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My eldest is six years old and so has embraced the new craze of Moshi Monsters and of course with all new crazes comes every product imaginable!
I am a very mean mummy and like to wait before indulging my child in lots of clutter just because it has Moshi monsters on! however top trumps is a game that can be enjoyed with her friends, sister or even parents and as we have a long journey fast approaching I was willing to purchase the top trumps.
What are they?
Top trumps have been around since 1977 interestingly the same number of years as me!
Originally Top trumps where just aircraft and cars however they have modernised and you can get all sorts of top trumps from cars to Dinosaurs and the latest being the moshi, monsters.
Top trumps are cards that look similar to playing cards but have lists of data on them which one player picks from and then each other player compares the same data the one with the highest wins.
How to play?
As mentioned each player picks from the list which in the case of moshi monsters includes:
Rarity rank, top speed, cuteness, brains, and mischief the player with the highest wins that card personally having played top trumps on many occasions it works best with two players more than three and the game becomes too quick. We have always played that if it is a draw then another category is picked.
You place the cards in a pile and it is the top card that you use, technically the dealer goes first however we always let the youngest go first and then the winner obviously carries on. The final winner is when one person has all the cards or more cards than the other.
Cost and Stockist:
You can buy the single pack of top trumps from all good toy shops as well as Tesco and Sainsbury's as well as Amazon www.amazon.co.uk and a single pack will cost around £3.50. You can also buy a collectors tin which contains two packs of top trumps and has a round moshi monster tin this is available for the price of £9.50 on Amazon normally it is around £12.00 however I purchased this in next sale for £6.50.
What do you get with the moshi monsters Top Trumps?
The top trumps contain 30 cards each card shows a picture of a monster a description and then the information. The pack also contains how to play card.
This is a great game and one that is easy and small enough to pack in a bag for holiday the cards are thick card and coated and although this game has been played constantly since its purchase on Saturday it still looks pristine. I was happy to buy the top trumps as I remember playing top trumps and it never losing its fun and my daughter had Hello Kitty ones two years ago and still plays with those so I thought it was a good buy.
I like my top trumps: ( by the 6 year old)
Because I like moshi monsters and I like playing top trumps as well I was pleased to spend my pocket money on them and I have had lots of fun playing them I beat my Daddy at top trumps! I like the pictures of all the monsters and the facts about them as well my favourite one is Iggy.
I think my daughter has inherited my eye for a bargain as she spotted these cards lurking in the reduced section at Tescos, for £1.72 and so snapped them up - they are normally about £3.49 for a pack, which is still a good price given that Moshi Monsters are very much flavour of the month with most 6-9 year olds that I know and that, let's face it Top Trumps is a game that needs little introduction as it's been enjoyed by generations of kids. After extensive testing of this pack I'm happy to report that the game is still the success that it always was, and these cards are a good buy.
In the pack you get 30 character cards featuring different Moshlings (for the uninitiated these are the pets of the Moshi Monsters that are collectable both online at moshimonsters.com or also in various plastic collectable forms). Each character, in the Top Trump tradition has been given a number for various skills, in this case rarity, top speed, cuteness, brains and mischief. I won't go into the full ins and outs of the game here, but basically each player has to read out a value from their card - eg "brains 120" and the person with the highest score gets the card. Play stops when one player gets all the cards and can take anything from 5 minutes up to half an hour depending on the skill of the players and the way the cards have been dealt. If your children as entranced by the online game as mine are they will be familiar with the characters, most of which feature in the series 1 collectable plastic moshlings, and enjoy having the moshlings in card form.
The concept and rules of the game are well explained on a single card in the pack and easily understood by children; you will need to be able to read to play - the five year old can manage fine but took some time to work out what was a high score on any of the skills, however once she had related the cards to her "real-life" experience of Moshlings she was able to start winning by suggesting the highest value. Both my children like looking through the cards to see whether Chop Chop (their favourite monkey moshling) is more brainy than Gigi, Cutie Pie, Waldo or any number of the Moshlings that are drawn faithfully to the originals in cartoon style on the cards.
The cards themselves are kept flat and ready for play in a flip top box. They are nicely printed though not of the best quality ever - care needs to be taken when playing with them as they can get bent. A nice touch is that the cards also have a small bit of writing on them explaining the different characters in the kind of English an eight year old can read - though the font is a bit small refreshingly the writing is in British English as opposed to American English - a plus as far as I am concerned. There's also a small part at the top of the card which gives you the recipe for growing the Moshlings on the online site - whether you are a paid up member or playing for free on the basic version of the website. My children found this bit very handy for their use of the site.
If your child is a serious Moshi collector one thing you need to know is that these cards which are labelled "specials" are slightly smaller than the cards in the Collectors Tin so can not really be used in combination with them - a bit of a shame really and something that I think the manufacturer should have thought about.
Overall though the game works well and is enjoyed by my children. It's handy to take to restaurants and for play at break time - apparently a pack of these can see you being very popular at "wet play" on a rainy day. If you buy the pack there's also a deal on at the moment via the top trumps website (toptrumps.com) whereby you can input the bar code on this pack and another 4 from any Top Trump card) and receive a free pack. We are lacking one at the moment, but we apparently have until June 2012 to take up this offer.
These cards are a good buy for any Moshi fan, they have kept my children entertained for hours - recommended.
Moshi Monsters has started a new craze amongst children due to their website which requires you to look after your own monster and collect moshlings. However, this well known game started to spur a lot of new products that the brand made like clay mouldinh sets, cuddly toys, stickers and eventually Moshi Monsters Top Trumps Cards! Top Trumps have been selling for ages, and the Moshis are the latest to join in.
They come priced at around £3, and this is worth the price as there is a lot of replay value and they are of good quality, like all of the Top Trump brand. I don't think that there is an age rating to this product, however they are pretty easy to use as long as you have a basic reading skill, I'd probably rate it at 3 plus.
The game is pretty simple to play, and my sister has played with up to 3 of her friends using the cards. You hand out cards to each player, making sure each has an equal amount of cards, and then each player picks a statistic on the card and challenges another using it. Then, if that card is the best out of all of them, you get it however if their cards are better, they get yours. This happens throughout the game until a player has all of the others cards.
The cards come in a plastic case in the colour green, with the cards in a transparent window which unhinges and lets you take cards out. It is a pretty strong container as it has been in my sisters bags which get thrown around quite a lot, and it hasn't broken or stopped working as well as it did when she first got it.
The cards themselves are of good quality, as like the case, they haven't had any damage happen to them since we got them. None of the cards have ripped or become dog eared over the time that we've owned them. In the entire pack, there are 30 Moshi Monster cards which are made of glossy card which don't bend easily so they don't become damaged.
The cards themselves are well designed, as they are quite bright and look exactly like the characters are shown on the website. The different moshlings are all shown on the card along with their statistics that you use to play against each other with. You play using these themes rarity, speed, cuteness, brains and mischief.
A handy thing to is that they include the combination to grow the moshlings, so if you are a member, you can look at the card to see what you need to grow that particular moshling. My sister kept having to google the different combinations, so this is a much easier way to find out.
The game is good for any amount of time really and amounts of players. If you want a short amount of gameplay, you could just deal less cards. It takes up a lot of time, and when my sister starts playing, it definitely keeps her quiet for a long time.
Overall, this is a good game for the price it's offered at, as my sister has gotten a lot of use out of it and when her friends are over I've seen them play it quite a lot. The product itself is good quality and it doesn't seem to be showing any signs of becoming damaged soon.
All of a sudden what seemed out of nowhere last year moshi monsters appeared and every child seemed to own a "moshling" on the online game named moshi monsters. My sister was one of many who was fascinated by the craze and not before long it seemed you could get just about everything moshi monster (cards, stickers, keyrings, clothing, watches and the list goes on!). I work in a toy shop and in the summer on 2011 we started repeatedly getting asked for moshi products, so my boss started to enquire and before long we were stockists of many of the products, one being the moshi monster top trumps. We have sold top trumps for many years and they had always been a success, they also made great stocking fillers.
==About the product==
The cards come in a green plastic case; the case can be easily hinged opened so the cards can be slid in and out. Inside the pack you will receive 30 moshi monster cards, a rule card and a code card. The cards are printed on thick glossy card and are of very good quality so are not going to bend easily. The 30 cards all represent a different moshling, which are all part of the online came, these include iggy and my personal favourite Purdy! Inside this pack you'll find exclusive bios, as well as combinations to attract each monster.
Each card has a picture of the moshling on; the cards can be battled in the following areas rarity, speed, cuteness, brains, and mischief.
To play the game, hand out an equal amount of cards to each player, you then take it in turns to say which statistic on your card is best and will beat the other players, if your monster turns out to be the best in the area you have chosen you then get the top card off each opponent although if one of your opponents monsters is better than they get your top card, this keeps happening until only 1 player is left in the game with all the cards and is crowned the winner!
These are a great family game and are ideal for taking in the car on long journeys, my 9 year old sister loves them and they have easily had their monies worth out of them, she also likes the fact it shows you all the different monsters, it also states that you can add more cards to the collection which may be meaning there is going to be a second series of the top trumps, i know the moshi monster mash up cards are on series 2 and I believe in some issues of the moshi monster magazine, one of the free gifts is a top trump card.
The card game can be bought in many online retailers including Amazon and eBay for around the £4 mark, I've also seen these in newsagents and supermarkets including Asda and Tesco's, again for £4 which I believe is great value for money as it can provide hours of fun as you can get a different result every time.
The Boy is presently very keen on Moshi Monsters, constantly asking to play on the website on my computer. When he saw this Top Trumps set, I was glad to treat him to it, since it then becomes a game we can play together as a family and isn't just time spent staring at a screen. Both children enjoy Moshi Monsters, so unlike the Transformers Top trumps we have, they are equally enthusiastic about playing.
*** What you get ***
The case is sturdy plastic with Top trumps imprinted on the green handle. It is hinged to allow you to open it and slide out the cards. These include 30 character cards and two others: a rule card and a code card (you can use the code to obtain a special item on the Moshi Monster website). The cards are glossy and good quality. The case clicks back together when you're finished, to keep the cards safe when not in use. There's enough room in the box to add more Moshi Monster cards, (such as Humphrey the snoring hickopotumus, one of the ones we've acquired through the magazine).
*** Moshi Monsters ***
You start off with 30 character cards showing a different Moshi Monster/Moshling each. These are cute beasties, ranging from the warrior wombat General Fuzuki to the saccharine-sweet Purdy the tubby hugishi, all of which appear in the online game.
On each card, along with the brightly coloured portrait of the character is a synopsis of its personality and back-story, its vital statistics for the Top Trumps game and the ingredients for making the character come to your online Moshling garden. This last piece of information adds a lot of value in my children's eyes. They are both eager to attract their own Moshlings using these recipes, (such as black moon orchid seeds plus 2 x purple crazy daisy seeds for I.G.G.Y. the pixel-munching snaffler).
*** Play the game ***
To play Top Trumps, you deal out the cards equally to each player. The aim is to win all your opponents' cards. The first player looks at his or her top-most card and chooses which statistic they think will be hard to beat. With the Moshi Monsters set, the choices are rarity, top speed, cuteness, brains and mischief. Whoever has the highest score in the chosen statistic takes the cards for that round, and gets to select the next statistic. And so it goes on, until someone ends up with all the cards.
It's a very simple concept, but a great deal of fun to play.
The recommended age range for Top trumps is from 3 years and up, although I feel under-fives might struggle to play unassisted. Once your child has a good understanding of numbers, it's a nice one to play to build on ideas of 'more/greater than' and 'fewer/less than'. At 6, the Boy is able to play very competently, giving his elders a run for their money: it's only the luck of how cards fall that dictates the winner.
*** Conclusion ***
The Boy says "They're brilliant and they tell you how to get Moshlings. I like I.G.G.Y and Ecto best."
The Girl says "The Moshlings are really cute and I like it when we all play it."
I think Top Trumps is a good family game and would recommend it highly. It's something you can take around with you easily, in a pocket or bag, to fill in time on journeys, waiting for your food to arrive in restaurants and the like.
For Moshi Monster fans, this set is ideal, because of the information about how to get Moshlings for the online game and the added value by the inclusion of the special item code card. It's also a plus that you can add other Moshi Monster cards to your collection.
You can buy the set online or from good toy stores for between £3 and £4.