Product Type: Tomy board games
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Tomy Pop Up Pirate
Member Name: rocknro11
Tomy Pop Up Pirate
Advantages: Good family game.
Disadvantages: Barrel needs to be held onto the base when inserting swords
One of them was Pop Up Pirate by Tomy and although I only paid £1.50 for it, it is easily found in all major toyshops like Woolworths and Argos for around the £10 mark.
The game comes with only a couple of parts and is very easy to play, we managed without any instructions, which is good as I really hate it when you have to spend ages putting things together and then spend a further few hours reading the instructions before you can attempt a feeble first go.
Basically you get a large barrel with slots all round the edge and a base that the barrel sits on but is not connected to. A funny looking pirate which twists down inside the barrel and around 24 swords, six each of four different colours.
The aim of the game is to get your players (2 to 4) equally spaced around the barrel. Players have their own coloured swords and the pirate figure needs to be twisted down into the barrel. The players take it in turns to insert a sword into one of the slots in the side of the barrel and this carries on until eventually one of the swords will make the pirate pop up out of the barrel. We usually play that whoever makes the pirate pop up is the winner, rather than the loser as it is much easier for the age group this is meant for to understand.
*** Opinion ***
We have had a lot of fun with this game so far. Our two younger ones (5 & 2) are the intended audience, although my 11 year old has been known to get down and join in on occasion, which has been fun.
The game is not without fault though and there are a few irritating things about it that need to be mentioned. Firstly the swords obviously come joined together when this game is brought new. The owner should then snap them apart from each other and discard the plastic frame they were attached to. All good so far except if this job is done casually, without much thought, it is easy to leave small plastic edges on the swords which hamper the insertion into the slots on the barrel. Our game was second hand and there are at least half a dozen swords that needed trimming allowing for easy placement into the slots in order for them to reach the mechanism inside the barrel that makes the pirate pop up. It would have been better for Tomy to provide them in a sealed bag, already separated.
Secondly is the insertion aspect itself. It is pretty hard to hold the barrel and insert the sword with enough force for it to be pushed all the way in, without almost hugging the barrel, or an adult always holding onto the barrel. You canít press down on the top as the pirate is there, waiting to jump out, and as the game progresses it is more and more difficult to hold the sides of the barrel as they become clogged with swords. It would have been much better for the barrel to be fixed to the plastic base it sits on and rubber added to the bottom of the base to minimise the barrel slipping whilst you place the swords.
Itís not all bad though and my youngest two children have really enjoyed it so far. It has begun to teach them about sharing out things. They both want to give out the swords and while my five year old is attempting to do it properly by counting, my youngest just seems to throw a pile at each player. Highly amusing for her! They are learning about taking turns and do seem really keen to have their go, so it must hold their attention which is a good thing.
Iíve not been able to let them play alone yet as the game always descends into anarchy and at times a bit of fighting (anyone with kids will know!) but if there is a responsible adult playing (oh, must be the wife then!) it can be a fun game that if led down the right pathway will be total enjoyment.
A word of warning, the pirate will pop up based on different slots each time you play. This has been a huge source of amusement to the kids, as you never know when he will go. On occasion it has popped at the first sword (a tad annoying, as you have to start again) but other times it has gone to almost the last sword being placed in before he shoots up. The pirate does pop up with a fair amount of force so make sure the kids are not looking down over the barrel if you want to keep them with two eyes each! Tomy suggest the game is aimed at ages 4 and above but as I said my two year old plays it with a fair amount of success so as long as you are supervising, I think it is easily playable from a young age.
Now, whereís those pieces of eight to bet whoís going to win with?
Thanks for reading.