Thrift Treasure: Cuckoo Zoo Card Game

Thrift Treasure: Cuckoo Zoo Card Game

There have been an uncountable number of games that are similar to UNO. That should be no surprise as success breed imitators. Many times it is the exact same game with different art or a unique theme. Other times it introduces a new feature which makes it unique enough to warrant publishing. Such is the case with this week’s Thrift Treasure find, Cuckoo Zoo by Gamewright.

An interesting twist on the UNO theme, Cuckoo Zoo changes things up by requiring farm animal sounds to play a valid card! Find out more on SahmReviews.com!

Designed for up to six players aged 6+, Cuckoo Zoo’s goal is the same as UNO – to be the first to rid your hand of all of your cards. Each person begins with eight cards in their hand and on their turn must play a card to the top of the pile that matches either the color or animal (instead of number).

An interesting twist on the UNO theme, Cuckoo Zoo changes things up by requiring farm animal sounds to play a valid card! Find out more on SahmReviews.com!

Here’s where things take a unique twist. There are no “Draw Four” or “Reverse Direction” cards. The deck is made up of seven different animals in four colors along with four wild peacock cards. All of your favorites are included – sheep, donkeys, lions, frogs, cuckoos, pigs and monkeys. What makes Cuckoo Zoo so different is what you must do EVERY TIME you play a card!

An interesting twist on the UNO theme, Cuckoo Zoo changes things up by requiring farm animal sounds to play a valid card! Find out more on SahmReviews.com!

If you play a green, blue or yellow animal you must immediately make the sound that animal makes or be penalized by drawing two cards. Play a red animal and you must remain completely silent (or again be penalized). A Cuckoo card forces the next player to be skipped, while a red Cuckoo must be accompanied by shouting “Cuckoo Zoo!”

An interesting twist on the UNO theme, Cuckoo Zoo changes things up by requiring farm animal sounds to play a valid card! Find out more on SahmReviews.com!

Donkey cards act a bit differently. When played, all following players must play donkeys until one player cannot. That person must then draw a number of cards equal to the total number of donkeys in the pile! As mentioned earlier, Peacocks are wild and can be played on top of any card and change to a different colored animal, even a donkey. If you have additional cards that match your chosen animal, you may discard them from your hand (but don’t forget to make their noises if they’re yellow, blue or green)!

An interesting twist on the UNO theme, Cuckoo Zoo changes things up by requiring farm animal sounds to play a valid card! Find out more on SahmReviews.com!

The winner of Cuckoo Zoo is the first player out of cards. There is no requirement to call “UNO” when you’re down to one card – when you’re out, you’re out! You have to pay attention to the card type and color to make sure you’re following the rules exactly, or you’ll find yourself with a hand full of cards and no way to catch up!

Cuckoo Zoo is a unique twist on the UNO theme and is available on Amazon for around $15. A nice travel-friendly card game that has a lot more interaction than other games of this type. Perfectly illustrated and very easy to learn and teach, keep an eye out for a cheaper copy at thrift!

Do you enjoy games that require you to say funny things?

Scott

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A former manufacturing executive, Scott now balances his family life with ownership and backend administration of websites such as SahmReviews.com, GiftCardCollector.com and a number of other online properties. He also is an occasional writer and full-time board game fanatic.

5 comments on «Thrift Treasure: Cuckoo Zoo Card Game»

  1. Marcie W. says:

    We love Uno, so this game seems like an easy fit for us! The donkey cards are a super interesting twist.

  2. Gena says:

    My kids and I would love playing this, I think!

  3. Kristi says:

    My kids just recently taught the Grandparents how to play UNO and they all had so much fun, this would be a great gift idea since it would be easy to learn now.

  4. Well if it is like UNO, I am all about this kind of game. My kiddos are finding out very quickly that this summer is going to be a variety of activities, and board games are going to be a large chuck of them. Thanks for the info!

  5. Another fun game to share with my nieces and nephew! Thanks! We love UNO too.

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