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Zooloretto

4.3 out of 5 stars 47 customer reviews
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  • Animal park theme
  • For 2-5 players
  • Takes about 45 minutes to play
  • Great family game
  • Fun for the whole family
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CHOKING HAZARD -- Small parts. Not for children under 3 yrs.

Product Description

Product Description

Each player uses small, large , wild and exotic animals and their young to try and attract as many visitors as possible to their zoo. 2-5 players, ages 8 and up, 45 minutes to play. Made in Germany.

From the Manufacturer

In Zooloretto from Rio Grande Games, players use small, large, wild and exotic animals and their young to try and attract as many visitors as possible to their zoo. But players be forewarned- the zoo must be carefully planned. Before you know it, you have too many animals and no more room for them. That results in minus points. Luckily, the zoo can expand. Zooloretto is a zoo of a family game in which less is sometimes more.

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 11.8 x 11.8 x 2.9 inches ; 3.2 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 pounds
  • Domestic Shipping: Item can be shipped within U.S.
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  • ASIN: B000S0PY2G
  • Item model number: RGG 320
  • Manufacturer recommended age: 8 - 15 years
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #99,030 in Toys & Games (See Top 100 in Toys & Games)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here
  • Discontinued by manufacturer: Yes

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Zooloretto is a game of zoo management for 2 to 5 players. Each player manages their own zoo, which includes several animal enclosures and spots for food vendors. During each round, players fill up delivery trucks, choose a truck to fill their zoo, and allocate the animals to the various enclosures.

The game components are made of wood and sturdy cardboard and can withstand many games with young players. The game plays slightly different with 2 players, although it's still enjoyable. All of the scoring takes place at the very end, and a lot happens in the last couple of rounds, so it's anyone's game up until the end.

Zooloretto is a little light on strategy compared to other European board games, but that's not necessarily a bad thing. Given the theme and the balance of luck and strategy, the game is very appealing to casual gamers and families. The game length is just right for this audience as well - about 45 minutes.
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My husband and I are avid gamers, especially the European cross-over games. I had really wanted Zooloretto, but our research said that it wasn't the best for 2 players. Since we rarely have anyone else, we look primarily for games that are good for two.

We LOVE the game. We have only ever played it with two, and it's still great. There's a decent bit of strategy involved while also being sort of laid back and is greatly entertaining. Great game!
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We played this game with children and adults - complicated enough to make it interesting and requiring some strategizing, yet easy enough for elem. children to understand. Different each time it's played, especially when played with a different number of players. We played it with five, four, three , and two - fun each way.
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By Wild Blue on December 8, 2012
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I bought this for my family since we love strategy games and especially European games. It took a couple games to get into it because the game play is so different from most games, but after those initial tries, we were hooked and have been playing at least 3x every week for several months. It has a lot of replay value because each game is different and you can never tell who will end up winning. The object of the game is to fill up your zoo and keep your barn empty because animals in your barn (the place they go when there's no space in your zoo) count as points against you. The game play is quite straightforward. The strategy is fun because you are always trying to trip someone up by giving them animals they don't want while keeping the animals you want for yourself. You can also buy animals from other people to fill up your enclosures. I would also highly recommend buying the expansion that includes the petting zoo and restaurant and polar bear tiles. After playing the original game for a few months, we added the expansion, and have never gone back to using just the original game - the expansion add some great new options like a petting zoo to hold two of your baby animals. If you like strategy games and don't want to spend 2 hours on one, this is a pretty quick game - one game can be done in as little as 30 minutes and rarely takes more than 45 minutes. Playing with 3 people is probably the most fun. The 2 person variant is not so much fun. You can play with up to 5 people.
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I bought this for a friend after playing it with our daughter and son-in-law several times. It's spans a great age group, with the younger ones enjoying it on one level (building a zoo with their choice of animals) and older children and adults getting more into the strategy of the game (give those other players animals they don't have room for, etc.).
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This game really took me by surprise, and my kids want to play EVERY day!. What initially seems like a basic strategy/bidding game, quickly evolves to have many layers. Each player is in charge of a zoo and has to attract visitors. This is accomplished by completing areas with the same type of animals and establishing vending carts. Trucks are filled each round, by the players, and on their turn, a player may take a truck to their zoo, thus claiming what was on it. The tenseness surrounding the placing of animals on trucks and waiting to see if the truck you want is still available are great fun.

There are many layers to the strategy portion, that some younger players may connect on, but older players will see the benefits/disadvantages of certain moves, and will start planning to sabotage others' zoos. The box says ages 13 and up, but my daughters are 13 and 9 and want to play at least 3 games (not sure on how they arrived at that number) every day they have off. My younger one picked up quite a bit of the nuanced strategy after only a few games (which she was quite proud of)

You cannot go wrong with this game. The rules are simple, yet hold many layers of strategy. A perfect beginning to families that are bored with the traditional board games and want to try something new. A definite 5 stars!
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I first heard about this game when it was recommended for fans of Settlers of Catan, Carcassonne, and Bohnanza. It doesn't require as much strategy as Catan or Carcassonne and is time-consuming to set-up, but it's fun. Had to read the instructions twice to get the scoring right and can be picked up by kids quickly. This is a great board game for friends and family.
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