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I was shopping in Toys R Us last year and was browsing the games section. I noticed there was an offer on whereby if you spent £10 on Tomy games you received Quackshot free. I thought this was a good deal but having never heard of Quackshot before gave the game box a quick look over and it looked like it would be fun.
The game comes in quite a large mainly yellow box which can only be described as "busy". There is the large "Quackshot" name so that you know what you are buying, along with illustrations of farmyard animals running away from a duck with a bow and arrow! There is also a small corner dedicated to a photo of three children who are playing the game.
The game is described as "The sharp shootin' farmyard frenzy that'll quack you up" and I actually think that that is a really good summary! We have lots of fun playing the game and are always giggling our way through it.
The game consists of a red almost circular base which has 16 holes around the outside of it. It has four parts that stick out of the base and each of these has a hole in too. This is your spinning carousel. As well as your carousel you get 16 animal figures which fit in to the holes on the carousel-these are 4 different colours. There are also four farmers who fit into the holes on the stick out part of the base. You get four coloured long thin pieces which have a stump at the end- the stumps have a hole in which you slot the duck archers. These are basically a plastic picture of a duck and it has a bow. There is a hole in the bow in which you slot your arrows. You are provided with 32 arrows.
There is quite a bit of setting up for this game as you can tell from above but it probably only take a matter of minutes to do. Once it is all set up you need to choose a colour duck that you are going to be. The game can be played by up to four players as there are four different colours. Once you have established which colour you are going to be you will note that there are four farmyard animals now slotted into the main carousel that correspond to the colour of your duck. This is your colour. You need to share out the arrows equally and put the first one into your hole within the ducks arrow. You can then switch on the base and the carousel begins to move round and round. The farmers and animals wobble from side to side as the carousel is moving around. The aim of the game is to aim your arrows at the animals and shoot them to knock them down. The winner is the person whose coloured animal is the last one standing. The game is as simple as that once you actually get playing!
The game is actually really good fun despite having to set it up each time. It is a simple concept yet does need a bit of skill as you try and shoot your arrows at the animals. There are a couple of drawbacks to the game in that if you keep on missing the animals you will find yourself scrambling around trying to collect arrows from all over the room! Another drawback is that you might lose the arrows under your sofa which is something I often do-you will be amazed how far those little arrows can travel! Sometimes we have found that the arrows can shoot a bit high but we noticed if you press down on the coloured plastic that holds your duck that you get a more level shot.
The game requires 2x C batteries which are not provided but they have lasted really well in this game. The game says for ages 4+ and I think this is probably right as you do need some control when you are firing the arrows around. Am important thing to note is obviously you do need to tell your child that they cannot shoot the arrows at people. Although they are only small pieces of plastic with a flat end I am sure if it was fired at someone it would hurt.
All in all this is just a fun, silly game. Whilst there is not a major amount of skill involved in shooting the arrows and it can be quite random you can also aim which aids a child's development. Each game will probably last around ten minutes as you try and shoot down all the animals but my son likes to play around three or four games in a row making the total playing time close to an hour.
Children will adore it and having just had a quick look online it is selling for £4.99 at the moment which is not much to pay at all for a few giggles with your child!