Coming up to Christmas we usually have to make a tough choice… we always buy a new family game and this year there were 2 contenders and DinoBite was the runner up that got left on the shelf!
So when we were sent Dino Bite in our latest Toyologist box we were more than chuffed! My eldest has LOVED dinosaurs for around 4 years now… when I say LOVED dinosaurs I mean to say that he knows the name of just about every dinosaur under the sun, even dinosaurs that I can not pronounce… so we have become almost experts over the years!
Basically a GIANT t-rex is guarding a nest of coloured eggs, and you have to use your skills to lift the leaf and pinch an egg using the giant tweezers without disturbing him. If the ‘dino bites’, he lunges forward and you are out! To make it a little more complicated there is a dice which you throw before your turn, which dictates which colour egg you need to pinch – and it can even make you miss your turn!
As you are playing there are realistic jungle and ‘dinosaur roar’ noises, just to add to the atmosphere – and when the t-rex lunges, he REALLY lunges, giving a little bit of a shock for the player (at least the first few times!!!).
The instructions provided are simple, clear and really easy to follow telling you all you need to know to set up and play the game.
Before you play, however, you do need to attach the dinosaur to the base… which I actually found difficult to do. The holes in the t-rex’s feet need to line up EXACTLY with the slots on the base and it was a little fiddly to do… so much so that I had to pass it to daddy for his expert attention.
Then there was the battery issue. Obviously to make noises and lunge forward, DinoBite requires batteries… 2 AA batteries to be exact. These were easy to fit with the help of a phillips screwdriver, but I feel there is nothing worse than opening a game to realise it needs batteries (which you have to go and find) and then to put the batteries in you need a screwdirver (which you have to go and find)…. especially when you have 2 children waiting to play! For me, I think it really wouldn’t hurt for the games to come provided with their first 2 batteries… even have them in and ready to go so that you can get playing straight away rather than having to make your young, enthusiastic players wait until it is ready!
Anyway, once said batteries and t-rex were in place, we were playing within seconds… and the boys LOVED the game. It was a little difficult for my 4 year old to use the tweezers, so he pinched the eggs with his fingers – but my 6 year old managed the tweezers well.
They thought the dinosaur noises were brilliant and they really added to the game play, and when the t-rex lunged – well, both boys jumped backwards thinking it was BRILLIANT!!!
We had to play a good few times… and bend the rules because the boys didn’t want to be out!
Our last challenge was putting it back in the box. Initially I couldn’t make it fit, trying each angle to get the lid closed.
I nearly gave up, thinking it would be silly to have to remove the dinosaur from the base EACH TIME you wanted to put it away. But, in a last attempt, I realised that you have to put the dinosaur into his forwards ‘lunge’ position to close the lid properly. That done, it was away with ease!
So, what is our verdict?
Well the boys LOVED the game and have played it a good few times since we tested it out. They gave it 10/10!
For me, I thought the game was a great idea and brilliant to develop the children’s fine motor skills. I loved the noises and the ‘thrill’.. but did feel it could come with batteries. I gave it an 8/10.