Product Type: VTech toys
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A disappointing buy
Member Name: bush1
Disadvantages: Expensive, battery hungry, short game play
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.
Summary: Not worth the continual change of batteries
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