Product Type: Hasbro Outdoor Toy
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Who is the greatest at Gator Golf?
Member Name: emmad5689
Advantages: Good price, easy game, fun
Disadvantages: Doesn't stay set up very well
I bought this game for my eldest daughter for her 5th birthday as she loves playing games and I thought it would be quite a quick game that we could play with her.
I picked the game up in Asda not long after Christmas and they had reduced it down to £5, you can buy the game in many places such as supermarkets, Argos, toy shops and online. The game has a RRP of £14.99 although it is currently just under £10 with free delivery on Amazon.
The game came in a cardboard box which showed the alligator on the front, the box was very brightly coloured which of course make a young child want to look inside and the Hasbro logo was on it as they are the makers of the toy. I have also seen this game in an open fronted box which allows you to see the alligator inside but I think the full box is better as there is nothing to press or have a go of. The box states that the game is meant for preschool children of ages 3 and up.
Inside the box there was a set of instructions although the game is pretty self explanatory, 2 golf clubs one in yellow and one in green, two golf balls in the same colours and then a bright orange alligator for the main part of the game.
The main part of the toy is made out of very hard plastic, it is bright orange in colour with green nails marked on his feet, he has large bright white eyes and white teeth inside his mouth. There is quite a bit of detailing across the alligators back with lots of ripples for the scales. To set the top up you have to open his mouth which then puts down a little lever at the back of his tail and set him down.
The balls for the game are made to look like golf balls with lots of little inverted dimples on them, the balls are made of hard plastic so that even if they are squeezed or hit too hard they stay perfectly round which is great as obviously if the balls got misshapen it would be very hard to play the actual game.
The golf clubs are just the right height for my daughter who is 5 and so I would say a small 3 year old would find them too big to work with. The golf clubs again are made of hard plastic, they have the top section where you hold it a middle section for counting and then the bottom section for hitting the ball. The top section isn't smooth all the way around but open at the back which can actually hurt your hands a little when you hold it for too long or too tight. The counting section has number 0 to 4 embossed which really could have been made to stand out a little more and then there is a red piece of plastic which moves up and down over the numbers to keep your score.
To play the game you have to set the alligator with his mouth open and then set it down on the floor, agree on a starting point on place the first ball down. The first player will then take a shot towards the alligators mouth and then the second player can start from the same spot. Play continues until someone gets the golf ball into the alligators mouth, this then sets off the lever at the back which flings the ball back out and then you start from wherever your ball has landed. You have to keep resetting the alligators mouth to open and then the first person to get the golf ball into the alligator 4 times is the winner.
The game is quite good fun but it can go on forever if you haven't got a very good aim, when we want a quick game we play to the first person to reach two wins. The alligator can be a bit of a pain as sometimes when the ball goes in it doesn't set off the lever to throw the ball back out and sometimes it closes itself when no one has even got the golf ball inside.
The game is really great quality and this has been played with many times yet there isn't any damage on the game at all. The girls even like to battle it out with the golf clubs although they are very quickly told to behave and they also like to play rolling the golf ball around the room with the golf club without using the alligator. This game is great at helping with coordination and I was quite impressed to see that my one year old can manage to hit the ball with the golf club.
I would recommend this game it is good fun although you do of course need room to play it, we tend to play it inside as I don't think the balls would move too well on the grass. Sophie really enjoys the game and Emily loves cheering when one of us pots the ball. A great game and well worth what I paid for it.
Summary: A fun game