picks up. Of course I am afraid my dear husband is something of a sexist. He tells the boys, "If God intended you to pick things up he wouldn't have made women" - fine talk from an atheist. At any rate my opinion of the game as a toy that does not work for my oldest son is not to high, as a monster parts pick up for Mom it is even lower. The game is pure rubbish in my book. The only reason this gets one star is that dooyoo does not allow zero or negative stars. I feel the only people who might be able to play this would be adults with exceptionally steady hands. So if you happen to know a bored brain surgeon who enjoys practicing on toy monsters, or perhaps a member of the army bomb disposal unit who enjoys pointless children's games, this may be the perfect Christmas gift. Otherwise only give to people you dislike.
This game is a bit like "Operation", but with a monster design instead. The aim of the game is to try and operate on the monster, take out the body parts and all without making him shake. The operating table is quite sturdy, it has the monster lying on it ( looks a bit like Frankenstein) with all the spaces where each body part goes. The monster is raised up on the table, he is green and has lots of scars on his body. There is a bolt through each side of his head and several wires drawn on to look as though they are attached to his body. In the right hand corner is a spinner with a small arrow which will point to imagesof the various body parts which you must try and remove. The body parts are all kept in a handy little tray underneath the table. Each body part is worth certain points, the trickier ones to get are the ones which score the higher points. The brain is worth 10 points, the hammer is only worth 2 for example. There is a pair of tweezers attached to the table. If the player removes the piece without touching the sides then he can keep the piece, but if he touches the sides then the monster will start to shake and the piece has to go back. The game is over when all the body parts are gone. My chidren enjoyed this game but it does take a lot of concentration, especially for younger ones. My son got so fed up with the monster shaking that he now plays it without the battery in- defeats the object really but it saves on the tears! The game is well made, the tray underneath is useful so no pieces get lost and it is very lightweight. It is also very small, only half the size of the box it comes in but at least it doesn't take up much room! It is for ages 4 years and up as it contains some very small pieces and the estimated time of play on the box is 15 minutes but it took us a lot longer than that! It provides lots of fun and excitment among the kids but also a lot of frustration, some of the pieces are very tricky to pick up! The monster is quite amusing when he shakes, he goes pretty fast and the kids thought he was great, very colourful and entertaining. There is a little clip underneath the table to hold the tweezers in place but they don't stay in, not a big issue, just a minor point!
Monster Surgery is available from a few different stores, including Tesco and Smyths. It costs between £6 and £8 depending on where you buy it from, which I think is a very reasonable price for a board game that includes a moulded plastic board and a vibrating function. The aim of the game is to score the most points performing surgery on the monster. You have a pair of tweezers, which are attached to the board so they won't get lost, and a plastic monster shaped board with a variety of little shaped holes in him. Inside these holes you place a selection of unusual organs such as a brain and a bolt, before getting started. When the game is underway, each player spins the spinner to see which piece they have to try to remove on their turn. If they make the monster shake when they try to extract their piece, which happens if you touch the metal underneath the organ with the tweezers, then the organ has to be returned and the turn is over. If the player sucessfully removes the organ without setting the monster off, he or she keeps that piece. At the end of the game, you add up the scores using the instruction sheet as each organ is worth a different number of points. In theory I thought this would be a great game, but in practice we were really disappointed with it actually. Firstly, younger players will find it shocking and frustrating to have the monster go off whenever they accidentally touch their tweezers on the metal underneath the organ they're trying to remove. Our grandson is autistic and very funny about sudden surprises, so perhaps this is a problem more personal to us than to others. I definitely wouldn't recommend it to anyone who's child does not appreciate sudden movements and shock surprises though! The other problem with this game, is that although it says it's suitable for children aged four years and over, you do have to consider your child's or children's fine motor skills before getting this. It's not going to work well for a child of four who's still quite clumsy and can't use tweezers, alongside a fast-moving eight year old who can whip all the pieces out with ease. There isn't enough of an element of luck involved in this to make it workable for a decent range of ages and abilities. Finally, I'm not keen on the spinner, as you can spend a ridiculous amount of time just taking turns to spin it when you get down to the last few pieces. When there's only one piece left, it means you have only got about a one in ten chance of the spinner landing on the piece that's left. So basically you have to sit there just taking it turns to spin the spinner until one of you finally either lands on it, cheats, or storms off and says they've had enough. I expect there will be some people out there who love this game, but as a family we have just found this to be frustrating, boring and for the grandson - a bit frightening!