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Animal Upon Animal Balancing Bridge

Animal Upon Animal Balancing Bridge

Spring 2011 Games
Ages: 5 & Up
Manufacturer: HABA
Price: $36.00

The German game "Tier auf Tier: Das Große Abenteuer - Animal Upon Animal: The Big Adventure" tells a story of a crocodile leading the way across a precarious bridge surrounded by water, desert, jungle, and a volcano. When the other animals see the crocodile’s initial success, they pile on after him, resulting in a far more precarious situation. Players of the game are responsible for piling the animals on the (not-so-unstable cardboard) bridge, trying to meet goals on the game’s cards while avoiding knocking the pile-up of wooden animals into the surrounding habitats. Players choose one animal per turn based on a roll of the die and add it to the tower; a tower topple results in the addition of a goal card to that player’s hand, and the first to accomplish all his or her goals wins the game.

The wooden animals of the game are colorful and appealing (though painted on only one side; as the game is otherwise double-sided, this made them look slightly odd). They are well-balanced, but slightly slippery, so a steady hand can get them in place, but too many animals piled together leads to an inevitable but hilarious crash. All of our children enjoyed playing, and it was enough fun that no one was left feeling disappointed in the end. The game is even fun played alone.

Emily Crawford   ©2011 Parents' Choice
Emily holds a BSE in electrical engineering and computer science from Duke University and a Master's in computer engineering from Georgia Tech. She is a homeschooling parent and lives with her husband, three children, five cats, and thousands of LEGOs in Blacksburg, Virginia.

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