Jolly Octopus Game


Jolly Octopus Game



Jolly OctopusJolly good fun with Jolly Octopus, created for the British toy market by German game manufacturer Ravensburger, Jolly Octopus is a battery-operated 3D action game for players ages four and up. Bright green with polka-dots on its head, the Jolly Octopus sits atop a blue rock filled with colourful crabs tucked into crevices. A game for two to five players, each player uses a set of tongs and takes turns trying to avoid the octopus while plucking out colour-coded crabs from their hiding places. This is not as easy as it sounds because the octopus protects the crabs with its tentacles, which wave and spin wildly, making it more difficult for players to get to the crabs without making contact. If a player’s tongs touch, or rather tickle, a tentacle, instead of getting angry, the aptly named Jolly Octopus simply giggles. But once Jolly stops spinning and begins to laugh, that player’s turn is over. The player who can avoid the eight waving tentacles and is first to get all five of their crabs off Jolly’s rock wins.

Similar in thrill factor to games such as Operation and Buckaroo, Jolly Octopus was named “Best New Game” in 2010 by the British Toy and Hobby Association at the Olympia Toy Fair. This award ensures the game’s adherence to safety and quality standards. The colourful game runs on 3 AA batteries, which are not supplied, and offers players two difficulty settings that can be changed as players improve or grow older. Each game round lasts approximately 10 minutes, and learning to successfully maneuver the tongs around the waving tentacles helps develop manual dexterity and hand-eye coordination in young children. The Jolly Octopus game is 26.5 cm in both height and width, and is considered an ideal activity for providing family fun. The game is sold through numerous online retailers, including Amazon.co.uk and ToysRUs.co.uk. As of October 2010, Jolly Octopus sells for approximately £16.99, but the price can vary with specific retailer’s online specials and sales. The game is expected to be a popular item for Christmas 2010.

October 31, 2010
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