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We have a Christmas Eve Tradition of buying a new board game and dvd for a quiet family night before the big day. This year we ended up with two games as my oldest really wanted an Angry Birds game, but my youngest had seen this on TV, and being dinosaur mad, it looked just the thing. I had also read a number of reviews on dooyoo, and felt this game would be simple enough to play, as well as improving fine motor skills which he will need for writing as he begins P1 next year. Despite having asked for this, my youngest did not know he was getting this, as they had both agreed to Angry Birds earlier, so this was a brilliant surprise ( thanks once again to dooyoo vouchers). His eyes lit up and he could not wait to begin play. He did have to wait a little though. I have problems with my hands and could not assemble this. My husband was able to put it together in just a few minutes though. It does not quite fit in the box assembled though - and as we can not put it back together it must stay assembled which is slight nuisance. This also requires installation of 2 AA batteries which are not included. You can play without the batteries but will lose the sound effects. This game features a large plastic T Rex perched over a nest. The box says you must save the dino babies from a rampaging T-Rex - but the babies are clearly T-Rex hatchlings themselves, and paleontologists now believe T-Rex parents did care for their young - so it seems more like you are stealing the eggs/ babies. The babies are all very small, and somewhat deformed looking with a head attached to a tiny bit of eggshell which obviously would be far to small to hold the body. The instructions state that the youngest player should go first, but of course this can be altered if families wish to. Each player roles a coloured dice, then attempts to retrieve an egg of the same colour using the plastic tweezers which are shaped like a dinosaurs head. If the head snaps forward to bite while you are trying to lift an egg you are out. The rules state that play continues until only one player is left - or as variation the winner can be determined by counting eggs. We believe game rules were made to broken and adapt most games to suit ourselves. It isn't much fun to sit around while everyone else plays if you get knocked out earlier - especially for very young children. We simply play that if the dinosaur bites you, you have to put that egg back, but you are still allowed to play on the next turn. The winner is the person with the most eggs at the end of the game. Once we started playing, I realised that the tweezers really were to hard for my 4 year old to work as the eggs slide about in the nest and getting a grip is difficult. I then changed the rules to allow the children to use a finger to steady the egg while gripping with the tweezers. I also realised that it is not so much a matter of delicate handling, but how often the lid has been moved. This means the game can be manipulated though in favour of younger players. When it came to my turn I would waste as much time as possible fiddling about with the leaf, meaning I got snapped most of the time. I would then reposition the dinosaur, giving the youngest a better chance. If he took a very long time, I would reset the dinosaur again for the oldest, but if they just hold the leaf open but still, they can take quite some time without being snapped. This resulted in a pretty even game with both boys winning an equal amount of times. My sons especially liked it when the dinosaur lunged forwards - especially if it was "biting" me - but it is a fairly sudden movement, and I expect it might startle some children. It does not actually bite - the mouth snaps open not closed so there is no chance of fingers being nipped. The eggs are very small though and I do feel these might pose a choking hazard, so this toy will need to be kept out of reach of much younger siblings. The product description lists this game as suitable for ages 4 -8. I would be more inclined to list this as ages 3 -7, with this being most suitable for those at the younger end of this scale. My 7 year old grows bored with this fairly quickly. he does like it, but after a game or two he is ready to play something else. My 4 year old was really loved this at first, but the novelty soon wore often and this has only been used a few times since Christmas. That said, my son has just seen it now and says he would like to play this again tonight. He does like it, but it does not get the amount of use that The Orchard Toys games do, or old favourites like Guess Who. I believe I paid £19.99 for this just before Christmas. It currently sells for £16 new and delivered from Amazon. I think the educational value of this is limited. I'm sure the tweezers do help some with fine motor skills, but I do wish they had been designed a bit better to make them easier to use. I can see that this would be useful in teaching colour recognition, but I feel most children will already know this before they are old enough to play. Still - I believe any type of family game encourages conversation and spending time as a family, as well as learning about taking turns and accepting the fact that you can not always win. My youngest gives this 5 stars and my oldest is barely giving this 4. I would put more weight on the youngest child's rating as this toy is more suited to his age. I just do not feel it has been played with enough to justify 5 stars - and now that it has been noticed they have taken it away to play with again now. It does make a nice decoration on a shelf as well - especially as my youngest has a dinosaur themed room. I would prefer a rating of 4 1/2, but will give this the full 5 stars.
My dinosaur-mad four year old was really excited when she saw this advertised. Since then, she's returned to the topic of 'the game where you have to stop the dinosaur being eaten' on a daily basis, whenever the subject turned to Christmas presents or just an opportunity presented itself. So, I duly bought it for her, and she was very excited to open it and get playing straight away. First off, before we even played, our family (being of the pedantic nature) had an argument about whether T-Rex would even be interested in eggs. On balance, we decided not, but that he might pick up an egg if it were easy pickings. The makers have clearly thought of that, though, as the babies which need to be rescued are new hatchlings, not eggs. That also makes it easier for younger players to grip them, a lumpy surface rather than smooth. In play, it was better than I expected, as you don't choose a colour and stick to it, you are told by a die roll which baby to take. This means one player isn't left with an impossible task as all the green ones are under the others, for example, a problem we've run up against playing other games of this type. It's a knock out game, meaning it's more interesting for a couple of players at the end, and would make an excellent two player game (we've played it with four. Also, if you had more players than four, it could expand to fit another player or two. So it's fairly flexible. The dinosaur isn't too loud or shocking either, but, although we weren't sure we'd fit it right the first time, it worked really well. And my daughter? She isn't as keen as she thought she would be, but she's still very glad she got it.
The Game = = = = = This game is made by Drummond Park whom are well known for making a range of children and adult games including The Logo Game. This game is based on a dinosaur theme. . in case you didn't guess and the aim of the game is to rescue the dino babies for the rampaging T-Rex. Can you save the baby dino's before the rampaging T-Rex bites you? With the game are also sound effects such as a Dinosaur roar and other jungle sounds. The game is aimed at ages 4+ and is suitable for 2-4 players. Price/Availability = = = = = = = = I purchased this from Amazon for £19.99; how-ever the game can now be purchased from Amazon for £14.99. You can also purchase this from Argos for £19.97 as well as from Toys R Us where it is priced at £14.99. Playing the Game = = = = = = = = = In the box there should be a brown base, a green dinosaur and a sealed plastic bag which contains the coloured eggs and the green tweezers which you use to get the eggs out of the nest. There should also be a leaflet which tells you how to set the game up and how to attach the dinosaur to the main base. You will need a small screwdriver to unscrew the door on the base in which 2 x AA batteries need to be inserted. There is also a switch on the button of the game which switches the game on/off. The aim of the game is very simple, so I only needed to read through the instructions once before playing the actual game. The game takes very little setting up; all you need to do is simply slot the dinosaur's feet into the slots which are located on the side of the main brown coloured base. This was a little tricky to do so I actually got someone else to do this as I had already tried to slot it into place 3-4 times with no success. Once the dinosaur is in place you need to simply pop the plastic coloured eggs under the leaf on the brown base. There is an on/off switch on the bottom of the brown base. Simply flick this to the on position and push the dinosaur back until it clicks. The game is now ready to be played. Simply roll the die and this will tell you what colour egg you have to collect. If you roll the white colour with the cross this means you miss a turn. The leaf needs to be lifted carefully in order not to disturb the dinosaur and you have to use the green plastic tweezers to take the correct coloured egg out which is the colour you rolled on the die. The leaf doesn't actually lift up very high so getting the eggs can be a little tricky sometimes and my nephew gets a little frustrated by this. If you disturb the dinosaur he will move forward and bite you (the head to the dinosaur just touches your hand). As you play the game there are some sounds such as a dinosaur roaring and the sound of birds as well. This adds to the fun when playing the game. I have played the game a few times with my nephew and we normally only get approximately 3-4 eggs each before the dinosaur bites your hand. I haven't yet been caught out by the dinosaur but my sister and my nephew have when playing the game. The game is slightly awkward to put back into the box due to how big the game becomes when you add the dinosaur to it. If you do want to store the game in the box then you will have to remove the dinosaur from the main brown stand. Overall Opinion = = = = = = = = My nephew wanted this game, mainly because it has something to do with a dinosaur which is something he's very into at the moment. I thought the game was fun to play but can get a little tricky when there are only a few certain coloured egg's in the nest as they tend to slide about a bit due to both the eggs and nest being made of strong plastic. The game is very well made and is also very sturdy, made from strong plastic that can be wiped if it gets dirty. In terms of value I think the game is quite pricey compared to some other games that are available to buy, which are similar to this one. My nephew enjoys playing this game and hasn't yet got bored of it which I am very happy about. I also enjoying playing the game with him as well and I'm sure at some point I will get bitten by the dinosaur. If you know someone who is into dinosaurs and loves games then this is a brilliant game and is also fun to play. (review may also appear on ciao)
My Dad tends to play safe with birthday presents and usually sticks to board games for my boys' birthdays. This year, for my five year old's birthday, he purchased 'Dino Bite' which is quite a new game from the Drumond Park brand. This is a pretty simple game aimed at children from four years upwards, where players have to rescue partially hatched dinosaur eggs from a T-Rex's nest without the dinosaur spotting them and snapping down on their hands! These kinds of novelty games can be pretty hit and miss but this is one of the better games in its category, with a very clever use of sound effects to build up tension throughout the game and a very effective climax, designed to make the player jump out of their skin! The initial set up is pretty straightforward although there is an element of assembly needed as the dinosaur needs to be attached to its base and firmly clicked into position. This is something an adult really needs to do. The game also requires two AA batteries which aren't included. This is a little disappointing for a game with a relatively high RRP of £19.99, especially as there aren't that many other components to the game itself and it is fairly compact. Fortunately, the battery usage is fairly minimal and we haven't needed to replace the batteries as yet in five month's of ownership. The game itself seems pretty robust and build to withstand typical rough play and handling from the target age range. The dinosaur does need to be pulled back between each game and sometimes there are some rather dubious sounding cracks as my sons can be a little heavy handed but, thus far, there has been no damage. As a parent, I particularly like how the tiny egg pieces are kept safe and secure within their leaf nest both during and after play, minimising the risk of pieces going astray and ending up in the wrong hands (or mouths!) The eggs are very small and of a very unusual, enticing shape, so a genuine choking hazard for very young siblings. The other minor irritation is that the game doesn't manage to fit perfectly back into its box with the dinosaur attached. In terms of age recommendation, I feel the minimum age of four is fairly accurate, given the size of the opening to the nest and the use of small tweezers to pick the tiny eggs out of the nest. Whilst this isn't particularly taxing to adults or older children, those under the age of four might struggle with the co-ordination needed to grab the eggs with the tweezers and become frustrated at their lack of success. There is the option to 'cheat' slightly by allowing younger players to use their fingers to pick the eggs out, rather than trying to manage the plastic tweezers. I've also sometimes played the game without using the dice, so that the children aren't restricted to choosing certain colours of eggs as they are in standard game play, which also makes the game much easier, especially towards the end of the game when there are fewer eggs remaining. Players over the age of seven are likely to find the game far too easy and rapidly lose interest. My oldest son (aged ten) has played this a handful of times but there really isn't enough to the game to maintain his interest for long. The game can be kept simple by simply having the winner being the remaining player after the others have been attacked by the dinosaur or made more complex, and potentially more competitive, by counting out and comparing the number of eggs that each player has managed to grab. There is also the possibility of introducing other rules, such as penalising players for removing the wrong coloured eggs, for instance, or perhaps rewarding them for removing more than one egg per turn. I find playing until all of the eggs have been removed more entertaining when there are only two players, otherwise the game can be over too quickly. By far the most appealing aspect to this game is the surprisingly realistic sound effects. The noise is actually quite loud (and there is no volume control) and features really authentic jungle style noises, including the cawing of exotic birds, background noise from crickets and other creatures and the onimous sound of the giant T-Rex faintly growling! These sound effects really help to build up the atmosphere and tension during game play but may be a little too realistic for very young children or those of a very sensitive disposition! My youngest son was not quite two when his brother received this game and was absolutely terrified by the sound effects, let alone the sight and realistic sound of a dinosaur chomping down on his brothers' hands! He actually refused to be in the same room whilst this game was being played for quite some time before accepting this game wasn't quite as scary as it first appeared. Even my five year old was a little wary of the game initially, especially when the dinosaur bites, so this is something to bear in mind if being bought as a gift for a particularly sensitive child. Dino Bite has been heavily advertised on TV recently and is likely to feature on younger children's Christmas wish list. In all honesty, while it's not a game that's likely to hold their attention for very long, the quality of the actual play set and simple game play are pretty good, certainly in comparison with similar novelty games. I wouldn't advise parents to rush out and buy this game but if a child particularly wanted to have it, it isn't likely to disappoint by falling apart within minutes. This is a fun game, albeit with a limited novelty appeal and the potential to terrify younger or more sensitive players. On that basis, I would recommend this as an entertaining family game although I'm not sure that the £19.99 RRP represents particularly good value for money. The game is currently part of Toys R Us 'three for two' offer or can be picked up from Amazon for £14.99, amongst other stockists.
I bought this item for my Daughter as she likes Dinosaurs and wanted this game after seeing it advertised. Basically it is all made of plastic and you need batteries (2 x AA size batteries) for it to work. The base is a solid plastic dark green item which is supposed to look like greenery and it had a deep ditch in the front where you place the dino eggs. A lighter green plastic leaf covers this ditch and is attached to the main base of the toy. You can lift this leaf a little in order for you to try to retrieve your eggs with the dinosaur shaped tweezers. The dino eggs come in 4 colours - red, blue, yellow and green. They look like eggs that have hatched and you can see the baby dino heads. The dinosaur then clips on to the base by it's feet as there are to connectors on the base. You have to position these accurately before pushing into place and you must wait for it to click - so you know the dinosaur is secure. Once the feet are secure, you then need to push the dinosaur back so it is almost standing up. To play the game the players take in turns to roll the dice. If you get a red dino baby - you must you the tweezers to retrieve a red dino baby from the nest (in the deep ditch) but BEWARE - the dinosaur may try to bite you!!! The players take it in turns until the large dinosaur leaps forward and tries to bite you. This can make you jump when it does this as there is a loud clicking noise! Of course if he bites you then the game is over. The dice itself has the various single colours on it to indicate which dino baby you must get with the tweezers but there is a side that has all the colours on it. Then you can choose which colour you want to get. Overall it is quite a fun game! The leaf only moves a little bit - so could be a little challenging for younger players.
I bought this game for my four year old twin sons, who are dinosaur mad and had begged me relentlessly for Dino Bite ever since they'd seen an ad for it on TV. They're still getting the hang of traditional board games, but this seemed straight forward enough, so I picked it up in Smyths toy store for £14.99 (and it is still on sale in store at this price.) It is for 2-4 players and from ages 4+, though our two year old has played once or twice and we've played with 6 players before too, with no problems. It's about 9 inches long and 8 inches tall, and the nest opening is generous enough to make playing easy for kids. There is an on/off switch on the bottom. The game is simple. Each player rolls a dice which gives them a colour. They then have to lift the leaf covering the dino nest, and take out an egg of the right colour. If the dinosaur bites, you're out. Apparently you're saving the eggs from a rampaging T-Rex, but my sons are convinced that we're the ones stealing T-Rex eggs. Sometimes it's nice to not always be the good guy! It's basically the same premise as any other kids game where something happens suddenly, such as Buckaroo or Pop Up Pirate. When the game starts, you simply push back the dinosaur into an upright position, which my kids can do themselves. The base plays suitable prehistoric noises, such as growls, and when the dinosaur lurches forward, it makes roaring noises. The dinosaur doesn't actually bite, it simply opens its mouth, so the players won't come to any harm. A set of plastic tweezers shaped like a dinosaur's head (maybe a pterodactyl - hence why it makes sense that players are the egg thieves) are included for picking out the eggs, but we usually play without them, as they are difficult for the little ones to use. The quality of the game parts is great. The base is really good quality plastic, as is the leaf and the dinosaur itself. We had to attach the dinosaur to the base when we first bought it, but it's easy to do. There are plenty of coloured eggs (20), and even the tweezers are good, thick plastic, meaning they won't get snapped by over zealous players. Overall I'd say the game is durable enough to last many, many games. Batteries were not included (are they ever?!) but it takes 2 AA batteries which are easy enough to get hold off at a reasonable price. The only downside is that one of my 'dino expert' sons was frightened of the game, despite being reassured that the dinosaur can't hurt him and that it's just a toy. This won't be a problem for every family, obviously, but if you have a child who doesn't like sudden surprises, I'd advise you to give this one a miss. My son eventually overcame his fear (though he does whisper 'be brave, be brave' to himself while he's playing!) and does enjoy playing it now. In all, I'd say this is a great buy for any dinosaur obsessed child, and it's actually a lot of fun to play for adults too. Although its educational value is limited, it helps children with their colour recognition to a certain extent. It's definitely worth the money we spent, has been played loads and is one of our favourite games.