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No more marbles - monkeys are the way to go!
Tomy Tumblin' Monkeys
Member Name: kiwiii85
Tomy Tumblin' Monkeys
Advantages: Easy to set up, easy to play, quick to tidy away.
Disadvantages: Monkeys can blend in with carpets quite well and you may lose a couple
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!
Summary: A fantastic game to keep the kids going on a rainy day