Product Type: Tomy board games
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Tomy Pop Up Pirate
Member Name: hlb2009
Tomy Pop Up Pirate
Advantages: easy to understand
Disadvantages: none really
The price of this game varies depending on where you go. We didn't want to spend more than we had to so we shopped around a bit. Toys R Us had it for sale for £15 which I thought was quite expensive, luckily we managed to find it in Amazon for £8 which we were more than happy to pay for it. I think anything over £12 for this game is too excessive so if you are buying it shop around and hopefully you will be able to find it for a reasonable price.
***What do you get?***
The game comes in quite a large cardboard box with a picture of the game on and lots of bright colours. It is very attractive and as far as I can remember it hasn't changed very much at all- if at all actually!- from when we used to play it when we were children. Inside the box is a barrel with slits all around it and a hole in the top. A pirate which is brightly coloured and 4 different coloured sets of swords; red, green, yellow and blue- 6 of each. It is all made from plastic so probably terrible for the environment but very easy to keep clean if sticky fingers get hold of them- just a quick wipe with a baby wipe and they're clean again so very practical for a child's toy.
The game is very simple which is fortunate as I don't think that many young children would enjoy having to spend Christmas morning trying to understand complicated instructions on a game that looks as inviting and fun as this! You place the pirate inside the hole in the barrel and turn it. You then choose which colour you are going to be and take it in turns to place a sword into the barrel. You can choose wherever you'd like to put them. The aim of the game is to use all your swords up without the pirate popping out of the top. At one point, the sword going into the barrel will make the pirate pop up... but at what point?!
What we like
What we like about this game is that it is not complicated and it doesn't take a long time. I don't think that Hope would enjoy playing it very much if it took a long time to play, she would become bored and restless and want to move on to something else. This game usually takes between 30 seconds to 5 minutes before the pirate pops up and so this is great for young children especially. I like how it is such a simple game, there is nothing complicated about it at all yet it is so much fun. It comes as a surprise when the pirate pops out and never fails to make us laugh. Hope loves playing with this and even her baby brother has had a few turns at trying to put a sword in! I like that it doesn't rely on batteries or complicated technology, you can enjoy this game without having to hunt around for batteries first. It is really refreshing to see children playing with something that isn't hugely stimulating and still gives them lots of fun. It doesn't take any time at all to set up which is also a bonus, sometimes it can be frustrating when you have to spend a long time sorting out a game before you can begin and for young children especially this can be frustrating. After playing it's easy to tidy up too- just put it all back in the box and you're done! No big clean up operation necessary at all.
What we don't like
There is very little that I don't like about this. In fact the only thing I can think of is that if you don't put the pirate in properly and give it a little twist then the place in which the sword will stimulate the pirate to pop up remains in the same place. You need to twist the pirate, this makes the mechanism move so the place where it will be stimulated will move. If you don't do this then I guess cheating can happen as you will know where it will be. I'm also not too keen on the fact that the price can vary so much from one shop to another, I wouldn't be happy with paying £15 for this game that's for sure.
This is a great game to play. Hope is nearly 4 and it is ideal for her age but then again my husband and I both love playing it too so it is one of those games that can entertain all the family, I think the fact that it doesn't take long to play definitely is a huge positive. It is fun for boys and girls, it's easy to store, easy to set up, doesn't require any batteries and is extremely simple to understand. It has stood the test of time well with it still being so popular today as it was when I was a child so that's a sign of a good game.