Der Tiger ist los...
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The largest attraction of the zoo is the tiger enclosure. A tiger family with three tiger cubs lives there. The youngest tiger is particularly curious. He tries over and over to explore the world outside the enclosure.
Today, the attendant forgot to lock the gates of the enclosure after feeding the tigers. The cubs discovered this immediately and are all leaving the enclosure. Some children who are visiting the zoo see this and are trying to prevent the tiger cubs from leaving their enclosure.
If the children succeed in closing the three gates of the enclosure, they all win! If, however, the cubs escape and the tiger mother must go in search of her babies, the children lose.
My kids (4 years and 2 1/2 years) ask to play this game again and again. They love the theme of the baby tiger who tries to wander out the open gates of his enclosure. The nicely illustrated board and wooden tiger pieces add to the charm of the game.
While it is a 'roll and move' game, at least players still have some decisions to make (unlike Candyland or Chutes and Ladders or many games for this age group). Each player has 2 pawns and you can always move your pawn either direction, so a player has four choices of possible moves with each roll. Since it is a cooperative game and it takes two pawns to close a gate, kids can also collaborate with other players to all move toward a certain gate to close it more quickly. Initially the game seems to move somewhat slowly, as the tiger randomly progresses toward and retreats from the 3 gates...but after one or two gates close, then the action and suspense heats up a little. Once a gate is closed, the tigers will never move toward it. Therefore, when only one gate is open the tiger will at best stay where it is or, if the color rolled matches the last gate, the tiger will progressively slink closer and closer to its escape.
I agree with the other reviewer that the game is best if you reduce the number of escapes allowed. So we play that if the baby tiger gets out, then his mother tiger starts to look for him immediately. Usually we win by closing the gates before the Mother Tiger escapes her enclosure. But a few times the mother tiger has managed to escape....and knowing that this is possible adds some tension to the game. We have fun even when Mother Tiger gets loose -- we make quite a scene of pretending our pawns are shrieking and running out of the zoo in panic.
What ages would this be best for? I'd most likely give it as a present to a 4 or 5 year old. My 2 1/2 year old loves playing, even though he is too young to understand how to correctly count as he moves his pawn. My 7 year old is enthusiastic about joining his brothers when they play, but it wouldn't be the first thing he would choose from the game cabinet. I'd predict that most 3 to 6 year olds would have a lot of fun with this game. If your children ask to play it several times a week (as mine do) you will certainly get your money's worth of fun from this game.
This is definitely a game for the younger crowd, but fun and quick. The theme is that the zookeeper has accidentally left open the gates to the tiger pen. The players are zoo patrons who must close the gates before the baby tiger escapes, because if she gets out, Momma will come looking for her and then everyone's in trouble.
Players roll a die for movement and a color die to determine which way the tiger moves. The game is entirely cooperative: all players either win or lose. If two pawns can land on a gate by exact count, the gate is closed. If all three gates are closed before the Mother Tiger gets out, the players win.
The game takes about 15 minutes to play, and although the box says it's for players 5 and up, my daughter who is not quite 4 loves it. The standard game is easy to win by the players, but one could easily make it more challenging by reducing the number of 'escapes' allowed.
The pieces are nice wooden pawns and tigers, just what you would expect from a German game.