|Learning Time:||5 Minutes to learn|
|Play Time:||20-30 minutes per game|
|Our Recommended Age:||5+ With help or modifications|
|Contents:||96 Animal cards, 12 Barn cards|
Out of the Box is known for their fantastic games that are educational, easy to learn, quick to play and fun for all ages. Quack-a-doodle-Moo doesn’t disappoint. It is a hilarious party game where everyone pretends to be an animal…or at least pretends by sounding like one.
Quack-a-doodle-Moo is recommended for ages 7 and up but my 5 year old can play easily. The rules are not hard to learn but if a younger child is playing with an older one there might be a bit of unfairness, however the rules do offer ways to allow mixed ages to play together fairly. This helped us a lot.
The box is standard box material but I don’t like the way it opens. You have to open a small flap first and then lift the lid to slide out plastic insert. I really don’t like those little flap type lids.
They are more secure so the lids don’t just stay open or open and the pieces slide out but I always…always rip them trying to open them…so that could just be me of course.
It works perfectly well and the important part is the plastic insert which is fantastic although a little bigger than necessary. There are spots for the the Barn cards and a spot for the Animal cards…well two spots actually.
You don’t need two spots but there are two. We split the deck and put it in both spots which keeps them from sliding off the top as well.
Other than that there isn’t much to the box or the game parts. Two decks of cards, one set of instructions and a plastic insert are all you will find in the box….so much fun using so few items. I do love that.
The Barn cards are larger and I believe made out of chipboard but the Animal cards are standard card material though the shinier nicer kind. Smooth so if say water spills on them it will wipe off easily enough….we learend this the hard way.
I wouldn’t soak them or anything but it should wipe off pretty easily depending of course on what it is, how soaked they are etc…they are not liquid proof or anything. Enough about the materials…let’s get to the how to play parts.
Be the first to play all of your cards from your hand.
I know these are cards but do not shuffle yet! This is important. Use the yellow chart in the instructions to determine how many sets of Animal Cards you will need to remove.
Yes…remove. If you are only playing with 3 (which unfortunately you cannot play with less than that) you will have to remove 5 sets of Animal Cards.
This means you have to remove all 8 cards of that animal. If you play with 6 people (you can play with up to 8 people) you have to remove just 2 Animal card sets. Once you have removed the correct amount of sets THEN you shuffle the Animal cards pass them out. Every player should have the same number so deal until you have some left over and set those aside.
Shuffle…ish….the Barn cards as best you can and give one to each player face down. Once everyone has their card everyone flips it over to see their card…and everyone else’s card…and then flip it back over so no one can see it but keep it in front of you. If you have younger kids playing you can keep the cards face up so they don’t have to remember what everyone had….my Diva has to have it face up still to be fair although she is starting to do better about remembering.
Once all cards are dealt and Barn cards handed out you are ready to begin, well you have to choose who goes first. Make sure the Animal cards are in front of you on the table OR in your hand but always face down. Now you are ready to begin…remember your animal from your Barn card!
The first player flips a card from their deck and places it in front of them face up. You HAVE to flip them outward, or away from you, so it is fair for everyone…otherwise like my son loves to do, you might linger a bit and peek….not on purpose of course! Riiiiight…
Every player flips a card in this way in a clockwise rotation until an Animal card is played that matches one already on top of another player’s stack. So if you flip a Cow and there is a Cow on another player’s stack play stops..well not stops but then this next part happens.
When there is a match the two players whose cards match have to make the sound of the OTHER player’s Barn. Yes, the OTHER player’s animal…not your own. The first one to make the sound of the other player’s Barn animal wins and gets to give all the cards from their stack to the other player.
This is kind of neat because normally you GET all the cards. In Quack-a-doodle-Moo, however, the goal is to get rid of all your cards. The player who lost takes their stack and the other person’s stack and places them face down on the bottom of their deck in their hand.
Play continues beginning with the person to the left of the player who flipped the last card. Everyone else’s cards stay where they are until there is another match and the same process happens. It happens a lot faster than I make it sound. Players are flipping and a match if found pretty quickly…then hilarity ensues.
There is no penalty for guessing the wrong animal so you keep making animal sounds until you get it right. Unless of course the other player makes the correct noise for your animal first. Verification is sometimes necessary…which is why we keep them face up more often than not. It is seriously hilarious when the kids (or adults) are not sure and just start making animal noises like crazy.
The game ends when one player plays all the cards from their hand. This player is also the winner!
There are some other rules to be aware of. I already mentioned no peeking on the Barn cards after everyone sees them at the beginning but you actually never HAVE to reveal your card. You can look at your own at any time but you never HAVE to show it to anyone else.
Any animal sound that the animal makes can count. If you have the dog it would say “woof”, “arf”, or “bow-wow” and according to my Diva a cat says “meow” or “Hisssss” ….which technically is true…so you might want to clear up a few of those in the beginning.
If the last card played from a players hand is a match that player has to win the match in order to win the game. This make sense because if they lose they get a couple stacks of cards! Though it is possible to play a last card and win with NO match.
There are a few variations to make the game more challenging but I will let you read those on your own. They do make the game more interesting though…and a tad harder but ultimately more hilarious!
Quack-a-doodle-Moo is the perfect game for kids. Hilarious, easy to learn, quick to play, easy to take out and put away, and super fun. Plus it can be educational! Not only learn animal noises but colors and counting can be a focus as well!
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