Pop-Up Pirate | A review


I had so many board games as a kid! I loved them. I remember having Connect 4, Kerplunk, Guess Who?, Operation, Mouse Trap, Monopoly , Scrabble and Pop-Up Pirate.

I’m so excited to be able to buy Pop-Up Pirate for Fletcher! It’s nice to see they are still selling the games I used to have so I get to play them all over again now and hopefully Fletcher and Eden will enjoy them as much as I did.

The first game to add to our collection is Pop-Up Pirate.

Pop-Up Pirate is a game from Tomy. It’s all about the luck of the sword! It’s suitable for ages 4+ and is for 2-4 players. In the box you get the barrel, the pirate and 24 swords (6 red, 6 blue, 6 green and 6 yellow).

I just want to clarify that it does say it’s suitable for ages 4+ and Fletcher is 2 and a half. I brought it for him to play under adult supervision and if anything I was more worried about him not understanding the concept of the game. I am one of these mums that don’t really really pay attention to ages on things, depending on what it is of course.

I chose Pop-Up Pirate for Fletcher’s first game because I thought it was a great little game to get him started. The rules of the game are quite easy and straight forward. With adult supervision and a bit of help I thought Fletcher would understand how it works quite quickly.

The idea is that each player picks which coloured swords they’d like and then take it in turns to slide them into the barrel. Whoever makes the pirate pop is out of the game.

When it arrived Fletcher was very excited and couldn’t wait to get it out of the box. Once we’d got it out of the box and set it up we explained to Fletcher what we had to do and showed him. He was brilliant and picked it up straight away, in a fashion. The only thing he can’t seem to understand is that we have 6 of the same coloured swords each, but that’s ok. So we put all of the swords in a pile and just pick any colour when it’s your turn.


Fletcher absolutely loves playing! He will take his turn then he’ll say “your turn mummy”. Even bing has to have a turn and Fletcher will make bing pick up a sword and take a turn. It’s so cute that he does that.


If you’re looking for games for your little one(s) I would definitely recommend Pop-Up pirate. It’s a great little game especially if it’s their first one. It’s just so easy to grasp and is great fun! The kids will love it and it doesn’t exactly break the bank either.



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