Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Whac-A-Mole Arcade Game Review

YES!!!! I love the classic Whac-A-Mole game you will find in many of arcades, from theme parks to the Boardwalk.  Whac-A-Mole and Ski Ball were probably my two favorite games to play while growing up.  I still play them every chance I get when we are out and about!  When I saw the classic Whac-A-Mole Arcade Game, I knew I had to check it out.  I thought to myself, "This is a perfect game for kids and adults alike".  How can you go wrong?

This board game version of Whac-A-Mole is slated for 1-2 players.  Although the moles don't pop out like in the original arcade game, the heads of the moles do light up to indicate when to whac the mole.  One side of the game has moles wearing red hats and the other side is wearing green hats.  The center mole has both color lights (green and red), so both players have to decide when to whac the center mole.  You can earn bonus points when you smack the middle mole too.

The moles will taunt you as you play the game, making it even more fun!  The game is timed, so you can play against the clock or against a friend.  Be careful though - you only want to hit the illuminated moles that match your mallet's color, or you will lose points.  The player who can hit the most moles before time runs out wins!!

Included in the Whac-A-Mole Arcade game are:
  • 1 electronic arcade game 
  • 2 plastic mallets

I can easily say this game was a "hit" with Mason.  He loved whacking the moles with the mallet!  I love that I didn't have to worry about him breaking the game, since it was made to be hit.  The game has been durable enough to stand up to the hardest whacks of a 2 year old.  Although it is recommended for ages 4 and up, at almost 3, Mason could easily understand that when the moles light up, you hit them. 

I also love that this game is great for hand - eye coordination and motor skills for Mason, as well as letting him blow off some energy.  I admit, it is a bit of a stress reliever for me too. 

The mallets are a soft hollow plastic, so they will not break into a million pieces. It's designed well, and is a whole lot of fun for the kids!  It is a basic game that Mason can play by himself or with someone else.  It is also great for travel if you want to bring it to a play date or a friend's house.  Overall, it is a very sturdy game the you will be able to enjoy for a long time. 

Whac-A-Mole is recommended for ages 4 and up and retails for about $19.99.

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