Barrel of Octopuses

by sgraber, published

Barrel of Octopuses by sgraber Nov 20, 2012

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This game harkens back to the 1965 Barrel of Monkeys game originally made by Lakeside Toys (now made by Milton Bradley). Each game came with a colored barrel and twelve monkeys the same color as the barrel. The instructions of the game stated: "Dump monkeys onto table. Pick up one monkey by an arm. Hook other arm through a second monkey's arm. Continue making a chain. Your turn is over when a monkey is dropped."

My version uses twelve octopuses instead of monkeys and features a custom octopus graphic on both the top and bottom of the barrel. How many can you pick up?


Download the "Barrel of Octopuses.zip" file. Print:

Barrel-bottom-octo.stl (1)
Barrel-top-octo.stl (1)
small-octos.stl (3)

See how many you can pick up!

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Neat idea.

In the original, the monkeys' "hands" are like leaf-shaped blades, to facilitate getting them under and through openings in the pile.  Your octopuses arms actually curl back in a loop... that's going to make the game much more difficult to play.

You can pick up a monkey that's flat on the table... you're not going to do that with these octopuses.  Raising them up a bit, so that only the ends of the arms touch the table, would probably help this.  But I think you're going to need to redesign those arms to make it playable.  Take a good look at the Barrel O' Monkeys design and you'll see what I'm talking about.

With as small as these octopuses are, I don't think it will be feasible to print the tentacles with them slightly elevated. I think the easier thing to do would be to heat each arm slightly with a heat gun and bend them up a bit.


Actually Wikipedia states: "plural: octopuses, octopi, or octopodes;" with octopuses the preferred plural.