Product Type: Tomy board games
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Who Will Make the Pirate Pop?
Tomy Pop Up Pirate
Member Name: loulou22
Tomy Pop Up Pirate
Advantages: Easy to set up. Good fun.
Disadvantages: Game ends too quickly
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! :)
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