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Store:  Family Games, Card Games
Edition:  Unexploded Cow
Theme:  Humorous, Cow
Format:  Card Games

Unexploded Cow

deluxe edition

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Ages Play Time Players
12+ 25 minutes 2-6

Designer(s): James Ernest, Paul Peterson

Manufacturer(s): Cheapass Games

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Product Description

Europe. Summer 1997. You and your most creative friends have discovered two problems with a common solution: mad cows in England and unexploded bombs in France. You've decided to bring these two powder kegs together just to see what happens – and you wouldn't say "no" to a little money on the side, so round up your herd, march them through France, and set them loose behind the Cordon Rouge. If you're lucky, you'll come home rich before Greenpeace gets hold of you.

Either way, there's something magical about blowing up cows.

Unexploded Cow is a money game in which players are trying to collect enough points to win the pot. On every turn, you will buy cows and pay for special effects by putting money in the pot, then try to discover bombs with your own cows in an effort to take money out of the pot. All along, you will be earning points from the French as you liberate town after town from the terrors of unexploded bombs, and the player who scores the most points gets whatever's left in the pot.

Unexploded Cow is best played as a series of short games, each of which takes about thirty minutes. The game is quite simple and very chaotic: You'll have a blast.

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Product Reviews


Average Rating: 4.4 in 6 reviews

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a surprisingly good game
April 18, 2004

Ok. I have a friend who said she had found this great new game. At first, i was sceptical. Come now, you have to admitt that the whole thing sounds a little absurd. A lot as a matter of fact. And then i played it and my view changed. This game is a wonderful waste of time and perhaps even a good opportunity to talk European politics (laughs). Yes it is a little geeky, but what good board game isn't. And it's cheap which never hurts.

Note: this review refers to a different release of this product.
by Kevan
Even my dad liked it...
January 13, 2004

We played over new years, but improvised and used poker chips in place of the phony cash. What a blast. It's not every day you see a goofy game like this being played by a conservative like my dad. We played non-stop for four hours! Great alternative to cow tipping, and less dangerous.

Note: this review refers to a different release of this product.
by Leesa
Fun, quick, easy to learn!
January 30, 2002

This is a great game to play for a relaxing good time. It's kind of silly, so it's hard to take too seriously (eliminating the often-annoying 'I must win at everything' problem some players have). It's quick so you don't get bored before you finish playing. It's easy to learn and to play so a beginner can play against an old-hand without feeling stupid. Great for getting-to-know-you get togethers.

Note: this review refers to a different release of this product.
Great game for a family vacation
August 19, 2014

I played this with two other adults and my ten-year-old cousin while on a family vacation. It was a very fun game. I've noticed in my family that games with mechanics that allow you to mess with other players are pretty popular (Uno and Desperados are examples). My cousin really enjoyed the game. After we had done our vacation activities during the day, we would go out to dinner and my cousin would be talking about getting back to our cabin and blowing up some cows. I think other young kids will enjoy it as well. The mechanics are simple, and the turns play very quickly. It has a silly premise that adds to the fun. It's a great game to take on a family vacation.

Humorous, cute, good art, luck, and some strategy
September 06, 2001

Cute. Good art. Simple game. Basic plan: Mad cow disease making cheap cows + unexploded land mines in France = profit potential. Each player buys cows of various types with various abilities to try to make money from their cows' demise. Play is mostly luck, but there is a little skill. Fun beer and pretzels for three to four.

Note: this review refers to a different release of this product.
The novelty wears off quickly
January 22, 2003

The premise of this game is hilarious. My friends and I were in stitches the first 10-15 minutes we played. After that the novelty wore off and we found ourselves playing a somewhat dull strategy game with clunky mechanics. It's hard to go wrong with the low price, but there are definitely better CheapAss games out there.

Note: this review refers to a different release of this product.

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