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

Frank's Zoo

English language edition

List Price: $14.95
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Product Awards:  
Spiel des Jahres
Nominee, 2000

Ages Play Time Players
10+ 60 minutes 4-7

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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

  • Designer(s): Doris Matthaus, Frank Nestel

  • Manufacturer(s): Rio Grande Games, Doris and Frank

  • Artist(s): Doris Matthaus

  • Year: 1999

  • Players: 4 - 7

  • Time: 60 minutes

  • Ages: 10 and up

  • Weight: 135 grams

  • All-Time Sales Rank: #75

  • Language Requirements: This is an international edition or domestic edition of an imported item. Game components are language-independent. Manufacturer's rules are printed in English.

Product Reviews


Average Rating: 3.9 in 16 reviews

More fun than I could have imagined!
January 01, 2002

I played this game for the first time on New Year's Eve with 5 friends. We range in age from 26 to 44 and are all very highly educated. We had a blast with this silly little game. It is easy to learn and easy to play. It's hard to imagine that such a simple little card game could make us laugh so hard for hours. It's small, cheap, and great fun for up to 7 players.

It's Fun... and I ain't lion.
November 26, 2000

That's one of the bad puns you'll hear while playing this game, but I generally hate trick-taking games and this one had me wanting to play more. The changing partnerships are charming and learning the way the cards work together in the food chain makes strategy intriguing. You get such dilemmas as whether to play your elephants on the gators to try for the hedgehog or to save them to take the lions. Tough! Then again you could ask your partner for help...

by Mark U
A blast, even for old folks
June 04, 2000

We played this game with 6 players during our vacation. Even the old folks joined in (and by old, I don't mean the 40 somethings, I mean the 60 somethings.) All I can say is, we all had a laughing good time. I generally prefer strategic board games over card games, but my older relatives do not. We both found things to like about this game. There was plenty of strategy to keep me interested, while the older folks enjoyed the social interaction provided by the round-to-round sparring whereby players would try to 'eat' (outrank) thier loved ones' previously played animals. It is difficult to pinpoint one optimal strategy because there isn't one. During some hands, lady luck was kind to the players who disposed of the most cards the earliest. During other hands, fate favored those who held the most cards for the longest period of time. It's fun trying to second guess your opponents. I enjoyed 'passing' early in the game, sitting out each round while watching the other players fight it out amongst themselves for small point cards. Then, when the high point lion cards came out, I was throwing my beasts out there like some kind of crazy gladiatorial arena master. Of course you may not choose to think of the card play in such gruesome terms (especially if you are from the Animal Humane Society). So you can tone it down to suit your preferences by saying the animals 'scare' each other away. Either way you do it, it's a blast!

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