Product Type: Tomy board games
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That poor pirate!
Tomy Pop Up Pirate
Member Name: GeoffHurst
Tomy Pop Up Pirate
Advantages: simple, fun, easy to set up and play
Disadvantages: a little repetitive
Pop Up Pirates is a game designed for children and/or families. It is simple to set up and simple to play, which in my mind are two hallmarks of a good kids game - you don't want to have to be called into the room every time the kids wish to play again - especially when this game can be over on the first turn!
The idea behind the game is to stab the plastic swords you are provided into a barrel. In the barrel there sits a pirate - and if you push the sword through the wrong hole, the pirate jumps up out of the barrel (hence the name of the game) and you lose.
There are 24 holes in the barrel and an equal number of swords. You can in theory play this game with up to 24 players, although many people may not get a turn, but the box suggests 2-4 players. The swords are colour coded, but you don't really need to have your own colour sword as you take it in turns, so whoever pops up the pirate will be quite apparent.
The pirate can jump quite high and fast - and unexpectedly. You cannot tell by the feel from pushing in the sword if you have picked the wrong hole, which is randomly assigned at the start of each game. This adds the element of surprise and will get the kids giggling.
At uni, we sometimes used this as a prop for drinking games - just an idea..!
Overall, this is a fun and simple game, but it is a little repetitive.
Summary: A good game for kids - or assigning dares!
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