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Tumblin Monkeys is a fun alternative to Kerplunk. I have both games but I prefer this one as it has a fun theme and it's a lot quieter when the monkeys drop.
The game includes a palm tree, sticks, monkeys and a dice.
The palm tree is spilt in four which makes it easier to store in the box. There is a beige plastic sand base, green plastic palm leaves which hold the tree trunk together and a tree trunk in two halves which is made from a see through yellow plastic.
These go together pretty easily but the children I have played it with often struggle to put it together.
When the tree is in place there are red, green and blue plastic sticks which go in the holes of the tree trunk. They must be placed in one side and out the other but otherwise can go anywhere. Nearing the end of the sticks it gets a bit difficult as there are so many sticks in already but the sticks do bend a little and they find a place eventually.
After spending all that time putting the sticks in they are out in minutes. All the monkeys are put in at the top of the tree and then the game begins.
The monkeys are plastic as well and are nicely detailed. They are brown and have curly tails so they can be caught on the sticks.
The dice is the same size as a regular dice and has red, green and blue circles on.
The first player rolls the dice and takes a stick from the tree of the matching colour. If any monkeys fall onto the sand base they must keep them. This continues with all players taking turns until there are no sticks left.
At the end of the game each player counts their monkeys and the player with the least monkeys wins.
There is a skill needed to get the sticks without the monkeys but it is possible when there is more sticks.
This is a really simple and fun game for young children but could be played at any age.
Tumblin' Monkeys is another game that we've picked up a car boot sale for the bargain price of £1. We did have a problem with this one though because it had no rules or instructions with it and we had no idea what the proper way of playing was so we made our own until we found out!
The game is aimed at children who are 4 years and over and I think this is quite accurate. Tumblin' Monkeys is made up of 4 main parts, some coloured sticks, little monkeys & a coloured dice. You need to slot the two parts of the tree trunk together before placing it onto the base and then adding the tree leaves onto the top to keep it together. The idea is then to put two of each coloured sticks onto each section and place the monkeys in to the top of that and you're ready to play. This is a nice and simple set up and I let my 4 year old do it for the most part is it helps with her hand to eye coordination and it's not a job I really enjoy doing!
The rules of the game are as simple as the set up in that you roll the dice (which has 2 of each colour stick on it) and have to pull out the matching stick starting from the top and working your way down until all of the sticks have gone. The winner is the player with the least monkeys.
The lack of rules became a problem for us the first time we played it and we allowed each other to pull out any stick they wanted - leaving most of the monkeys sitting on two sticks at the top of the game! This probably wasn't the best idea as we'd sat through the first part of the game a little bit bored with the niggling feeling we weren't playing it quite right! Perhaps some more indepth rules on the box would have been useful.
We did quickly learn the proper rules after speaking to a friend and the game became much more interesting as we'd gather monkeys throughout the game and could have a laugh as each stick was pulled out rather than sitting knowing nothing would happen until the end! I'm still not entirely sure of the rules if you throw a colour that has no sticks left so we tend to just skip a turn so if anyone could enlighten us that would be brilliant!
Tumblin' Monkeys is a good game for little kids as it not only helps them with their coordination, but also their counting, colours and lessons about balance so you win the least monkeys! My daughter has also learned that if you pull the stick in a particular way then you can transfer a monkey from your stick to another one and win. It's easy to set up and easy to play so there are no complaints from my direction. It does remind me of playing kerplunk when I was a young girl but this one is far quieter with the monkeys rather than marbles dropping down. It's also easier to set up and get the sticks through so another thumbs up!
Overall, it's a wonderful game that will keep us occupied for many hours should the weather stay this miserable through our almost 8 weeks of summer holidays.. gulp!
What could be more festive than a game involving a plastic palm tree? It may only be day three of the school holidays but we're already running out of easy games to play and are turning to that require the assistance of an adult to set up. Tumbling Monkeys may only have four major parts but even as an adult they're quite awkward to put together. The two pieces of the palm trees trunk snap together and this is then inserted into the green island base with the palm fronds attached to the top to keep it all together. It sounds remarkably simple but as you're inserting the trunk into the base it has a tendency to spring apart and it takes several attempts to put it all together. We've found the easiest way to do this is to have one person holding the trunk together whilst the other person attaches the base and the leaves.
Once the tree is built you insert ten red, ten green and ten blue plastic sticks with pointed ends through the holes in the trunk so that they form an overlapping grid within the trunk and finally place 30 monkeys through the hole in the top of the tree. The monkeys have hooped tails and cling to the sticks and to each other preventing them falling out of the bottom of the trunk. Players then take it in turns to roll a dice with coloured blobs instead of numbers and withdraw a stick corresponding to the colour on the upper face of the dice. With every stick removed there is a chance that a monkey will fall. The winner is the person with the least monkeys at the end of the game.
Theres a very small amount of skill involved, both the sticks and the monkeys are very robust so that a small amount of movement has no impact on the overall game although its not suitable for the under fours this is more because of the pointed sticks than the complexity of the game play.
Tumblin' Monkeys is one of those annoying games that never seems to fit back in the box properly once its dismantled for storage. The sticks have an annoying habit of escaping through the fold out flaps although this was easily solved with the application of selotape at one end. The monkeys are small enough to be sucked up by the vacuum cleaner and dig into your feet if you're unlucky enough to stand on them which seems to happen almost every time my daughters tidy the game away. Still they enjoy playing it and its one of the few games where they can play on an equal footing regardless of their individual ages and more importantly for younger children a game is over before their attention starts to wander. In fact it takes longer to put together and pack away than it does to play the game.
My son was bought this game by his Grandma at a car boot sale for 50p and he loves it!
When you open the box you find a palm tree which comes in 4 pieces - a base, 2 sections of trunk, and the tree top. You have to hold the 2 pieces of trunk together and push them into the base, then attach the tree top.
Once the tree is put together you push sticks through the base, forming a grid to hold the monkeys at the top of the tree. The sticks have to be put in in a specific order - with 2 of each colour at each level. The monkeys are then put in the top of the tree and are held by the sticks.
Players take it in turns to roll a dice to see what colour stick they pull out of the tree. They take from the top first, and then move down to find the appropriate colour.
As the sticks are taken out of the tree, the monkeys tumble down and catch onto the remaining sticks with their tails. The winner is the person who has the least monkeys at the end.
The game is fun - my 3 year old loves playing it and gets the idea that he doesn't want the monkeys to fall out. It is quite fiddly to put together but worth it for 5 minutes of excitement. The game is colourful, and teaches colours as well as turn taking.
I think the design of the tree could be better as it is quite difficult to put the 2 pieces of tree into the tree base, but for a cheap game this is ideal. The age range on this game is 6 years but I think that is nonsense - my 3 year old loves it. I don't personally believe a 6 year old would want to play it but I could be wrong.
The pieces such as the monkeys are quite flimsy plastic and could easily be broken which is why I think the minimum age is quite high.
All in all a good game for a few minutes fun.
This is one of many games that my children have and it's one that they play from time to time. It is a bit fiddly to set up but takes no longer than a couple of minutes. The actual tree comes in four different sections; base, two trunk sections that push together and then clip on the base, then the top tree bushy bit. Once you've done thhis you then a quite a few plastic sticks to put in the holes one side and you have to make sure they poke out of the other side once pushed through. After putting these all through which can take a few minutes again it's then time to drop all the monkeys through the top green bushy bit until they are all hooked onto the pastic sticks inside the trunk.
You can have 2 - 4 players in this game and the aim of the game is end up with the least amount of monkeys when all the sticks have been pulled out. You each have to take it in turns pulling out a coloured stick and if there are any monkeys that fall down to the base then they are all yours. You have to try and take this sticks out not letting many if not no monkeys falling out from the middle. At the end of the game you all count how many monkeys you have and the one with the least wins.
This is a really good game to play but it's annoying that you have to put in the sticks each time and this can take a while.
My little three year old has just started taking an interest in playing this game as it's easy to play with hardly any rules.
It's still available to buy from many places that sells games. We got ours from Woolworths a couple of years ago and i think it was about £7.00 but i'm not 100% sure as i got it for an offer when they had 3 for 2 on games.
Here is one of many of the ops that I will be writing about the gifts me and my family recieved over the festive period. I don't know if any of you have heard of the game in the past but you may well have heard of a game that is very similar. Which one is that I hear you say? Well, it's Kerplunk. Still dont know which one I am talking about? Do you remember the one with the tall tube with holes in, sticks and marbles? Penny dropped? Good! Well if you like Kerplunk you will love Tumblin Monkeys (No its not a typo!). The principals of this game are exactly the same as Kerplunk, you poke the sticks through the tube (in this case its a palm tree) and out the other side, tip in the marbles (in this game its obviously monkeys) and then take turns throwing the multicoloured dice and remove the coloured stick that coresponds to the colour that the dice has landed on. Sounds simple and boring? Well its not! My oldest children are only 4 and 5 but they have been going on about this game for months since they visted my Sister in Law and played with my nephews copy of this game. My sister relented and bought them a copy for christmas and it is one of their favorite presents needless to say. We played it 4 yimes yesterday (xmas day) and 3 times today! So whats the difference between Tumblin monekys and Kerplunk? Well there are only a few differences between the two games, the first being that instead of having a boring tube to put the sticks in, on the tumblin monkeys version the tube is made to look like a plam tree. The main difference between the two is that instead of using marbles like in Kerplunk, in tumblin monkeys you use small plastic monkeys with longs curled tails. When the sticks are pulled out from underneath the monkeys, their tails catch on any sticks below them, this makes the game more interesting and a lot more fun. The idea behind both games is to pull the sticks out when it is y
our turn and avoid making a monkey fall all the way to the bottom. The person with the least monkeys at the end of the game is the winner. Even after all the times that I have played this game over the last few days, the kids still keep beating me at it. I'm sure they cheat! This game is made by Tomy and can be found in all leading toyshops and large stores such as Tesco and Sainsburys. I have recently seen it in our local woolworths priced at £6.99, which I think for the amount of excitement and fun it has brought to my household is well worth every penny and I am sure it is something that will be played in our house on a regular basis. The game is for 2 or more players and is aimed at children aged 4 plus although my nephew is only just 3 and he loves playing it too. As well as being fun it also helps children to recognise colours and helps with their counting skills. Removing the correctly coloured stick will help with learnign which colpur is which and counting how many monkeys you have dropped at the end of the game is a great way to brush their neumber skills up. On the whole, a great game which comes highly recommended!
My little girl is a little monkey at times and when she asked father christmas to get this game for her last year,we just had to buy it. Its quite a good game and she enjoys playing it. The object of the game is to take turns in pulling a coloured stick out from the tree without making the monkeys tumble to the ground,the monkeys hang from their tails so you have to handle the sticks with great care. The winner is the player who has the least monkeys when all the sticks are removed. If you are stuck for a game to buy for your little monkeys this christmas,then why not give tumblin monkeys a go. The age for this game is 4 years and over.You can buy it from most toy stores.
Pull sticks out of the tube without the monkeys falling to the bottom. The aim is to be the player who has collected the smallest number of monkeys at the end of the game