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Hungry Hippos

by Hasbro
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
Price: 17.99
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  • The frantic marble munching game
  • Includes: Features plastic base, 4 hippo attachments, 4 hippo heads, 4 levers, 20 marbles and instructions
  • Simple to assemble
  • Great for developing hand-eye coordination
  • Note: Contains small, which are a possible choking hazard
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Technical Details
Item Weight816 g
Product Dimensions10.2 x 26.7 x 27.2 cm
Manufacturer recommended age:4 - 12 years
Item model number04533079
Assembly RequiredNo
Batteries Required?No
Batteries Included?No
  
Additional Information
ASINB00000IWIA
Best Sellers Rank 53,887 in Toys & Games (See top 100)
Shipping Weight1.5 Kg
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Date First Available1 Jan 2004
  
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Manufacturer's Description

Here's a hilarious way to develop your pre-schooler's hand-eye co-ordination. Start with one marble in the middle for the littlest players, and add marbles as their skills improve. Comes with 20 marbles. Made of sturdy plastic, so hippos won't break no matter how frantic the fun! Simple assembly required.

Product Description

The frenzied, marble-chomping game. Gobble up as many marbles as possible, the one with the most marbles wins. Do you have the hungriest hippo? Come on down to the riverbank and join Sweetie Potamus, Veggie Potamus, Picky Potamus and Bottomless Potamus for a gobblin' good time! Will your hippo eat the most marbles to win you the game? Get ready for the fun and frantic game that leaves everyone hungry for more. Quick facts: -Frantic marble munching game -Simple to assemble -For 2 to 4 players Great for your child's development: Great for developing hand-eye co-ordination. What you need to know: Pack contents: game base, 4 hippo heads, 4 hippo bodies, 4 marble launchers & guides, 20 plastic marbles and instructions. Size: Length 26.6cm x Width 26.7cm x Depth 10.1cm. Suitable from 4 years. Safety warnings: Not suitable for children under 36 months due to small parts. Choking hazard - game contains marbles.


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38 of 38 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Great Fun, don't think it will last long 24 Dec 2007
By M. Cann
Durability: 2.0 out of 5 stars    Educational: 2.0 out of 5 stars    Fun: 4.0 out of 5 stars   
Hungry Hippos is a terrific and simple game for families to play together - my kids (both under 4 years old) love it even though they are too young to understand the rules properly: simply launch the marbles into the arena and frantically press the button on your hippo to capture as many marbles as you can.

[This refers to the game bought new from a source other than Amazon.co.uk in Dec 2007]
Be warned that Hasbro have changed the board from that pictured above (at the time of writing) so you may not receive quite what you expect:
i) the Hippos are no longer mounted *on* the base, you need to attach them to the *edge* of the base yourself
ii) once constructed the board (base+hippos) does not fit in the box so you have the choice:
ii-a) never pack it away into its box when you are done playing with it
ii-b) remove the hippos after every play with the very real risk that you will break them. This prevents a child from being able to put the game away themselves.

As a consequence of my experience with this and another modernized implementation of a MB game (Downfall) I am less inclined to buy other modern versions of "classic" MB games without first seeing them in the flesh.
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun and learning 25 Nov 2005
By A Customer
Durability: 5.0 out of 5 stars    Educational: 5.0 out of 5 stars    Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
We have had this game for 5 years now - and, as a family, we still play it on a regular basis. It's great fun and can be used to teach counting to begin with - but be imaginative, buy some coloured marbles and each colour has a different point value to teach addition and multiplication. But above all - it is FUN, FUN, FUN!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great fun! 10 Aug 2007
Durability: 5.0 out of 5 stars    Educational: 5.0 out of 5 stars    Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
This game is built to last! Very durable. Great fun for all ages as long as you watch the little ones that they dont swallow the little balls. Very popular choice in our house. It does get quite noisy though!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Damn you nostaligia 27 Nov 2008
Durability: 3.0 out of 5 stars    Educational: 1.0 out of 5 stars    Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
Well,im way too old to be buying hungry hippos but i did.
This was my favorite game as a kid & i decided to get it again.
There is zero educational value in this, unless of course hippos do stick their necks out to eat marbles.
Its fairly durable - loss of marbles could be an issue but as ever it is fantastic fun.

Who knew i'd been playing the game wrong all those years..according to the rules you throw in one marble at a time?
Psssh throw them all in at once and go nuts, its much more fun.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Oldies are the Best 24 Jan 2008
By A. Marczak TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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Durability: 5.0 out of 5 stars    Educational: 4.0 out of 5 stars    Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
I remember playing this when I were a lad, way back in t'eighties, and like all great games it hasn't changed at all.

It takes no time to put together, is brightly coloured, makes lots of noise and has loads of balls rattling about, so for a family with a three year old it's a winner from the start. If only it came in a bigger box so I could store it properly...
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars They are really cutting corners 30 Dec 2007
Durability: 2.0 out of 5 stars    Educational: 2.0 out of 5 stars    Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
I have fond memories of Hungry Hippos as a child so I was very excited to play it again with my children. However, just as the reviewer before me has explained - this (like many other classics) has been "modernised" which is a polite way of saying "cheapened". You must put it together yourself and it's a lot less durable than the version I remember playing.

Other games that have been "modernised" include: 'Guess Who', 'Downfall' and 'Go for broke'.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing gift 8 Aug 2010
Durability: 5.0 out of 5 stars    Educational: 5.0 out of 5 stars    Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
I had this when I was a kid and wanted to get it for my little cousin, he loves it to the point where I get phone calls from his mum telling me she is sick to death of the the hungry hippos...lol great job
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Hip-Hippo-Ray! 23 Jun 2010
By Bebopa Lula VINE VOICE
Durability: 3.0 out of 5 stars    Educational: 3.0 out of 5 stars    Fun: 4.0 out of 5 stars   
Hungry Hippos is a classic game that I have fond childhood memories of. I recently brought this updated (but suprisingly not much different) version for my daughter.

Hungry Hippos is a game that is fun for all ages (children and adults, but mainly children) and is good family fun. Although the game is fairly simple it tends to set off everybodys competitive streak and sends everybody erratic and into a total frenzy - instead of tapping the hippos, everybody seems to just whack the heck out of them as fast as they can! The game soon turns from a technical and tactical game, into a total game of luck. Because of this the game is also EXTREMELY noisy!

It can be played with up to 4 people and each game usually lasts around 40 seconds or so. It is quick and easy to set up and the educational aspects of this game are that it can help develop hand-eye coordination and counting.

One thing that I do particularly dislike about the game is that it doesn't fit into the box. All of the hippos need to be removed before it fits in the box and the hippos are quite awkward to attach and detach from the base. Because of this reason we don't use the box, which is annoying as there are so many little balls which tend to go missing.

Other than that I say this is a classic, family pleasing, must-have game!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars top klass
Top klass kidz love it absolutely tip top 3 year old and her friends love it very durable well pleased
Published 4 months ago by Nav
4.0 out of 5 stars Kids Will Still Love It
A classic game, not as fun as I remember, but my nephew did, and I guess that's what mattered. The hippos were ravenous too.
Published 9 months ago by G. Copeland
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent family game
Am told it is better than the older version, by friends. But be warned it's not a quiet game though!
Published 14 months ago by Mrs. A. Irwin
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
What a great idea for a young child's Christmas present. He Loved it and still playing this classic game now
Published 18 months ago by Romain
5.0 out of 5 stars Hungry Hippos
A classic game which is loved by all the family both the oldies and the young ones = it is timeless.
Published 18 months ago by Susan Brockman
4.0 out of 5 stars Hungry Hippos
This was a replacement for a previous, very worn out game. This tells you that it is well worth buying and has/still is given many hours of great fun with the grandchildren. Read more
Published on 9 Nov 2011 by Jax
4.0 out of 5 stars As I remember it but more cheaply made
I always wanted Hungry hippos as a kid but never seem to get it, maybe because I had such a long list of 'wants'. Read more
Published on 6 May 2010 by William Morris
2.0 out of 5 stars Sam Hart
This game isn't great, balls aren't delivered back into the trough properly. Also once fitted together, the game does not fit into the box unless you go through the whole palaver... Read more
Published on 27 Dec 2009 by Mrs. S. Hart
4.0 out of 5 stars Noisy - the kids love it...
A really fun game that kids of different ages can happily play together. It's noisy, competitive, brightly-coloured, and the rules are very simple. Read more
Published on 15 Dec 2008 by Macamazon
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