Click! Clack! Lumberjack!
List Price: $25.00
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Players: 2 - 7
Time: 10 or more minutes
Ages: 5 and up
Weight: 545 grams
Average Rating: 5 in 1 review
What other games can you think of come with a usable axe as the most important game component? In other words, where the central game mechanic is about physically swinging an axe and taking down tree parts. It sounds so ridiculous that you'd think I'm making this up, but there it is, sitting in front me, real as can be: Toc Toc Woodman. Don't laugh too quickly - it really does reward skill, and has the potential to generate raucous laughter in the right setting!
The game consists of a plastic pieces piled on top of each other to make a tree. Each core has four "bark" pieces attached to it, and on their turn each player gets to swing the hit the tree twice with the axe. Bark that's removed will score 1 point each, while if you knock off the central core pieces you lose 5 points.
Dexterity games nearly always work well in a party context, and there's few that can match the fun and hilarity of this one. The concept of wielding an axe to knock bark off a tree may sound ridiculous, but it's the kind of thing that needs to be seen and played to be appreciated. A game can be done and over with in under 10 minutes, which makes Toc Toc Woodman ideal for almost any occasion. The theme also makes sense in that you are actually chopping down parts of a tree, so it's easy to explain. If people are watching they'll quickly catch on to what's happening and want to join in, although even being a spectator can be incredibly entertaining. This is the kind of game that has the immediate novelty and wow factor that will draw people in, and its accessible and addictive qualities make it perfect for a party setting.