Product Type: Hasbro Outdoor Toy
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Hasbro Gator Golf
Member Name: rji0907
Advantages: Fun, easy to set up and play, some educational aspects
Disadvantages: Bit expensive for what it is
My 7 year old son is one of those children who only has to catch sight of an advert for a toy of some description on the t.v and we immediately get those words 'can I have that for Christmas/Birthday', even though he generally hasn't got a clue what he's asking for. With this in mind I tend to take what he's asking for with a pinch of salt unless it's something he tends to go on about rather a lot and seems to take a real interest in.
One such item which I thought would be one of those occasions was the Gator Golf game. This is generally aimed at children a little younger than me son so I thought he would soon lose interest in wanting the game, but he went on and on about it so in the end my grandparents brought it for him for Christmas.
I thought after a game or two he would realise that this toy is a bit 'babyish' for him and he would lose interest but I have been quite surprised by his level of interest in it. We play it together on a regular basis and although the box states that the game is suitable for ages 3+, I don't think it is unsuitable for my son at all.
Gator golf is basically a child's golfing game whereby you have to hit the supplied golf ball into an alligator's mouth. Within the game you get supplied with two child-sized golf clubs and two lightweight plastic golf balls. There is a yellow and a green set. The target is an orange alligator's head in which the mouth opens quite extensively. The aim of the game is to simply hit the ball into the alligator's mouth. The fun thing about this game though is that if you hit it accurately enough, the ball travels to the back of the mouth and onto a spring mechanism at the back of the mouth which then launches the ball back at you and should land in the general place you started from. I had my reservations as to whether or not this aspect of the game would work consistently, but it works every time and works well too and this part of the game kids will love.
There is no need to keep score as there is a scoring tally on the golf clubs themselves so this will help encourage younger children's ability to learn to count and it's done in a fun way so your child won't get bored of learning. In that aspect this toy is mainly about having fun, but it does have a slight educational twist to it too. The other thing it helps with is your child's hand to eye co-ordination. They have to really concentrate when trying to aim the ball into the gators mouth, and although the target is a reasonable size so your child shouldn't get too frustrated trying to hit it, there is a certain degree of accuracy needed to hit the target.
One of my pet hates with children's games is that many of them have loads of bits and pieces in the box and some can take ages to put together, but there is no such problem with this game. The alligator head itself is simply made up of two pieces which just slot together and the golf clubs are the same too. They are made up of two sticks which slot together that that's it - the game is set up and there's not a screwdriver in sight!
This game is quite a good space-saver too as once you have used the game once, I found that you don't need to keep the original box it came in as there are very few pieces and the gator head can be used to store the golf balls in so they don't get lost. All you need to find room for is the golf clubs and they take up no room whatsoever really.
Price wise, this game is slightly overpriced in my opinion, so in my sons eyes it is worth it. It is generally available for around £17.99 which considering what you get in the game, I don't think this price can really be justified which is a shame as the game is actually pretty good, but I think a more realistic price tag for it would be between £12-15 maximum.
Overall, my son loves this game and I have to admit I quite like playing it with him too! It is simple, yet effective and works on some key educational elements such as counting and co-ordination. It is not a game that your child will get easily frustrated at as it is quite simple, but it works them at the same time. It is easy to set up and doesn't take up much room to store. The pieces are bright and colourful and although made of plastic, they don't look or feel cheap and tacky and no piece so far has shown any signs of wear and tear, nor do they have any damage to them. The game is suitable for both indoor and outdoor usage as although it involves golf balls, they are really lightweight and are unlikely to do any damage to breakables in your house. This is a great game for children and I recommend it highly, I just personally think the price tag should have been that bit lower.
Summary: A great golf putting game for children