This new twist on the classic game, Operation Silly Skill ($15), was an instant hit with my boys. This new version takes the skill of the original game (like removing the funny bone, brain freeze and writer’s cramp) and puts a comical twist on it by having each body part represented by a (sometimes "gross," according to my son) body sound. The sounds included Bird Brains with a tweeting sound, a Runny Nose with the requisite glop, Ringing in the Ear with a bell, Burp Bubbles, Bad Plumbing (with a flushing sound) and my kids’ favorite… Toxic Gas. Word of warning: the body parts sounds seem to have appealed to the boys more than the girls.
We tried the game with my two sons, ages 4 and 7, and it was an instant hit. Setup was easy and the instructions simple enough for a seven year old to follow. My boys, had a lot of fun playing the game, learning the parts / sounds, and trying to successfully extract the piece from the body. Both budding "doctors" started on the easy level, but this game includes a second level as they start mastering their skills. It’ll give us a longer useful life out of the game. There was constant laughter as the boys took turns and either succeeded or heard the “buzzer" to end their turn. The boys then went back to the game three hours later to do it again, so I know this game will stick around in our house for a while.
A word on the setup – the game requires 4 AAA batteries, which must be installed by unscrewing a panel in the back. So, some adult assistance is required for assembly. Additionally, the parts are very small, and although there is a drawer to hold the pieces, we already lost one of the pieces in the drawer. Use a baggie or other bag to store the tiny pieces.
Overall, a fun way to spend an hour or two during a weekend afternoon!