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Cranium Hullabaloo

Submitted by on August 26, 2010 – 8:38 pmNo Comment

Cranium Hullabaloo is something my four year old could easily set up and play without any help from me. This, friends, is A Good Thing.

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Price: £19.98


Initial Thoughts: I really wasn’t sure what to expect of this one, but when it came out of the box there was a round plastic console, 16 coloured plastic ‘pads’ of various shapes and sizes and no instructions. Hmm. Turns out you don’t need instructions as it’s ridiculously simple – but you do need three AA batteries. Once it’s up and running, this is something my four-year-old could easily set up and play without any help from me. this, friends, is A Good Thing.
We liked: To play Hullaballoo, just spread the 16 coloured pictures (called ‘pads’) around the floor, and press the button on the console.  A voice then directs children to jump to a certain pad, put their elbow on an animal, hop to something to eat – and so on. Each game is relatively short, lasting only a minute or two, and then the machine says, “Freeze! If you’re standing on an ….. you’re a WINNER”. Flea could easily follow the rules, loved the jumping around and when she was winner (i.e. every round) she loved being told to take a bow or do a funky monkey dance.

We weren’t keen: I must admit, Flea found the pace of the game a little fast, and there’s no option to pause or slow down the game, so she often had to skip a step entirely. I also can’t understand why so many of these games have American voices – is it really so hard to record a version for the UK market?

Overall: This is a great family game suitable for even the youngest members of the family, and I loved that it encourages the children to get up and moving. My seven-year-old niece played this game over and over with her friends, so I think Flea will get a lot of use out of it, as she’s only just four. It has the added bonus of encouraging parents to look ridiculous which, of course, is highly appealing to children.

[By Sally at Who’s the Mummy?]

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