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Bounce, Bounce Tigger Game
My little one loves everything about Winnie the Pooh and so when we came across this 'Bounce Bounce Tigger Game' at a local car boot sale for only £1.00, we snapped it up. I have seen this game for around £15.00 in various places, though Amazon and Ebay have this up between £0.99p to £8.00 (stc).
Included in the game are;
1 Bouncing Tigger and Base
12 of Tiggers favourite things;
Set up is very simple, though little ones may struggle a little bit. Tigger pops into the round hole on the base and is then pushed down into position to allow children to hang the items on to him, trying not to make him jump. The slotting in part is simple, though when it comes to pushing him down into place, Tigger does not always want to go! It does not necessarily take strength to do this, though it is more how you do it. We have found that if you slightly twist the Tigger when you push it down, you are more likely to click it into place first time.
The base and Tigger part are both very well made in the ways of being practically unbreakable. It has suffered many knocks and drops since we bought it, though still looks almost brand new. The items, on the other hand, are more flimsy. Although not easy to break completely, they can be bent out of shape without any force at all, and the flimsy hooks on each part to hang them on Tigger are especially needed to play the game. If these are bent, as some already have been, it makes it very difficult to play the game properly.
The game is a simple one, and is the Winnie the Pooh version of the older game 'Buckaroo'. Players take it in turns to hang the items on to Tigger in his pressed down state and try to hang them all before he bounces up. A simple game which keeps my little one amused, and can also be played solo when I need some adult time!
Unfortunately, there are a few negatives about this game. I have already mentioned the difficulty in pressing Tigger down, though once he is down, you sometimes come across two other problems. The first is that Tigger might simply jump up too quickly as he seems over sensitive. This can be annoying when you have only hung one item on! If it does not do this, it will work completely the other way and not jump up at all, instead getting itself stuck so you have to really pull on it to get it out again! Problems like this can be very frustrating for little ones and really ruin their game.
The game is for three years plus which I think is accurate.
Overall, this is a great game though unfortunately poorly constructed which is why I am giving it a much lower star rating.
Most adults will be familiar with the traditional Buckaroo board game from childhood and I, for one, had very happy memories of time spent loading up Buckaroo's saddle and waiting for the excitement of the inevitable 'kick' that resulted in all the pieces flying into the air!
Ravensburger's Bounce Bounce Tigger game seems to be Disney's updated version of Buckaroo, replacing the traditional plastic horse with a funky, smiling plastic Tigger complete with all the little accessories he needs to go off on a picnic. There are 12 little pieces altogether so enough for up to around three or four different players to have a couple of turns each, hopefully. Tigger is an excellent likeness of the favourite Disney character and, despite owning this toy for several years, our Tigger remains bright and colourful and isn't showing any signs of wear or tear at all and is still in full working order.
The essential principle of the game remains the same as Buckaroo - players take it in turns to hang a single item somewhere about Tigger's head or outstretched arms and legs. Too much pressure or a clumsy move results in Tigger 'bouncing' up which should result in all the accessories being flung in the air and hilarity and excitement all around. The reality, though, is that Tigger doesn't so much 'bounce' as 'bob', ever so slightly which means that most of the pieces actually remain dangling where there were placed so not quite the great climax that a player might expect. Things are brightened up slightly by the inclusion of sound effects. Providing you insert two AA batteries (as none are supplied) Tigger will make a 'Boing! Boing! Boing!' noise at the same time as 'bouncing' which my two year old really enjoys. The sound effect can be switched off though and the game can still be played even without batteries as these only operate the sounds, not the mechanism of the game itself.
Resetting Tigger can sometimes be a little problematic for younger players as you need to adjust a dial on the side of the plastic base on which Tigger stands. It is a little confusing that the enclosed instructions don't make any mention of the switch but it does have to be adjusted every time the game is reset. Essentially, the switch seems to alter the sensitivity setting of the game. Setting this too high means that Tigger will not bounce at all - even if an unco-ordinated elephant tries to sit on him. Too low and the game is far too sensitive, so sensitive that Tigger won't even allow the players to push him back down into the game-playing position! It is a tricky balance to achieve and young children are unlikely to be able to do this unaided so, despite appealing to a very young age group, they will need adult intervention to continue playing the game.
Ravensburger recommend this game for children aged three years and over, which I would imagine is based on a health and safety risk as there are lots of little plastic pieces which could make their way into little mouths and noses! The game itself and the concept of balancing and trying to co-ordinate the positioning of the pieces can quite easily be grasped by much younger children. My youngest son has been playing with this game (under careful supervision) since he was about 18 months old and still loves Tigger and the silly sound effects he makes.
A child any older than three is likely to find the game a little tedious after a very short while as the climax is far from exciting after the initial novelty, which wears off incredibly quickly. Buying this for an older child is likely to lead to disappointment as they are not likely to want to play with the game for very long and it will soon become relegated to the back of the game cupboard. My oldest son can occasionally be persuaded to play a single round of this but that is about the limit as it really is too uneventful and far too easy for an older child with an element of balance and co-ordination. Fortunately, my youngest is not quite three and still remains clumsy and unco-ordinated enough to find some excitement in the prospect of hanging items on to Tigger.
This game is not as widely available nowadays which isn't too surprising as this game is okay but far from captivating. It can still be picked up from stockists such as Amazon or Hamleys for under £15 (including postage.) Parents would probably be better off buying Buckaroo and at least having the element of reliving their own childhood memories.
Bounce bounce tigger in my opinion is not a patch on the more traditional Buckaroo version. I bought mine a couple of years back for around £15 but hunt around as it is no doubt sold somewhat cheaper now.
This disney version has the same premise as the original Buckaroo game - take turns to load Tigger up with various items ranging from a hat, a pot of honey, an umbrella to a picnic basket and if, on your turn, you cause Tigger to bounce making the items fly off then you are out and the game can then be reset for the remaining players until one player, the winner remains. That's how it is supposed to go anyway!
The two main problems I found with this toy was that firstly, setting Tigger up so that he can be loaded up ready to set off on his trip, is easier said than done. Tigger's tail (which is embedded in a small grassy circle) has to be inserted into a larger grassy circular base (which houses the two AA batteries that are required for him to make the boing sound). No problems there. Whilst holding Tigger firmly in place you must slide an orange switch on the side of the base to set the mechanism to hold him in place. Simple eh?
Well, it transpired that Tigger wasn't going to go in the ground without a fight. It took several attempts with him boing up (unhelpfully making a boing noise the whole time) and me pushing him back down and sliding the switch backwards then forwards without success whilst also trying to placate two impatient children before he was willing to stay put. This temperamental behaviour was not just a one off occasion either and I had to go through the whole rigmorale each time he needed resetting.
We then found that (although the game worked as it should at times) quite often he would go off at the slightest touch or worse not bounce at all even once loaded down with all the items (no matter how heavily you put them on) - this as you can imagine brings the game to a rather anti-climatic end for two small children for whom the surprise of the bounce should be the really fun part! Only it wasn't.
When Tigger does feel in the mood to 'bounce' he merely gently pops up causing only the most precariously placed objects to fall. Now Buckaroo gave a good old buck causing the items to explode off of him to delighted shrieks of excitement in our day.
Perhaps this game is meant to be marketed towards children of a particularly sensitive nature - they just forgot to mention the fact...
I don't know where Tigger was off to but I wish he had stayed there as my children were singularly unimpressed by him.
Thanks for reading. x
Bounce Bounce Tigger Game
Buckaroo with a Modern Disney Twist
When I was younger, one of my favourite games was one called Buckaroo. The aim of the game was to load up Roo the mule with various items in the hope he did not buck them all off. As a child, this game used to excite myself and my sister immensely and although I am positive that you can still buy this game, when I saw a similar game with lovable Disney character, Tigger, from Winnie the Pooh I felt that it would be perfect for my daughter.
LOAD UP TIGGER
The packaging is very bright and eye catching with images of the game itself alongside pictures of the well known Disney character of Winnie the Pooh which immediately caught the attention of my young daughter who absolutely loves Winnie the Pooh and already has DVD's, Books and a few other games in this series.
The toy comes in a simple, yet well decorated, box and contains the following;
1 Bouncing Tigger and Base
12 of Tiggers favourite things
The main part of this toy is the large Tigger figure which clicks easily into a firm grass-decorated base. It is very simple to attach these two parts though perhaps better for adults to do this as if Tigger is pushed in in the wrong way, the connections may damage. As this is easy to disconnect, it also makes packing away the toy better as it all fits snugly back into the box.
The base is, as already mentioned, decorated as grass and flowers with Tigger setting in the centre next to the small speaker which enables sound to come out. This sound can be turned on and off by a switch situated under the base. The toy does not have a volume control though the volume of the toy is not overly loud but can get a little annoying after a while of hearing a constant bouncing sound! The game can also be played without sound though my daughter has worked out how to turn it on so that never happens in our house! There is also an orange switch on the side of the base which is pressed to one side before the game begins to ensure that Tigger is pushed down right and pressed the other way during game play to allow the bounce. The base is very sturdy and durable and withstands many drops without problem.
The Tigger part of the toy is a little less durable in the arms. When the toy is pushed down, the arms raise to allow room for the items to be put on. If considerable strength is enforced on these parts I can quite easily see the arms snapping off or not working properly. Thankfully this has not happened with our daughters toy. The head also turns from side to side though this is more firmly attached it seems.
The Tigger part looks as you would expect - exactly like Tigger from the well known stories; bright and colourful and very inviting to the child. Quite often my daughter sits and talks to him as if he was real which is adorable to watch! Tigger connects to the base by a smaller base attached firmly to his tail which holds him up in a bouncing position. When pressed down, Tiggers arms straighten out creating a star shape with his body.
The whole point of the game is for the Tigger part to stay pressed down long enough for some of the items at least to be placed on him, though it does seem to have a lot of problems staying down and starts bouncing very soon into the game. This does not worry my daughter though perhaps it is due to the fact that my daughter is two and this game is for three plus - my daughter understands how to play it and loves playing it though perhaps she does not have the ability quite yet of grasping how to 'gently' put the items on. It does stay down longer when I do it myself and to be honest, you don't want it to stay down too long as there are only 12 pieces to place on Tigger and so the game ends very quickly and if he does not bounce then you are sat there wondering what the point of the game is. This has only happened a couple of times though so no real problem in that aspect.
As already mentioned, there are 12 items that are part of this game. These include;
There should also be one more though it seems that this one has gone walkabout and I can not see which one it would be from the images on the box. This is a risk with smaller parts in games. Talking of smaller parts, the box does suggest that the game should not be played by those under 36 months due to small parts. My daughter is nearly 27 months and I feel that the parts are fine for her. The items are all quite long and thick and I mainly play this with her so can keep an eye on the parts and my daughter though this is obviously up to the parents as to whether they think their child is past the putting everything in the mouth stage. I am lucky with this aspect with my daughter.
The parts as already said are quite thick and long. Most parts have soft bendy 'hooks' on them in order to hook them onto tigger. These hooks are made of very very soft plastic with no sharp edges. This plastic also maintains itself throughout the rest of the items. A couple of items do not have these hooked parts; the scarf and hat are designed to put on Tiggers head and neck so no hooks are needed. As all the items are of very soft and bendy material, it makes them very durable. You are able to bend them around in some parts such as the butterflies wings though the parts spring back into place without being close to breaking.All items are also very colourful and bright matching the rest of the toy.
WATCH TIGGER BOUNCE
The game play is simple and my daughter has picked it up very easily though does have some problems with the word 'gently'. She knows what it means though putting it into action is another thing and being gentle is the aim of the game - hence the three plus age on the box rather than the two plus age I assume!
The aim of the game is to load Tigger up with all the items, being as gentle as possible so not to make him bounce. When Tigger bounces, it is more of a shooting up from the stand than bouncing, though. It makes my daughter excited to watch it though which is great.
The game states that it can be played with 1-4 people though I would say the best amount is with two people otherwise there really are not enough pieces. My daughter also loves playing it on her own, seeing how many pieces she can get onto Tigger before he jumps which allows me to get on with other things from time to time!
The maximum time for game play is stated as 10-15 minutes though to be honest as Tigger jumps up very easily we have not had a game longer than 5 minutes. With me doing it on my own the game also lasts only about 5 minutes so it is not a big game by any means though my daughter has no problems playing it over and over.
Comparing it to my memories of Buckaroo, I would say that apart from the attractive look of this Tigger game, the Buckeroo did seem to work better in the fact that more force could be administered before he jumped. This Tigger is extremely sensitive though again, my daughter does not mind so that is what matters.
This game does not have an extreme amount of educational value though every game does teach young child something even if it is something smaller such as hand/eye co-ordination as this one promotes. Within this you also have the child learning how to balance items. You could also argue that it teaches the child the different item names as well as playing alone and playing with others and taking turns. All this is learning.
As many of you may know from reading my past reviews, I do love a good bargain and was able to pick this game up new from Ebay for only £1.10 with £2.00 postage and packaging which was great. It can also be found on Amazon from the small amount of £6.29 though with £4.53 postage and packaging. The most I have seen this game being sold for is a little over £17.00 which I would recommend looking around before spending that amount as, although my daughter loves it and it is a good game, I do not think it is worth £17.00.
For the price I paid for this game I am very happy. My daughter absolutely loves this game and it has been played at least ten times a day since Christmas. The durability of this game is above average though the smaller items are easily lost. These smaller items are quite large, though, so not too many risks of young children putting them in their mouth though for the very very young, you never know as they will try to put anything in so do keep this away from the very young.
Would I recommend this game?
Yes, I would certainly recommend this game, especially to lovers of Winnie the Pooh and Tigger. It does not match up to the older fashioned game of Buckeroo though in my mind though this could be due to the fact I grew up with that style of the same game.
My son has loved Tigger from when he was a young baby, and now at 3 years old, that hasn't changed. Close friends of ours bought him this game for Christmas this year.
The game is based on Tigger going away on holiday and he needs to be packed up with everything he needs.
To start the game, you have to push Tigger down until you hear the click. This leaves Tigger with his arms and legs in a 'star' position. The game is then set to go. The aim of the game is to place items that Tigger needs for his holidays on him without making him bounce. If you've ever played, or heard about, Buckaroo (the classic donkey jumping game), basically this is a Disney version using Tigger as the main character. If you do make Tigger bounce when you put an item on him, then he does his 'boing-boing' noise (that should make sense to people who have watched Tigger!). The player who then placed that item to make Tigger bounce has lost the game.
Me, my partner and my son settled down last night to have a game (you have to play board games on Christmas Day!). In my opinion it is very hard to set Tigger ready for the loading, and theres no way my 3yr old could manage this. The instructions state that you have to push Tigger down on the head until you hear the click, then push the switch on the side to ensure he stays like that. However, I don't think the switch realy does anything! After a few games, Tigger is no longing setting therefore making the game useless. I don't know if its because the game is damaged or if I just don't have the knack of making sure he stays down!
My son is more interested at the noises Tigger makes than the actual game, but me and my partner had a really good time having a good ol' go at beating the other one! Needless to say, I won (I'm a woman so have a more delicate hand!), but the funniest thing about the whole game was that it made my partner jump when he made Tigger bounce, whilst my son laughed his little socks off!!
If anyone knows of another way I can try and set Tigger so we can carry on enjoying the game, please let me know.
I have given the game 4 dooyoo stars as I don't know if I'm making a mistake trying to set Tigger now or if its broken already.
You can buy the game from Argos at £6.49, but with the January sales starting already, it might be a bit cheaper.
Bounce, bounce who? Well could I work out how to set this game up? No! It took along while for me to work out how to make Tigger stand up properly. But in the end he did. Why oh why do you need batteries for this game? I don't know myself. Apart from that this game is perfect for a three year old, even though said child may scream from the popping up of Tigger himself. They can easily place the items, hat, scarf, bees and other items, on a Tigger. At some point Tigger bounces up with a spring. Throwing all items all over the place.
An easier version of Buckeroo for all ages of the family to enjoy. Just make sure you work out how to make Mr Tigger stand up before you all sit down to play a game with everyone, otherwise there could be a game playing lull!
This game is suitable for 1 - 4 players and revolves around Tigger going on a trip and you have to give him everything he needs to take with him. The point of the game is that as you place the items on his body you never know which one is going to make him bounce.
On opening the box we find a nicely coloured model of Tigger about 10" high, the model is a good likeness and sturdy, with sticking out arms and legs and a tail which attaches to the grassy coloured base of the game. You have to insert 2 x AA batteries (not supplied) into him to allow the sounds to be played through each part of the game and then push down on his head to lock him into position, this was easier said than done and each time we played it we had to try several times to get the model to stay down, if its difficult for an adult to do, imagine how much more difficult it is for a child. I had imagined my daughter enjoying this so much that she would sit and play alone but she finds it pretty much impossible to get Tigger into the starting position.
There are a good number of pieces, about 12 or so, which you have to place onto the model without making Tigger jump. The items are such things as a hat, scarf, umbrella etc. some being a lot easier to place or balance on Tigger than others eg. The walking stick simply drapes on but the hat is very difficult to balance. The pieces are quite small and if you have a child like mine who has many toys opened and lying about the floor at the same time you will find that bits are missing from the first time it is played with. It would be a great improvement if they made the base large enough to hold the pieces when they are not in play.
You take it in turns to add items and when he decides to bounce up, its more of a little shake than a scary jump. No-one screamed not even my then three year old and the bounce wasn't even enough to shake all the attached items of. When my boys had pop up pirate many years ago there were always screams and then laughter as when the pirate decided to go up he really went for it and we all ducked.
I can see how this toy can help children with hand eye co-ordination and sharing as they have to learn to take turns and of course any game played with family or friends is good for their development, this just didn't have the fun factor and it was a big let down as I expect more from Disney toys.
We bought this for my daughter last Christmas imaging hours of family laughter as she shrieked and yelled everytime tigger popped and threw all his adornments aloft, alas she barely blinked, hysterical laughter was not forthcoming and the game seemed to either go off after only one or two items had been placed on it, or it allowed us to place everything on without going off at all. On television everyone looks on in anticipation as each item is added and then goes into fits of giggles when he bounces, merrily spewing his wares around, could advertisers be involved in making games seem more fun than they really are, shock horror.
Each game lasts only a few minutes but even at that we have barely played this since Christmas. I was doing my annual pre Christmas clear out a few weeks ago and I wasn't at all sad to throw this out as its not something I see us going back to and by this stage my daughter had managed to lose probably about half the pieces which completely takes the point away from the game. I guess that's £9.99 I'll never see again.
I'm disappointed that I can't recommend this, as it looks like great fun on television and with Disney and Tigger being involved it should have been a great family or childrens game but I would save your money and buy your little one something they will get more use out of.
"Bounce, Bounce Tigger" is fundamentally, Disney's attempt at the classic children's game "Buckaroo". For me, "Buckaroo" falls into the same category of children's games as "Operation" and "Perfection" in that they are primarily designed to keep children on edge until the point were they pop, buzz or bang inciting one of two reactions, fear or hysterical laughter. I am pleased to announce that"Bounce Bounce Tigger" continues the fine tradition of striking fear into the hearts of small children everywhere.
Now, before you ring the NSPCC wait for one moment. Children love being surprised, a little bit of anticipation and dare I say it...fear excites them and as the proud father to as nervous four-year-old I can be testament to this. Despite my daughter's continuous shrieks on the edge of tears and laughter she plays "Bounce Bounce Tigger" constantly. It is almost like a personal challenge to her.
The "Bounce Bounce Tigger" game has not advanced from the classic "Buckaroo". This is still a game were you balance twelve various items from umbrellas to honeypots although instead of using a mule you have Tigger. Up to four people can play the game and the recommended age is three plus. As I have mentioned above this is very much a nervy, edgy game for children to play as at any moment Tigger can spring up and throw off the things the children have precariously and warily placed on him. The nerves are further compounded by the fact that "Bounce Bounce Tigger" has a VERY LOUD bouncing sound whenever he springs into action. As such the three plus age limit is spot on in my opinion. Any younger and the nervous laughter may well be hysterical tears! Each game is alleged to last fifteen minutes but in reality, an impatient child will be lucky to stretch this to five.
I suppose I should mention a little about the assembly of "Bounce Bounce Tigger". It is very straightforward and is simply a matter of slotting Tigger into his Base then sliding the switch to the side before pressing him down to activate him. This can be a little temperamental however, and you have to be quite delicate when setting the mechanism or your hand will activate it while pulling away. However, my four-year-old can put it together no problem! The game does not come with the two AA batteries which is a minor irritant although they do nothing other than make the springing noise when Tigger bounces. As such your child can happily play without and may not be as nervous as a result.
When you have a child such as mine it is always important to think about the durability of a toy and this game is very sturdy. Its moulded plastic construction means it has survived drops down stairs and other than the battery compartment, it is also comparatively waterproof. Retailing at £14.99 I would say this is quite expensive if you compare it to the more traditional "Buckaroo" but I have to admit, my child loves the Disney angle and it is likely she plays it more as a result.
Perhaps, this games only major failing is the lack of somewhere to store the twelve pieces. They rattle around in the box and it is inevitable that they will be lost and found in hoovers up and down the country. I know a few have made it into ours. A compartment under Tigger would have been easy enough to design and would have made this better value.
However, when all is said and done this is an entertaining game for my four-year-old and is one that she would recommend. The games are short and as such do not require much concentration and the balance between fun and fear is just right. This is "Buckaroo" for the Disney generation.
Bounce Bounce Tigger
While walking down the street last year my daughter found a twenty pound note, as there was no one about who could have lost it and she yelled "look, Ive found paper money" at the top of her voice and no one came up and said "hey that's mine" I let her keep it. I said I would take her into town and she could buy what ever she wanted.
ON the TV she had seen the advert for the Bounce Bounce Tigger game. (annoying advert, cant get the song out my head, 'What he does is up to you bounce bounce tigger') any way she said that was what she wanted so we caught the bus into town and went to buy it.
I found the game in The Disney Store, it was easy to spot in its blue box with a picture of tigger on the front. It cost £9.99 but this was 2005 so its probably cheaper now.
As soon as we got it home she couldn't wait to get started.
The game is made of the plastic Tigger, plastic green grass to stand him and :
A hat a honey pot a walking stick, a picnic basket, a scarf, a butterfly, a bee,
a umbrella, and a bow, I think that's them all.
On the grass area where you stand tigger there is the he place where you put the batteries and the on/off switch.
Its colourful and is attractive to children.
How to play
This game is for 1-4 players and is also a great fun to play solo.
the aim of the Tigger game is to hang as many of the items as possible on tigger. Put Tigger on a flat surface (the floor is good) then push him down until you hear the click noise which means its securely fitted in place, when that's done tigger straigtnes his arms sideways, ready for you to start putting on the items.
The game is easy to play for 4years plus.
fist spread out the items on the flat surface you have chosen, as always the youngest player goes first, they need to choose the object they want and try to hang it anywhere on tigger. The item must not touch the grass and you can't touch tigger.
Each player has a go, doing this and then when tigger gets too heavy he will suddenly bounce and everything should fall off, but if this happens when you're hanging something on him, you lose. The last one with an item left is the winner.
In my opinion this game is rubbish and why? Because when it gets more then 5 items on he gets too heavy and wont bounce. More like stay still tigger, so you never get to finish a game.
Other problems are that the hat doesn't fit tigger's head and the bits are too small so they can get lost very easily.
I paid £9.99 from the Disney store but you can buy this game for about £8 now from Argos, Toys r us, big w and all good toy shops, or ebay, I sold this one on Ebay for £5. (So not a total loss)
The game is all plastic so can be cleaned very easy with a damp cloth (or baby wipes which are my favourites).
And last but not least you'll need two batteries which are not included.
All in all I don't recommend this game, it doesn't bounce very well and my 4 and 5 year olds (as they where when we bought it) didn't play with it more then 3 times, even they hated it and they are easy to please.
And for any one who is interested we spent hours in town spending the other £10, on sweets and cheap toys.
My daughter is a big tigger fan she collects tiggers and everything else with tigger on lol .
She was bought this tigger game for christmas , it comes in a blue box with the disney logo and a picture of tigger on the front of the box, there,s also a picture of winnie the pooh at the bottom of the box.
Inside the box is tigger and 12 of his favourite things including his hat and walking stick and scarf .
It looks like an ornament when you take it out of the box although it is made of plastic .
Tigger is in a pose like he is bouncing on his tail.
His tail is on a pink and green stand .
The aim of the game is to gentle put all of tiggers things on him before he bounces up .
1 to 4 players can play .
It is for children age 3 and upwards, and it is priced at 9.99 at toys r us , and other toys shops .
It takes 2 AA batteries , which you have to buy seperately .
My children have had a lot of fun with this game , and they can can play it with friends are even on there own .
Thanks for reading x
The Bounce Bounce Tigger Game is a more modern version of the game Buckaroo but in my view more reliable, more fun and even has sounds. It is designed for age 3 plus and for 1 to 4 players.
The game itself consists of a plastic Tigger who will stretch out his arms, and 12 objects, apparently his favourite, that can be hung on his arms...or anything else you might care too.
To start slide the switch along that is on the green base. This will position Tigger. Then press Tigger down until you hear a click, this will make him raise his arms. Return the switch to the original position to lock him in place.
There are two suggested games both both have the same aim which is to hang as many items on as possible without making Tigger bounce and make loud Boinging noises.
The first game is to place all the items in the middle of the table and for players to take turns choosing an object and attempting to hang it on Tigger. If Tigger bounces that person is out, Tigger is reset and the game continues. The winner is either the person left after all others are out or the person to hang the last item on Tigger.
The second game is to choose your objects before play starts, with the youngest choosing first. As there are 12 objects, it will not matter if there are 2, 3 or 4 of you playing you will all get an equal amount. The winner is the first to hang all his items.
Both versions of the game teach children all about turn taking. They also teach about weight, as although most of the items are similar in weight some are slightly heavier than others. They will also soon realise that certain objects, such as the hat, are much more difficult to hang.
What do we think
My four year old son saw this game (made by Ravensburger) advertised on the television towards the end of last year. He is not one of those children thats wants everything (Thank goodness) so after having requested it several times we knew he REALLY wanted it. So it was added to his grandparents Christmas Present List.
The big Day came. The adverts had long gone and I think he had forgotten all about it, so imagine his surprise and joy when he unwarapped this present. Being with family, 8 adults and 8 children, there wasn't room to open it up so it was a few days later that we finally got a chance to try it out.
Every year we check out all the toys first. Not because we're big kids...ok, we are, but mainly because from experience we know they just want to play and thye get so frustrated fighting their way through all the packaging. We are so glad we did with this game. All the pieces that you hang on Tigger were individually wrapped in plastic. It took us ages to undo all the little bags but finally we got there.
Aftre a quick try of the game it was carefully placed away for our son the next day.
We have four children so the game was well and truly tested. It is quite robust, unlike the buckaroo I remember which fell apart at first kick. (The donkey kicking...not me kicking the donkey!) Also replacement parts are available from the manufacturer.
There is not much to do to set up the game so they were playing within seconds. The rules are so simple so all children should have no trouble understanding, and the tactics of choosing lighter objects soon dawns.
Bounce Bounce Tigger kept our four busy for quite some time. He only bounces a little so the youngest wasn't frightened by it but enough to dislodge a couple of items but not throw them across the floor and leave you hunting for hours after. He has regularly been pulled out the cupboard, and continues to amuse even though now we have a good idea of which objects you can place before Tigger bounces.
If you read the booklet that comes with the game it explains that Tigger is planning a trip and that there is a lot of things he needs to take with him. Whilst this information is not vital to the game we have often heard our son acting out a story when playing with Tigger alone. With Tigger deciding where he is going which of the items he needs to take. For example on a Sunny day, going on a picnic he takes his basket full of food and his hat but in my sons opinion he doesn't need his umbrella and scarf unless it is cold or raining. Poor Tigger has even been subjected to being stung by the bee when Pooh came along and brought the honey. So as well as teaching about weight and turn taking it also helps them to be creative particulary with story telling, which is invaluable as they grow up.
Where can you buy and how much?
Although my inlaws bought the game I know they purchased it in Argos. However as they have since brought out the Spring catalogue they no longer stock it. They paid around £10 for it.
Though alot of places no longer sell it all year round it does tend to pop up (excuse the pun) around Christmas time. Otherwise you can either checkout the Ravensburger website (See below) or a quick search of the internet should find it in an elusive toy shop. I noted Toys'r'us online store are still selling it for £9.99 and Mail Order Express for £11.99.
All in all a good game and one that will be popular in our house for a few years to come. All the family can get involved and even older children won't tire as they become quite competitive as they grow up. Guess this applies to adults too!
Ravensburger are a well known brand, and make many popular games and puzzles. You can visit their website www.ravensburger.com. Here you can find out about their latest products and also stockists. They also have a service to allow you to get hold of replacement parts for games which is great when young children are involved as so many games have to be thrown away due to just one piece being missing.
I bought this game at my local asda for £10 thought it would be a great present for my sons third birthday when he opened it he thought it was great as he loves winnie the pooh and he wanted to play straight away and after an hour he lost intresed as they do and he has only played with it once or twice since his birthday in january.When this game first came out it was £20 and i thought that was a bit expensive at the time. I suppose if your kids are winnie the pooh and tigger fans they will love this game.
The game is made by ravensburger and you get a tigger toy that does need batterys and you get 12 of his favorite things and you need 2 or more players and you have to put the things on his arms and legs the things you get are a hat a walking stick a scarf and honeypot and a few other things you have to load up tigger but dont make him bounce are all the things bounce off him and you lose.
What are Nannas for if not to spoil their Grandchildren? On a recent trip, Nanna Kath bought Beth a Bounce, Bounce Tigger for no other reason than she loves to spoil my little one.
Beth has seen this Tigger game advertised on TV a lot, and always asked for it, so I was interested to see if she'd enjoy it as much as she obviously thought she would.
My daughter is not far off her fourth birthday, and this game is listed as suitable for children 3+, so it seems she's about the right age for it. It set Nanna back £9.99 from Woolworths, which sounds not a bad price if it's a game that my daughter enjoys and plays regularly, but will the product in the box, live up to expectations?
Bounce, Bounce Tigger is suitable for up to four players, but can be played solo as well, which is an advantage with a young child who is likely to get bored with repetition a lot later than his or her adult counterparts. Ok, so before we start the game, how easy is it to set up?
Tigger comes out of the box ready to play, well unless you want the added sounds, then you need to insert 2 AA batteries into a battery compartment which is sealed with a screw, which you will need a screwdriver to undo. Ok, now you've got a plastic, 8 inch (approximately) bright orange, stripey Tigger and green grass base from the box. Set him down on a table, or a hard surface (he won't pop down on carpet properly) and you'll see his little arms flop forlornly to his sides. To play the game they need to lock and stick straight out.
Now this is a little fiddly, and the instructions don't do a terribly good job at describing this process, so it took me a long time to work out how to pop Tigger down, till he clicked in his base, ready to play.
The Key is in the button on the right side of the game. You need to slide this all the way to the back of Tigger so that Tigger's tail is anchored straight whilst you gently push down on his head or shoulders (I find a double handed grip on his tiger-ly shoulders works best) and wait for the "click." Once you've got him with his arms up you can slide that button forward; the further forward it goes the more sensitive Tigger becomes. As far as I can see this isn't explained in the instruction manual, which is a big oversight, as it's a great feature which means you can set the sensitivity according to the age of child or adult playing, and the game can get harder and harder the more the child's hand eye co-ordination improves.
For the four Year Old Beth I move the dial forward only a few centimetres, this gives her the ability to put on a few items before Tigger pops, meaning she doesn't get frustrated by not being able to put things on before it bounced. When we first set up Tigger, I didn't know about the slide button, so he was a pain to set up and would bounce with the first item every time, so neither mummy nor daughter were impressed. Thank Goodness I worked out the slider or it'd have been returned and this would have been a far more negative review!
Right, so Tigger is primed, ready for action (Much like Pop up Pirate or Buckaroo) and now you have to hook up his 12 favourite items for him to take on his picnic. These vary in weight from the heavy honey pot to the light butterfly and lamp, and some are more awkward to balance than others (the butterfly net and the hat are difficult to balance, the walking stick is easy) and your child will learn a lot about this as they play the game.
There are two ways to do it. The youngest goes first, and picks a piece, hangs it on Tigger then the next oldest takes one piece etc etc etc till Tigger POPS! If you make Tigger Bounce, you sit out the next round. (Though, we don't bother with this rule, we just giggle and play again, keeping a tally of who makes Tigger bounce the least, if we want a "winner.") And the second game involves the youngest picking one item and keeping hold of it, then the next oldest picks and so on round and round till all the pieces are gone. You place your pieces on Tigger and when he pops, any items that pop off go back to the person who picked it, and the others stay on as he's re-set, and the winner is the first person who's items all stay on Tigger.
Version one is the easiest for younger players I think, game two being for older players who want to play a little longer and have a bit more challenge.
Typically games last from under a minute (If Tigger decides to bounce first time) to 15 minutes or so, which is perfect for young attention spans! Tigger is very educational, helping children with their hand to eye co-ordination, turn-taking as well as teaching them about weights and balance.
Beth loves her Bounce, Bounce Tigger, and squeals every time he pops and scatters the pieces everywhere! She will happily take turns, though is often a little over-eager in taking her next turn, and so far we've played where no-one is a winner, because it seems pointless, as basically we're playing for the joy of hearing Beth Squeal when Tigger Bounces!
Mummy is pretty impressed too, and as a family game this goes down well, entertaining enough for adults and children alike for a few rounds ever now and then. Children can play with Tigger on their own BUT I have to set Tigger up for Play every time for Beth, she just can't get him to click down on her own. I just sit by her whilst she's playing, popping Tigger down every now and then whilst doing something else as well. I don't know how long Tigger's "Clicking" mechanism will last, I've been quite rough with him and he's held up well so far, his plastic is solid, but I do imagine he will wear down over time, I'd imagine you'd not have to worry about this for a good few years though.
So all in all I recommend Bounce, Bounce Tigger to you, though Ravensburger need a new instructions writer, as the most important element of the game was missed out from the manual. I also think the bouncing noise is annoying and adds nothing to the game experience, so far we've left it switched off, only using it with the bouncing noises once.
Even without the sounds though, this is worth £9.99, it's entertaining for all ages, simple and enjoyable. As long as you keep it in it's box and keep a track of it's 12 pieces (as with all small pieces, they're easily lost) this should be a game that is played with over and over again.
Tigger is planning a trip and there are lots of things he needs to take with him; his hat, walking stick, scarf and lots more! But will he be able to carry everything? Load up Tigger, but don't be the first to make him bounce! Includes 1 Tigger and 12 favourite things.