We found Zooloretto while looking on the web for the best family games. My boys really love animals and this game is right up their alley. It’s another game that we play regularly and is our No. 2 game. This is the boy’s favorite game. We have the 2007 version.
The drawback to this game is it is more complicated and takes a little time to figure out at first. Also, it takes a little bit of time to setup for each play because of turning over the many little animal tiles.
Here are some of the specifics about the game.
Skills they learn: strategic thinking, decision making (sometimes it takes the little guys more time to figure out what truck to take or if they should add more animals to the truck before selecting one.)
Object of game: As a zoo owner, each player score points by putting matching sets of animals in three main animal enclosures. There are more than three animal sets and if you get more than three sets of animals you have to put these animals in your barn. You deduct points for animals in your barn. There are also other ways to score points. You take turns placing animals in a “truck” and then deciding which truck to take to fill your zoo. The player with the most points wins.
Players: 2 – 5 players
Ages: 8 and up (although Theodore was able to start playing when he was 6)
Designer: Michael Schacht
Publisher: ABACUSSPIELE Verlags GmbH & Co.
US Distributor: Rio Grande Games
Noteworthy comments: Many awards won. We have the 2007 version which was the 2007 winner of the Spiel des Jahres prestigious game award.
Part 4 of this post series will give specifics on Ticket To Ride, our current No. 3 game.
Have you had a chance to play Zooloretto yet? What do you think?