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The idea behind Poppin Hoppies is quite straight forward although, like most good board games, it’s not as easy as it looks.
The Hoppies themselves are small plastic faces with a suction cup on a spring. There are seven of these in assorted colours. The idea is to catch as many of the hoppies as you can as they pop up. Once all of the hoppies have been caught you then exchange each one for a piece of ‘man’ in the same colour. The aim of the game is to complete your plastic man before anyone else.
I played the game with my two children aged five and six. They loved just playing with the hoppies but when we finally got around to playing the game they really enjoyed it, although I found it a bit frustrating. All of the hoppies have to be set before play commences. This is no easy task as no sooner have you set one than another goes off! Also, if a hoppie is not caught during the game it needs to be reset on the board. OK if you are very dextrous or have children who can set them but as the only person playing who seemed to be capable of this function, or indeed catch them, I seemed to spend most of the time setting the hoppies! The children did take a little while to understand the rules too but did get the hang of it after a few rounds.
Overall, the game is appealing to look at, with its bright colours and smiley faces and as it only takes 10-15 minutes to complete a round (possibly less if played without children), it’s an entertaining game to play for those who don’t have a long attention span (eg, my children!). And once the game is over, those hoppies will be played with for a lot longer!