Product Type: Tomy board games
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The not so scary Pirate
Tomy Pop Up Pirate
Member Name: catsholiday
Tomy Pop Up Pirate
Advantages: Quick to set up, play and put away
Disadvantages: Nowhere within the toy to store the 24 swords so they could easily get lost
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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Summary: A simple but limited game
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