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If you asked a small child "Would you like to run around the living room, catching butterflies that are being shot out of an elephant's trunk", you're eardums would burst from the excited screams.
When I first opened this game, my son's head looked like it was going to explode from the excitement. He sat and watched me set the elephant up, load it with butterflies (well, paper "wings") and dish out the nets. I described to him the general idea of the game and fired it up. After the initial fright of what sounded like a motorbike revving its engine, we were off! The elephant's trunk began spewing out the butterflies like no-one's business, and some 45 seconds later, it was over. He looked at me, I looked at him, we both looked at our nets full of coloured paper and shrugged our shoulders...
I can fully see the idea behind this game. Its brightly coloured butterflies shooting from the cute-looking Elephant is engaging visually. Meanwhile, the idea of catching the butterflies in the net is good for co-ordination in youngsters. The problem is, it's all over too soon and doesn't hold any real amount of attention for long enough.
I bought this for my 2.5 year old son. Elefun is basically a large tube with a fan at the bottom. You put the paper butterflies in the tube and they 'shoot' out the top. The aim of the game is to catch the most butterflies in your net.
Although my son is a little below the target age for this game he did seem to enjoy it. He cant really catch the butterfies in the nets but he enjoys running around as the butterflies come out and waving his net around. I can however see how this game will grow with him as we can also use it for counting how many butterflies we have caught.
The main negative with this game is the speed in which the butterflies shoot out. To start with they come out fairly quickly but there are always a few stuck at the bottom. That being said that seemed to bother me more than my son.
Overall i think this is a great game for children aged between 3-5.
This Elefun is from Hasbro but also known as MB games. My son spotted this at a fair and on asking how much it was I couldn't leave it behind for 20p. New they cost £15-£17.99 and the one we have is in perfect condition.
It's a game for 2 -4 players and very easy to set up and play. My kids have lots of fun with it and it often goes back into the cupboard to come out again a day or two later.
Contents- 4 catching nets
1 Elephant body
1 Elephant removable trunk
Needs 4 x c batteries
It is simple to set the game up, the Elephant body forms the base which contains a fan at the bottom with a grid covering over it so the fan is visible but safe for little hands getting near it. Into this base area you put the butterflies which are made from a type of nylon material. Next you put on the trunk which just slots on the base. The trunk is made from a thick plastic so not easy to rip. Now the fun starts. The players get ready with their catching nets which have a plastic handle and netting similar style to like a fishing net, someone turns the switch on the back of elephant to on and the trunk starts to open up and erect to approx 1 metre in height, takes about 10 seconds to do this (see the picture above) after this has happened about 5 seconds later the butterflies start to flutter out of the top of the trunk and you need to catch them in your net, once they start coming out they do all come out quite fast. Once they are all out turn the elephant off and the winner is the one with the most butterflies in their net.
My son is taller then my daughter so has an advantage being nearer the top where they all flow from but she has learnt to pick up the ones from the floor and put in her net which is quite amusing when she ends up with same amount as her brother has.
Before you restart another game you simply remove the trunk and pop all the butterflies back in again.
On the base of the game there is another button which will stop the fan when lifted off the ground, I'm not sure the reason of having this button but I guess instead of leaving in on ground to refill you can just pick it up to do and saves turning it off each time.
Please take note that you can NOT refill it whilst the fan is still going, it has proven impossible when the kids tried lol.
This is a great game that kids and adults alike can enjoy, yes I've also had a go on it.
My Daughter got this for her 2nd Christmas. She is 3 and still likes to play it.
Basically the game is made up of an elephant shaped game that contains a fan inside. There is a switch at the back of the elephant that turns the fan on, however if the elephant falls over it cuts out the fan.
The elephant has a long plastic trunk that is attached to the solid plastic base. When the fan is on, the trunk stretches up towards the ceiling (sometimes you need to straighten this out).
The game also has four nets to catch the 'butterflies' which are made up of plastic coated paper (difficult to damage).
To play the game, you place the butterflies above the fan, which you can access by taking off the elephant's trunk. Once the butterflies are in place and every player has a net, you can switch on the fan (make sure the trunk is straight) and then wait for the butterflies to get blown into the air.
It is a fun game to play but it is over very quickly. It can take time initially for the butterflies to make their way up the trunk, however once they start popping out of the top - they all come in quick succession. So you have to get ready to catch!!
My miss 2 & 3 absolutely love the Elefun game they got for Christmas. It is a short time span from switch on until all the butterflies are blown but fortunately my girls also love rounding them back up and "feeding Elefun" before turning it back on.
Unfortunately the first batch of batteries I brought were apparently not expensive enough to power it and all the happened was the fan worked but not with enough force to send the butterflies up the trunk. I brought more higher grade ones which lasted about 10mins of continuous use before also becoming too low to blow out the butterflies. So thinking I had just got bad batches of batteries the third set again only lasted around 10 mins (also important to add all 3 lots were Energizer batteries so not cheap junk ones).
This game really needs to be mains powered unless you have an endless supply of batteries.
Personally at NZD44.95 (New Zealand) I think it is very highly overpriced - compared to other games on the market and the quality of components it shouldn't be more than $25-30 full priced.
The kids do love it though and it provides great indoor and outdoor (weather dependent) entertainment.
My little girl (2 at the time) and stepson (4 at the time) had been pestering for this game for about 4 months in the run up to last christmas due to endless adverts for it on nick jr so me and my partner agreed to get them it as a joint present.
Whilst out shopping for christmas presents we noticed elefun by Hasbro in ELC on offer for £6.99 so we snapped it up, it was in argos for £17.99 at the time so this was a huge saving!
Christmas morning came and the kids unwrapped it, huge beaming smiles from both of them and all other presents were forgotten about! They couldnt wait to play!
All the stuff for the game came in a reasonably small box, the nets and poles came seperate so you had to assemble them, there are instructions on how to do this but it is very simple and the instructions were not necessary for us (4 years of putting toys together and you get used to it!), all butterflies were in a seperate bag which are just pieces of very thin fabric, then you had the elephant body itself which is just a glorified fan!, then the trunk which is just a very long tube of thin plastic. Again easy to assemble.
To play the game you all have a net ready (4 in total), fill the elephant body with the butterflies, attach the trunk and switch on, the fan won't come on until the base (elephant body) is on a flat surface as it has small buttons on the bottom which get pushed in when its on a flat surface. The trunk on our game has never pushed itself into an upright position once the fan comes on and i have always had to help it along, the game lasts for about 3 minutes and then all the butterflies are gone....cue very disappointed children whilst you have to find all the butterflies and fill it up again!
We have had this game 10 months now and the kids have played it about 10 times, they got very bored with it very quickly. If it lasted a bit longer then the 3 minutes im sure they would love it more, its too much of a blink and you'll miss it game, such a shame as they both wanted it so much.
I wouldn't say it is worth the £17.99 that argos are charging for it, if you can get it cheap like we did then it's an ok to game to have in the cupboard, its quick to set up so isn't really any effort to get out for the kids but don't let them get their hopes up about it too much!
I have a 3yr old and a 4yr old and I got to say Teaching to how to play fetch before was difficult.
I've tried everything but now with this I feel I have a better handle for them to hold onto while learning the mechanics of fetch. I mean it can't possibly be easier. Place the colored ball into the slot and watch the ball pop up the snout and rush away.All thats left to do after that is to tell them to "fetch". I already use a toddler leash to make sure they don't get to far so I felt this was the right product to purchase on my journey towards domesticating them and house breaking them. Only scared it 4 stars of what would have been 5 because it requires batteries. I feel a pump system would have been much not only cheaper to produce but safer in the long run as well.
My daughter was bought this for Christmas and although it was fun at first, the novelty soon wore off.
I would say the game lasts about 3 minutes and then there are no more butterflies left and you have to switch it off, take the trunk off and refill the elephant to play again. I have played this game with my 2 year old as well as my 5 year old nephew and both quickly got fed up of keep having to turn it off and refill it. (As did I!) If you were supplied with about 4 times the amount of butterflies it would be a much better game as it would last longer. The only suggestion I have is to maybe try and make some extra butterflies but finding the right material so that they would float may be difficult.
The other downside to this game is it takes 4 size C batteries which are expensive and do not last very long.
Of note, the description says 8+ years and the box to ours say 3+ years.
The Elefun game seemed to be everywhere in the run-up to Christmas 2010, I noticed it on offer for a fiver in a few supermarkets but had no idea whether it was any good, then my daughter received one from a friend. The price seems to vary wildly depending where and when you buy it, at the time of writing it's priced around the £12 mark on Argos and Amazon websites, and under a tenner from Tesco. It's made by Hasbro, designed for 2-4 players, takes 4 X 1.5v batteries and the age on the box is 3+, with the word pre-school highlighted.
*In the Box
In the box is the base elephant or 'elefun', it's trunk, 4 butterfly nets, 30 'butterflies' and an instruction sheet. The nets need to be assembled which is very simple. The handles are either red, yellow, blue or green. The butterflies lack artistry, they remind me of pasta bows, but are made of paper thin plastic a bit like thin carrier bag plastic but tougher, they're coloured red, green and yellow.
The plastic base looks like a blue elephant with it's head looking up, the bottom half houses a motor, the rest is a holder for the butterflies. I'm sure the inspiration for this game must have come from a hairdryer because the whole thing is hairdryeresque. The trunk detaches, a bit like a hairdryer attachment, one end is hard plastic but most of it is a tube of some kind of thin polythene like material. This is so that it can be blown upwards. In play it looks a bit like a drainpipe.
First you put all the butterflies into the base then attach the trunk and switch it on, you'll probably need to hold the trunk up at the beginning until it gets going, as the motor isn't powerful enough to lift it up. The on/off switch is under the elephant's tail, there's also a safety button on the base which ensures that the motor will not work unless the base is upstanding. The butterflies are blown up the trunk and out of the end, (it's about 4ft high). The idea is that players catch the butterflies as they fall and the person with most butterflies in their net at the end of the game is the winner.
It's not as easy as it sounds to catch the butterflies as they tend to fall to the ground quickly, rather than flutter down, the motor doesn't lift them very far out of the trunk. My 4 year old gets around this by scrabbling to pick them up off the floor rather than bothering to try and catch them as they come out. Butterflies often get trapped inside the base and it needs to be given a light shake to free them. The motor is quite feeble, there's the odd flurry of butterflies then a wait for others to struggle up the tube one or two at a time and find their way out. Usually a couple get stuck in the bottom and won't be dislodged so get left there. A game usually takes no more than five minutes, (despite the box saying it takes 15mins).
The pictures on the box are a huge exaggeration of the games capacity, showing butterflies being chased and jumped for, when in reality they just pootle out of the top and slide down the side of the trunk to the floor.
The first time my daughter played this she absolutely loved it, although her parents were less impressed. The motor seemed to change tempo after a few minutes from okay to really quite weak, I assumed it would eat up the battery power, but I don't think we've actually changed the batteries, not that it's been played with a great deal, but maybe it doesn't eat up energy as much as you would think.
I think it's best when played with solely by children. Adults need to adapt the game to be able to play fairly, either on their knees or restricting the nets to child height. My daughter has played this other 3-4 year olds and they get very excited and giggly. It is actually quite fun to play, despite it's shortcomings. It's also over very quickly and needs to be set-up again, usually by an adult. At four, my daughter can almost set this up on her own, but needs help to fully straighten out the trunk.
I don't really think this is worth the money. It has spent most of the past year in it's box under my daughter's bed. To be fair she has asked to play with it a few times and I may have persuaded her to do something else instead, as I don't think much of it. It looks good, and it's a good enough idea but not that well executed. My daughter and her friends who have played it do get very excited when it works, but it usually involves much faffing about - straightening it up, rescuing trapped butterflies etc and it's over very quickly. The motor is feeble, (it would take a long time to dry my hair), but even if it wasn't it would use up too much battery power. I wouldn't recommend it, but I can't say it's all that bad either, because I'm pretty sure my four year old would say otherwise.
Elefun is a game for children aged 3 years plus. It is a great alternative to a traditional board game and is fun and enjoyable to play. It can be purchased for around £12 online.
We purchased this to play with my niece who is three years old and, although she is probably a little young to completely understand or get the full benefits from the game, she thoroughly enjoys playing this game and always asks if we can play.
The game is basically a physical game that encourages hand-eye co-ordination and develops catching skills. Within the box, you get 'Elefun' the motorised elephant that is a blue plastic and comes with a long, detachable trunk made of a thin polythene type material. The trunk is four feet long and attaches easily to the elephant. There are also 30 coloured 'butterflies'. These are basically light weight plastic figure 8 shapes. There are also four butterfly nets included.
The butterflies are loaded into the elephant and they are then blown through the trunk into the air. The object of the game is to catch more butterflies in your net than your opponents.
PLAYING THE GAME
The game takes a while to set up - attaching the trunk to the elephant and loading it with butterflies is actually quite laborious and certainly not something that a young child would be capable of themselves. Once set up, the elephant blows the butterflies up quite well and quickly, meaning that they spread out around the room well - they don't all land in one spot and ruin the competitiveness of the game. The nets are a decent size too - not too large that they make it too easy to catch the butterflies and not too small that they make it too hard to catch them and thus lead to young children losing interest quickly.
The game is over very quickly - I would say within 15 to 20 seconds, so the time taken to set up each game seems rather long in comparison! The game is easy to understand and play and enjoyable too. It is also a good learning aid too - you can discuss the colour of the butterflies and also you need to count up the butterflies in your net at the end of the game to determine the winner.
There can be a few little issues that crop up when playing the game too. Sometimes the trunk will bend over and trap the butterflies in, other times (particularly when the batteries are running low) the fans are not strong enough to blow the butterflies high into the air. Nearly every time you play, there are one or two rogue butterflies that need a little coaxing out of the trunk - this can prove frustrating to younger players.
This is a really fun and different game suitable for younger and older children alike. The only problem with having a mixed range of ages playing though is that it is a skill-based game rather than one completely of luck so the younger children will get fed up easily when playing with older children. When playing with children of similar ages and abilities though, this is very enjoyable to all and can be quite competitive.
The small flaws in the game that I spoke about earlier can also be frustrating to younger children and, as the batteries tend to wear out quite quickly, these problems can arise quite frequently. It also takes longer to collect up the butterflies from the floor and re-load the elephant than the game actually takes to play and this is another factor that can add to the frustration.
The game encourages children to be active and really helps to develop catching skills and improve hand-eye co-ordination as well giving children the opportunity to count. My niece really enjoys playing this game, although it doesn't really hold her attention for too long. We usually play two or three times and then she gets bored of continually collecting up the butterflies (and I am left with the clearing up!). When she does play though, she gets very excited and shrieks with delight as the butterflies fall around her. For this level of enjoyment, even for 10 minutes, it is more than worth the price we paid.
I believe the game could benefit from a few added features - definitely more butterflies to prolong the game and, perhaps, different sized butterflies that are worth different points. Overall though, this game is simple and fun to play and I would definitely recommend it.
Elefun is a game owned by MB games
Elefun game contents include a large blue elephant with long trunk, 30 crepe paper butterflies in red blue and green. and 4 hand held nets.
WHO CAN PLAY :
Elefun is a game reccomended for ages 3 plus but this game is simple and could be played at a younger age if supervised. The game is for 2-4 players.
AIM OF THE GAME :
The aim of the game is to simply catch as many butterflies of your colour in the net ( the butterflies blow out of the elephant trunk) , the child with the most butterflies of there correct colour wins.
WHERE CAN YOU FIND ELEFUN AND WHAT IS THE PRICE:
Elefun is available in many high street stores including argos , toys r us etc the price varies but is usually sold at around £10 - £13 .
IS IT WORTH THE MONEY:
In my opinion DEFINATLEY NO . The product is so flimsy the butterflies are made of crepe paper and easily lost or ripped . You have to make sure you put in expensive batteries as other cheaper brands are not powerful enough and even the expensive batteries only powerd the game for a couple of days .
Elefun is a game whereby the aim is to catch the butterflies that Elefun blows out of his trunk, using nets. We bought it for my eldest daughter (now 4) the Christmas before last. It looked like a fun game that she would enjoy, and she has indeed had lots of fun with it. Sadly, it's now showing its age a bit.
The game consists of a blue elephant, who is sitting down, and looking upwards. Inside the elephant is a fan, that, when switched on blows fabric butterflies upwards out of his trunk. The trunk is made from the sort of material that heavy duty bin bags are made from, fitted onto a thin plastic base which fits onto the elephant. To put the butterflies inside, you simply lift the trunk off, no need to unscrew it.
There are 30 butterflies included, coloured red, yellow and green. They do have a habit of getting everywhere, especially when they blow out of his trunk and flutter away, evading capture. I'm sure we haven't got all 30 left in the box.
Once you've got all of the butterflies inside, you need to place Elefun on a hard, flat surface. This is because there's a button on the underside that needs to press in fully to operate. If it's on a soft surface, such as a carpet, the button won't get pressed in fully, and when you turn it on nothing will happen.
The on/off switch is very small and hidden away in his short, curly tail at the back of Elefun. Once switched on, the fan will operate and supposedly "inflate" the trunk so that it rises upwards. Sadly, this doesn't happen automatically and you need to give it a hand, pulling it upwards until the airflow is enough to keep it upright. Because ours has been used so much now, and folded away when not in use, it's all creased around the base of the trunk. So when it's operating, the trunk keeps flopping over, which is very annoying. I can't remember how powerful the airflow was when we first got it, but I'm sure it was better than it is now.
Once switched on, and the trunk is inflated, you need to be ready to catch the butterflies as they come out very quickly at first. The tallest people, whether kids or adults, tend to catch the most butterflies, as they're higher up and can get to them before the shorter people. The elephant and trunk are 142cm tall when it's fully inflated. After the initial burst of them all coming out fast, the remaining ones have a tendency to get stuck. If you see the shadow of one floating round in circles inside the trunk, you'll need to give it a gentle nudge to try and get it to blow up and out. You may also hear if any are stuck in the base, in which case you need to give it a bit of a shake to dislodge them.
The nets that you use to catch the butterflies with are a plastic handle with a circular rim, which the net fits onto. The rim undoes so that the net can come off, although I'm not sure what the purpose of that is, and if the kids take them apart it's a pain to have to thread the net back on and click the handle rim back into place. There are four butterfly nets, a red one, blue one, yellow one and green one. My girls can occasionally be found with the nets on their heads, which isn't really part of the game!
The box shows a clock and says 15 minutes. I presume that means how long they're saying it takes to play. Well, when we play, all of the butterflies are usually out within one minute, so not sure where they get 15 from, unless they expect the average person to want to play 15 times.
The recommended age is 3+, but my 2 year old loves playing it, even though she doesn't catch many butterflies, but instead picks the ones up off the floor and puts them in her net.
It's for 2-4 players, but there's nothing stopping one person playing on their own just for fun rather than competitively.
It's a really good active game for kids to play, rather than sat round playing a board game or a video game, they're getting a bit of exercise whilst playing. The game is also great for hand-eye co-ordination, and learning to catch things.
The game requires 4 x C batteries. We've had to replace them a few times since having the game, it seems to eat them.
Made by that stalwart of games, Hasbro, it retails at £15.19 on amazon.co.uk, and £15.99 at Argos.
About 6 moths ago when my baby was 13 months we were browsing our local charity shop looking for some interesting toys. Up on a shelf I saw this Elefun and thought it looked amazing. The picture of the elephant on the front was so cute and reminded me of my childhood. I then read what the game was about and thought it sounded so exciting and was imagining my daughters 2nd birthday party with all her little friends jumping about trying to catch butterflies. How dilussioned I was. I handed over my £1 and took it home.
Elefun comes in a small size box with 4 nets. 30 butterflies, the elephant base and a long pvc type trunk. The main part of Elefun is the big base. It is made from blue plastic moulded into the shape of a sitting elephant, with painted on details such as big pretty eyes and a smile. The trunk is a pipe made from foldable plastic that screws onto the base and acts as an air tunnel. Then there are 30 butterflies made from a light plastic material. They come in three colours ,and are very plain very unlike a real butterfly. As ours is second hand the primary colour nets were already set up for us. They are the perfect size for small hands , and very light to hold.
It is very easy to set the game up. Firstly put the butterflies in the base and screw on the trunk to the base. There is a black switch on the bottom to turn it on. As simple as that. If only! This game is fantastic on paper but not in reality. Ours came with 4 size C batteries already inserted. I set it up turned it on and nothing happened except alot of noise. After waiting 2 minutes one solitary butterfly flopped out. Iread the instuctions that said to
flatten the butterflies out if they did not fly out. I did this to no avail. So Iwent to the shop and bought some new batteries hoping this would solve the problem.
I took a small screwdriver to undo the battery enclosure and replaced all four batteries just to be on the safe side.
Sadly the air pressure was no different and, no matter how much I flatten or unflatten the butterflies no have the engery to fly.
*Value for money*
I have seen this toy for sale at varying prices £25 online to £8 at Asda. They are now in a different designed box which I'm sure wont make any difference. My daughter does like to play with nets now and again sort the butterflies, but other than that it was a total waste of £1. I am so glad I didn't buy it full price.
I love this game! As do my 6 year old and 2 year old children. The idea is to catch as many butterflies in your net as you can and the one with the most butterflies in their net at the end of the game is the winner. Easy right? You would think. Except sometimes, or rather most of the time, the butterflies get stuck in the trunk (this is where the paper butterflies are placed, then you attach the trunk, turn the air blower on and the trunk blows up and the butterflies blow out), so you have to whack the trunk with your net to budge the butterflies up and out. Disadvantages - This can take some time and sometimes they don't come out at all. We count the butterflies that we have caught and restart the game. It does help if you flatten the paper butterflies berfore you insert them into the trunk and also the game works better with fresh batteries as the airflow is better. Advantages - all of this does not stop my children wanting to play this game over and over again as they quite enjoy the whacking of the trunk and the fighting over the last of the butterflies to come out. A decent game for the price you pay, and the kids enjoy it.
My daughter is just starting to play games so we wanted to get something that we could all play together that would be quite easy for her to understand. We had seen adverts for Elefun and thought it looked like a great idea so we decided to buy it.
---About the product:
Elefun comes in a cardboard box which has cartoon type pictures of elephants on it as well as one on the back of the game being played. Inside the box there is the blue elephant base, the plastic truck all folded up, a bag of 'butterflies', the plastic handles for the nets and the nets as well. Before playing, you need to assemble the nets by threading the net onto the plastic handle. The first one I tried took ages to do as the net kept snagging on the plastic, but the other three seemed to be easier to thread. They then secure and can be used to play the game. You also need to find 4 C batteries and insert them into the base unit to be able to play.
---Playing the game:
Before playing the game, you need to put all the butterflies into the base of the elephant and then put the top containing the trunk on top. Everyone needs to have a net and then you turn the elephant on using the switch by his tail. I haven't found the fan to be strong enough to make the trunk stand up on its own so I hold it up until the air circulates through it and holds it upright. After about 5 seconds, the butterflies start to shoot out of the trunk at different heights. The game is to catch as many as you can in the net but the instructions say that you can also pick them up from the floor as well which is a bit easier for little ones. It also says that the game will be over within 5 minutes.
My first realisation after buying this was that batteries were going to be expensive. 4 C batteries at about £5 if you're lucky is going to get quite expensive if you play it a lot. We may have to invest in some rechargable ones instead. It took a while to get the nets onto the handles which was a bit annoying as there was no reason they couldn't have been pre-assembled to save the frustration of a child who wants to play the game and is waiting for you to un-snag the plastic from the nets.
Once we got the game switched on, I was expecting the trunk to stand up on it's own, but the fan did not appear strong enough to lift the plastic so I had to hold it up instead which was quite inconvenient when trying to get ready for the game. Once it got air into it, the trunk did stay up on its own, so we were able to continue playing the game. The butterflies came out the top of the trunk and my daughter was very excited running around trying to get the butterflies but she is a bit young to understand that she has to try and catch them in the net! The game was over in about two minutes and we then had to spend time picking up the remaining butterflies and putting them back in the elephant which took longer than the game itself.
Having played the game several times, the fan is not so strong (considering it wasn't very strong before!) and I think the batteries are wearing down which is a definite negative considering the price of batteries for it.
I would not recommend this game. It costs between £8 and £15 depending on where it is bought from but the cost of it coupled with replacing batteries on a regular basis makes this game very cost ineffective. We have only played it a few times and have had it about a month and the batteries whilst still lasting, are sounding like they're on their way out. The game also only lasts a few minutes and takes time to reset, so while the game is actually quite fun to play; it is not worth the waiting in between. The game is aimed at 3+ and my daughter is only two, but having played it myself as well, I can't see much room for improvement in the game play. I have given the game 2 stars because it is fun while it lasts and my daughter has had fun playing it, but the continual cost and short game play make it a poor game to buy for any age.
When Elefun blows his trunk, butterflies fly into the air. Try and catch them all to win.