Frank's Zoo (1999)

Players: 3-7 (Best for 4-6, Recommended for 3-7)

Playing time: 60 minutes

Rating on BoardGameGeek: 6.5105

Description: This trick-taking game is played in several hands. In each hand the players try to be the first to get rid of all of their cards. Their scores are based on how early in the hand they get rid of all their cards. There are two ways to play: you can play where all hands are played the same, or you can play the game with changing partners.

Categorizing this game as a trick-taking game might be a bit of a misnomer, as the object of each hand is to be the first one to run out cards, which makes it similar to The Great Dalmuti or the other non-trademarked off-color card games that many people know. The difference here is that the 'suits,' colorfully illustrated, are different kinds of animals, which each have a 'predator,' for lack of a better word. Players set out one to whatever cards of a particular variety, and someone can play onto that pile only if they have a like number (or more) of any of the animals which are pictured on the cards. After a set number of rounds which pair the players off, the most successful point-getter is the winner.

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Mechanics: Partnerships, Trick-taking

Categories: Card Game

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