Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus Game!
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- Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus is a fun preschool game that helps teach social skills
- The pigeon wants to drive your bus and it's up to you to stop him, as you move around the game board
- If the pigeon lands on the same space as your bus, you must go back to ''Start'' and try again
- For 2 - 4 players ages 3 and up
- University Games offers you and your family creative games that are easy to learn and fun to play
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CHOKING HAZARD -- Small parts. Not for children under 3 yrs.
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In the directions you do not have to land directly on the store to retrieve the item, you just have to pass by to get the token. Nowhere in the directions does it say you lose your tokens when you go back to start.
I agree though, for a three year old the bus ticket concept is too much so I am saving that aspect of the game until she is more game savvy. But a well-versed 5-7 year old could understand that part of the game.
Anyway the first time my daughter wanted the pigeon to drive her bus so she ended up losing. Thereafter, she understood to stay away from the pigeon. We usually send the pigeon away from everyone, but she also gets the concept of sending him to the other players.
In conclusion, the game is fun, much more fun than chutes and ladders and candyland and she loves to play it. We play almost everyday.
I also HIGHLY recommend the richard scarry busy town game, which we play almost everyday as well.
When I attempted to play the game with my kindergarten class. The game went on for an hour without a winner!!!!
The kids all got upset throughout the game, some walked away and traded players.
All in all, it was a kindergarten catastrophe!!
The object of the game:
Move your bus around the board collecting all the game pieces (4 tokens- a hot dog, bunny, drivers license, and key) and then get back to start.
Spin the spinner, if it lands on the bus half of the spinner, the bus gets to move
If the spinner lands on the pigeon side, the pigeon gets to go.
So half the time you spin the pigeon is chasing you around the board trying to "drive the bus" back to its start.
I don't know about you, but going back to start again and again and again is not the best way to finish a game before the kids get bored or begin hating the game, eachother, and the pigeon.
If you are between the ages of 3 and 10 the game requires constant adult supervision to mediate this never ending pitfall.
In addition to this, there are places on the board with bus tickets, if you land on a bus ticket you have the option to change your spot to any other place where that same colored bus ticket is pictured- confusing!
But the fun doesnt stop there!
There are other places on the board where you can change places with any other bus on the board- to avoid the pigeon of course.
Pitting children against one another is not age appropriate for 3+!!!!
Since then I have re-written the rules.
Play the spinner like a regular spinner, don't play the half pigeon half bus option.Read more ›
How does it fare?
Well, in the box, you receive a nicely illustrated board, drawn in the style of the books themselves, with a spinner and some adorable bus tokens. Each player takes a colour, and they spin the spinner to move their bus, OR move the pigeon, who will take a player's bus and send it back to start if he catches it. Your objective is to grab a hot dog, a key, a stuffed rabbit and a driver's license (with the pigeon's face on it, oddly enough) and go back to the Bus Depot to win the game.
Unfortunately, this game, while it has an interesting premise, is flawed. Because of the precise placements of each of the corner stores, it will take you FOREVER to get the piece you need. If you are right next to the store that has, say, a hot dog, you have a 1 in 8 chance each turn to actually get it. More often than not, you will wind up overshooting where you need to be, putting you further away from your goal. Worse yet, if the Pigeon gets you, it will send you right back at the start, which can be a lot more aggravating than fun.
I'm sorry, I cannot recommend this game. The artwork and components are charming, I will give it that, but this is a bad game. This is probably the only instance where I'd recommend something like Candyland or Sorry over this, because in the case of the former, it's friendly and does not have a snag in the gameplay, and the latter, dare I say, actually has progressive movement, despite having its own moments of gameplay screeching to a halt.
Mo, much respect to you, but the game really doesn't do your books justice.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
My son has been asking for this for some time. He is a big fan of Pigeon so when it went on sale I jumped at the chance to get it. Read morePublished 15 days ago by Jenna
This game as torture. The book is terrific but the game, not so much….Published 2 months ago by Heidi
My sons ages 3 and 7 both love this game. It is one of the few kids games that my husband and I also like playing.Published 4 months ago by Emily
This is such a fun game! We bought it for our 3 year old who LOVES these books. It was easy for him to play (he loves moving the buses around) and just as entertaining for the... Read morePublished 5 months ago by A. Athey