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Monster of a classic game mash-up!
Member Name: sparkymarky1973
Advantages: Good fun! But not as good as the original Operation!!
Disadvantages: Throws pieces all over the playing area, most of the time is spent hunting down the scattered bits!
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.
Summary: Good but falls far short of perfect!