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Store:  Family Games, Card Games
Edition:  Unexploded Cow
Theme:  Humorous, Cow
Format:  Card Games

Unexploded Cow

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Ages Play Time Players
10+ 30 minutes 3-7

Designer(s): James Ernest, Paul Peterson

Manufacturer(s): Cheapass Games

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Product Description

So you've decided to make a little spending cash this summer using Mad Cows (which are going cheap in England) to clear fields of unexploded bombs in France (which apparently pays pretty well). Okay, but you'll have to remember to play better than all your friends, or you're just as likely to lose money.

Unexploded Cow is a money game in which the players are trying to collect enough points to win the Pot. On every turn you will buy Cows and pay for special effects by putting money into the Pot, then try to discover bombs with your own Cows in an effort to take money out of the Pot. All along, you will be earning points from the French as you liberate town after town from the terrors of unexploded bombs, and the player who scores the most points gets whatever's left in the Pot.

Unexploded Cow is best played as a series of short games, each of which takes about half an hour. The game is quite simple and very chaotic, and we think you'll have a blast.

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Product Reviews


Average Rating: 4.4 in 6 reviews

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Great game for a family vacation
August 19, 2014

I played this with two other adults and my ten-year-old cousin while on a family vacation. It was a very fun game. I've noticed in my family that games with mechanics that allow you to mess with other players are pretty popular (Uno and Desperados are examples). My cousin really enjoyed the game. After we had done our vacation activities during the day, we would go out to dinner and my cousin would be talking about getting back to our cabin and blowing up some cows. I think other young kids will enjoy it as well. The mechanics are simple, and the turns play very quickly. It has a silly premise that adds to the fun. It's a great game to take on a family vacation.

Note: this review refers to a different release of this product.
a surprisingly good game
April 18, 2004

Ok. I have a friend who said she had found this great new game. At first, i was sceptical. Come now, you have to admitt that the whole thing sounds a little absurd. A lot as a matter of fact. And then i played it and my view changed. This game is a wonderful waste of time and perhaps even a good opportunity to talk European politics (laughs). Yes it is a little geeky, but what good board game isn't. And it's cheap which never hurts.

by Kevan
Even my dad liked it...
January 13, 2004

We played over new years, but improvised and used poker chips in place of the phony cash. What a blast. It's not every day you see a goofy game like this being played by a conservative like my dad. We played non-stop for four hours! Great alternative to cow tipping, and less dangerous.

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