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At the age of five my daughter announed that she wanted some proper games to play. So, she sat down one night and went through the argos catalogue. Everytime she came to something she liked she drew a big circle around it. One of the games she circled was 'Shark Chase' made by Hasbro.
About the Game
This is a board game. In the game there is a board that looks like a running track. There is a battery operated (it takes 2 AA batteries not proveded) shark that rotates on a pivot round the board. There are frour colour fishes and lastly two die with the four colours of the fish on them.
The idea of the game is very simple (although we did make it up as we went along as we were lazy and did not read the instructions!)Age recommended: 5+
*You need to place the shark on the dotted line along the track in the board.
*Each person chooses a fish and places it on the matching colour fish on the board.
*The oldest player is the dice thrower and during the game they throw the dice and call out the colours.
*When you are ready to start press the on/off switch that is located at the top of the shark. The shark will then start to move.
*The dice is rolles. Whichever colours are called out those fish move one space.
*You may only touch your fish to move it.
*After the fish have been moved the dice is thrown again and the colours called out.
*The idea of the game is not to be eaten by the shark as it advances around the board.
*If the shark's mouth covers a fish it is eaten and that player is out of the game. All eaten fish stay in the shark until the end of the game.
*Keep playing until only one fish remains on the board. The player who owns that fish is the winner!
That's about as complicated as it gets!
When my daughter got this game she wanted to play straight away and luckily we had some batteries at home. We dutifully sat down and played the game and I have to say I was pleasantly surprised. The game is quite fast paced and caused much panic - mainly from my daughter - when the shark was near your fish. I like the fact that there is no real 'skill' in this game which means that anyone can be the winner. This was a hard lesson for my daughter to learn as she's not a good looser!Overall I would recommend this game but I would not pay full price for it. It retails from £15.99 - £19.99. Luckily I found this at half price in Tesco during one of their sales as otherwise I would not have bought it as it's not worth the full price. We still play this game from time to time and even my 2 year old son now joins in!
Good family fun.