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Bold and colourful fun, if a little bit flimsy
on 2 January 2013
This octopus is a big hit with our daughter. She's at the stage where she loves putting things in boxes and taking them out again, so the idea of a little 'can you find the ball?' game has an enduring appeal which she's very happy with. It's bold and colourful and unique-looking and she keeps going back to it.
It's quite clever how the machine 'knows' which of the shoes has got balls under it, and whether there are multiple balls involved (saying "you found it" or "you found a ball" depending on how many balls are hidden). Over Christmas we even had a couple of adults briefly hooked on the compulsive game of random chance...
A few minor quibbles though. Compared to other toys, including other Leapfrog toys, it is a rather flimsy build. It depends on being on a totally flat surface, and gets badly confused and starts stuttering either when not laid flat or when picked up by an eager child- it's very light, so easy to carry round. A wider variety of songs would've also been nice.
Personally I think it's a tiny bit confusing that the five balls have the same five colours as the five shoes, but there's no connection between the ball colour and which shoe it will appear under (as far as I've been able to tell). Also, shouldn't an eight-tentacled octopus need eight shoes, rather than five..? Neither of these problems seem to bother my daughter though.
These are minor quibbles with an otherwise great little toy that definitely gets my daughter's hand-slap of approval.