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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful
on July 22, 2010
This game is almost exactly like Trouble. If you already own that game, I would not recommended buying this game for the small twist: If a penguin lands on the end of a bridge, the player slides a lever and penguins on the top of the bridge fall into the "water" below, going back to their starting places.

There are 3 faults (1 major and 2 minor) with the game design:

(1) major - the penguins don't stay in their holes very well. It is very easy to knock the penguins out when you're reaching to pop the die, moving your pieces around, or just accidentally jostling the board a bit. On top of the bridges, the holes are especially too big and the penguins simply lean over. Some of the (unintentional) fun of the game comes from laughing at how many times you've accidentally knocked over someone's penguins.

(2) minor - the bubble with the die inside is not as effective as the one in Trouble. About a dozen times during our last game, the die got stuck between faces or didn't seem to bounce at all. Also note that the number two on the die is shown with 2 in-line pips (I think they're called) and not 2 diagonal ones like most dice.

(3) minor - the starting locations and ending locations are not color coded at all. Younger players may have difficulty remembering their home area or knowing the area they're supposed to finish at.

If you don't have Trouble, you might go with this, but having both, I can tell you that Trouble feels more substantially built.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on December 28, 2011
Another reviewer summed this game up well. It's basically a ripoff of Trouble. Similar popper bubble with a die, similar rules with four pegs (penguins) you move around from home base to finish. The bubble is undersized; the die does not turn well and gets stuck in between faces constantly. A tiny jostle to the board to get the die to make up its mind sends all the penguins falling out of their holes. Fights ensue as to who was where. Even unintentional bumps to the board send the penuins falling over out of their spots. The concept of the "ice bridge" and making your opponents fall through is cute but the game physically was so poorly designed with regards to the penguins constantly falling out of their spaces that this is a game that I cannot see playing very often. We have Trouble and the Star Wars edition Trouble; both are much sturdier.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on December 3, 2010
My son and daughter are ages six and three, and this had been their favorite game to play for over a year. We love to play it as a family too. Very fun, lots of action, cute game pieces (much cuter than the plain Trouble). It is great to have on hand for playdates too. All kids seem to love it. Highly recommended!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on January 1, 2012
I was disappointed by this game. The popper is cheaply made,taking a bit of work to make it really pop. The penguins are easy to accidentally knock over, which is frustrating as well
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on March 3, 2010
If you planning a play date or sleep over for your kids, then get Pop N Drop Penguins Game By International Playthings game. Kids will have guaranteed entertainment :)
There are 16 little penguins that move around the board. I love the fact that the dice is secured from being lost.
Game develops counting and motor skills. Great toy!
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on March 25, 2013
This game is definitely a knock-off of Trouble which is actually why we bought it--both my husband and I remember loving that game as kids and wanted to share it with our almost 4-year-old daughter (we are sick of Candyland and looking for something else). The penguin twist with the ice bridges is a fun idea. Our biggest complaint is simply that the game is cheaply made and the penguins CONSTANTLY fall out of the holes. We have tried pushing the button gently, but pretty much whatever we do, the penguins go rolling and we're left scrambling under the table trying to locate them and then remember where they were on the board.

My other complaint is that as an adult, this game is actually terribly boring. We've modified the rules a bit to make it go faster, but it still takes forever to play, and it's the same thing over and over again. Our daughter doesn't get as bored as quickly as we do though, so maybe it's just an adult thing :)
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on July 14, 2014
Very nice game, easy to set up and lots of fun. It took me a little while to understand some of the game but once you play it and continue to read the instructions it's becomes easy. My six and 2 year old grandchildren played the game, but the game is realy for children from 4 up. But if you have an adult helping the younger one it's fun. I would say that it's eeasier if you only have one younger child, having more than one would not work, I always play with the children, it's fun when an adult is partof the palyers. I love the Ice mountain, you get a lot of litlle penguins to place on the mounatin and it some places you can slide an area that if a penguine lands on it one of the other players can slide it and the penguine falls, making him start his journey all over again. It can be a long game, but it keeps the kids entertained. I love it !!!
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on May 23, 2013
We got this game for our four year old son for Christmas since he likes playing games and is great at counting. The pinguins are cute, but they are rounded on the bottom and fall out of the little cups you hop them around on. So if a player jumps over you, as you would in Trouble, the pinguins will tilt and lean and fall out of the spot. The little ice bridges are a neat idea, but the plastic sticks and they don't slide well. You have to tug them pretty hard and will make the rest of the board shake and then all the pieces fall out, making it almost impossible to play a full game.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on March 4, 2010
I got it for my son and he loves it. He plays it with his friends all the time.
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on January 8, 2013
As other reviews mentioned, the penguins wobble in the slots. It wouldn't be such a big deal but when playing with younger kids, they are bound to knock the game sending penguins tumbling.

It is just like Trouble, but I thought the penguin motif was cute though the penguins could have been more interesting. The added feature that penguins could fall through the ice added more strategy than Trouble, but unfortunately our game came missing a part so that on one of the bridges the penguins always fell through.

So we returned it.
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