Thursday, August 21, 2014

Hop To It With ThinkFun's Hoppers®

Have you ever been to a restaurant that has those peg solitaire games on the table to keep yourself, and mostly your children occupied while you wait for your food? Well, the ThinkFun brand took this concept to an entirely innovative and fun level, making it more engaging and entertaining for the entire family! I received a complimentary Hoppers® game, and we have been enjoying testing it out. Included in the box is the game grid (which is amazing because it OPENS to store everything inside - A mother's dream feature for sure!), 12 cute and sturdy Hopper Frogs and a deck of 40 Challenge Cards which bring exciting new features to the game each time that you play.

Excuse the missing frog - my youngest likes to play with them, and it distracted her so I could snap the picture
The object of Hoppers® is to leave the board with only 1 frog. This is accomplished when frogs "jump over" one another from one lily pad to the next. Obviously they cannot jump across the entire board, but instead the simply hop over one at a time, landing on the lily pad behind it. You must keep in mind that frogs may not land on another frog, jump over two frogs at the same time or move without making a jump over another frog. As one frog jumps over another, the "jumped" frog gets taken off the board. Again, the object is to leave one frog on the board, but you are finished when you can no longer make any "legal" moves. What makes Hoppers® the best Peg Solitaire Jumping Game, is the fact that it comes with the cards to give you an extended play experience. Instead of filling the entire board with frogs, you can set-up easy, medium, hard or super hard designs (10 cards of each) to try and hop your way out of. I have found that this helps kids get the hang of it too, as it is less overwhelming. 

This has been a nice conversation starter in our house. I leave it out on the kitchen table so the kids, adults or guests can play with it (and I think that the adults like it just as much as the kids!). The pieces are small, so they need to be kept away from younger children. My 2 year old loves to play with them, but she is closely supervised while doing so. She doesn't quite get the concept of it, she just likes hopping the frogs around or putting them inside the drawer. Hoppers® is suggested for ages 5 and up. I know I mentioned this already, but the fact that the board opens up to store the stack of cards and the frogs is my favorite design feature. It makes clean-up easy, which makes kids more apt to do it!

I see my family getting many, many years of use out of this game and give it 10 stars:

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If you are interested in purchasing this game, you may do so here. Additionally, check out what else ThinkFun has to offer on their website, or connect with them on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Pinterest, Instagram and YouTube.

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