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Orchard Toys Official Tester badgePRODUCT: Orchard Toys Cheeky Monkeys ( Toys Cheeky Monkeys

DESCRIPTION: A 2-4 player board game where players must win as many monkeys as possible. Consists of 1 x two-part 3D tree, 32 x monkey cards, 1 x pool board, 1 x spinner board, 1 x two-part plastic spinner arrow and a set of instructions. Suitable for children aged 4 years upwards.

GOOD POINTS: The Cheeky Monkeys board game from Orchard Toys is a really fun game set suitable for all the family and has many educational benefits for young children, including developing hand-eye coordination and number and counting skills, as well as encouraging observational, social, and decision-making skills.

The game is designed for up to four players, and consists of a great 3D tree which slots together to create four different coloured sections (red, blue, yellow and green). The tree is wonderfully colourful and full of lovely illustrations of monkeys, birds, snakes and elephants to name a few!

A sturdy cardboard spinner board is also included which is split into different sections that determine play, along with a generous number of monkey cards depicting pictures of monkeys holding either one, two, three or six bananas.

Orchard Toys Cheeky Monkeys 2Prior to initial play a small amount of set up is required (besides slotting the tree together), for example, the spinner must be assembled by attaching the spinner arrow to the spinner board, and the money cards need to be spread face down on the table.

To play, each player chooses a coloured section of the tree and also chooses one face-down monkey card from the table to hook onto their section (these being punched out holes in the tree).

Players then take turns to spin the spinner - if the arrow lands on a banana section then the player turns over a money card from the table to reveal how many bananas the money is holding. The player must decide whether to end their turn by keeping the money card and hooking it onto their tree section, or taking a chance and spinning again to try and win more bananas. 

If the spinner lands on the 'cheeky monkey', the player can 'steal' a monkey from another player's section to add to their own section. If, however, it lands on the 'pool monkey', the player must take any monkeys they have collected on their turn and place them on the pool board (a small board with a colourful picture of monkeys playing in a pool!). If the spinner lands on a question mark, then the player can take any monkeys from the pool board (along with any monkeys they have collected on their turn) and hook them all onto their section of the tree.

The game ends when there are no more face-down monkey cards left on the table, and the winner is the player with the most bananas!

The game pieces are very sturdy, the instructions are detailed but simple to follow, and the packaging is attractive and informative. In our opinion, this is a fun and very educational game, and young children will love hanging the monkeys on the tree...this is definitely a game kids will go bananas for!

BAD POINTS: None, other than there are lots of separate pieces which may be easily lost over time. Orchard Toys do however offer a very useful replacement service for any elements of their games (excluding puzzles) that do go missing!

PRICE: £9.50

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