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Pig Goes Pop!

Submitted by on March 15, 2010 – 12:54 pmNo Comment

“I would usually avoid games like Pig Goes Pop but the children were eager to get it out of the box and play”

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Price £16.99

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Initial Thoughts: Oh no!  I would usually avoid games like this in the toy shop.  The children were eager to get it out of the box and play though.  The game is basic; you throw a dice and pick up a burger the same colour as on the dice.  On the back of the dice is a number.  You post the burger through the pig’s mouth and then pump the pigs head the number of times shown on the burger.  As the game goes on the pigs stomach gets bigger until he ‘pops’.

We liked:
I was pleasantly surprised by the quality, the pig was sturdy and the children enjoyed priming him by closing his coat up, putting his arms down and twisting his tail to release the air.  The 3 year old has a short attention span and won’t often sit to play board games, so it was nice to play something with both children together.

We weren’t keen:
After feeding the pig we had to pump the pig’s head the number of times shown on the burger.  Both children aged 3 and 5 didn’t always push down hard enough and had to keep trying till they heard the right noise … the same noise a First Aid dummy makes when you are practising CPR as it happens.  The mechanism seemed a bit hit and miss and awkward for the children.

The idea that eventually the pig would pop open was exciting at first, and added an element of tension, reminiscent of games like Buckaroo and Operation. But after the third game, the children lost interest – they’d worked out the pig popped when it was fully-inflated, and this was the end of the game. Because the children hadn’t got the hang of the pump action we ran out of burgers on one occasion which meant the pig didn’t pop at all – which was disappointing.

Overall: Although fun, I didn’t think this was mentally stimulating for the children – and I don’t think it would keep their interest for long, or that it’s something they’d choose to play over and over again. I fear Pig goes Pop may end up at the back of the games cupboard.

[by Laura D – Are we nearly there yet mummy?]

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