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So carrying on with childrens game reviews I had to do one on the classic even I had as a child. Yes we are talking about Hungrey hippos. Some games just don't go out of style and this certainley has'nt, must stiil sell well. Made by MB games a long standing company of the production of childrens games and have been around since I was little maybe longer. Other games made by MB include Guess Who another old favourite, There are to many others to mention.
The game comes in an easy to open cardboard box. With Hungrey Hippos written in bold red letters with a yellow edge. Cartoon Hippos are decorated all over the box with marbles also displayed. On taking the game out you have to put the stickers on the yes which was a pain.The white marbles come in a plastic bag and also inclosed are instructions. No other packaging which I found good.
No setup was really needed out the box and away you go so fantastic for inpatient children. Or little three year olds who can't sit still. The nicest part of this was the need for no batteries when so many things require them these days.
You place the game board in the middle of your players at least two players required. Place the twenty white marbles into the middle. On the gameboard are four hippos with a hinged head and a lever on the back. Pushing down on the lever makes the neck extend and the head to move up. When this happens the head then moves down and the hippo moves backwards toward the player. Underneath the head is a hole where the marbles drop and slide down to the players collection pot. Thats if you where lucky enough to gobble some up. The winner is the one with the most marbles. My kids loved this game as much as I did when I was young. It just shows that the most simple games last the longest in the market place. It does'nt last that long when playing and parents its really noisy but your kids will play it over and over again. Till you can't stand the noise any longer. The only argument we had in our house was who gets which colour hippo, there is Green, blue, yellow and pink. My son wanted the blue because its for boys and my daughter wanted the same because its her favourite colour.
The only educational purpose was counting your mables at the end. But not everything need be educational so long as its fun and keeps the kids away from the tv for a while.
A lovely classic game my children enjoyed this game is for four plus as the marbles present a choking hazard to children below this age. So this is played without my younger son present who is at the put anything in my mouth stage. Quick gameplay but so easy to set up so nip out and get one I would recommend it for children and those wjho remember it from being a child took me back years.
AVAILABILITY AND COST
I purchased this at argos for a snip at £6.98 bargain. Not sure oof prices elsewhere can retail at £9.99 but I would say thats a fair price. Toys r us stock it and most good toy outlets.
If you would like to know more about this product or other games in the MB range you can write to the address below.
Hasbro Uk Ltd, Caswell Way, Newport, Gwent NP9 OYH.
And for you internet junkies some links I came across.
Thanks for the read x
I had to put three to five age range but please be aware it is 4+.
You'll have a chompin' good time with Hungry Hippo and his pals! Be ready to join in the ... more
feeding frenzy when you release all the marbles onto the game base, because all the hippos will be chomping and your hippo will need to move fast! If he chomps the golden marble, you win! Classic hungry hungry hippos game has 4 hippo heads and bodies plus marbles for them to chomp! 20 marbles! One golden marble! Clean-up is a snap with the marble and hippo storage! Contents: game base comes with 4 hippo heads, 4 hippo bodies, 4 marble launchers and guides, 20 plastic marbles, label sheet and instructions. 4 or more players. For ages 4 years and over. EAN 5010994643133. Warning: Not suitable for children under 3 years old. Only for domestic use. To be used under the direct supervision of an adult.