Product Type: Tomy board games
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Tomy Pop Up Pirate
Member Name: kat1234
Tomy Pop Up Pirate
Advantages: fun, quick
Disadvantages: can get monotonous
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.
Summary: fun game
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