Saturday, 30 July 2016

University Games Seagull Splat review

As soon as I saw the name of the game Seagull Splat, I just knew that it would be a big hit with the Madhouse kids. They always giggle madly whenever a pigeon or a seagull flies overhead and tries to divebomb us and still cackle hysterically when I mention that one day, Madhouse Nanny had a seagull poo on her head ! They're definitely not alone - on a recent school trip to London, we ate our picnic lunch on the benches under the trees just outside of the Tower of London and no less than EIGHT pupils got pooped on. When we got home, this was the first thing they all told their families about - forget Big Ben, their host families or shopping at Covent Garden, it was the pooing pigeons that had captured their imagination !

It's a very simple game to set up and to play. There is a little rubber plug that needs to be removed before you play. I'd have preferred a rigid plastic plug because it's so flexible that it's quite hard to push back into the hole.

The first job is pouring the "seagull splat" bubble mix into the hole in the seagull's head.When you press on his tail, he might or might not release a gob of foamy "poo", along with a squeaky noise.

There's a even a poo splat-shaped spinner ! This shows you which coloured family of cards is going to be targeted by the seagull, along with a "your choice of colour" or a "miss a turn" wedge.

 There are four coloured families of cards, comprising a man, a woman, a boy and a girl. If four  players are playing, you choose a colour each; with two players, you take two colours each; and if playing with three players, you play one colour each and discard the remaining colour.

The rules made me laugh because they said that the player who does the best impression of a pooing seagull can start !

 Play is simple and quick - each player spins the spinner to see which colour family is being targetted then holds the seagull above it and presses the tail. It may or may not poo, causing squeals of delight if you escape or even bigger squeals if you get pooed on ! Each pooed-on card is out of the game and the winner is that last player to have at least one card in play.

There's enough bubble mixture to refill the seagull's head a few times, and I'm assuming you can replace it with regular bubble mixture once it's all gone. It's a hilarious game that players of all ages can enjoy.

star rating : 4.5/5

RRP : £19.99

Disclosure : We received the game in order to write an honest review.