Whilst conducting our exhaustive research for this product, we discovered that Hippopotami (yes, smarty-pants; that's an accepted plural form of hippopotamuses) are gregarious mammals who consume as much as 50kg of vegetation a day. We also discovered that George from Rainbow is supposed to be a hippo and that the dancing hippo in Disney's Fantasia was called Hyacinth.
Most interestingly of all, we discovered that Hungry Hippos, the classic marble munching game, is viewed by many so-called experts as 'a board game for young children.' We beg to differ, as those stuffy old encyclopedia writers obviously haven't played this fast and furious game after a few jars down the local. If they had, they'd know that despite its obvious appeal to kiddies, Hungry Hippos is even more entertaining if you're an overly refreshed adult. After all, how often do you get to hammer a hippo in order to make it munch as many marbles as possible? Exactly.
We know we really don't need to describe the gameplay of Hungry Hippos, but for those of you who've spent the past thirty years in an isolationist commune bereft of iconic games, we will anyway.
Henry, Harry, Homer and Happy Hippo are hungry. For this reason players must frantically pound on their hippo's tail in order to grab as many marbles as possible. Play ends when all the marbles have been 'eaten' by the hippos. The player who has captured the most marbles wins. Players can release one marble at a time or, for real marble munching mayhem, let rip with the whole lot.
You're right - it's not exactly rocket science, but it is oodles of noisy, riotous fun. How else do you think it became a best-selling classic? Hungry Hippos is perfect for parties and we guarantee you'll be giggling like a loon the minute you start playing. In fact, we really can't overstate what a raucous laugh Hungry Hippos is. If you missed out the first time round, now's your chance to discover just how entertaining bashing the bejeesus out of a hungry hippo can be. Get gulping!
Suitable for ages 4 and up
2 to 4 players.
Playing the game:
Choose a hippo and place five marbles in the channel alongside it.
The youngest player goes first. Play continues clockwise.
On your turn, release a marble by pressing the black lever.
As soon as the marble is released, all players must keep pressing their hippo's tail until the marble has been munched!
Speed it up:
For a really fast game, all players release marbles at the smae time and attempt to munch as many as they can!
When all the marbles have been munched, count up your marbles.
Talk about a blast from the past! I remember in the heady days of my youth, manicly slamming the lever in the futile attempt at beating my brothers and getting that allusive last marble. Guaranteed good fun. Stuart, London - 24th January 2005
Amazingly addictive, just have the plasters at the ready for the blisters! Stuart, Aberdeen - 2nd May 2001