Too Many Cooks Card Game Overview
How many times did your
wife mom tell you not to play with your food? Yeah, I lost count also. My favorite was to play ring toss with my Spaghetti-O’s, and I’m sure that was mom’s least favorite. While the kitchen is probably too messy of a place to break out a game of cards, Too Many Cooks from R&R Games lets you take the kitchen into your game!
If you’ve even played a hand of Hearts or Spades, you’ll understand the trick-taking aspect of this game. But instead of collecting all of one suit, your goal is to complete your recipe while avoiding ingredients that will spoil your dish.
Each player is dealt five menu cards which they keep face-down and to themselves. The game is played over five rounds, so you’ll end up using all of these cards, but the order in which you select to play them can affect the outcome of the game. Each round you elect to make onion, pea or mushroom soup, a batch of chili, or nothing at all. After checking their hand of 13 ingredient cards, each player selects a menu item and all are revealed simultaneously.
In Too Many Cooks, ten is the magic number. Players take turns playing ingredients from their hand to a pile in the center, keeping track of the total score of the trick. The player that plays a card that brings the total to 10 or more wins that trick and adds the cards to their pile.
But you also have to be wary of ingredients that might spoil your recipe. If you’re making pea, mushroom or onion soup, you don’t want any chili peppers in your pot as it will spoil the taste. Likewise if you’re making chili – there is no place for bullion in a hearty chili recipe. Both of these situations will cause you to lose a point from your total for EACH offending ingredient in your pot.
Decided to not make any soup today? Then you don’t want to take ANY tricks and receive a 5 point bonus for accomplishing that. Then deduct one point for each and every card you were forced to add to your pile. If you see the value of the trick approaching ten, this is the perfect time to play the “Boil-Over” card, which resets the total back to zero regardless of how many cards are already in the trick.
The round continues until one player is out of cards (cannot play any cards) and then the totals for that round are tallied. Shuffle and re-deal the ingredients and start again with each player choosing one of his menu items from the cards remaining in front of them.
Too Many Cooks is a wonderful filler game from superstar designer, Reiner Knizia. Winner of multiple game industry awards for his many titles, he is credited with work on well over 400 different games over his career! Mr. Knizia is one of those creators that you are assured that if his name is on the box, you’re in for a fun time – and Too Many Cooks is no exception.
Available on Amazon or directly from R&R Games for under $10, we found Too Many Cooks to be a fantastic quick game that appealed to the whole family. Cute characters on the cards, coupled with some real strategy along the same lines as Hearts or Spades gives this game a ton of replay value. Smaller than a VHS tape, it also makes for a great travel game!
R&R Games also has dozens of other titles sure to please even the most discriminating gamer in your house. We’ve told you about a couple other of their games (Igor, Qin & Coal Baron), but that’s only the tip of their iceberg. Check them out on Facebook and Twitter to see what they have coming out next!
19 thoughts on “Too Many Cooks Card Game Overview”
We are studying change and this would be a fun way to learn about chemical change and often resort to the kitchen for lessons. Seeing all the ingredients and deciding if they would work well together or not, my youngest is going to love this.
My son absolutely wants to become a chef – this would be a fun game for him.
This looks like a fun game. I am sure my young niece and nephew would like this, I will be looking for this. Thank you for sharing.
What a fun game to play!
totally looks like something I’ll be checking into 😀 😀 😀
This looks like a fun game. I love card games to try
Well, this certainly will get my little chefs playing a lot of the game
Looks so fun and entertaining
I could really get into playing this game–I also love Hearts!! Now to find some friends who I MIGHT beat!!
This sounds like a fun game. I am sure my kids would love to play this game. Thanks for sharing.
My kids would have enjoyed this a lot. Glad to find your blog this evening while blog hopping!
It is a best place to play games, but my kids might never finish eating
I can see that this would be oodles of fun for me. I have a special love for card games like this.
Wow, he’s made 400 games?? That’s a lot. 🙂 This one sounds cute and I love the name (it reminds me of my grandma who used to shoo us out of her kitchen with that phrase). 🙂
Hi Scott – You know I love games – now this would have been another perfect one for us when my son was little – especially since I was a professional cook and then in charge of a few conference centers – my son eventually became the assistant cook – so this would have been a wonderful game and under $10! Fabulous 🙂
Inexpensive, portable, no batteries (a big one with me, as I’ve mentioned before) and even educational. This one is a winner.
My son keeps asking me if he can help in the kitchen. This would be a fun game for him.
Does anyone have the ‘how to play’ sheet for this game? I picked up the card deck at a thrift shop but the instructions are missing! It would be great if someone would scan and share the instructions.