Advantages satisfying pop
Disadvantages could have had themed counters
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The best thing about this game is that no longer do you have to run around and hunt out the missing dice! It is trapped in a little popping bubble and is always ready for you to play. My sister and I used to have an old game of Frustration and as her children have got older, all our old games and toys have been brought down from the attic and passed down to the next generation. Unfortunately, our game had gone rusty, the popping dice was covered in orange rust from the metal plate beneath and was rendered unusable. We decided to buy the kids the game though as it is really fun to play! I ended up buying the Toy Story version of Frustration as it is a new modern edition and one of their favourite films.
Have you ever played Lupo? Well frustration is very similar to this. It is a game for 2 to 4 players and each player takes a corner of the board and a set of counters. The concept of the game is that you have to move your counters round the board following the directions on the board and then get them safely home in your own corner. The first to do this wins and you move using the roll of the dice.Except it is not a roll is it! It’s a pop; a very satisfying pop to say the least though. The dice is held in a little plastic bubble and to roll the dice, you push down on the plastic which pushing on a little clicking platform and the dice jumps and then lands again. The number showing on the dice is the number you need to roll.
This is a fun game that is simple in design but it works. It is exciting, taking your opponent’s counters and strategically planning your next moves to either move out of harms reach or take your opponent.The Toy Story version of the game is great although we always have arguments over who is Buzz! The four characters are: Buzz Lightyear (Blue) Mr Potato Head (red), Woody (yellow) and Rex (green.) Their images are painted on the board and add a little something different to game, although it would have been nice to have special Toy Story counters!
The game is a little bit noisy, the pop is quite loud! The dice is not always rolled fairly though when playing with Olive, she seems to be able to pop the bubble so quicky that the dice does a full 360 and lands on the same number as before! (This is a common move if the last roll was a 6!) Despite this, it is fun and an exciting way to play. The children get really involved and it has fast become one of their favourite games to play. I like it because I used to play it when I was a little girl. It just goes to show that you do not need to have batteries or anything that does anything spectacular; a good old fashioned family board game will suffice.
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