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I Basically Threw My Money Down The Toilet When I Bought This Popular Game

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Hey There! It’s Sydney – one of Collin’s sidekicks!

Like most moms, I both look forward to and dread when my kids hand me their birthday and Christmas wish lists. This year, I was a little more excited since it was the first year my 5 year old made his list on his own.

Some of the things on the list were an easy yes or no. Like the Cars 3 DVD I already bought, a yes. The camera, a no. But then there were a few things I was on the fence about, like the LEGO Lloyd Alarm Clock and Toilet Trouble Game. I decided that if I found a good deal on those two items I would get them.


I love board games and I love playing them with my kids. So I thought this Toilet Trouble game was going to be one of their (and my) favorites gifts from Christmas. Boy was I wrong!

This game itself was easy to put together, the trouble came when it was time to fill the toilet bowl and play. It takes several minutes to add water to the back and even longer to drain the water when you’re done playing. My boys hated getting water in their face at first, but then quickly realized it actually WAS fun to get wet and they made a huge mess.

When you’re done playing the game, you have to continue to flush the toilet over and over again until all the water gets out. And by you, I mean you the mom, because your kids sure aren’t going to sit around for 5 minutes flushing this game.


I think the reason I dislike this game so much is all the extra work it takes to setup and take down for maybe 5 minutes of play. Being a busy mom, I’d much rather spend my time playing games that we can quickly set up and clean up and that my kids enjoy playing the whole time, not just the first 3 minutes.


We played this game just once. It has sat in the closet ever since. When we get in there to play a game, they look right past Toilet Trouble to play their favorites like Monopoly Junior and Uno. I’ve asked my boys if they want to play Toilet Trouble and they say it’s either too hard or takes too long to set up.

I also don’t like that it doesn’t fit back in the box. I like keeping everything in the box it comes in so it’s easy to find all the parts and it looks more organized when it’s put away. So needless to say, I basically paid $10 for 30 minutes of play time. As we do our Spring cleaning next month, I’m sure Toilet Trouble will make its way to the donation bin.

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  1. Jenifer

    We love this game! I guess everybody is different! I just add water to the bowl and then dump the bowl when we are done. I’m sure we don’t get it all, but it is only water. I did have to stop one kid from putting lemonade in it!

    • Thankful

      If you do not remove all the water or do not let it dry — mold.

    • Rochelle

      “Lemonade.” 🤣

    • Sydney

      Oh my gosh lemonade?! That would have been a not so fun surprise to get sprayed with (but it might look more realistic😳)!

  2. maira

    Thanks for the heads up..really dissapointing when u buy something just to have it sitting in the closet.

    • Sydney

      Right?! I have enough clothes in my closet that do that… I don’t want it to spread to other closets too!

  3. Thankful

    I buy NIP board games for $1/each at garage sales. I donate them. If the family does not like the game, it was only a dollar.

    • Sydney

      That’s such a good idea! We got a Disney Classics Monopoly at a yard sale for $3 and it is one of our family favorites too!

  4. christi

    My family and I love this game!!

    • Sydney

      Yay! I really wanted to like the game too so I’m happy that it’s a favorite for so many families.

  5. Jen

    I guess failing to read the directions was a benefit for us! My 5 and 7 year old opened and started this game before we read how to fill it. My kids just fill the bowl with water and dump it out when done. We have a blast with the game and set up/clean up are super easy!!

    • Allyson

      We have always just added water to the bowl too! I didn’t know we were doingnit wrong but it sounds like it works better than the directions! We just poor the extra water out of the bowl.

    • Sydney

      Maybe we should try that. Does all the water get out when you do it that way? I’m just worried about it getting moldy.

  6. Molly

    We bought ours and it doesn’t even work. I’ve replaced batteries and everything. It’s never worked 🙈

    • laceypearl

      We thought ours didn’t but realized we weren’t pushing the handle down far enough

    • Sydney

      Oh shoot! That’s even worse. I’m so sorry Molly!

  7. Shannon

    Cars3 was a waste for me cause now it’s on Netflix!! That always happens!

    • Alaina

      I think Netflix normally takes down the movies after awhile. I thought that about another Disney movie(can’t remember which one) because we owned it but the kids always used Netflix for it. One day they went to play it and it wasn’t on there anymore. So I was glad I had the DVD

    • Shaheena

      I think Disney is planning on pulling everything from Netflix and having their own subscription service, so if you don’t want to pay for another service, it’s good to have the movies.

    • Sydney

      Don’t you hate that?! Same thing happened when we bought Beauty and the Beast. I like having the DVDs though so the kiddos can watch them in the car on road trips.

  8. Bethany

    Our kids (age 5,3,2) love this game!!! We play it at least once a week. Well also have the pie in the face game and clean up wise I think toilet trouble is easier!

    • Sydney

      Awesome! I’m so glad they like it Bethany! Do they all play together? Some readers have commented their younger kids like playing it so I’m thinking maybe the issue we have is with both kiddos playing at the same time.

  9. Kelley

    Lol mine never even got set up atm it’s a pretend potty for the stuff animals 😂 which is fine since I’m toilet training my little one and it makes that more fun.

    • Cassie

      That’s clever! 😁

    • Sydney

      Oh that is so cute! My kids love their stuffed animals and this might be a fun way to use the game.

  10. Erin

    Ugh! I hate games that don’t fit back into their boxes or that come in partial boxes!

    • Julie

      We got this for DS’s birthday. I cannot stand that it won’t fit back in it’s original box. Drives me nuts.

      • Danielle

        Same here. It is very annoying that you can not put it back in the box for storage. We used it once, and I am not happy with the purchase. Same with the Gymnastics one that was popular this year-wasted money on both 🙁

    • Sydney

      Right?! It is so frustrating!!

  11. Marcheta

    We never had an issue with this game! The kids love it. I find it incredibly easy to set up and put away.

    • Sydney

      Yay! I’m so glad your kiddos like it!! I really wanted my kids to but they have their mama’s love for classic games.

  12. Boisegal

    My boys LOVE this game, but mostly incorporate in their lego schemes: like it’s a gross toilet jail and what not. I can attest that if you DO leave water in it, it gets SO stinky/moldy. We played with it with water for a few weeks, but now my boys 3, 5, and 8, love playing with the toilet without water. My niece also plays with it when she brings barbies over.

    • Sydney

      Bahahaha that is awesome Boisegal!! My boys might play with it more if we let them use it as a LEGO jail too! Thanks so much for commenting!

  13. Kristin

    I got this game for my kids and they liked playing it, but it didn’t hold their attention long, and it doesn’t store easily. Definitely not my favorite, or the kids favorite game.

    They enjoy guess who, shark bite, uno, and a variety of other games much, much more

    • Sydney

      Kristin our kids could be twins! Those are their favorite games too (and Monopoly Jr). I think the storage issue for Toilet Trouble is my biggest complaint… it’s so big and bulky. Thanks so much for commenting 🙂

  14. Jen Law

    My daughter loves this game! She’s only 3, so her attention span isn’t the greatest so we don’t play for long either, but she cracks up when we play (and we play it every week for game night). Plus got it for only $10 for X-mas, so it wasn’t a bad deal.

    • Sydney

      That is so awesome Jen! And I agree, for that price it’s a good deal! I think the competition between my two boys of who gets to flush and how many flushes is what made it not as fun. I’ve seen a few readers who younger kids like it so maybe we need to give it a try with one kid at a time.

  15. Laura

    My three year old asked for this. I got it on clearance at WAGS for $2.49. He LOVES it! Keeps him entertained for a while.

    • Sydney

      Awesome Laura! And for that price you can’t go wrong!! My boys must just take after their mama’s heart when it comes to their love of classic board games.

  16. Loomis

    In my nicest, kindest, most polite voice: Just wondering why this persons post is even allowed on here. If everyone sat and put their opinions on every single thing they disliked, we be looking at a million things everyday. Can’t we just keep it at posting discounts/deals and not this. Otherwise everyone will start posting their suggestions on why they dont think people should buy certain items. And that’s not the purpose of this site. Or at least that’s what I thought.

    • Fab5gal

      I personally like the variety of posts on this site! If you don’t like these kinds of post maybe don’t spend your time reading and commenting on them🤷🏻‍♀️ My kids have been wanting this game but after reading this I decided it’s not something I’d want to spend my money on, so I found it helpful.

      • Dee

        Agree. Been a follower for years. Miss the old hip2save when it was (mostly) just Collin posting and it was (mostly) about the deals.

    • Ginger

      Honest reviews keep me from buying junk.

    • SG

      I am a single person with no kids. Ergo about 60 percent of the posts on this website are not relevant to me at all. I don’t go on those posts and say “OMG WHY ARE YOU POSTING ABOUT THINGS THAT I PERSONALLY DO NOT CARE ABOUT.” Rather…I go past them without clicking and stick to those that are of interest to me. I happened to click on this one because I have a nephew who would probably love a game involving a toilet and I am glad to know the pitfalls of it because he is not one to clean stuff up. But these posts don’t take away from the deal posts you like so…just don’t click.

    • rose

      Not sure how long you’ve been a reader of this site, but this is something new that the Hip team started a few months ago. One of the hip team members posts what they thought was a waste of money. And then there are posts that are positive, about the gadgets and stuff they love/can’t live without (which can get negative comments too, as not everyone likes the same things! That is life!!!)
      I’m glad the blog is more than just deals! My niece happened to mention the game when she was over a few wks ago. Never heard of it and when I saw this post, remembered her comment. Reviews from other Hipsters still have me on the fence, so it’s probably not a game I’ll spend $$ to buy.

    • Sydney

      Hey Loomis! Thanks so much for taking the time to comment and the feedback. We like to share things that we love (and don’t love) from time to time to help readers who may be looking for honest recommendations on products/services. We know it might not be everyone’s cup of tea but we like to share helpful advice that helps others as well as great deals. 🙂

  17. Christy Harvey

    My kids love the toilet game. We have had fun playing it with them. Water in the back? We just put it in the bowl and we don’t fill the bowl. Then it hasn’t taken long to flush it out when done and we turn it upside down and let it sit a while. We got it on special before Christmas and has been great entertainment for our family!!!

    • Sydney

      Yay! I love that your kids love it because I know we posted it a few times. I think maybe older kids with a longer attention span might do better with it. Even though it says ages 4+ I think 7 or 8+ might be better.

  18. moria

    I’ve never heard of this game, but it sounds like something my mom might buy. Now I can tell her not to.

    • Sydney

      I know some people like it and maybe it would be better for older kids but my boys (4 and 5) it is a no go.

  19. Bianca fildes

    Exactly how we feel about this game! I HATE that you can not put it back in the box! Currently sitting at the top of the closet and only was played with a few times.

  20. Mary

    This is how I feel about the Soggy Dog game. My kids don’t even play it. They just keep turning nobs until the dog starts shaking and then water is truly everywhere. It’s basically an indoor sprinkler. I really don’t know what I was thinking when I bought it.

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