Don’t play with your food!
Who heard that a lot growing up and has subsequently used this line on their own kids too? I know I did and have used it myself. More than once. But now, thanks to Hasbro, you can play with your food!
No, I don’t mean a roast dinner that would be crazy messy but the new Chow Crown Game enables you to actually be able to play with your food. If this doesn’t appeal to kids young and old, I don’t know what will! I know my chief toy tester (A, my youngest niece) will have great fun trying this out. Heck, even I couldn’t wait to give it a go.
Hasbro Chow Crown Game
Chow Crown is game for all the family but is recommended for ages 8+. (A, unfortunately, is only 5 and small for her age so we might have issues). To get up and running it requires 3 AAA batteries that aren’t supplied. You can play on your own or as a group, but I think it would be a lot more fun as a group game and definitely one to add to our family games for birthdays and Christmas.
The game includes the electronic crown base, crown front, crown back, arm holder, 3 x jewels, 6 x crown arms, 6 x fork arms, 6 x plastic forks, and game guide. There are 2 modes. Where you play against the music or play a longer game.
To start the game, load up the forks with food, anything you like that the forks will hold and won’t fall off before they can be eaten. When the music starts the crown will spin and you need to get as much food off as you can before it finishes to be ‘crowned’ the winner.
What We Thought Of the Hasbro Chow Crown Game.
My initial thoughts were it was quite heavy in the centre due to this being where the speaker is for the music and the on/off switch. It was also a little tricky to put together as the arms for the forks kept falling off. It is definitely easier with more than 1 pair of hands, to be honest.
Olivia and my niece’s E & A played it together for the first time and with A being 5 and quite small for her age, it was tricky to keep it on her head as it was too big for her and ha to be held. E was the first to give it whirl whilst we were still setting it up and I reckon would quite happily have sat here munching marshmallows with it on her!
I’m going to be honest, I think we need more practice at this game as we really struggled to keep it on our heads. Seriously! It kept slipping no matter how tightly we adjusted the band. (BTW attach it around the back of your head and not under your chin.)
Because of this, the crown kept slipping and knocking off the arms. This could also be partly down to the foods we used too (apparently giant marshmallows had to be used – note the teeny grape on the other side) I have to admit. It also meant it isn’t suitable for A at all it just wouldn’t sit right. Due to this, the girls did struggle to move the crown to get the food in their mouths. We definitely need to practise this more I think.
In all honesty, I still think it is a great game and we will be playing it (or trying to) over the Christmas period with all the family together. I think it could be a great one for Christmas Day evening fun or even boxing day. After all, practice makes perfect right!
Our top tips for playing Chow Crown
- Keep the arms off until the crown is positioned correctly on the head
- Fasten the grey strap at the back of the head
- Add the arms to the crown.
- Carefully place the food onto the forks
- Add lighter foods and even the weight out
- Press the green button
- Eat as much food as you can before the song finishes
Chow Crown Game is available from Smyths for £19.99 and Amazon for £16.80 (price correct at time of publishing)