Now this is our first adventure into the board/games market that is suitable for the over fives and Jolly Octopus certainly didn’t disappoint.
Since opening the game its been enjoyed and played with by a number of ages from six right up to 60 and has had many outings in our house.
The game comes mostly assembled you simply have to insert the tentacles into the green base (which an adult should do as a child would find this difficult) and then insert 3 x AA batteries into the base.
Jolly Octopus is a newer version of the old style game of operation except you have to rescue crabs from the rock without touching the octopus’ tentacles.
This Ravensburger game is really simple to put together and you need 2-5 players. Each player chooses a colour and must collect the crabs relating to their colour from the rock, without touching the tentacles. Each player takes their turn and tries to grab a crab without it touching Jolly Octopus’ tentacles, the player keeps trying to collect crabs until they touch a tentacle and make Jolly the Octopus laugh at this point the next player takes their turn. The winner is the first to collect all of their crabs.
This game is quick and fun and requires children and adults to maintain concentration and have a steady hand, it also has two levels so you can set it to easy or hard depending on the children or adults you are playing with. It will help with colour recognition, numeracy and develop hand eye co-ordination
It reminds us oldies of operation however it is more forgiving and not quite as scary. When you touch the tentacles the octopus laughs and its tentacles stop spinning, the laugh is also nice and pleasant to hear. I think this toy is sure to be a hit and one that will be played with again and again. The Jolly Octopus is £19.99 to buy or you can add it to your toy hire package if you want to try before you buy at ToyBoxLive