Product Type: Ravensburger board games
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Ravensburger Jolly Octopus Game
Member Name: karalouk
Ravensburger Jolly Octopus Game
Advantages: Simple rules, Quick to set up, Fun and tense
Disadvantages: Tentacles don't always stop when touched, Not one of my daughters favourite games
My daughter received a game called Jolly Octopus last Christmas. It's made by Ravensburger and is available in most toy shops, supermarkets etc. It generally costs around £15.00 which I think is a little overpriced but not extortionate. It comes packaged in a large sized cardboard box which looks very eye catching. My daughter was very pleased to receive it, especially after seeing it on the adverts!
The game consists of a plastic platform, a number of plastic tentacles, an octopus head, a pair of plastic tweezers and a number of plastic coloured crabs. The game doesn't fit in to the box when assembled so you have to assemble and dismantle each time you play. This isn't too much of a problem as it's pretty quick and easy to set up - just clip the tentacles on, stick the head on top and place the crabs around the plastic platform. When assembled the game looks like a big green happy looking octopus sitting on a rock (with crabs scattered over the rock).
To start the game you must push down on the octopuses head. This sets off a harp noise and the Jolly Octopus begins to spin around whilst waving his tentacles up and down. When the harp noise has finished the first player grabs the tweezers and attempts to grab a crab of their colour choice from the rocks below the octopus. As my daughter is quite young (she received the game when she was 4 and now she is 5 years old) we usually just grab any crab to make things easier. Each player takes their turn to remove crabs. If you touch the octopuses tentacles (or 'tickle' them) whilst attempting to remove a crab, the octopus will stop and laugh hysterically. This means you lose your turn and the next player has their turn. The winner is the player who successfully removes all of their crabs first or who has the most crabs after they've all been removed.
The lower down crabs are easier to grab than the higher up ones, so my daughter usually sneakily removes the lower ones and leaves the hard ones to me! There are also 2 settings - an easier and harder setting, although I don't think there is a huge amount of difference (it moves slightly faster on the harder setting, this is the better setting for when adults are playing in my opinion). The rules are simple and are easy enough for all young children to grasp.
The game seems pretty robust, although there are a few issues with the tentacles. Sometimes when we touch them, it doesn't set off the octopus. Sometimes we touch the tentacles quite hard and he doesn't laugh, but other times we gently brush past the tentacles and it sets him off!
The game requires 3 x 1.5V batteries (which are included and our batteries are still working after a year) and is suitable for 1-5 players (although rather stupidly there is only one pair of tweezers included so you have to pass them around). The age recommendation is 4-99 years! We have enjoyed this game many times as a family. My daughter likes Jolly Octopus and will get it out from the toy cupboard every now and again, although I must say it doesn't get played with as much as some of her games (it's not one of her favourites). It's quite tense and can make you jump if you make the octopus laugh! My daughter thinks it's hilarious (I find the octopuses laugh rather odd, it sounds more like a monkey!). I should imagine that most young children would enjoy this game but I doubt it would seem very fun to older children (my 8 year old nephew wasn't too interested!). Each game usually lasts us a few minutes of picking and knocking the crabs off. I'm not really sure if I recommend the Jolly Octopus, it's not bad.. it's quite fun.. but it's not one of my daughters favourite games and there are better games out there. I award it 3 out of 5 stars.
Summary: Not bad but not really a favourite in our household.
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