designer Frank Nestel
publisher Spiele von Doris & Frank
released 2005
players 2-5
playing time 45 minutes
rating none

Arche Opti Mix

Quick look by Moritz Eggert

Sadly this Frank Nestel game disappoints on many levels. The quite head-bending placement rules for the animal cards (which are similar confusing at first as "Zoff im Zoo") hide the fact that this is a pure "you-are-played" game, especially when played with more than 3 players. Before you can actually start to develop any card management strategy the rain cards end the game and everything is simply down to the luck of your card draw. There are also very few possibilities where you can actually "act" in this game, and while the other players ponder their move you simply sit there and correct their mistakes. I still give this game 5 points for some very nice drawings by Doris Matthäus, but it will be a disappointing experience for most gamers and too confusing for normalos. "Zoff im Zoo" remains the superior game, as there you actually are the player, not the played-one.

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