Product Type: Tobar board games
Newest Review: ... easier. The idea is to pick a card and proceed to place all the features on Mr Funny Face in the correct way, the only hazard is that... more
Mr Funny Face... is this the first ever police photo identity kit..?
Tobar Mr Funny Face
Member Name: blissman70
Tobar Mr Funny Face
Advantages: Fun, entertaining, harmless, easy to play and aimed at all the family
Disadvantages: none really.
Board games. Everybody plays them, many people own them, and most people enjoy them.
There are just so many board games these days that it's hard to figure out what to play and if it's be fun to play or bring friction throughout what was once a happy family home.
But what it a board game?
Is it a game that has a board, hence, the name Board game. Or does the word 'board game' cover any game that is played with or without a board?
I Haven't got a clue, but I will say that there are some games that come under the guise of board games yet are not actually played on boards. Yet they are still board games.... Silly or what?
One particular game that could be a board game, but is not played on a board, is a game that is played using a plastic face on a spring like mechanism that you have to put pieces onto in a set time or face having to pick everything up off the floor with a bit of a grunt.
The game that I am talking about. Which is a game that my family and I have owned, and played, many times over the years and still drag it out of the cupboard for a bit of harmless fun. Although to be honest it does come out of the cupboard more often when my wife and I, with a few friends around, and a few tipples later, and decide to have a bit of a giggle.
The game that I am talking about is a game called Mr Funny Face and, as the name suggests, is a face that you have to make as funny as possible.
So what is in the box...?
Firstly, there's a bare plastic face that is on a spring type mechanism which does have to be slotted into place. The face itself, when placed in the base, stands at about 250mm high, which isn't too bad really.
Then there's 21 pieces of facial parts, (none of these pieces are real facial pieces, they are all made of plastic), these pieces include, nose, eyes, glasses, eyebrows, hair, hats, sideburns and more. In fact it's anything that makes up a face really, with each piece being as daft as each other, creating a box full of the strangest pieces that you'll ever come across.
There also a selection of strange looking faces on playing cards. These pictures of the faces are very important indeed and you will notice that the faces on the cards can be made on the bare plastic face using the 23 pieces that are in the box.
Finally, there's a sheet of stickers which you have to stick onto the 23 pieces of facial parts to make them look like they are supposed to look.
You only have to stick these stickers on once, but be careful a little as once they are on they are tricky to peel back off, so if you mess it up you may rip the stickers when peeling back off.
How do we play this game then..?
This is the easy part, or hard part, depending on how you look at it.
What I mean by that is that playing the game sounds easier than it actually is to play as the timer runs a lot quicker than you can get the little bits onto the face.
To actually play the game you simply push the face backwards until it clicks into position. Then a player, who ever it is to have a go, chooses a card from the pile, with that card having a picture of one of the rather strange looking face on it.
Then you push the timer lever to set the clock running by pushing the little button on the front from the 'end' position to the 'start' position, then press the 'on' button to set the timer running. When the timer runs out the face pops forwards, splattering all the bits everywhere.
And how do we find a winner..?
The winner is the person who can make the face that is on their card before the timer splats the pieces off. Which sounds easy, but it is quite frustrating indeed.
And it could have your eye out if you're not too careful.
Is there anything else..?
I do have to mention that, according the box, this is a game for 1-4 players aged 5 years and above.
But this confuses me slightly, especially the player numbers as we've had several people playing it at one time. With each person taking it in turns to try and make the face before the timer runs out.
As for the aged recommendation. Well, I'd stick with that as there are a few small pieces that could pose a choking hazard for smaller people, and some drunken adults too if you're not too careful.
This is one of the silliest games that I have ever played, which makes it one of the funniest and simplest games on the market. It's one of those games that, even if you don't manage to make the face on the card it really doesn't matter as it is fun trying.
As I said, it may sound simple to play, look at the face on a card and then try to recreate it on the plastic face itself. But once you start, and the timer runs down, ticking away ever second, the panic sets in, the fingers start to shake, eyes begin to water, nerves begin to fray and then.... The time runs out and the face pops forward. Sending the few bits that you managed to get onto the face splattering all over the place.
Then you have to pick them all up and start again.
But that doesn't matter really. It's all part of the fun and once you've played it you'll want to play it again, even if it's just to try and beat that damned timer... which is pretty hard to do.
As for the games construction, well, the pieces fit in slots perfectly well, with each slot being the right size. But they don't snag enough to keep a grip when, not if, but when, the face pops forwards, so every piece flies in every direction.
Most of the slots are simply that, a slot, but the nose one is a cross which sits right in the centre of the plastic face.
Some of the faces are so ridiculous, but then again some of them do remind me of people I know, mentioning no names of course but there's bound to be someone that you know who has bushy side burns, squinty eyes, a mass of bushy hair growing from just below the nose and glasses that come from the 1920's, (and that's just the mother-in-law). So if any of those people come round to your house for any reason then don't be dragging this game out of the cupboard as it may offend them.
I have to admit that this does tend to come out of the closet more time after we've had a few drinky-poohs, which for me adds to the fun as the silliness really does kick in, leaving us all giggling and rolling about all over the floor. (When I say 'we' I mean my wife, some friends and myself as my kids don't drink the strong stuff, as far as I know anyway).
It's the pressure of it all that gets to me, especially after one or two adult beverages, (which you know what I mean by that), and it's that pressure that makes my hands begin to wobble, my mind crumbles and the panic sets in. so it's time for another drink and another go at beating Mr Funny Face.
So how much does this face of fun sell at..?
At the moment places like amazon and some high street retailers are selling this little gem off for about a tenner. Yes, £10, or even less if you shop around.
And is it worth the money..?
I'm going to have to say a big fat YES on this one as it is so much fun to play, even if there's more chance of winning the lottery three weeks on the trot than actually making the face on the card appear on the plastic man. But it's the fun that matters in this case, unless you are the type that believes it's the winning that counts and not the taking part.
Would I recommend this one then..?
Well, for an hour or so of complete fun and laughter then this is a must as it will bring a lot of smiles indeed, with some frayed nerves too.
On the other hand, if you don't like fun then avoid this like the plague as laughter may just crack your face if the wind changes.
Go for it, see if you can make the face as funny as the mother in laws. But try not to laugh too much.
Summary: Have you seen this man..? if so please do not approuch, call the police....