Hungry Hippos Game

One thing I have loved all my life, is playing games.  I used to love playing a variety of games with my family as I was growing up.  When I became a parent, I used to love nothing more than playing games with my kids as well.  This was something we all loved.

Quite often my Daughter would come to me with a game in hand, asking if we can play a game.  I always found it a time to sit, chat and laugh together.

Hungry Hippos

hungry hipps

One game that could always guarantee lots of laughs and comeptitiveness was hungry hippos.  We also had tears if the kids were left to play it on their own though.  But with two older brothers and a younger sister this was bound to happen.

Playing the game


the game

We must have all played Hungry Hippos at some point, but for those unfamiliar with the game here is how you play it.

  • There are 4 hippo heas red, yellow, green and blue
  • Each player chooses which colour head they want to be
  • 20 marbles are dropped into the centre of the board at the start of the game
  • each player has to use there hippo head to try to eat as many of the marbles as they can
  • The marbles are red apart from one golden marble
  • The player with the most point wins.

Hungry Hippos is such a fun and simple game idea, but one that gives endless fun especially to younger children.

The Giveaway

If you would like to join in with the fun, and grab yourself your own Hungry Hippos game.  I have one game to give away to one of my readers.  See below on how to enter

Hungry Hippos Game

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Hungry Hippos Game



About Author

I am Sam and owner of StressedMum, I hope you enjoyed reading my latest post, I always love to read comments from my readers


  • Lyndsey cooksey
    28th June 2020 at 8:53 pm

    My favourite game was Kerplunk! Me and my brother would play it all the time!

  • Mark R
    28th June 2020 at 9:58 pm

    As a family we used to enjoy playing Frustration

  • K Col
    29th June 2020 at 8:56 am

    my favourite growing up was Mouse Trap

  • Ben Audsley
    29th June 2020 at 9:05 am

    cluedo – i always loved guessing !

  • ashleigh allan
    29th June 2020 at 9:26 am

    I loved mousetrap!

  • Catherine Whetton
    29th June 2020 at 9:28 am

    I always loved monopoly, we still play it as a family all the time!

  • Tammy Westrup
    29th June 2020 at 9:55 am

    Cluedo and I still love it!

  • Julia H
    29th June 2020 at 10:35 am

    It has made me very nostalgic reading all the comments! The Buzz Wire Game used to be my favourite and make me break out into a sweat in my attempts to beat my brother. My hand was never steady enough. That game was tense!

  • Christopher Powell
    29th June 2020 at 10:55 am

    I think the kerplunk was my favourite though was also fond of mouse trap, battleships, connect 4 and buckaroo. Also such classic and iconic games from my childhood.

  • karen hutchinson
    29th June 2020 at 10:56 am

    love monopoly although recently discovered ( and love ) Labyrinth

  • Jo Dawkins
    29th June 2020 at 11:01 am

    Snakes and ladders! My 3 would love a hungry hippos game!

  • David Stephenson
    29th June 2020 at 11:23 am

    Hungry hippos is one I’d love to play with my kids

  • justine meyer
    29th June 2020 at 12:30 pm

    we used to play lots of card games when we were little with buttons for money

  • Chrissy58
    29th June 2020 at 12:46 pm

    Mouse Trap!

  • Kelly Smith
    29th June 2020 at 1:53 pm

    Pop up pirate, it was so much fun ❤️

  • Jo Jones
    29th June 2020 at 2:09 pm

    Great game to play, but years ago I used to love Monopoly

  • Zabaglione
    29th June 2020 at 2:25 pm

    We used to play snakes & ladders when we were small & I remember playing Monopoly,scrabble & cluedo when we were older.

  • Blake
    29th June 2020 at 4:05 pm

    This game would bring back lots of my own childhood memories. I’d love to play this with my children

    29th June 2020 at 4:13 pm

    Loved Monolpoly as I liked to bankrupt my family MEMBERS

  • helen wakeley
    29th June 2020 at 4:15 pm

    Lovely Giveaway, Goodluck all!

  • Natalie Burgess
    29th June 2020 at 4:27 pm

    I loved buckaroo xx

  • Nicola
    29th June 2020 at 4:51 pm

    Love Hippos, great memories when I was younger. But my favourite game was Holiday.

  • Christine Shelley
    29th June 2020 at 4:52 pm

    It was snakes and ladders

  • Helen Grayson
    29th June 2020 at 5:31 pm

    I used to love this game called ‘escalado’ it was a horse racing game and you had to turn a handle to make the horses run. It shook the mat and you could bet on which one would win.
    Used to play it with my grandparents at Christmas

  • Michael Annetts
    29th June 2020 at 6:51 pm

    I’ve never met a child or adult that doesn’t love this silly game !

  • Mel Pennie
    29th June 2020 at 6:54 pm

    As a child it was Operation

  • Abby
    29th June 2020 at 6:55 pm

    Ohh my god I loved this game as a kid!!! Completely forgot about Hungry Hippos, my 4 year old would absolutely love this haha! Besides this game, I really loved mouse trap and penguin trap (you hit the ice blocks with a hammer individually to knock them out). Me and my grandad played that all the time

  • Janine Beeston
    29th June 2020 at 8:37 pm

    Aaaaawww classic family fun !

  • ellie spider
    29th June 2020 at 9:35 pm

    I loved kerplunk 🙂

  • Angie mcDonald
    29th June 2020 at 10:58 pm

    I used to love Kerplunk!

  • Nicki Simpson
    29th June 2020 at 11:03 pm

    I loved mouse trap even though it took approximately 4days to set it up! Ha

  • bex Allum
    30th June 2020 at 7:06 am

    I love monopoly.

  • michelle o'neill
    30th June 2020 at 7:18 am

    i loved perfection

  • Eileen Hindley
    30th June 2020 at 2:47 pm

    Hungry Hippos

  • S Straw
    30th June 2020 at 3:25 pm

    My favourite game as a child was Monopoly. Ihaven’t got the patience for the long game now!

  • Helen Tovell
    30th June 2020 at 3:29 pm

    We loved the Game of life

  • Katie B
    30th June 2020 at 3:59 pm

    We loved hungry hippos when we were kids! We also loved frustration

  • Darren Jacobs
    30th June 2020 at 4:42 pm

    I love this game

  • susan taylor
    30th June 2020 at 5:53 pm


  • Maggie Coates
    30th June 2020 at 8:04 pm

    As a child I liked scrabble best.

  • Karen Usher
    30th June 2020 at 8:59 pm

    Pictionary!! So many fun hours trying to draw random things

  • lynn neal
    30th June 2020 at 9:15 pm

    We loved Mouse trap!

  • Michelle Smith
    30th June 2020 at 10:58 pm

    Connect 4 was my favourite game

  • Rich Tyler
    1st July 2020 at 12:47 am

    Guess Who!

  • Ruth Harwood
    1st July 2020 at 8:28 am


  • Gill HM
    1st July 2020 at 9:58 am

    It really is true, isn’t it? It’s usually the very simplest ideas that turn out to be the most appealing and popular. The name of the game itself has a name a pleasing universality…in our own families we all have ‘hungry hippos’ of our own who we can recognise. I have such affection for this little game – even the older kids still enjoy playing it, though they might protest otherwise!

  • Jodie W
    1st July 2020 at 10:41 am

    Downfall. It was blue with white wheels on it and you had to get your tokens from the top to the bottom first. I loved it

  • Helen W
    1st July 2020 at 1:11 pm

    I used to love playing Tiddly Winks would spend hours trying to get them in the cup

  • Adrian Price
    1st July 2020 at 1:12 pm

    Monopoly –i was unbeaten for years

  • Lisa Wilkinson
    1st July 2020 at 9:22 pm

    Game of Life

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