HABA 3678 Animal Upon Animal - Classic Wooden Stacking Game Fun for The Whole Family- English version (Made in Germany)

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HABA 3678 Animal Upon Animal - Classic Wooden Stacking Game Fun for The Whole Family- English version (Made in Germany)

HABA 3678 Animal Upon Animal - Classic Wooden Stacking Game Fun for The Whole Family- English version (Made in Germany)

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While I don’t think Animal Upon Animal is a great 2-player game, I do think it’s a great game that excels at kids having fun while they learn. Games should be an escape and kids are pressed to learn for most of their day. Animal Upon Animal gives the kids a fun distraction that will test their motor skills and help improve them as they play. Plus, kids will also be learning strategy and placement as they play as well. All of these educational elements will be undertones and unbeknownst to the players they are learning as they play. While at Gen Con 2014, I got the dreaded call and question from my wife. She asked, “OK, what games did you find for the kids?” I have two little ones at home who I cannot generally find kid appropriate games for. Sure, in the past I’ve found some games that I’ve convinced them to play but I lose more than I win with that battle. After discussing my wife’s question with anyone who would listen, I was directed by a mutual friend to a small booth by the game company HABA. I was surprised to find kids laughing while demoing games and that every game on display was kid friendly (that also have educational undertones as well). I bought two games and those have since stayed on the family and kid’s game rotation. The game ends as soon as a player has no animals left. The animal components have great detail and are very kid friendly (can you see the smiles). Plus, these are wooden and durable for all ages. The 6-sided die that comes with game is also worth mentioning. It’s large enough for little hands, wooden, and also a unique color. It like the animal token can stand-up to use and abuse.

My Very First Games: Animal Upon Animal Junior is part of the essential 'My Very First Games' series from Haba, which meets children exactly where they are, offering appropriate challenge and asking neither too little nor too much of them. The games allow them to explore colour, shape and number, to develop motor skills, and gently introduce them to rule-following and turn-taking.

Animal Upon Animal Rules

You start by placing the crocodile on a flat surface. Players then select seven creatures for their pile. With each turn, you roll the dice and then must place that many creatures on top of the crocodile. You win if you use all your pieces first without toppling the pile. The 6-sided die has the following symbols and numbers that each player has to follow on their turn. Game play in Animal Upon Animal is very straight forward. At the start of the game, the one crocodile token is placed in the center of the table. Each player then is given 7 different animal tokens: a sheep, penguin, monkey, snake, tucan, collar lizard, and hedgehog. A cool detail to note is that now my kids know what a collar lizard and hedgehog is and looks like. Each turn players will roll the die once and then place or pass their animal tokens on the starting base crocodile.

The other component worth mentioning is the rule book which comes in 5 different languages (just in case you want to practice your linguistic skills). Like other HABA rule books, the design uses straight-forward language, just the right amount of diagrams, and most importantly is easy to digest and learn which makes teaching even easier. One thing that I would like to note is that the play is really for 3-4 players. I tried 2-player game with one of my kids, and then with both kids as I watched, and it’s not a lot of fun. The 2-player game is over too fast and it’s not very challenging. We did start to use the variation rules which ask you to use all remaining animals (so you then have 14 each instead of 7) but even the 2-player version with these rules is still not much fun. It’s more challenging, but it’s just a race until one player causes a collapse. The collapse rules in the 2-player game still makes Animal Upon Animal competitive but one (or more) collapse most likely does take one of the player out the game with this player count. We have a 30-day return policy, which means you have 30 days after receiving your item to request a return. So, in this game, there are heaps of wooden animals, and there’s a big wooden crocodile, and you put that in the middle of the table, and it’s the starting piece. And there are heaps of other animals like sheep and penguins, snake, porcupine, and there’s also a die that you roll on every turn. Animal Upon Animal Rules

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