I have to say first that the artwork in Tricky Trunks is just so darn adorable — which makes any game that’s supposed to appeal to kids that much better!
Besides having great artwork, Tricky Trunks is a fun game for the 5+ crowd. The simple premise of the game is to be the first to get balls to match the card into your elephant’s trunk. This is done by pressing the tip of your trunk onto a ball until it pops in.
There are three different types of cards (pictured below). The first card is to fill your trunk completely with balls that match your elephant. The card with the elephant looking at or jumping around with different color balls has different combinations on each card and you have to pick up the exact combination (no extra balls!) The lounging elephant is actually the most chaotic as everyone has fill their trunks as fast as possible. The first to finish the specific challenge wins the card and the first player to have 10 cards wins!
You use the lower box lid to keep all of the balls corralled and it’s kind of hard to tell from any pictures, but it’s almost like they glued a mousepad in the bottom of the box so it doesn’t get damaged. Its’ pretty cool! The balls are dumped out of the elephants by a little door on the back of the head — but you must remember to look and see if a ball is stuck in the tip of your elephant’s trunk. I lost a few rounds after finding there was a ball left behind. Whoops!
Overall, I think that this is an adorable and fun addition to the children’s gaming aisle, and I have a feeling we’re going to see it on quite a few “hot for the holidays” lists. So maybe you’d like to be the cool kid on the block to get it first!
Tricky Trunks Stats:
~$25 Amazon, local game stores
Game was provided free of charge from the manufacturer with no guarantee of review (I’ve got to like it).