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I purchased this game for my two and a half year old. I wanted to buy him a board game for every Christmas and birthday as I dont want him attached permanently to a games console as I see quite often. This is his first board game and turned out to be the favourite toy from Christmas so far.
It is very easy to get ready, you just have to pop out the swords from their frame. There are four different coloured swords to you can have up to four plays (my son even plays on his own sometimes)
Simple rules, players take it a turn at a time to out their sword into one of the openings in the barrel. You keep going until a sword makes the pirate pop up.
This game has taught my son to take turns, be patient,hand eye coordination (to get the swords into the gaps) fine motor skills(he sometimes doesn't get the sword in straight and therefore it isn't in properly so he has to jiggle it and straighten it (this can be difficult if it is surrounded by sewords already in a hold so good practise for him) it would help teach children their colours if they dont already know them.
The game lasts up to five minutes depending how many players and how well they sit and concentrate. Good thing for parents, its quick to get out and tidy away when finished.
I look forward to adding many more board games to our collection.
***About this game***
This is one of those games that has been around since i was a child (i am child of the 80s), i never actually owned this game as child but have memories of playing it at some of my friends houses. It actually originated in Japan in 1975 under the name that translates in english to "Blackbeard in Danger". Its manufactured by Tomy.
Its a very simple game to play, for 2 to 4 players and the box recommends from the age of 4 years onwards, but i believe that most three year olds would be able to understand the rules, and even some older two year olds might be able to play this too. It takes only between 2 and 15 minutes per game.
The game comes packaged in a cardboard box, that in my opinion is at least twice as big as it needs to be. Inside is a brown plastic barrel with a large hole with a plastic 'spike' inside at the top, and mulitple slots around the side. And it also comes with 24 plastic swords in 4 colours, and the rather cheerful looking pirate (the version we have does not have the stand as pictured in this photo).
Set up is quick and straightforward, simply push and twist the 'spike' to the downwards position and place Mr. Pirate on top of it in the hole. Players then take turns pushing a sword into the slits until one makes the pirate pop up! That player is considered the loser, and should sit the next game out and play continues until there is a winner. Although we often do not play to these rules as they do not like to be left out for a whole game.
The RRP of this game is £12.99. Its often on offer at Amazon. Camelcamelcamel shows that the average selling price on amazon is £9.72 and the cheapest it has ever been sold is £4.98 back in Aug 2011.
***What Mrs Wasp thinks about this game***
We bought this game for our middle sons christmas least year when he was 3 years old, we spotted it on offer for about £9 at amazon and i remembered it being a bit of fun when i was younger. Now as a family we are rather fond of our board games, last count we had over 70 different games (and that doesnt include the 2 large boxes in the attic waiting for our when our eldest son is old enough to learn to play them), so we know a thing or two about games! We have played this game maybe 20 times in the last 11 months. Its a good 'starter' game that teaches young children about taking turns, winning and losing and the best thing is that as the game play is totally random every player has as much chance of winning as the next, regardless of age. At a stretch you could say that the game also teaches colours (from the swords) and numbers (how many swords you use) but really it doesn't have much more of an educational slant, its purely an easy fun game. The fact the box is so big is rather annoying as having so many board games space in the cupboards is at a premium, but i will keep it in the box as if the pirate gets lost the game will be unplayable. We never have any tears or arguments when playing this game as its clear who made the pirate go pop and its so quick to set up ready to play another game. I would recommend this game to families who want to introduce their young children to playing board games and think that their children would enjoy the fun aspect to the game.
***What Big Boy Wasp (aged 6) thinks about this game***
This game is a little boring. I never really want to play this game. But i will play it with my younger brother because he loves this game and i like how much he laughs when the pirate goes pop. Its a bit difficult to set it up because you have to put it down a certain way. I like playing this game in the morning when mummy and daddy are still asleep because my little brother can play this game without cheating, he likes to try to cheat if its just me and him playing. I prefer games where you have more choice and can do more different things, like Catan that is my favourite at the moment and that is for ages 8+ and this game is for young children as it says 4+ so its a bit young for me now.
***What Little Boy Wasp (aged 4) thinks about this game***
This is my very favourite game that i like to play. I got it for Christmas and i usually keep this under my bed so i can reach it easy. I can even play this by myself if no one wants to play it with me. Im very good at making the pirate pop up. I like it when the pirate pops up.
I had been looking for some games to keep the kids entertained on rainy days and, as my eldest loves everything to do with pirates, I thought this would be fun for him.
The box contains a brown plastic barrel, a pirate and some plastic swords in four different colours. The pirate is put inside the barrel and players take it in turns to slide a sword into the side of it. Eventually one of the swords will trigger the pirate to pop up out of the barrel. One of the good things about this game is that it doesn't need any batteries.
The game is aimed at children from four years old upwards. My four year old likes to play it and is fine doing it on his own. My two year old also enjoys playing the game but needs a little help to slide the swords fully into the barrel. They both squeal with delight when the pirate comes flying out.
As an adult, this game is good fun to play with children. Although the game itself doesn't really make any sound, kids do get quite animated playing it so it can get quite noisy. Each game can last anywhere from a minute to 5 minutes plus so it is good for children with short attention spans. In my house Pop Up Pirate tends to be out for around 20 minutes before the kids lose interest and it is put back in the box.
There isn't really much educational value to this game but it is really good fun.
Pop Up Pirate is a fantastic game for young children. I used to play this loads when I was younger and any children I play it with now love the game too.
It is a simple concept to the game but it is a lot of fun.
The pieces included in the game are a barrel, blue base, a pirate and some swords.
The game is all made from plastic and the barrel is a brown colour. It has a textured wood effect and holes where the swords and pirate goes. The pirate goes in the top and there is a piece in the hole that springs up. This must be down at the start of the game. The pirate is easy to place in so children can do it themselves. The barrel should be on the blue sea like base to stop it sliding all over the place when swords are put in.
The swords are in four colours, red, blue, green and yellow. Each player takes a set of colours and places one in at their turn. The swords have nicely detailed handles and are strong so they don't bend or break when pushed into the barrel.
This continues until the pirate pops out. The children love this part and all want them to be the one to pop him out. It is completely random so sometimes he is out in the first few turns and occasionaly he doesn't come out at all.
I have had this game for years and it still looks good as new.
I highly recommend this game, especially for younger children. It's a great game for teaching turn taking.
I remember playing Pop up Pirate when I was young, but it was not a game I had actually considered for Little Man. Since Little Man started at full time school I have been helping out at the nursery he used to attend, and one rainy day I was asked to play this game with groups of four 3 and 4 year olds. After having great fun spending all afternoon playing with them I decided this was a great game that he would really enjoy so decided to add this to his Christmas presents.
Pop up Pirate is a very simple game made by Tomy. Unlike the picture, it no longer comes with a base - it is simply a plastic barrel with 24 slots, and a pirate's head that fits into the top on a spring loaded platform. There are 24 plastic swords, six of each colour and you each take turns picking a slot until you find the one that makes the pirate pop up!
I am glad to say that this game is a big hit in our house as well as nursery. It is designed to be played by 2 to 4 players , however it is best played so that all 24 swords are used so in our house we double up if there are two of us, or we let Little Man go every other turn if Daddy is joining in! However Little Man has been known to sit there on his own with all the swords trying to make the pirate pop, and there are always massive giggles when he does. When playing this in the nursery (and sometimes when Little Man is playing with Daddy!) I do find myself refereeing impromptu sword fights, however they are little and flexible so not likely to cause much damage unless jabbed in an eye! The only slightly annoying thing about this game is occasionally you can put all the swords in and the pirate still doesn't pop - but we just shout 'Boooooo!' At the pirate and play again!!
This game is recommended for age 4 plus, which I think is about right although it is perfectly fine for 3 year olds with supervision. It is good for honing fine motor skills, as well as teaching sharing and taking turns. I got this game from The Entertainer when it was half price at a bargain £7.50 which has been well worth the money for us - we play this at least a couple of times a week. We love this game, and it is a definite 5 stars from us.
Currently available delivered from Amazon for £10.97.
My son, Kai who is 6 got this pop up pirate game for christmas.
It was a present so I don't know how much it was, but I've seen it in argos and toys r us before for around £10/£15.
It comes in a box with the barrel, pirate and 24 swords in 4 different colours.
Its for 2-4 players and recommended for ages 4 and upwards.
This game is very simple to play, you just have to twist the pirate figure into the top of the barrel, then each player takes it in turns to put their colour swords into the barrel until someone makes the pirate pop out!
My children find this game absolutely hilarious (as I used to when I was a child too!) they sit all excited, waiting for the pirate to pop out, then they scream when it does & roar with laughter!
Its a really fun & easy game to play, and good to play as a family. All 4 of us play this together which is nice, I like the fact that my daughter can join in too, even though she is only 2 she understands how to play it & really enjoys it.
I would recommend this game to anyone with young children, its great fun!
When I was younger a few of my friends had this game and I used to love going round their houses and playing it! I hadn't played it for many years but a few months ago my husband and I were discussing what game to get Hope for Christmas and we both remembered how much fun we used to have playing Pop Up Pirate so decided to get it for her.
The price of this game varies depending on where you go. We didn't want to spend more than we had to so we shopped around a bit. Toys R Us had it for sale for £15 which I thought was quite expensive, luckily we managed to find it in Amazon for £8 which we were more than happy to pay for it. I think anything over £12 for this game is too excessive so if you are buying it shop around and hopefully you will be able to find it for a reasonable price.
***What do you get?***
The game comes in quite a large cardboard box with a picture of the game on and lots of bright colours. It is very attractive and as far as I can remember it hasn't changed very much at all- if at all actually!- from when we used to play it when we were children. Inside the box is a barrel with slits all around it and a hole in the top. A pirate which is brightly coloured and 4 different coloured sets of swords; red, green, yellow and blue- 6 of each. It is all made from plastic so probably terrible for the environment but very easy to keep clean if sticky fingers get hold of them- just a quick wipe with a baby wipe and they're clean again so very practical for a child's toy.
The game is very simple which is fortunate as I don't think that many young children would enjoy having to spend Christmas morning trying to understand complicated instructions on a game that looks as inviting and fun as this! You place the pirate inside the hole in the barrel and turn it. You then choose which colour you are going to be and take it in turns to place a sword into the barrel. You can choose wherever you'd like to put them. The aim of the game is to use all your swords up without the pirate popping out of the top. At one point, the sword going into the barrel will make the pirate pop up... but at what point?!
What we like
What we like about this game is that it is not complicated and it doesn't take a long time. I don't think that Hope would enjoy playing it very much if it took a long time to play, she would become bored and restless and want to move on to something else. This game usually takes between 30 seconds to 5 minutes before the pirate pops up and so this is great for young children especially. I like how it is such a simple game, there is nothing complicated about it at all yet it is so much fun. It comes as a surprise when the pirate pops out and never fails to make us laugh. Hope loves playing with this and even her baby brother has had a few turns at trying to put a sword in! I like that it doesn't rely on batteries or complicated technology, you can enjoy this game without having to hunt around for batteries first. It is really refreshing to see children playing with something that isn't hugely stimulating and still gives them lots of fun. It doesn't take any time at all to set up which is also a bonus, sometimes it can be frustrating when you have to spend a long time sorting out a game before you can begin and for young children especially this can be frustrating. After playing it's easy to tidy up too- just put it all back in the box and you're done! No big clean up operation necessary at all.
What we don't like
There is very little that I don't like about this. In fact the only thing I can think of is that if you don't put the pirate in properly and give it a little twist then the place in which the sword will stimulate the pirate to pop up remains in the same place. You need to twist the pirate, this makes the mechanism move so the place where it will be stimulated will move. If you don't do this then I guess cheating can happen as you will know where it will be. I'm also not too keen on the fact that the price can vary so much from one shop to another, I wouldn't be happy with paying £15 for this game that's for sure.
This is a great game to play. Hope is nearly 4 and it is ideal for her age but then again my husband and I both love playing it too so it is one of those games that can entertain all the family, I think the fact that it doesn't take long to play definitely is a huge positive. It is fun for boys and girls, it's easy to store, easy to set up, doesn't require any batteries and is extremely simple to understand. It has stood the test of time well with it still being so popular today as it was when I was a child so that's a sign of a good game.
I bought the Pop up Pirate game for my Daughter as I remembered it from my childhood.
It is basically a brown plastic barrel with holes for the players to insert the plastic swords. The pirate is also plastic and to make it work all you do is put the pirate in the middle of the barrel, push down and twist.
Once the pirate is in place, you select which colour sword you will be (up to 4 players) from red, yellow, green and blue and take in turns to insert each sword.
The aim of the game is not to insert the sword in the place where the pirate pops up. Once the pirate pops up it signals the end of the game. Although, if more than 2 players, we have carried on by putting the pirate back in place until he pops out again. Therefore, you have an overall winner of the game.
It is a fun game and when the pirate pops, it can make you jump a little. However, the fun is very shortlived and can be boring after a while.
Still it was a good trip down memory lane.
A couple of years ago during the run up to Christmas my neighbour knocked on my door and told me she had loads of toys that her son had out grown and barely played with and would I want any of them for my son. My son and I went next door to her house to have a look at some of the toys and one of the things my son chose was the game pop up pirate and this is my review of it.
==What is it?==
Pop up pirate is a game which seems to have been around since I was young! The fact that it is still a popular game even now is testament to the quality of it really.
The game is made by Tomy who are in my opinion a trusted manufacturer of toys. They describe this game as "the pirate poppin' game that's a barrel of laughs".
The game comes in a cardboard box which is mainly yellow in colour but which features pictures of the pirate popping as well as one of some children playing the game.
The game is suitable for children aged from four years and for 2-4 players so it is a good one to play as a family I think. The idea of the game is simple in that you just slide plastic swords in to the barrel in which the pirate sits and when one of them makes the pirate pop the person who inserted it in to the barrel is out of the game.
When my neighbour gave us this game it was brand new and inside the box everything was still untouched which I guess is testament to how many toys her son must have been bought when he was younger! We had to do a little setting up with this game the first time that we played it but it was really just a case of popping out the twenty four plastic swords as they were all stuck together with a thin plastic and then sticking a few stickers on to the barrel. Once this set up is done for the first time you obviously don't need to do it again and it is just a case of dividing out the swords and placing the plastic pirate in the barrel and pushing down until he clicks in to place and so this really is a game that you can grab and play quickly to fill a few minutes or play a few times if you are looking for a longer game.
There are twenty four swords in this game and there are six of each red, green, blue and yellow so each person can choose a colour. Obviously this only works if you have four people playing and as it is usually just my son and I we will have two colours each so that we are using all of the swords just in case the pirate doesn't pop up early on in the game.
As you play this game you need to pop one of your coloured swords in to a slot in the barrel in which the pirate is sat. We have found that sometimes the pirate can pop up after the first sword but in other games it will be the last or certainly near to the last! This is what makes this game so fun I think because you can't really predict when it is going to pop up and so it always seems to make us jump when he does! The tension as you are running out of places on the barrel to stick your sword is quite amusing as you are almost willing the pirate to pop up on someone else's go!
I see no reason why a child of three years couldn't play this game to be honest and whilst some hand eye coordination is required to pop the swords in the holes in the barrel I do think this is something a three year old could manage. My son still enjoys a game of pop up pirate now he is seven and to be honest I do too so I think this is a game which will last quite a while in your house as it is one of those games which people of all ages will have a go at. It is nice that there is no skill involved in winning this game too as it makes it a more level playing field if adults are playing against children for example.
A game of pop up pirate really won't take long at all even if you have to insert every sword in to the barrel to make him pop up. You are looking at just a few minutes each game and so we do tend to play a few games in a row just to make it worthwhile getting the game out and setting it up. It is a great game to play with your children but it is also easy for them to set up and play with their peers independently too. If you are playing with four people you can eliminate a person each time the pirate goes pop and so a game will last longer in this way.
Pop up pirate costs £9.39 currently on amazon and I think this is a good price to pay for a game which all the family will be able to play and which will last many years.
Thank you for reading my review!
Pop up pirate is a game that I remember playing as a child, it is one of those games for the whole family to enjoy together and it is for that reason that I bought it for my daughter last year. It is imperative to me that we have a large selection of family games to play, it seems that nowadays as my daughter is getting older I have to bribe her time with an array of games and prise her away from her collection of toys that she would rather play solitarily.
Pop up pirate is basically a game of luck; you are given 4 different coloured swords - with there being a different colour for each player, so there can be 4 players in total. - The aim of the game is to take it in turns to place the swords into a special barrel trying not to pop the pirate as you do so. The person to pop the pirate is the loser. The barrel which holds the swords and pirate is basically as it sounds, it's very plain and simple in design and looks very similar to a normal barrel, the only difference being the slots all around the sides to hold the swords and the hole at the top within which the pirate sits ready to pop up.
There is not much skill involved in this game and it's not difficult to learn the rules, even for a three year old. This game states that it is for children aged 4 years and over, I bought it for my daughters third birthday because I didn't think that that age range was correct and I turned out to be right, my daughter had no problems learning the rules within the first play and she had relatively little problems whilst playing it.
To begin the game you have to load the pirate into the barrel, it took us a couple of plays to learn this but every time you load the pirate you must twist him onto the base to reset the barrel. If you fail to do this correctly the pirate will continue to pop up when the sword is placed into the same hole as the time before. Setting up the pirate correctly resets the hole and creates a new game every time.
The thing I like most about the game is the ability to play it with my daughter, the thing she likes most however is the surprise of the pirate. During the whole game her face is lit up with both excitement and nerves waiting for the pirate to pop up and when it does pop up she gives a little jump accompanied by a pearl of laughter which is lovely for me to be able to see.
The game doesn't last for very long and this is definitely one of its major downfalls, an average game with two players last no more than 5 minutes, of course you can play it again and again but it does become rather boring and tedious after a while and even my daughter gets fed up after the third round.
Overall I do really like this game and more importantly so does my daughter. I don't think that it is really a game for older children and it is definitely not something I would buy for older nieces and nephews, I think that because the game is so simple and easy to play it is definitely one for younger children of around preschool age. I wouldn't say that this is the best game that we own, but it does provide some fun and my daughter enjoys it despite the game play not being very long.
The game comes in a handy storage box which perfectly fits the barrel and all of the accompanying accessories, it's just the right fit so it doesn't take up too much room in the cupboard either. We have owned the game for almost a year now and I must say that the quality of the game is ok, but not excellent. It is still in full working order due to it being mainly plastic but there are (or were) many stickers on the barrel. These actually fell of eventually leaving a very ugly looking sticky residue on the barrel. This isn't a major issue however and doesn't affect the game play at all. This game doesn't require any batteries or such things and can bought from amazon for £16.99 which is a relatively reasonable price to pay. I would recommend this game with a warning that the game play is not very long.
Tomy pop Up Pirate
This is a game or toy which was received by my two year old granddaughter from one of her many doting relatives. It came in a cardboard box with not a lot of wasted packaging and it is a sensible size for storing the pirate and the swords when it is not in use as there is no where within the barrel to store all the swords otherwise and there is a very good chance you will lose them if not carefully packed away.
The toy or game is very simply a plastic barrel with a small pop up mechanism in the hollow at the top. You get a pirate head and most of his body but the foot end is just the part that fits over the pop up mechanism so not really very foot looking. You also get a pack of 24 small plastic swords in four different colours, red, blue, green and yellow so good for learning colours in the youngest players. This means that each player has six swords to play with of their chosen colour.
The idea is that each player takes turns to pop their chosen colour of sword into the slots on the side of the barrel. The player whose sword makes the pirate pop up is the loser, so the knack is to avoid making him pop up. The hole changes randomly as you replace the pirate and sort of twist push him back. If you don't give him a proper push in then the hole is not reset.
I think that children over five would very quickly lose interest in this as it is a pretty basic and very simple game. Adults playing with other adults would have to be feeling very youthful or rather drunk to play for too long in my humble opinion. I really think this one is for adults to play with very young children or old siblings to play with younger ones to help youngsters learn to play games and take turns.
It is fun and makes little ones laugh when the pirate does pop up but even they tire of this after a while. It is a sort of random jack in the box I suppose. We played this with my two year old granddaughter and she didn't really know what to do and popped the swords into a slot then took others out and so one. I think if we play with her regularly she will begin to understand the idea and learn to take turns in a game. There is no way she will be playing this with her friends without an adult there as it really needs adult input and guidance at this age. She liked us playing and her helping but the actually understanding of the game was not there at all she just liked putting swords into holes and us being around her doing it too.
Three year sold is about the level I would think and or grand sons who were the donors had NO interest at all in playing and they are five and seven so it is a very limited age range. I would imagine if the older children had been girls not boys they would have played with their little cousin but boys tend to be less interested in playing with younger siblings and cousins than girls from my experience. The grandsons were far too busy trying to get the attention of their uncles to help with their 'Star Wars' Lego constructions to bother with their younger cousin.
What did we think? Well it is a fun game for little ones but limited in both interest and educational value. For the price of about £12 I think it is okay but I certainly wouldn't pay any more.
It is safe enough for younger children as the swords are big enough not to swallow and not sharp at all. The pirate is sturdy and the barrel seemed pretty solid. It may break if dropped from a height onto a hard floor but we didn't test that out.
*Requires no setting up - always a bonus
*Takes very little putting away - also always a plus point
*Is a very quick game and you cannot really cheat so yet again this is another positive in family games
*It is the sort of game that younger children could play with each other once they understand the game.
*Doesn't need any batteries!!
*Not too many parts to keep together and store
* Not too big to store
* Helps children learn colours
* Helps learn about sharing and taking turns
*Losing is almost fun as the pirate pops up
* Anyone can play as no skill is required so grandma can play with great grand child
* No safety concerns as there are no sharp bits and the swords are big enough not to swallow (unless you are a sword swallower by profession in which case they are a big small)
*It won't be a game that will be played with for years as it appeals to a very small audience age range
*Little educational value
* No place to store the swords when the game is not in use
* Little ones may not like the pirate popping up just as many children hate Jack in the boxes.
So in short this is a fun game but with limited appeal. The appeal is limited in age range and also with what actually happens in the game. It is completely random so luck is all that is required, no skill at all. It is fun for a few goes but luckily takes very little to set it up and putting it away is quick and easy but you will have to find a way of storing the swords as there is no place within the game unless you leave them in the barrel. The price if fair for what you get in the game but I would imagine you would be very likely to find one in a jumble sale or car boot sale as it isn't the sort of game that is a classic family traditional game that will be passed on through the family for generations. It would be a good game for a toy library as you could borrow it for a week, enjoy then return it to borrow again if your child asked.
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When looking for ideas to entertain the extended family this Christmas, we wanted a simple but fun game that would be suitable for all ages. The youngest player was likely to be our 3 year old niece so we knew that it would have to be something quite quick and easy to play. I remember playing Pop Up Pirate as a child and felt that, despite the recommended lower age limit being four years, my niece would be capable of playing this.
The game is basically a game of luck - no skill involved. This is a great leveller when playing with all ages and exactly what we had in mind. We bought our game for £12.99. The game is very basic - you get a barrel with 24 holes (well, more like slots) made in it and a plastic pirate that sits inside the barrel. You also get 24 plastic swords that fit into these slots. There are four different coloured swords - orange, yellow, blue and green. Each player has one colour sword and has 6 of them to play with. They must then take it in turns to put a sword into the barrel and try to avoid making the pirate pop up. Once the pirate pops up, the player that made him do so is out of the game. The remaining players remove their swords and play again - the winner is the last player in. Each time the pirate pops, the mechanism inside the toy changes the hole that will make him pop, so no-one knows which hole to avoid!
The game can be played with 2-4 players and is very simple. There is also no set up required which is a great plus point when playing with young children who can lose interest in a game before you start if it takes too long to set up! The simplicity and randomness of the game makes it tense and fun for all ages.
The pirate doesn't actually pop out of the hole very fast nor does it travel very far, which is good from a safety point of view when playing with young children. The swords are also pretty well made and not sharp, with rounded edges. My niece does enjoy the game but doesn't like it when the pirate pops up (which is a bit of an issue, this being the point of the game!). So, whilst she is more than capable of playing, we will probably wait until she is a little older to play this with her again.
The game doesn't take long to play but can become quite monotonous - it is not something that you can play for long nor over and over again. It will not hold your interest for too long but is a good game for filling 20 minutes here and there.
Nowadays there are thousands of games and toys on the market, some simpler than others. However some of the most simple games can still be rather fun!
Pop Up Pirate:
'From Tomy, Pop-Up Pirate is a barrel of family fun. The game is played by sliding swords through slots in the barrel. But beware--slide your sword into the wrong slot, and up pops the pirate, which means you're out. Losers walk the plank!'
Well this game is said to be a barrel of laughs!
This is a recent addition to our toy which Gracie won from a raffle at seeing Santa at the golf club. I kind of got a little excited when I saw this game again (yes I'm 27!) This is a game that I used to own as a child myself which ending up going to a charity shop many years ago.
Pop up Pirate is an anticipation game which builds up suspense whilst playing waiting for it to 'Pop up Pirate'. You have your pirate which slots into his plastic barrel, within the barrel you have slots in which you take turns to push in a pirate sword. In total there are 24 swords which makes up 6 of each colour, green, yellow, orange and blue.
This game is for 2 for 4 players with an age recommendation of 4 to 6 years and in my opinion I think this is about right. Gracie is 5 years old and really loves the build up to this game and you can see her getting excited when it is mine turn as she is always hoping it pops on me, the tinker!
Sam who is 12 will play this game with his sister only really to be nice as he has no interest in this game what so ever. Which I guess is due to his age, this game is a little young and 'un cool' for him. I like that this game doesn't require any batteries so it's rather energy efficient.
I personally think this game is a nice filler game as it doesn't take long to see a game through. Depending on how many people are playing this game will only take 7 to 10 minutes, which is great as after a couple of games its rather predicable and gets a little dull even for little miss Gracie!
Now I don't know if it is just me but I think when it is about to pop the sword it harder to push in the slot. Even though the recommendation is 4 to 6 years however I think from 3 years wouldn't have a problem playing this game.
Price and Availability:
You can purchase this game from most game outlets and most supermarkets from around £9.99, which I think is ok value for money. As it does hold Gracie's attention for awhile and gets her giggling.
I do think this is a neat little care free game, Gracie enjoys a few games and gets really excited however after a few games it does tend to get a little tedious.
Four out of five stars from me
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Pop Up Pirate
Pop Up Pirate was one of my favourite games when I was a child and to be perfectly honest I still love it now!
Pop Up Pirate is really a game of luck and basically involves players pushing plastic swords into a barrel until the funny looking pirate head pops out. When I was younger I had a fascination with pirates and my mum bought me this game one Christmas. From the moment I opened it and played it for the first time I loved it. Since then I have obviously grown up, but now I have my younger brother who is giving me the chance to re-live my childhood by re-playing all of the games I grew up with.
The Pop Up Pirate box contains a blue plastic base, a reasonable sized plastic barrel with a lot of slits all over it and a hole in the top, an amusing, unshaven, pirate head with a patch on his eye and a selection of small plastic swords, they are red, green, blue and yellow and there are 6 of each colour.
The game is really simple to set up and takes a matter of seconds putting the barrel on the base and the pirate head inside the barrel.
The idea of the game is that 2 to 4 players take it in turns to slide their colour swords into the slits in the barrel. The players can choose which ever slit they wish. This is where the game is really a game of luck, if you push your sword into the barrel and nothing happens then you can relax, you're safe! If however, you push your sword in and the pirates head pops up then it's game over for you. If there are only 2 players then this will be the end of the game, however if there are 3 or 4 players then all the swords are taken out of the barrel and the pirate head is re-inserted and the remaining players start again, the game continues until there is only one player who hasn't made the pirate pop up. The 'trigger' slit changes every time you play so you cannot remember or know which slit is the trigger one.
When I was growing up I didn't have any brothers and sisters to play Pop Up Pirate with, so I would either talk my mum into playing or play it if my friends came over after school, this was obviously the most enjoyable way to play as you have the tension of who will make the pirate pop, however my very inquisitive mind used to lead me to play Pop Up Pirate alone because I wanted to work out how to know which slit was the trigger, I used to sit and simply slide the swords in and make the pirate head pop up myself, this obviously wasn't very exciting and I never found out how the trigger slit works and if there is any kind of pattern to it.
I still enjoy playing Pop Up Pirate now with my younger brother, he is 8 years old and in all honesty he is starting to loose interest in this game, but when he was around 5 or 6 he loved it. The Pirate's head popping out of the barrel makes us both jump and when it isn't him who sets it off he will go into fits of laughter and do a little celebratory dance around the table. When the pirate head does pop out it thankfully doesn't go flying into the air, it is more of a half hearted jump out of the barrel and lands nicely on its side either on top of the barrel or next to it. This is good though as the pirate head is made of plastic and could possible break something if it hit it with force.
We find it easier to play Pop Up Pirate on a table as due to the size you need to lie on the floor or sit and bend, this wouldn't be too bad for one game but just in case the fun gets addictive I would advise placing the game on a table.
Pop Up Pirate requires no batteries so to me I would say this is perfect for Christmas morning!
A game of Pop Up Pirate generally tends to only last about 5 minutes with just 2 players so we usually say best of 5 or first person to 10 wins. With more players the game does last longer, however the excluded players don't get to join in after they have made the head pop so again this is where we bend the rules and say first person to make the pirate pop so many times.
The age rating for the game is 4+, I would say this is about right because of the small swords and also James started playing this with me when he was about 5 and now at age 8 he is starting to loose interest so best to buy it while they are younger to get maximum play time from it.
Pop Up Pirate is available from most toy shops and is currently on play.com for around £23! My personal opinion here is don't shop at play.com for Pop Up Pirate as I know it can be bought in Toys R Us for a much more reasonable £10, at this price I do recommend it!
Thanks for reading! :)
My twin boys who turned 4 in November have now developed a love for games, mostly because they like showing Mama up when they win and I lose!
For this reason, the other week I purchased the game Pop Up Pirate.
The game cost just over £10 from Argos but can be bought from the majority of toy retailers, even some supermarkets will stock this over the festive period as it is a popular game.
The game comes in a chubby cardboard box decorated with pictures of the game itself, all bright and colourful and quite appealing too.
The game is suitable for children aged 3 plus, however depending on the child of course, I'd say this could be played from 2 and a half upwards providing an adult is supervising them.
Inside your wonderful box of treasure you will find a plastic barrel with a hole at the top and slots all around it. A selection of coloured swords, and a round headed plastic pirate. The swords come in different colours red, yellow, green and blue - which allows up to 4 people to play this game, however a minimum of 2 can play the game too.
The aim of the game is to place your swords within the slots in the barrel trying not to pop the Pirate up. The Pirate sits comfortable within the hole at the top of the barrel, but beneath him is a plastic 'spring' which when 'knocked' pops the pirate up and out of the barrel.
Game play is actually quite short, especially when there are less players, as it doesn't take long to Pop up the Pirate - resulting in a loser if more than 2 people play or if 2 people are playing it is the end of the game completely, meaning the process has to be repeated to play the game again.
It is a very simple game, for the younger children it is a tense and exciteable game and usually results in at least one person jumping a mile when the Pirate does pop up in the air. I find my boys do get bored of the game quite quickly, and tend to make up their own rules or just play with the game during their roleplay games as the game itself is shortlived excitement. Once the pirate has popped out and frightened them twice they are usually fed up and want to play by their own rules. So although a good game and really good buy this is the main reason I say the game is suitable for children younger than 3, or it doesn't really have much life in it.
Take turns to slide your swords into the barrel. But be careful as one wrong move will send Jolly Roger flying!