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- It is a card game
- Cards each have pictures of various members of the aquatic food chain
- Flip over a card from your deck and devour--or be devoured by--your opponent's draw
- Octopus Ink-Outs and electric eels can change the order of things
- Instructions include game variations
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After the cards are evenly distributed among the players, they all reveal their top card simultaneously. This card represents them in the food chain. The object is to be the first player to slap their hand on the lowest link and yell "chomp!" That player gets to collect the cards played. There are penalties for chomping when you shouldn't or chomp the wrong thing. The player who is the lowest in the hand can't chomp anything.
If an octopus comes into play, its ink keeps everyone from getting eaten. These cards are held to the side and included in the next hand's winnings. If an electric eel is played, it starts a feeding frenzy (even if there is an octopus). The first player to slap the eel and yell "Feeding frenzy!" wins the hand. Play continues until there are only two players left with cards. The game can them be resolved in one of three ways.
Although this award-winning game is rated for ages six and up, my not-quite-four-year-old really enjoys playing and is able to hold his own. Check it out.
In this variation, the value of cards is the marine food chain, from plankton, to krill, little fish to bigger fish, seals and great white sharks. Each of these creatures has beautiful coloring and funny/ compelling facial expressions. Other cards in the deck make reflexes a little more challenging. An octopus muddies the waters with its ink and players must refrain from slapping the cards. An electric eel trumps all; you slap cards with your "lightning reflexes."
Kids who are not yet reading can learn from the pictures and learn very quickly. Our whole family has had great fun playing Chomp. Each round takes about 10 minutes to play. We've brought it with us on vacation many times---game does not take much room, generates a lot of laughter. It is not an especially creative game. We like Sleeping Queens better. But, like the game "Spot It," Chomp is a game that depends on quick hand-eye coordination and gets everyone participating immediately.
We did have to consult the rules a few times to clarify situations as they came up, but the rules are very thorough and covered every scenario we encountered. I'm curious to try playing with some older kids to see if they would have as much fun, but it thoroughly entertained three generations of our family.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Cool game for the whole family. My 5 year old enjoys it a lot!Published 4 months ago by Vera Abramova
Great game..our 7 year old really enjoyed playing. More limited than other games from this mfg such as rat-a-tat- cat, sleeping queens et al.Published 9 months ago by Amazon Customer
My 6 year old nephew absolutely loves this game. Everytime he comes over he asks to play it. It's a nice change from the standard card games for kids.Published 11 months ago by Amazon Customer
While basically a kid friendly game of 'war', my son seems to love this game and has yet to tire of playing it.Published 12 months ago by daniele amtmann