In these busy times it seems as a family we spend less and less time together, and this is especially true now that youngest is now in full-time school as well. So we decided that 18:00-19:30 every night is family time, and we have a daily schedule too. Sunday is Movie Night, Monday is Reading together, Tues – Board Games, Wed – Video Games and so on.
With this in mind I’ve decided to start writing a weekly Board Game review every Wednesday, after testing them out as a family on the Tuesday night beforehand. As a family we all adore board games already, it’s a great way to get the whole family together and have a bit of friendly rivalry around the kitchen table.
Poppin Hoppies Review
This first week we played the new game from University Games – Poppin Hoppies
You might already be familiar with this game, as the adverts have been running for a while now. So my boys were ecstatic when we were sent a copy to review, as the ads already had them hyped up about Poppin Hoppies, and they couldn’t wait to play.
The game consists of 7 plastic poppers on springs, which when pushed down and set you need to catch as they pop up. Everytime you catch a Hoppie you can claim a similar coloured puzzle piece. First one to complete your puzzle person is the winner.
All sounds simple enough, but the game is not as predictable as it might seem. In fact it’s probably the most unpredictable game in all the right ways.
The thing is those little plastic poppers totally have a mind of their own, you can never know when exactly they are going to pop. Each player has the responsibility of pressing down a number of Poppin Hoppies, to ensure that they all are set to pop at the same time.
That’s when the fun begins, sitting and waiting for those babies to pop. Sometimes one or two pop at the same time, sometimes you may get 4 even pop at once and every player grabs a different one. Other times you’ll be sitting around twiddling your thumbs waiting for that last Hoppie to decide to fly, meaning everyone playing is ready to pounce.
The game isn’t simply catching the Hoppies though (which admittedly would be fun on its own) No making your puzzle man is the name of the game, and it’s harder than it seems. Not only do you have to content with totally unpredictable Poppin Hoppies, you also have to concentrate on collecting the right coloured Hoppie for the puzzle piece you need.
Each puzzle man must contain pieces from all colours, but no more than 2 pieces of each colour.
There is also a rule about colours not being able to touch but I played with daddy, and my 6 and 4 year old. So we decided to leave out this rule, as Jacob my youngest didn’t really understand that one.
All in all it was a really really fun family game, and even more so as I won!
Be prepared for lots of laughs, lots of jumping around, and lots of giggling.
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