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Hungry Hippos

by Hasbro

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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 Weight848 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 45,701 in Toys & Games (See top 100)
Shipping Weight885 g
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Date First Available1 Jan 2004
  
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Product Description

These four hungry hippos want to munch a bunch of marbles! The faster you press their tails, the more marbles they try to chomp! If your hippo gobbles the most, you win! For 2 to 4 players. Game includes: Hippo game base, 4 Hippo heads, 4 levers, label sheet, 20 marbles, instructions. Color of parts may vary.

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.

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39 of 39 people found the following review helpful By M. Cann on 24 Dec 2007
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 By A Customer on 25 Nov 2005
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 By twinmummy on 10 Aug 2007
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 By A. Mccartney on 27 Nov 2008
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 By A. Marczak TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 24 Jan 2008
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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 By R. M. Smith on 30 Dec 2007
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 By W. Scardino on 8 Aug 2010
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 By Cream crackered VINE VOICE on 23 Jun 2010
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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