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Butterfly fun with Elefun
Member Name: CheshireJ
Advantages: Fun, active game
Disadvantages: Trunk needs help to stay up
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.
Summary: Good game, but not very durable