FlyTrap board game is for kids over 4 and can be played with 2 to 4 players. The aim of this brilliant and exciting game is to shoot as many flies into the FlyTrap’s open mouth as possible while other players push their pumps to close it and try to stop you from scoring. To make things tricky, the Fly Trap whirls around juddering and shaking with its mouth opening and closing and it is a great interactive and funny game.
I played it with Roo who is just under 4 and we did have some teething problems. Firstly I struggled with the instructions, assembling the FlyTrap took me some time but then instructions are Daddy E’s forte and after 30 minutes or so we did get there. Next the issues were no batteries.
It is my pet hate that games that require batteries are sold with none. As a parent who has on countless occassions given Roo a toy on a birthday or Christmas morning only to find out you’ve only got 2 chuffing AA batteries and not 4, trust me there is nothing more annoying. Seriously game companies you can’t put a £1.99 set of batteries in the toy?
The final issue was the use of the pumpers. I will explain more about this in the review later on but in essence, unless there are three people playing they are seriously difficult to operate properly as a two player game. One person on their own simply can’t push hard enough on them without them crumpling and becoming useless.
In truth, Roo struggled with the game when the pot was revolving so to make it easier and enjoyable for her whilst she beat me (yes another game that I am a total failure at), we would take it in turns to rotate the fly trap mouth to each of us and try and shoot in to the mouth. You might think this might be easier, but no I am still useless at it and got beaten three times in a row much to the hillarity of Roo who was belly laughing in a most unladylike manner at my rubbish aim.
The game had us in stitches for over an hour; it’s great for teaching kids co-ordination and the fairly tricky art of flicking (let’s face it a much needed skill for winning elastic band pinging in class rooms). We’ve played it several times since and it was taken away this weekend to Center Parcs and we even got nanny playing it.
The FlyTrap board game is a fun, raucous game and a great ice breaker for kids at parties and also great for kids to play with play mates from school as they can take it in turns to do the different elements of the game.
And guess what……I have one to give away!! (with thanks to those lovely people who make FlyTrap at Esdevium Games )
How to Win
All you have to do in order to win a brand new FlyTrap board game (which would make a perfect Christmas gift to keep the kids occupied on Christmas day morning) is tell me who or what you’d like to throw into the FlyTrap and why?
To get you started I’d like to throw in cashew nuts because they annoy me every time I eat them as they get stuck in my teeth!