We’ve found so many great games at yard sales and thrift stores this summer that we decided to show you more than the typical one per week! For the next 10 days we’ll introduce you to a Thrift Treasure that you’ve probably never seen or heard of before. For our fifth feature, we bring you Kuduuk by Toysite.
Starbucks is known for their coffee. But did you know you can also find exclusive music CD’s there as well? You did? I’ll bet you didn’t know that they also have sold exclusive boxed games also. That’s the case with our latest thrift find: Kuduuk.
A custom deck of cards, score pad, pencil and instructions are all that make up this challenging strategy card game. Designed for 2+ players, your object is to spell the word “Kuduuk” before your opponent. Sounds simple enough, but the trick is in how you can play your cards.
With a hand of only three cards, you draw and choose one to play on your word. You can only build next to a letter already played, and it must match either the color of the previous card, or have the same number of spots above the letter. If you don’t have a valid play, you discard and lose your turn.
There are additional cards in the deck that allow you to swipe from another player or change the direction of play (counter-clockwise vs. clockwise). Because of these cards, it really makes sense to have at least 3 (if not more) players, as changing directions in a 2-player match doesn’t affect the game at all.
The round continues until someone correctly spells “Kuduuk” AND is able to discard all of their cards from their hand. This can be tricky, as while you’re discarding without drawing (drawing is optional), someone might steal one of your played cards, leaving you short-handed.
We would have liked to see some explanation in the instructions about the origin of the game’s name. Is it a foreign term? A made up word? Someone’s name? Because of the limited distribution, very little could be determined by online searches – maybe someone from ToySite will chime in!
Kuduuk is now offered by Mattel with slightly different rules, which if you look at the Amazon reviews are quite controversial for ‘dumbing down’ the game. Being such a simple-to-learn game to start with, I can’t imagine how it could be much easier without being too simple (and not fun). At around $12 it’s still probably worth a look-see for your next family gathering!