English language edition of Wo ist die Kokosnuss
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A gang of monkeys have broken out of the zoo and stolen a whole pile of items from the zoo's visitors! After all of the items are recovered, one is still missing. Keep your eyes sharp, because a different item will be lost each round.
In Monkey Memory, players get to see all of the items once, and then they must quickly determine which item is missing.
Everyone places their thumb on their marker card over the symbol matching the item that they feel is correct. Get a monkey coin for each correct answer -- the player with the most at the end of the game wins!
As I've stated in other reviews, I really enjoy the Bright Idea Games line from Playroom Entertainment. The games, most of them designed by Reinhard Staupe, are tremendous games for children, simple and easy to play, yet often entertaining for adults. Monkey Memory (Playroom Entertainment, 2005 -- Reinhard Staupe), a reissue of Wo ist die Kokosnuss by Amigo, is my favorite of the lot.
Monkey Memory is one of the hardest memory games I've played yet is astoundingly simple. When I teach the game to people -- and I've taught it to dozens -- they initially think that the game will be extremely simplistic and easy. They're right on the first count, but most people guess wrong during playing. This makes the game a lot of fun, and it's amusing to watch a four year old beat a group of adults, when they KNOW they should win!
Each player (up to eight can play) takes a solution card, that has a picture of ten different items on it (banana, popsicle, cell phone, backpack, keys, shoe, travel bag, watch, coconut, and book). A pile of 22 point cards are placed on the table (+1 on one side, +5 on the other.) One player is chosen to go first and picks seven of the ten objects to use. Each object has a matching pair of cards that goes with it, and one of each card is laid in the middle of the table for all to see. The other card in each pair is shuffled, with one of the cards removed and set aside (no one knows what card it is).
The dealer then shows each card from the shuffled cards, one at a time, placing each card on top of the last, and flipping the whole stack over when they are done. Everyone then must simultaneously point to the picture on their solution card that matches the missing card. The set aside card is revealed, and everyone who is correct gets a point, taking one "+1" card, flipping one of them over if they get five. The next player becomes the dealer, and the game continues. Once everyone has been the dealer twice, the game ends, and the player with the most points is the winner!
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If you only get one game from the Bright Idea Games line, Monkey Memory is the one to snag. It's a good, short, memory game that's perfect for groups of adults, groups of adults and children, and groups of children. Even with the twenty-three year age gap between my daughter and me, we still had a tremendous time, and I even played the game with a bunch of pre-schoolers and kindergartners, and they all had fun and did well. There are very few games that appeal to young children and still work well with adults. Monkey Memory is one of the best.
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