Moose Caboose The Fun Filled Animal Train Game
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- Includes 60 High quality, oversized cards
- Fun, happy animal art work
- Includes instruction sheet
- Game play is for 2 to 4 players
- Recommended for ages 6 and up
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And this is important, because the way the game works, you really need three to four (or possibly more...) people to play this. Any fewer and you run into some of the limitations. But here, let me start at the beginning.
The idea is that you have "trains" of cards. You set up the playing field with four cards that have train engines on them. Each card has a different color edge to it. Each player has a hand of four cards (also with colored edges) and you match the colors to the cards already in play. You then draw new cards to replace the cards you've played...so if you match two cars, you pick up two more cards.
The strategy part kicks in because there are "caboose" cards. If you play a caboose, you collect all of the cards that were in play in that particular train. And since you are scored based on how many cards you collect, you have to decide if you're going to wait to let a train get really long before playing that caboose, thereby risking another player swooping in ahead of you.
This design really does require three to four players. Any fewer and you tend to have situations where no one can make a color match because of the limited number of cards. You can get around this (kind of) with a house rule that deals 6-8 cards per person instead of 4, but really...the game is more fun with lots of players. More than five might get a little problematic though.
I especially like the colorful art on the cards...it's fun and makes the whole thing look engaging. My entire family enjoyed this game, from age six up to sixty. An excellent family game.
This is easy enough for the whole family to enjoy, and it's actually engaging in that unique way that a child's card game can be sometimes. It's essentially a color matching game in which you build trains by linking cards together with the same colors on the appropriate sides of the card. And then you have to watch out for the caboose cards and play them at the right time. That's it. One quick read through the enclosed instructions, and you're good to go for one game or a hundred. And like most games, my daughter and her playmates get better and better as they figure out the strategies that make the game last longer and their trains grow longer.
As a parent, I am pleased by the over-sized, colorful, and sturdy game cards. Knowing that when my daughter finds a card game she likes, she'll play it till it falls apart. I suspect that this one will last a long time. Easily recommended for kids and their friends and families to have fun together.
Ever play games like Go Fish or Crazy Eights with your kids? Ever find that they have too many cards in their hands and they can't keep them straight? Well, another great part of this game is that it's designed so that each player will usually have only four cards in their hand at a time--if they can't play a card, then they pass. Although it doesn't work perfectly (what happens if it's two players and neither has a move?), I think it's much better than drawing until you have a move.
To summarize, my kids--both in elementary school--think this game is great and ask to play it with me regularly. And I usually say yes because I like to play it too. So I think that makes this card game a winner.
Basically you make trains by matching the colors on the edges of the card. The longer the train is, the more points it's worth when the caboose gets put on. But anyone with a caboose can finish the train on their turn! The thrill is that someone else can finish the train you want first--only the finisher gets the points. Do you wait till the train is extra long or do you finish it before someone else can?
It only takes about 20 minutes per round. It would be faster if the younger kids didn't have to compare every card every turn (they haven't mastered thinking during everyone else's turn). My younger kids love it, my eight year old has a blast, and I don't mind playing (so far). We're very happy with this game and would defiantly suggest it! It's really nice to have a game that kids can play that isn't matching or old maid!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is sort of like Uno where you have to match colors, as you match you build your train you get to grab even more cards. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Jeremy Haggard
This is a fun game for kids. My kids liked it. I like card games because they don't take up a lot of room and you can bring them anywhere. This one is pretty easy to play. Read morePublished 7 months ago by B. McCarthy
This is a cute and fun game that is easy to play with my little ones. It's basically a color matching game, with a bit of strategy thrown in, as to when to play the caboose cards. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Bluerose's Heart
Fun game for the younger ones. The cards are bright and colorful with cute animal illustrations. You get 60 cards and this game can be played with 2 to 4 players. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Frogsong
My boys really had fun playing this game. Easy to setup and start playing. You just have to match colors which is fairly simple for younger ones. Read morePublished 7 months ago by James A. Nichols
This is a fun game for children. With the theme of the moose and the duck, they grab the attention of the player.Published 7 months ago by TLM
This is a fun, easy game to play. The cards are very colorful and fun. Because it’s as simple as matching colors, it’s easy for those of all ages to play. Read morePublished 7 months ago by G. Hearn
The game consists of a bunch of large cards and you use them to make trains matching colors on the cards. Read morePublished 7 months ago by genoa golf
Animal train game for rainy days. Might as well have something besides Old Maid and Go Fish, and this one doesn't need a big board and lots of little pieces, either. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Glenda Boozer