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The mad doctor's game in which you need to extract the body parts without setting off the buzzer.

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      16.09.2013 23:43
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      A great game for families to play together and also teaches control for younger children.

      I bought this game for my sons fifth birthday as he loves playing board games and in my opinion the old ones are the best and much more simple than some newer games!

      I must admit i think i was more excited to play this than my kids were! Luckily they seemed to love it just as me. Especially when making his nose red (i don't think they understood that that wasn't the aim of the game!).

      This is basically a game of nerves as you have to try and get the little pieces out of the mans 'body' without the metal pincher and the board touching. Not so easy if you have shaky hands! Every time the metal instrument collides with the board the mans nose lights up red and you hear a buzzing noise meaning your go is over. The next person then has to try and get the same game piece if done successfully then a noise sounds to say what the next piece shall be. The winner is then the person with the most playing pieces.

      My eldest son is 5 and he loves playing this its teaching him all about the body and what different parts are called. He lets my 3 year old join in too which is then also teaching him too!

      Great family game.

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      Loved this game as a child and love it even now.

      For Christmas this year my daughter was lucky to get the game Operation as one of her gifts. As this was a gift I have no idea how much it cost or where it was purchased from but I am sure that you can get it for super cheap and on special.

      Never having this game as a child due to my parents having a problem with noisy toys I was thrilled to see it unwrapped by my daughter. I was more excited to play with it than she was. As a child my best friend had this game and I loved to play it always on the edge of my seat waiting for the buzzer to go off. Since I played this game as a child a lot has changed in the way it's played. They have updated the game and made it easier to play and got rid of the cards that were used to tell you what piece you were to operate on. I think that it's much easier to play now and to store as well with fewer pieces to misplace.

      The box says it's a good game for players aged 6 and up however I know that there was no way my daughter would have been able to play this game at age six. Her motor skills were just not that good yet by that age. I wonder if maybe the age would be better appropriate for older kids perhaps age 8 and up. The game requires 4 AAA batteries that are not included. Thank goodness for us we have a stash of such batteries for when we get gifts that do not include batteries.

      We set up the game to play for the first time. The ease of set up is amazing you open the little drawer and pull out all the plastic pieces and place them in their proper areas and the game is ready to be played. Set up requires no time at all and is very simple even my daughter can do this by her self.

      The game board is made of hard red plastic with a cardboard type picture glued to the board with Sam's picture on it. There are cut outs for each body part that we are to operate on. There is a set of tweezers attached to the board with a cord that is used to remove the body parts. At the top of the board is the on off and game selection switch, giving you the options of what type of game you want to play.

      Game play is rather complicated as now you don't draw cards you have to listen to the sounds that tell you what body part you're to operate on. I think that the cards would be a much better option at this point as listening to the buzzer and trying to determine what each sound means can be daunting lucky for us on the instructions that are included with the game it tells you what each sound stands for. After you learn the sounds game play is super easy and fun.

      The first time we played this game I warned my daughter to not touch the tweezers metal when she was trying to operate as when we were kids that would give us a little zap. Fortunately when they updated the game they also thought of that. No more little zaps as you were trying to remove the body parts.

      The game itself is rather quick played and takes no time at all. I was worried that this game would end up taking up the whole day needless to say game play is quick and to the point no delays. The more I play this game with my daughter the more I love it. I am always looking for things that we can do to spend more time together as a family and this game has become one of our favorite family past times.

      Would I recommend this game you better believe it. This is a classic game that is good for the whole family.

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        22.12.2011 23:22
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        i'm glad it's not me on that hospital bed

        There are many games on the market these days with some being as dull as dish water whilst others offer lots of fun for people of all ages, and it is the latter that I intend to tell you about today.
        The game I am talking about, of which I have played many many times, both in the passed and very recently, may look a little bit strange at first glance, with the idea of pulling things from a persons body coming across as a bit gruesome, but it is in fact one of the funniest, and least offensive game I have had the pleasure of actually playing.
        What is the game called? It is simply called 'Operation' and allows people to harmlessly operate on a pretend person without fear of damaging any ones health, apart from nerves of steal maybe.

        The game itself consists of a cardboard 'board' which has a picture of a man, or a hospital patient, lay on a hospital bed.
        The patient has several small sections cut out of his body with each missing section being of a different shape and labelled with such names as 'wish bone', 'Broken Heart', Spare Rib'.
        Each missing section is surrounded by a thin metal plate which acts as a 'connector' when touched by the tweezers. In fact, underneath the cardboard picture their is a thin metal sheet which has the sections missing, this sheet is connected to a pair of tweezers via a wire and it is when the tweezers end touch the sheet to make to full connection that the circuit is made and the buzzer sounds.

        Playing the game is a simple, a player holds the tweezers and spins the arrow, then they try to take out of the patient the item that the arrow lands on without touching the sides with the tweezers, as touching the sides will make the patients nose glow red and make it bleep.
        It may sound simple but it's not as easy as you think, with each body part being a different size and each missing body section being different in size too, with the smaller ones being more difficult to take out.

        If a player manages to take out a piece without the nose lighting up and the buzzer buzzing then they keep that piece.
        But if the player touches the sides with the tweezers, setting off the buzzer and lighting up the nose, they have to put the part back into the patient and pass the tweezers onto the next player.

        The pieces are scattered around the entire body, with some in the legs, on the arms, on the torso and one in the head, with these pieces being...

        * Adams Apple
        * Heart
        * Ribs
        * Funny Bone
        * Arrow
        * Elastic band
        * Spanner
        * Butterflies
        * Horse
        * Pencil
        * Wish Bone
        * Ice cream cone
        * Slice of Bread

        Which all fit in there own special places, although the elastic band is a bit different to get at and a lot of fun to conquer.

        I have to admit that it's not the easiest of game to play as it takes a very steady hand to manoeuvre the pieces out of the 'holes' in the patient.
        But it is one of them games that the more you play, or the steadier you are, the easier you will manage to successfully operate on the patient with out setting the buzzer off.

        My family and I love playing this, probably finding it more funnier when the tweezers actually touch the sides and the buzzer goes off, usually startling the person whose turn it is, and the rest of us if I'm honest.
        It can be frustrating at times, especially when I'm just about to take out the piece and one of the kids suddenly shouts out something like 'be careful' or 'nearly', and my hands suddenly slips, Buzzzzzzzz and a big red flashing nose kicks in.

        The game is built pretty solidly, for card board anyway, although these more modern ones don't seem to be built as sturdy as the ones that were built when this game was first put on the market in the mid 60's.
        Plus, as a bonus, there should be no danger of losing any pieces as there is a rather clever storage area underneath the bed for all those small pieces.
        As for those small pieces, these are small and do present a choking hazard for those younger children, but, if supervised properly, even the younger ones can have a good go at operating on the poor man in the bed.

        I almost forgot to mention one of the most important things about the game, the fact that it needs batteries to actually work properly. It takes four AA batteries, which you have to supply yourself, but once they're in they last for what seems like forever.

        So what about the price for this 'budding' surgical genius game of operation? Well, it sells for between £10 and £15 from most good game selling stockists so if you want a hours of fun for all the family then this should certainly be something to take a closer look at buying.

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          21.12.2011 11:34
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          Well what can be said about this game, I am sure everyone knows about the game operation, it's fun and entertainment for all the family. The game states that this is for aged 5+ and I think that is a reasonable age to have this game.

          When you open the box, you have a plastic bed with a man laid on it, the man has quite a few slots in his body that are empty, but they have metal on the bottom and the surrounding areas f these slots. In the slots is where you put the different body parts.

          You have a pair of tweezers that are attached to the bed by a little rope of plastic, which is where the battery charge comes through to be able to play the game.

          What you need to do it, grab the tweezers and carefully remove the body parts using just these, without touching the metal parts of the slot. Sounds easy, but its not as easy as it sounds. The slots are not that big, so you have to have a really steady hand. If you do even slightly touch the metal parts the bed will vibrate and the patients nose will turn red.

          If this happens you have to put the body part back and then its the other persons turn. The player with the most body parts at the end wins the game.

          This game is really fun to play, but it can get pretty frustrating, and is a lot harder if you do not have a steady hand. I used to be really good at this when I was younger but my hands are not as steady now, so my kids will always beat me.

          Each game can last a while depending on just how good you are at playing, and some parts can take a lot of getting out, but this will keep the kids entertained for ages.

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            06.12.2011 22:30
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            Fab game for the little ones

            I am a part time child minder and look after my niece and nephew, while their mum goes out to work three days a week and it's good to keep something in the house for them to play with as they are over around at mine so much.

            Operation is a game of skill and a steady hand is required if you want to do well and win against the other players.

            The aim of the game is to 'perform surgery' by using a pair of tweasers to take different body parts from a very sad man on the operating table who was nicknamed 'Sam'. Though if you don't keep your hand steady and hit the metal outlining of the boy's body then this nose glows red, and a buzzer sounds loudly and you have failed your challenge.

            Each player takes it on turn to draw a card, and on each card you will find a body part that you will then need to pull out of 'Sam' without making him beep.

            There are a number of different body parts that you need to remove on the operating table they are:
            Adams apple- which is located in the throat
            Broken Heart- which is in the chest
            Butterflies in the Stomach- which is in the stomach
            Wrenched Ankle- in the ankle of course
            Water on the Knee- which in in the knee
            Spare Ribs- also in the chest area
            Charley Horse- which is in the hip
            Funny Bone- in the arm
            The Ankle Bone Connected to the Knee Bone- In the leg
            Brain Freeze- in the head
            Writers cramp- in the arm
            Wish Bone- also in the chest
            Bread Basket- In the stomach

            As you can see there are loads of different pieces that you can remove from the 'Sam', some of the body parts are more difficult than others, for example I always find the wish bone one really hard to get out as the gap is quite narrow that you have to fit your tweesers into. I think that this gives the game more playability as each time you play you get the chance to remove different pieces.

            I have had this game for years and both me and my sisters and now my nephews and nieces have all got great fun out of this game, its quite nice that the next generation is having as much fun as I did with this game, it just shows that it hasn't become outdated yet.

            The good thing about getting this game for your kids is that it promotes hand eye co-ordination and concentrations for children in a fun and light hearted way.

            A negative thing about this game is that once you have mastered how to get all the bones out of 'Sam', there isn't really very much else that you can do with it, it can get a bit repetitive after a while.

            Another negative thing about this game is that if you fail quite a few times, the buzzer can get really annoying and it is quite noisy.

            You can buy this game for £8 or so online which is a really great price, it is also available in Argos and most good toy stores for a similar price. I think that this is a good price for this game as is quite addictive and you are sure to get lots of play out of it.

            This game is suitable for ages 7+, I think that this is a good age recommendation as it takes a bit of concentration and hand eye co ordination that younger children may not have when playing games.

            Overall I think that this is a great game, it is a real challenge for the little ones and is good for their hand eye co ordination, there are lots of different bones to remove from Sam making the game more interesting. This game is a real classic and I think it is worth 3 out of 5 stars!

            *also on dooyoo under lorrainek90

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              05.12.2011 16:32
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              a great family game

              ==MB Game Operation==

              Operation is a game of skill and dexterity that not a lot of people posses. Many have tried to take on the challenge of beating me but as yet none have managed it. This is one game I have the skills to be master of my own box game and one I still won't let Jack beat me, no matter how many tears he sheds. Mummy is Operation Master.

              I first got the game operation when I was a lot smaller, probably around the 5 or 6 age range and would you believe that the game I have now is the very same one that mum held onto with the hope that grandchildren would be playing the same game. The box it a little worse for wear nowadays but the game still plays well and is probably a lot more hard wearing than the ones they pump out today (they really don't make them how they used to).

              If you were looking at buying this game brand new toady however the price would be around the £13 price bracket which isn't especially pricey compared to some other games that are on the shelves especially since this one has a little more longevity of each game that is played. Of course there is still that option to pick the game up second hand for next to nothing on ebay or the like but you do want to make sure all the pieces are included.

              The game is simple (as most of these children's games are) and included in the box is a bed type board with the "patient" laying down ready for his operation. He has lots of spaces over his body where little bits of shaped plastic need to be positioned. These plastic shapes resemble body parts such as the brain, the forearm, kidney and so on. Under the plastic shapes there is a metal bottom to the space and this is what will set your patient off and what is not supposed to be touched by the metal tweezers which are attached to the bed. The name of the game is to use the tweezers and pick up certain items of body without touching the metal pad causing the patient to shake. The item you pick up depends on the spin of an arrowed wheel and of course adds to the thrill of getting the hardest bits (i.e. the brain).

              If the metal pad is touched and the patient shaken the player who is taking their turn needs to put back the body item if it had been lifted and then pass the tweezers on to the next player. The player with the most body parts at the end of the game is the winner!

              The game really is great fun and with the age range being for those aged 5 and over set a little high I think this is really a good game for all the family. The rules are clear and simple and so is playing the game itself. We all have such fun playing the game and it does last a lot longer than other simple games such as Pop up Pirate and other of similar ilk we have. I really can't fault the game and considering mine is probably around 25 years old and has only been fixed near the tweezers it is made to a pretty good standard too.

              I think it has got to be worthy of a top score of 5 out of 5 stars and a very high recommendation! I am willing to take on any challengers!

              I do hope that this has been of some help/interest to you

              Many thanks for taking the time to read.

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                04.12.2011 10:53
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                Surgery without the blood & gore ;)

                When I was growing up one of my favourite board games to play was Operation, it was because of my love for this game that my nan was convinced I would grow up to be a nurse... this never happened, I faint when I see gory things and my head goes woozy when I see the smallest cut with a tiny bit of blood!

                The game Operation thankfully involves no blood and gore and it is good, clean fun. I'm still not sure what happened to my Operation game, however about 2 years ago my little brother James received Operation from Santa and I got to re-live my childhood all over again!

                The 'operating table' or game board features a man lying down and various holes all over his body in different shapes. Each hole contains a small plastic piece waiting for the players or rather 'surgeons' to remove it. His nose is a red bulb and lights up during the game. There is a pair of tweezers which are attached to the game board by a wire and these are used for operating.

                The idea of the game is that players take it in turns to use the tweezers that are wired into the game board to carefully remove numerous small plastic pieces from the patients body without touching the metal edges. If you touch the edge then a buzz will sound and the patients nose will light up red.

                The game comes with two sets of cards, the first set are the Specialist cards, these cards are dealt out at the start of the game between the players and they specify what your speciality operation is. The other set of cards are the Game cards, these are left in a pile and determine which piece should be removed.

                The pieces you are removing are based on common illnesses and ailments found in various parts of the body, for example, the Broken Heart piece is a small heart with a little zig zag break in it, Water on the Knee is represented by a bucket or pail of water and Writers Cramp has a plastic pencil to remove from by the wrist. All but one of the pieces are plastic, the exception to this is the Ankle Bone being connected to the Knee Bone, this piece is an elastic band connected between the ankle and knee and must also be removed with care using the tweezers.

                During the game you all take it in turn to pick a game card and then try to remove the pieces out of the patients body, if you are successful then you will win the amount of money that is shown on the game card, however if you have a shaky hand and accidentally touch the edge of the hole with your tweezers then the patients nose will light up red and the buzzer will go off. If you fail and someone else has the Specialist card for the piece you are trying to remove then they can have a go and if they really are a specialist and they manage to get it out then they will win double the money that is stated on the game card.

                The first time I played Operation with James he was 6 and he found the whole thing really frustrating and after his first game he didn't want to play again as the buzzer scared him and he couldn't get the pieces out! Needless to say Operation got put on the shelf and only played with occasionally by me alone trying to retrieve the bits. However earlier this year James, now aged 8 randomly picked this game off the shelf and wanted to play it. At first I thought we were going to have a repeat of the first game as the buzzer went off and he did jump, but instead of having a little strop he laughed at it and deliberately set it off again. We then continued our game, the buzzer did sound a lot and I could see both the frustration and also the entertainment in his facial expressions. Since then we have played Operation quite a lot and to be quite honest he is getting quite good at it! There are certain pieces he cannot get at all like the Spare Ribs and the Bread Basket, but he is very patient and has a tendency to just roll his eyes and get on with it if he does have to get those pieces.

                The game ends when all of the pieces are removed and the winner of the game is the player who has won the most money. When I play alone I find it takes me around 10 - 15 minutes to get all the pieces out, however a game with James takes easily half an hour as he likes to take his time. This is fine with me as it keeps him quiet! I think the game length can vary quite a lot depending on the players ability.


                Operation requires 2 AA batteries and these seem to last for ages. We haven't had to replace them yet.


                I think this game is great! I enjoyed it when I was young and still do now. My brother is learning to enjoy it too... although he will never beat Dr Lou! My favourite pieces to remove are the Spare Ribs because unlike James, I think they are really easy to grab hold of. I also like it when I have to get the Adams Apple as I can grab the stalk of the apple and the Butterflies in the Stomach I can get a good grip on the butterflies antenna! I love the fact that this game can still make me jump out my skin, this adds to the tension of the game but also keeps it entertaining for us both.

                Operation can be played by more than just the 2 of us, however we found that it wasn't so much fun with 3 or 4 people as the game ended a lot sooner as my mum is a little bit too good and also we didn't get as many turns as we do when there are just 2 of us.

                The age rating for the game is 6+, but after James' reaction and the fact that he is only just starting to get the hang of it at aged 8 I would recommend this game for around age 7-8+.

                Operation is available from most toy shops and is currently on amazon for around £10 and they also have different versions available including Shrek and Toy Story themed operations.

                Highly entertaining and highly recommended

                Thanks for reading! :)

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                01.11.2011 10:50
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                As a child I always wanted this Game however for some reason we never got it, however on my eldest's recent Birthday she received this as a gift oh the excitement and that was just from Mummy!

                What is it?
                Operation is a game of skill which tests hand eye co-ordination and fine motor skills actually it is just a good fun game basically you have a patient and you have to remove body parts without the buzzer sounding and it is difficult as the spaces are very small.
                The body parts are given silly names like the patient has writers cramp so you have to remove a pencil or his broken heart or a wrench from his ankle! All adding to the fun!

                Traditionally the winner was the person who had received the most money fro extracting the body parts, however the silly skills version it is the person with the most body parts.

                Cost and Stockist:
                Operation is available from all good Toy Shops as well as Argos and Amazon and currently on Amazon for £9.99 www.amazon.co.uk

                Why Buy
                This is a good game and another that has stood the taste of time first appearing in the late 60's I also like that you can play with only one player which is great for the little one who is frantically practising to beat Daddy!

                My husband and I are also enjoying the operation challenge oh how much fun Saturday nights are who needs to go out a bottle of wine and operation Happy Days!!

                We all like playing this Game and although it is from 6 years my 4 year old has incredible talent at this game her fine motor skills are much better than mine so heres hoping the future brings a couple of consultants!!

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                  A decent game but better ones out there

                  Searching around in my attic I started to discover all the old board games that I used to play as a child. I got a bit over excited when I found this one as it used to be my favourites. I got the game out straight away to see if it was as good as how I remembered it to be. Of course some of the pieces were missing as they're so small which is a problem for those children who don't take care of their toys. (I was definitely one of them).

                  The aim of the game

                  There aren't many parts in the game (when excluding the small plastic pieces) so its easy to set up. You will get a 4 pieces to make the board: a plastic tray, a metel board, a paper board with the picture of the man on top and the buzzer attached to some tweezers.

                  Along with the main board you get small plastic pieces which you insert into the plastic tray. These pieces can include an apple, an elastic band, a pencil and so on. They all represent a body part like 'the Adams apple' so although the pieces seem quite random theyre all relevant in some way. Not exactly there to educate your children but its probably a bit more fun that using plastic human organs...

                  The aim of the game is probably quite obvious by now. The tweezers are used to get all these pieces out without the buzzer going off. You get cards to indicate which one to try and fake money as your reward. The player with the most money when all the pieces are out wins

                  The good

                  It's a simple game for children who don't need a complicated lesson on how to play. Its quick, its easy and most of the time you get a laugh out of it.

                  The bad

                  Its requires batteries and unfortunately its one of those games where you need a screwdriver to change them. A big nuisance in my house! The pieces are also very small so get lost easily.

                  The game ends fairly quickly so it not the best time waster but good for children who can't stick to a game for too long.

                  Cost

                  I brought my cousin one of these games for £5 at a charity shop but they usually go for about £9-13. Not worth the price in my opinion but cheaper that most other board games. There are also other styles of this game available, usually going for a higher price around £15. The can include Star Wars, Sponge Bob, Pixar's Cars and plenty more.

                  Would I recommend it?

                  Yes and no. Although I loved this as a child, there are so many other better games out there for a cheaper price and I doubt any children of this day and age getting into something so low tech!

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                    FUN GAME FOR ALL THE FAMILY THAT DOESN'T TAKE UP TOO MUCH TIME.

                    This game was purchased as a christmas present fro my daughter. She absoulutely loves it. I was unsure of getting it at first because of the price so I purchased it in a sale for less than £9. So I think I got a bargain as my kids haven't stopped playing with it since christmas. The game itself is targeted at age group six plus and for one or more players. Hovever my 5 year old played along with no problems. I think it is because the parts are so small that is why the age group is 6 plus. But I found with adult supervision my younger ones could play along also. There is a slide switch on the front of the game which allows you to switch between different levels of play level one is for younger children or inexperienced players and it means you are less likely to hear the buzzer if you touch the metal sides when taking out a peice of the operation. Level 2 for older children or adults and means you will get buzzed straight away if the tweezers touch the metal side at all. You can switch between the various levels at anytime throughout the game which means that all the family can play together and have lots of laughs. The game also has lots of great sound effects and can also be played in solo mode. This is done by switching the sound effects off and practising to remove the pieces in any order you like. Operation is very easy to set up just be careful you dont lose the pieces as they are so small. The only downside I felt with the game was the the sound effects and buzzer sound was not loud enough. But that is just personal preference.

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                    Not a very entertaining game

                    My daughter is a fan of board games, anything that gets the family together for a good old fashioned squabble is great fun in her mind, and I must admit I rather enjoy them too.

                    At Christmas on her list to Santa Claus was the good old Operation game by MB Games. After scouring the internet, I found that this is available in a number of formats from travel, to a one very close in style and design to the original that I had as a kid, and the newest version, the one with 'sound FX'!

                    This is a silly skill game, where you need to have good hand/eye coordination and be slightly deaf, if not, you will be by the time you have finished, it is that noisy!

                    The box shows a patient on a bed who to me doesn't seem too ill, other than a surgeon removing a bell, a frog and a mobile phone from various regions, oh and a point to note, he is only wearing one sock, how odd!

                    This game is suitable for over 6's for more than one player, however I recommend that it is best played with two players or more to give a sense of competition. It does require batteries which are not included. Each game takes around 15 minutes from start to end, so can be played with limited time and has 2 skill levels.

                    Inside the box you will find a red plastic tray with a card board picture of the said patient. There are various spaces cut out of the patient, and in each of these spaces you will find an object. These objects are very random, anything from a frog, to a toilet. At one end of the tray there is a pair of tweezers attached by a wire. The aim of the game is to remove as many of the objects as possible without activating the silly noises. The noises are activated when the tweezers touch the metal surounding the hole where the objects sit, very silly indeed.

                    The noises range from birds tweeting, to toilet flushing. The game tells you which object to go for by making the corresponding sound. Each player takes it in turn to remove an object. Once you have successfully removed an object press the patients nose, and you will be directed to the next object by a sound. The sound corresponds with a particular object.

                    Back in my day it was nothing like this. Insead of frogs and birds, it was regular broken hearts and funny bones. In my opinion the original is the better of the two.

                    I had tried to find the original, but as this was a late addition to Santa's list, I just had to get the one I could find, which is this version.

                    Within minutes of opening and setting up this game my daughter was bored. It held her interest for a very short time, I think we have only used it a handful of times since Christmas. It's sitting in its box brand new.

                    I was very dissappointed with this game, its response time is very slow. When the tweezers touch the metal it takes a few attempts to get it to make a sound, I'm not sure if they are all like this or it may be that this one is faulty.

                    Would I recommend this game? In a word, no. There are much better, more entertaining games out there for the same price or less. Do yourself a favour and save your money for something else.

                    (This is available from most toy shops for around £10.00)

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                      20.06.2010 17:49
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                      a fun little game of physical skill

                      Made by MB Games, Operation is a battery-powered board game derived from the games of county fairs of old whereby the player must guide a metal ring through a twisting section of wire without touching the sides and setting off a buzzer. However, Operation builds on this premise with the rather gruesome setting of a surgical operation, with the players taking on the roles of doctors who, for a particular fee (need I mention that this game is and American import?) must use a pair of metal tweezers to remove particular offending organs (as instructed by picked-up 'Doctor' and 'Specialist' cards) from the patient without hitting the sides of the incision, as doing so sets off a buzzer and causes the patient's nose to glow bright read, witht he player's money being forfeited as a result.

                      This begs the question of course of why on earth the patient isnt under general anasthetic, but hey, maybe I'm taking the whole thing a little too seriously. In keeping with the lighthearted theme, all the ailments are decidenly non-serious ones, such as Butterflies in the Stomach, Water on the Knee, Broken Heart, and Adam's Apple, the last one represented by, yep, you guessed it, a shiny red apple, and so on.

                      The game is suitable for up to four players and requires dexterity to play successfully, and much like other games such as Battleships it is essentially an excercise in make-believe, placing the player in the role of a surgeon whist neatly sidestepping the associated gore and general ickiness that comes with the job but retaining a level of tension and risk in order to keep things exciting. It's an incredibly simple premise and a lot of fun your younger children (though not too young due to the small parts) and is also a great game for adults to play against kids, due to the glee that can be had for kids when an adult screws up, and with it's loud buzzer, inventive ailments/organs and bright glowing red nose it's a colourful and engaging little game with plenty of longevity. There does also exist a travel version, but given the reliance on dexterity Operation is a game much better suited to playing on a sturdy dining table than in the back seat of a car. A It's good for a couple of short games at a time and can get repetitive after that, but for a quick blast now and then its a hard kids game to beat. A great little game of physical skill.

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                        15.06.2010 13:13
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                        For young children

                        What is it?
                        Operation is a game where you have to pick the required piece out of the 'patient' in the order required which is given by a sound (eg a bark for the dog). If you touch the edge of the hole you are trying to extract the object from a buzzer goes off and you have to forfit your go. The person who removed the most foreign bodies at the end of the game wins.

                        Who is it suitable for?
                        With two different levels of sensitivity for buzzing I would say that this makes it suitable for any age above 4. There are a small pieces though so it would be a good idea to supervise any young children. I have found though that the pieces are really easy to get out once you get above 10 years old, even on the higher sensitivity and this can make the games a bit boring.

                        Any good?
                        I personally find that this game is very much tailored towards young children, and it certainly is good for young children. However, the upper age limit to enjoyment is restricted by this and therefore I think would not really reflect the £12-£13 price tag it attracts! The dog barking noise is also a bit weird- every time it happens our dog goes a little bit crazy.. but that might just be him! Other sounds I personally think that are either poor representations of the object required to be extracted or the object is a poor representation of what it is ment to be - therefore making it hard to locate the sound that it is supposed to be accompanied by.

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                        05.05.2010 15:17

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                        An adrenaline-filled game of patience and dexterity!

                        Operation is a role-play style game:
                        As a (skilled) surgeon the players must try and remove all the internal body parts of a 'patient'. The 'board' of the game consists of a plastic person with 'holes' in it and body parts inside. Such as bones, adam's apple.
                        The surgeon removes the body part with tweezers, but without touching the sides of each 'incision'. If the tweezers do touch the sides it sets off the buzzer and a flashing red light (the patients nose!). This means they have lost their turn and the game passes to the next player.

                        This game is for 6-12 year olds and 2-4 players.

                        A player takes a 'doctor card' which tells them which operation to perform. If successful the player receives the alloted cash (also displayed on the doctor card). Each operation is worth different amounts due to the level of difficulty of the operation and dexterity required.
                        If the operation is unsuccesful,(they set the buzzer off) no payment is received and its the next players turn.
                        This carries on until all body parts have been removed.
                        The winner of the game is the person with the most money at the end.

                        I loved this game as a 10 year old but can see how frustrated it used to make me feel! Many a terse argument over the rules etc. For mild, quiet children this would be great but for the overly competitive maybe one to stay clear of.

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                        05.04.2010 01:51
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                        Great family fun!

                        Operation is a board game from MB that has been around almost as long as I have and that is a long time.

                        The game consists of a plastic table type insert with a picture of a man and there is openings in the mans body in which lie plastic body pieces and the idea is that each player removes a body piece without touching the sides.

                        If your tweezers touch the sides a buzzer type alarm goes off and the mans nose lights up to show you haven't managed it correctly, the game is simple but enjoyable and suitable for all the family.

                        I hadn't played this or even seen it for years since my own kids were young but it was my grandson that appeared at my house with it recently and it brought back some good memories of playing it with my kids in years gone by.

                        The game is not as well made these days as it used to be but then what is, it is still a most enjoyable fun way to pass a bit of time and at the ten pounds price tag that my daughter paid it still seems decent value for money to me.

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