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- Playing Fauna involves some fun betting for points, but don't get cocky, as this may cost you your hide
- Preferred Choice Award - Creative Child Magazine - USA 2011
- Spiel des Jahres Nominee - Germany 2009
- 100 best products - Dr Toy - USA 2011
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CHOKING HAZARD -- Small parts. Not for children under 3 yrs.
Do you know where the panda lives (... you most likely know)? Do you know where the babirusa lives (... you are less sure about that)? Some of us are not entirely sure what a babirusa is? In Fauna, you are not expected to know all the answers, simply gather your wits and make an educated guess. You are right on target? Great! You are close? That’s good too, since you score partial points.Playing Fauna involves some fun betting for points, but don't get cocky, as this may cost you your hide.
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First, let me start with the game itself:
~ The game is beautiful. The high quality is evident in the overall construction and presentation.
~ The board is durable with double sided imagery. One side is metric; the other is in US measurement.
~ The cube pieces are painted wooden cubes. They are not all "exact" in size, but you don't need to stack or balance them. They are just for placing on the board. For that purpose, they are perfect.
~ The cards are beautiful and informative. I like how they are divided between a green side (containing more common animals) and a black side (containing more exotic animals) Facts were in sync with National Geographic's website animal facts.
~ The directions~ They are long, but simple to understand. They contain color photos that illustrate the directions given with diagram labeling. It makes understanding the rules simple. We read them once, and were playing.
~ The game is set up for 2-6 players. (Although, I could easily see a teacher using teams for this game with great success.)
When you play the game, you are making educated guesses on each animal in the categories of habitat, weight, length, and tail length. You can also earn points for being adjacent to the correct answer. (close counts) This makes it fun for the younger ones.
At first, I thought this game might me a bit tough for my 1st grader. He LOVED it. When I told him there were 360 different animal cards, he just lit up. Like most children, animals fascinate him. My children went to bed asking if we could play it again tomorrow.Read more ›
The basic idea is that you see an illustration of an animal on a card and then make guesses about its (natural) geographic location(s), weight range, length, and tail length. Everyone has multiple chances to make their guesses and you score points for getting correct answers and a few less points for proximate answers. First person to reach the specified number of points wins. The card pack is large enough that you run little risk of repetition (unless you play every single night for a couple of weeks, I suppose). We highly recommend it.
Now the game does have a bunch of pros. The components are truly great. The cards are high quality stock and the board is nice to look at. The cubes are sturdy (if not completely symmetrical). So no offenses here really.
And if you like animals the game will teach you some very interesting facts. As a light family game it’s not bad. The rules are wordy but no complicated at all.
But where the game suffers is the “game” part. Basically it’s just a guessing game in the long run. Very low strategy involved. Even if you are knowledgeable on a certain animal, you might get stuck making a guess you know is wrong.
I am blown away that it was nominated for a Spiel des Jahres. But then again, Camel Up (Cup?) was too and won so that award doesn’t mean much to the gaming world anymore in my humble opinion. Also the price point irks me too. It is extremely overpriced for how much actual game you get in the box. Add in the fact that the game drags on for way too long for how light it is, and I recommend you save your money and just buy some flashcards with animal facts instead.
BOTTOM LINE: Beautiful components can’t make up for the overpriced underwhelming game included. Buy this at a yard sale for your young kids, if you feel like buying it at all…..
The game board is double-sided and uses imperial measures on one side and metric on the other. So, there are some preference choices that can be made right out of the box. The board is very colorful and attractive. So are the game pieces – colored wooden blocks that are used in gameplay. And, there are lots of playing cards, the meat of the game, that have various animal species and information about them. The physical design of the game is nice.
Each player gets the opportunity to bet on animal weight and location, knowing only the name, and there is a point scale associated with the betting process and getting the answers correct. The winner is the first to reach a certain point value (which of course is adjustable for “house rules” if you like).
Gameplay is slow. The betting process takes a little time but so does reading each card and finding the information sought. According to the rules that come in the box, the game can usually be finished in 10-15 card draws; that may be true with the right crowd, but this can vary based on who is playing and much they already know. The cards are educational though and for the players who do not know a lot about the different species, this game becomes a learning experience.
Games of this type (all the information on cards and the players have to know the answers) suffer from the same shortcoming – replayability.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great game for many ages - it's educational without being heavy-handed, and it generally plays quickly enough that kids don't lose focus.Published 1 day ago by P. J. Angert
One of the most fun games ever!!! Hours and hours of fun, tons of replay value but I sure hope they come out with expansion cards. Educational and entertaining at the same time. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Team Love
This is a great game for budding zoologists. The quality is excellent and will last for a long time. I love that you only cover 8-10 animals per game. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Kristy S.
Great game if your child loves to learn about animals. My 12 year old begged me to get this for him this Christmas as he played it at a friends house and loved it!Published 3 months ago by Hot Rod
So much fun and very educational. Great for the animal or fact loving folks in your life. The quality is well made and appears it will hold up over repeated use. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Christie
This is a great game...it's not so much a competition as a learning experience. I love the fact that you get partial points if you don't get the whole answer correct. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Cheryl A. Reynolds
Fauna is a game in which players attempt to bet on where animals are found around the world, as well as animals' other characteristics. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Cody Carlson
My kids love science and animals and I figured Fauna would be a great game for them to play while learning. I was right. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Mira Dugan
At first I was a little turned off, 'Oh great, an edutainment game...' but my wife was pretty excited about it, so we gave it a shot with another couple, all of us in our... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Don Walton, Jr.