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Concept Kids: Animals

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Four legs? A beak! And it also has a tail? Hmmm. And it lives in both water and land? If you knew it was a platypus, you win this round! Concept Kids:Animals is all about the clues you get from your fellow players. The more they know about animals, the more points you collect. But...how much do you know yourself?

How does it work?
Shhhht, the game begins. From now on: not a word! The game takes place on the large game board that you place centrally on the table. The board is divided into different categories that become clear through the cheerful illustrations.

Next to the board you put the stack of orange plastic frames ready and a stack of animal cards. There are two types: cards with a blue frame are the easy ones, cards with the red border considerably more challenging.

The most fun is when the children give the tips to the adults, but that can be quite difficult. The game hinges on correctly estimating the level of the group.

  • From the appropriate deck, draw 12 cards and place them face down on the table.
  • The person who is going to guess indicates a card. This is placed in the card holder by one of the tipsters with the picture facing them.
  • Then, one by one, the children take their turn. They place an orange frame around the tip they want to give.
  • Once you know which animal it is about you can guess.
  • Right? Hooray, you earn a point! But is it wrong? Too bad, no point.
  • When all 12 cards have been played you add up the score.

My opinion
If your child(ren) love animals AND know a lot about them it can be a fun game. But even then it can be quite challenging.

The cards are nicely illustrated but a bit on the bland side. If you are playing with toddlers you will soon find that the cards take quite a beating in their tiny, gripping hands. Sliding can help but I would have preferred thicker cardboard.

Furthermore, the cards are also rather limiting because some animals naturally appear in multiple colors. Tricky, because on the card is only one version, while with, say, a fish you can come across several variations.

Also, our toddler does not really know how big an animal is in reality. I learned last year that elephants also exist in pocket size, according to our tipster. We still tried by making it concrete ("Is the animal bigger, smaller or the same size as you?") but to no avail either.

Another fun one! Do you know if a squid is a day or night animal? Well, we don't.
The absolute stumbling block turned out to be the animal's diet. Here we repeatedly broke the Omerta and tried to figure out what the animal in question ate. Forever etched in our memories: "IT EATS NOTHING!". The ready-made answer when the missus did not know whether the animal pictured is a carnivore or a herbivore. By the way, an omnivore is not on the board, so we did our own thing and put the little frame over the two squares.

The idea is nice, but the execution often falters. Even though daughter daughter does know all 110 animals on the cards, she does not know where each one lives, what they eat and when they are most active.
If we reverse the roles and we give the hints it only gets more complicated.

Personally, I would rather use the game in an educational setting. You can do fun things with it in terms of animals because, after all, you make visual what the characteristics are now.
We put it on the table from time to time, mainly at daughter's request, but we are still happy every time we run out of 12 cards. The game gets boring rather quickly and the limitations do cause frustrations here.

No, we'd rather flip through a children's encyclopedia. With sturdy pages, please.



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  • Author: Éric Azagury
  • Artwork: Gaëtan Beaujannot, Alain Rivollet
  • Published in: 2018
  • Publisher: Repos Production
  • Game Category: Childrens Games
  • Weight: 2 / 5
  • Number of players: 2-12 spelers
  • Best with: 4 spelers
  • Game time: 20 minuten
  • Age [EN]: 4+
  • Board Game Geek: https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/247314/concept-kids-animals/
  • Photos: Eleni Meeus
  • Disclaimer: The number of stars in a rating is related to the game category.i.e.: A family game with 8 stars will not always be a better game than an expert game with 7 stars.This said: each review is an opinion of just one person.

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