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Chicken Cha Cha Cha

English language edition of Zicke Zacke Hühnerkacke

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Ages Play Time Players
4+ 15-20 minutes 2-4

Designer(s): Klaus Zoch

Manufacturer(s): Rio Grande Games, Zoch

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Product Description

Today, there is chaos in the chicken yard!

Today's practice for the Chicken Cha Cha Olympics is feather stealing. Each chicken cha chas to catch each of their opponents without being caught themself. Their reward for catching another chicken is tail feathers. The first chicken to have all tail feathers is the winner! But only a chicken who knows what is in the chicken yard will be able to catch the others and win the game.

A chicken with a leaky memory will find himself standing bare-rumped and medalless when the prizes are distributed.

Product Awards

Spiel des Jahres
Best Children's Game, 1998
Deutscher Spiele Preis
Best Children's Game, 1998

Product Information

Chicken Cha Cha Cha has the following expansions available:

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Product Reviews


Average Rating: 4.6 in 5 reviews

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The best game ever
September 26, 2007

I have 3 kids, ages 7, 6 and 4 and we have had this game for years. All of us love playing this memory game as a family (the 6 year old wins every time). The grandparents love it. The neighbors love it. It is very well-constructed and easy to carry around. We put the pieces in a ziplock and take it on all of our trips. I want to find another game of this quality but haven't yet.

Best spend of 10 games last christmas.
May 17, 2004

Better than memory. More depth. More fun. And a bonus if you love cute toy chickens. Hefty, beautiful 50's wooden toy style components. Out of ten games given at christmas to five children ranging in age from 3-9,titles ranging from go away monster and little sparrow for the 3 year old, this has seen the most family play by far...more than secret door, apples to apples, landlock and pick picnic.

Good for little children - Memory game
March 15, 2004

Chickens have invaded the board gaming world, and with great success. There is the live chicken bait in Duel of Ages, the chicken tokens in Loopin Louie, and the chickens that need to be protected in Pick Picknic and Nobody but Us Chickens. My daughter loves the pictures of the chickens in these games, and now Ive found a game that has been created for her Chicken Cha Cha Cha (Zoch Verlag and Rio Grande, 1998 Klaus Zoch). The large box, the huge toy-like pieces, and the simple rules made this seem like a winner for my just-turned four year old.

And it was indeed a great success with my daughter, although my 1 year old daughter also fell in love with the game and continually made off with the pieces. The game is basically a variation on your basic Memory game and if you dont like Memory, you wouldnt like this game. I would never recommend this for adults, unless humoring a little kid. And I wouldnt recommend the game for anyone over eight years old. For four to eight years old, however, the brightly colored, extremely high quality pieces might be a big success. They certainly have been in my family.

The game is rather simple to set up. Twelve large octagonal tiles are placed face down in the middle of the table. Twenty-four large egg-shaped tiles are placed face up in a circle around the octagons. Each player takes a very large wooden chicken piece, sticks a wooden tail into the area where tails go, and places it at one of the four corners of the circle. The youngest player goes first, and then play proceeds clockwise around the table.

On a turn, a player turns over one of the octagons, trying to match the picture on the tile in front of his chicken (they move clockwise around the circle). If they succeed, they move their chicken onto that egg, and draw again. Once they make a mistake, they must stop, but otherwise, they can keep moving making sure to turn the octagons back over exactly where they found them. If their chicken passes another chicken, they steal all that chickens tail feathers, placing them in their chickens rump. When one chicken has gotten all the tail feathers they win the game.

Thats it simple, really.

Some comments on the game

1.) Components: Well, they are just absolutely incredible. The tiles are the thickest I have for any game, and are huge! The artwork looks good, and all the pictures are very distinct, but I cant get over how big the tiles are. I want tiles this thick in my other board games! The wooden chickens are huge and can actually double as toys, if you are one of those heretics who allow your games to be desecrated in such a fashion. The pieces are bright and colorful this is a fantastic looking game for those in the youngest grades in school.

2.) Rules: Well, theyre so simple I was able to describe them in two paragraphs. The rules take two pages, but they dont say much more than I do. (Oh wait, instead of moving the chicken you cha-cha-cha it. Sorry for omitting that.) The game can be taught so quickly that I cant see any adult finding any kind of depth in it.

3.) Fun Factor: For kids very young kids theyll really enjoy this game, thinking that its an elaborate toy. And the truth is, thats what it is. You, as an adult, will enjoy playing a game with them that has decent components. However, the fun factor for adults is going to drop immensely because whoever has the better memory is going to win period. If you find that sort of game fascinating, then pick it up.

I only recommend this game if you have very young children whom you are trying to wean onto board games. Its certainly expensive, though, and aside from the fantastic components, youre not getting a game much better than Memory Match. Its basically the same game, with a pseudo board added. This game will most likely never be pulled out when I have friends over unless Im showing them a good game for their kids. Right now, its my special game to play with my daughter (aside from Kids of Catan), and will likely stay that way until I can teach her some games with neat components, but a tad more complexity. My rating is maybe a 2, but my daughters is a 10. And isnt that worth it?

Tom Vasel

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