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Fisher-Price Red Rover Game

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PRODUCT: Fisher-Price Red Rover Game ( Red Rover

DESCRIPTION: A 2-4 player children's memory-matching game, featuring a plastic electronic talking dog called Rover and a set of twelve bones containing a mix of numbers, colours, shapes or letters. The aim of the game is to retrieve as many correct bones as possible before time runs out. Instructions included. Contains Requires 3 x AA batteries (not included). Suitable for children aged 3 years upwards.

GOOD POINTS: Red Rover is the latest wonderful children's game to be released by Fisher-Price, and is certainly one to keep preschoolers on their toes.

The game consists of an electronic plastic puppy called Red Rover - wonderfully bright in colour with cute oversized featured - as well as twelve plastic bones which can usefully be stored in a little opening blue plastic rucksack which Red Rover carries on his back! These bones are a perfect small chunky size for young children to handle, and each has a varying coloured background with either a shape (circle, star, triangle, square), number (1-4) or letter (A-D) printed on the front.

Fisher-Price Red RoverPlaying the game is simple but great fun. Firstly, the twelve bones are positioned face down in various places around the room/area of play, following which the electronic dog is switched on (located on its underside). Players take turns to press Red Rover's big black nose to hear him command which bone he would like retrieved, for instance, 'Red Rover, Red Rover, bring a YELLOW bone over', or 'Red Rover, Red Rover, bring a CIRCLE bone over'. This can be repeated by pressing his nose again.

On hearing his request, all players race around the room searching for the correct bone, with the aim of being the first player to find it. On turning over a bone, if it is not the one they are looking for they place it back face down but try and memorise it for later play! Once a player has located what they think is the correct bone, they 'feed' it to Red Rover by placing it in his mouth (which the dog will read electronically). If it is the right bone, Red Rover will congratulate the player who then wins that bone, and play starts again with a different bone. If it is the wrong bone, Red Rover will ask the player to put the bone back and continue play.

If Red Rover is given the wrong bone four times, or if it is not located within the allocated time, then he will call out a new bone for players to locate. Furthermore, occasionally throughout the game Red Rover will call out a 'mix up'; that is, players must move any remaining bones within the play area (except the ones they have already found) to different locations around the room. The winner of the game is the player to successfully find the most bones.

An added feature of the toy is that there are a choice of two games, 'Puppy Colour Game' and 'Big Dog Challenge' The first is a simpler version aimed at younger children in which Red Rover will only ask for bones of a certain colour, while 'Big Dog Challenge' is aimed at more accomplished players in which Red Rover will ask for bones of varying colours, numbers, shapes and letters.

Note that batteries must be inserted into Red Rover prior to play. The battery compartment is located on the underside of the dog and will require a Phillips screwdriver (not included). Also note that Red Rover has a 'sleep' mode which is activated after a period of inactivity to help preserve the battery life of the product.

In our opinion, Red Rover is a great little runaround game for young children which has a simple, easy-to-follow and fun design that will particularly appeal to preschoolers. What's more, as well as getting kids on their feet, it is ideal for promoting interaction and communication, as well as memory and matching skills.

BAD POINTS: Batteries are not included and must be purchased separately, however rechargeable batteries can be used to save on costs.

PRICE: Approx. £19.99 

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