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Store:  Family Games, Card Games
Theme:  Zoo
Genre:  Trick-Taking
Format:  Card Games

Frank's Zoo

English language edition

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Product Awards:  
Spiel des Jahres
Nominee, 2000

Ages Play Time Players
10+ 60 minutes 4-7

Designer(s): Frank Nestel

Publisher(s): Rio Grande Games, Doris and Frank

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Product Description

The two hedgehogs won! You ask, "How could that happen?" It all started with a stately lion, who was chased away by an elephant. The single elephant naturally yielded to the pair of elephants. Then two mice came along and scared the elephants away. Finally, the two hedgehogs came and bested the mice. A pair of foxes could have won, but they stayed away and left the victory to the hedgehogs. If you are not yet a believer, play and see for yourself!

Product Awards

Spiel des Jahres
Nominee, 2000

Product Information

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Product Reviews


Average Rating: 3.9 in 16 reviews

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Fun, with strategy, humor, and partnership
July 15, 2004

Fun, with humor, interaction, partnership and strategy. Highly recommend playing with partners, although luck of draw has effect, plenty of strategic decisions to try to lay claim to lions or go out, should you help your partner or look out only for yourself. Very interesting, as much depth as needed in groups with strategists, and plenty of fun, humor, and the joy of seeing the wimpy card becoming the strongest.

Good Game For All Ages
April 06, 2003

I bought Frank's Zoo with the intention of finally having a fun game that more than 4 people could play, with a time limit that was not too lengthy. Frank's Zoo filled these requirements perfectly. As a junior in college, I find this game appropriate for all age levels, having played with children, teens, adults, and seniors.

Game play can be simplified and then added to in complexity based on if you use the points system. Even the base game without scoring is very fun!

The game focuses on getting rid of your cards that outrank the current cards played. If you can play a card or a set of cards that cannot be outranked, then you take the trick. The object is to be the first one out.

There is quite a bit of opportunity to stategize on when to play certain cards, and a player has the option to pass, and maybe save a card for later rather than play on the current hand.

The illustrations are cute, making the game visually appealing. The cards themselves are of a decent quality.

I recommend this game to anyone looking for a simple game that can entertain a group of people. My mother loves this game so much that she asks to play every time I visit. The only downside is you do need 4 players to start, and this is why I give it 4 stars.

Easy-to-Learn Family or Introductory Game
February 12, 2003

This is a trick-taking game of sorts. With its simple rules, team play and adorable artwork, this game is a real crowd pleaser. Non-gamers love it, and it can be played with children as well. Playing time is under an hour. It's true that strategic choices are somewhat limited, but there's plenty there, especially in deciding when it's time to hold back and when it's time to make your move.

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