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Why Did the Chicken...?
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Why Did the Chicken...?

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12+ 30-60 minutes 4-8

Designer(s): Kory Heath

Publisher(s): Play Again Games

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Product Description

What makes you laugh? More importantly, what makes your friends laugh?

Each round, you'll have two minutes to create funny answers for a randomly generated riddle. But know your audience: One player will be judging answers instead of writing them! The judge's choices for the two best answers earn points. When the game's over, tally up your points to see who's the life of the party

Product Information

  • Designer(s): Kory Heath

  • Publisher(s): Play Again Games

  • Year: 2004

  • Players: 4 - 8

  • Time: 30 - 60 minutes

  • Ages: 12 and up

  • Weight: 843 grams

  • Customer Favorites Rank: #70


  • 20 question cards
  • 318 noun cards
  • 6 sharpened pencils
  • 1 2-minute sand timer
  • 6 pads of paper
  • rules
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Product Reviews


Average Rating: 4.6 in 18 reviews

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What happens when you cross Balderdash with Apples-to-Apples
May 31, 2012

You've probably all heard the cliched "Why did the chicken cross the road?" joke. It's an old classic that has spawned all kinds of imitations, and if you like that kind of humor, Why Did the Chicken...? is for you.

The basic concept is that cards with random nouns will determine an unusual riddle, e.g. "What do a turkey and an electric guitar have in common?" or "Why is a marshmallow better than a barber?" Players are then given time to come up with witty answers, which are then voted on. Think Balderdash - but with a good sense of humour added.

This is not going to work with everyone, but we love it, and when played with the right people, it can be a real blast! You need some creativity plus a good dash of humour, perhaps even to the point of zaniness, but if you can find a group like that, Why Did the Chicken...? is going to bring out their very best. If you and your friends or family find this kind of wacky humor appealing, then you definitely need to consider whether this is the kind of party game that might be for you.

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Excellent Game
July 25, 2008

One of my favorite games over the years has been "Wise and Otherwise." I love games in which the point is to laugh. "Why Did the Chicken . . .?" now rivals "Wise and Otherwise" in my list of top creative games. Two advantage this game has to other similar games are that there is a two minute time limit for answers and every player can submit as many answers as he wants to submit in that time. So there is no down time and no having to choose just one answer to submit among multiple funny, creative answers. The game provides for a lot of laughter and is very easy to learn.

One variation that I have found helpful for the game is to allow the judge to choose two noun cards from among five pulled from the stack. This allows the judge to pick two nouns that complement each other in a way that the first two he pulls may not do. This variation, in some instances, provides for more variety and a more enjoyable time for the contestants submitting answers.

Gamers may also consider creating their own riddle cards for more fun. Some of the riddle cards don't seem to lend themselves to the game as well as others do.

Overall, it's a great idea, great game, and one I will definitely keep in my stash.

Big disappointment
January 14, 2007

This game was generally disappointing. We played it with teens and adults, and maybe what's funny to one groups isn't funny to the other. Whatever the reason, we mostly were hoping for the round to end and the game to be over.

One plus for this game is that it is pretty quick.

We play other family games, and much prefer Wise and Otherwise, Blokus, Settlers of Catan, Ticket to Ride, Time's Up, or Wits and Wagers. All of those seem to accomodate a range of ages better than this one did.

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