Carrom and Hungry Hippos


Has anyone heard of the game Carrom? I was reminded of it by the April 13th word of the day (Yes, that’s from 2004. This is one of my…ahem…really, really old drafts) and went online to see if it was well known or just a fart in the wind sort of game. Our family got it as a gift from someone and I don’t think we played by all the rules, but it was fun. I haven’t played it in ages nor have I seen it around.

Hungry Hungry Hippos

Come to think of it, I haven’t seen Hungry Hungry Hippos in a long time either. I had all but forgotten about those white marbles and the joyous sound of those plastic hippo mouths opening and closing. Now I want to play it again, even though it probably wasn’t all that great (confirmed by the 113 reviews that give it a 3/5 stars). Now I remember how fun it was as a kid and want to play it again to quench my nostalgic appetite. Commercials for the game made it seem like those kids enjoyed that game more than anything else on the planet and as a kid, I believed them.

You can buy Carrom and Hungry Hungry Hippos at Amazon. Maybe I should add them to my wish list.


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  1. You could add the hungry hippo game to your son’s Christmas list; that’d be a sneaky way of getting it without being embarrassed that you want a kids’ game.

    Comment by katie on November 3, 2006 @ 9:19 am
  2. I’ve never heard of Carrom. That’s looks like fun and something we’d like at our house. Plus it’s not all that expensive either. Thanks Dan.

    Comment by jason on November 3, 2006 @ 11:53 am
  3. Sweet merciful crap. Even Prince Charles plays Carrom, while holding his tadi I might add. Impressive.

    Comment by jason on November 3, 2006 @ 11:56 am
  4. katie: Who’s embarrassed? I’ll put it on my Christmas list! (Although I’d probably end up playing it once or twice and then never using it again. Maybe I should get it for my son)

    jason: Sweet monkeys in Asia! I had no idea Prince Charles played Carrom. However, we didn’t play with the little sticks. We had green plastic thingies that had a rubber band across the front of them that we used to shoot. We also just used our fingers to flick the circular pieces across the board.

    Comment by dan on November 3, 2006 @ 12:53 pm
  5. Yeah, that part (finger, stick, or rubberband thingy) had me confused. From what I can tell, using your fingers is the accepted method by the Carrom World Cup Organization, whatever that means.

    Comment by jason on November 3, 2006 @ 2:02 pm
  6. I remember it becoming rather painful after a while, so the rubber band devices were perfect. Plus you could use them to launch things at your brother’s forehead.

    Comment by dan on November 3, 2006 @ 2:32 pm
  7. I am not sure this is so much a game but rather an activity but what about sit N spin. I remember some good times with the sit N spin.

    Comment by whaleman on November 5, 2006 @ 10:35 pm
  8. I remember that well, and it did provide good times, albeit somewhat dizzy times as well.

    Comment by dan on November 5, 2006 @ 11:13 pm

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