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Fauna

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4.4 out of 5 stars 62 customer reviews

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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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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.
AWARDS:
  • Nominated for Spiel des Jahres - Game of the Year in Germany in 2009!
  • Winner of the Game of the Year in Norway!
  • Preferred Choice Award - Creative Child Magazine - USA 2011
  • 100 best products - Dr Toy - USA 2011
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    Do you know where the panda lives? Do you know where the babirusa lives? Do you know what a babirusa is? In the game 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. The more you play the better you get.

    Product Information

    Product Dimensions 11.8 x 11.8 x 3.5 inches
    Item Weight 2 pounds
    Shipping Weight 3.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
    Domestic Shipping This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
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    Origin China
    ASIN B004P6V2G6
    Item model number 5512652
    Manufacturer recommended age 8 - 15 years
    Best Sellers Rank #53,774 in Toys & Games (See Top 100 in Toys & Games)
    #1,783 in Toys & Games > Games > Board Games
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    4.4 out of 5 stars 62 customer reviews

    4.4 out of 5 stars

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    By T. Emond on November 15, 2012
    We recently received a copy of Fauna as a gift. We sat down to play it last evening. It was so wonderful; I had to post a review this morning.

    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.
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    If you like intelligent games that make you think and teach you something, this game is excellent. It uses logic, inference, and educated guessing, and you learn about various land and sea animals in the process. It can be played casually or competitively, and the front and backs of the cards give you a normal and a more difficult level at which to play. I bought this for my husband and I. We're always looking for good two-player games, and this met our expectations quite well. I'm not sure if younger children would like it, but I think age is less important than the temperament of the child. A kid who is smart and likes animals and learning would love it.

    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.
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    It’s extremely hard to make a truly good educational game. Not because learning isn’t fun, but it’s hard to mix good mechanics of a game with learning facts. When you start to teach facts in the game, then it pulls away from any strategy. So it’s a hard balance. And very, very few games can pull both off. And Fauna finds itself right smack in the middle of this trap.
    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…..
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    I love this game. I go to a college with a lot of people who study wildlife and even they learn things from this game while having fun. Even if you are not a science person, the game is well balanced to make it fair for everyone. It even come in metric and non metric units. You really learn about the diversity and the unfortunate rarity of some of the many species on this planet.
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    I like board games and I am always looking for a good addition for family game night. I was given the opportunity to try Fauna. It’s a different kind of game that has some appeal to it but it is slow and a bit repetitive. This is not my cup of tea, unfortunately, but I cannot deny the educational aspects of the game.

    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.
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