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Gary Gouda Game

Gary Gouda Game

Spring 2012 Games
Ages: 4 & Up
Manufacturer: HABA
Price: $31.49

The Gary Gouda game by HABA is a fun, silly game of trying to get a mouse through a house without him being caught by a cat or getting stuck in doorways because of his own gluttony. Kids and parents strategically move through the pre-assembled gameboard, set up as a maze-like apartment of rooms, picking up cheese as they go. With each piece of cheese, the mouse gets "fatter", until eventually he will get caught in a doorway and won't be able to move.

The game is very well made with the bottom of the box acting as the "apartment" which is split up into sturdy little "rooms". The players slide various sized doorways into each "wall", so there is an element of memory to remember where the smaller mouse holes are in order to avoid them once your mouse is too fat. The directions might seem confusing, but once play begins Gary Gouda becomes a very straightforward game. This is an original, cute, and fun game concept. To keep the memory aspect of the game challenging, remember to switch the position of the mouseholes between each round of play.

Melissa Strunc   ©2012 Parents' Choice

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