*I received product mentioned in this post for free in exchange for my review and feedback. All opinions are 100% my own.*
This Hydro Strike game by Pressman Toy is seriously so much fun to play. We have a lot of games from Pressman and Goliath and they never disappoint. I love games like theirs because we have so much fun with them. When we can laugh like crazy people and enjoy family time by playing a game, it makes my whole week. My kids love this one. There were lots of laughs and giggle from this one!
How to Play
Included in the box is a game unit, 2 balls, and two caps for each water tank. You fill each tank with water, cap them and begin. Before you begin to play, there is a little button on each end beside the score counters. Each player need to press down on their button. The button allows the water sprayer to work. We also noticed that each time the water sprayed, the button needs to be pressed again. Both players at each end use the paddles to defend their goal. If a player scores, the opposing player gets sprayed with water. The first player to score 5 points wins!
The Hydro Strike Game Unit
On each end you will see the following things. A water sprayer, water tank, water tank button, score keeper slider and the controls for the paddles. The design of the unit allows players to hit and send the ball back and forth quite easily. I don’t know if it’s because the balls are kind of small but every now and then the ball will get trapped behind the paddles. It’s not a big deal really, the kids just take the ball and drop it back into the middle of the unit. One the sides there is also grooves for a ball release.
Filling the Water Tanks
You don’t need much water. The tanks are really small so they don’t hold that much. We had a glass of water handy while playing. Even though the tanks are really small, we didn’t have to refill them that often because the water spray isn’t that much. I do think it’s easier to use a glass like a measuring cup to fill them though. Once filled, cap them and press the button!
Let the games begin!
So much fun to play, my kids love it!
The control buttons for the paddles are easy to use. As mentioned earlier, sometimes the ball gets captured behind the paddles but it’s not that big a deal. I am glad the water tanks don’t have to be filled constantly. It took about 20 minutes of playing before we had to fill just one of the tanks. My youngest son kept scoring on our older daughter so his kept running out. I do think they should have made the water release a little more sensitive. There were a couple times that one of them scored but the ball didn’t hit the water release in the goal hard enough. Because of that, the water didn’t spray. However, it did work just fine 95% of the time.
Even though there isn’t tons of water that sprays you in the face, I would recommend putting a towel underneath the game unit. After a while, your tabletop might get a little wet. The age recommendations are for ages 7 and older. It is not recommended for anyone under the age of 3 because the balls are pretty small and can be a choking hazard. The spray of water isn’t that strong but it will hit the player in the face ever single time. The spray isn’t so strong that the water will hurt any part of the face but it does catch you by surprise every single time. It just happens so fast after the other player scores on you!
If you don’t like water in your face or have a kiddo that doesn’t like water in his face, you can play it without the water too. We love it, my kids love it and they were cracking me up when they were cracking up while playing!
Buy It: You can buy Hydro Strike at stores like Walmart. I just saw it at Walmart on a holiday display along with other Pressman and Goliath Games for $14.98 the other day. Be sure to check out Pressman and Goliath websites and take a look at their other games as well!
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Disclaimer: I was not compensated for this post. However, I received free product mentioned in this post from Pressman Toy in exchange for my honest review. All opinions expressed in my review are 100% my own.