Coconuts Dexterity Game Overview
We still have a few games to tell you about in more detail that made it into our annual Holiday Gift Guides. Just because Christmas was yesterday doesn’t mean you can’t still shop for games. In fact, not only is this the time of year you’ll find great markdowns at your local big box retailers, there’s a good chance that you or someone in your family received at least one gift card that is now burning a hole in your pocket.
Judging by the fact that Amazon is currently completely sold out of Coconuts by Mayday Games and only being offered by third party sellers at inflated prices, it seems we were 100% correct by including it in our suggestions of games for younger kids. In fact, this is the third year in a row that we’ve recommended putting a copy under the tree! We hope you’ve finally listened and got your copy before they ran out!
The reality is that Coconuts isn’t just a game for the pre-K crowd. It’s a fun 30 minutes of flinging coconuts into cups (and maybe ‘accidentally’ at each other) that is appropriate for all ages! Up to four players are vying to collect yellow and red plastic cups, stacking them into a pyramid as they do. Each monkey begins the game with eight coconuts, two magic cards, a player board and a plastic spring-loaded monkey. The center play area is set up into a 3×3 grid of plastic cups, with certain areas containing two cups each.
On each player’s turn they will toss one coconut into the air utilizing their plastic monkey. The goal is to get it to come to rest in any cup other than yours. If your coconut lands in a yellow cup, place the cup onto your player board in one of the designated spots. The shot coconut remains in the cup and out of the game. If you happened to land your shot in a red cup, do the same and then take another turn immediately!
To shoot your coconuts, set them into the palms of your monkey, push downward and release where/when you believe the best spot is to launch it into a cup. You can shoot from most anywhere as long as it is behind the red line on your player board. Additionally, if you land it in an opponent’s cup, you get to take it as normal along with any coconuts already laying on the bottom!
Before a player shoots, other players may play one of their two magic cards, which impose temporary rules on the turn. Some require you to land your shot in a specific cup, another allows your opponent to use wind (blowing, fanning, etc.) to try to alter the course of your projectile. One type even forces you to take your shot with your eyes covered! Six different magic card types throw a bit of chaos into what would otherwise be a straightforward game.
Once a player completes a tower of six cups, the game ends immediately and that person wins Coconuts! However, if all cups are claimed an no one has constructed a full pyramid, then the player with the most coconuts (not cups) is the overall winner!
The component quality of Coconuts is very high, so we were surprised to learn it has an MSRP of only $25. You can still pick up copies direct from Mayday Games on their website without paying a scalper’s premium! Check out their Facebook and Twitter timelines as they regularly run deals and offer coupons to help you save even more!
Have you ever seen Coconuts? Or its smaller cousin, Coconuts Duo?
24 thoughts on “Coconuts Dexterity Game Overview”
I was able to play coconuts at Christmas as I have younger member of the family who still get gifts (lol). It was fun and frustrating when you didnt make it but for me that makes it more fun…the challenge.
What an interesting and fun game to play with family and friends during the holiday break! We love getting together for game nights.
I thought I had just about every game there is but I’ve not seen Coconuts nor have I seen its smaller cousin, Coconuts Duo. I’m going to have to look into both of these games.
Looks like a fun game for children and the parents who will play it with them too! Given it’s sold out on amazon shows how popular it is! Will look into it for my niece!
Looks great for learning at home
my daughter would love this
I played a game similar to this before and it was really fun
This game looks fun! I can’t wait to play it with the kids!
It’s like a complicated, more sanitary, and kid-friendly version of beer pong!
This is the cutest game ever!
Oh my goodness that looks hilarious. Lol. My little monkey would enjoy this game for sure!
I’d never heard of this game. Game nights are awesome! I will have to look for this for the grand nieces and nephews
this is so cute
Oh My grandkids would love this game!
Looks like fun! I love a good catapult….
What a great family game!
My grandkids would love playing this game.
This looks like so much fun with the grands.
looks like a lot of fun
This game looks very fun. Thanks for sharing!
This game looks like it would be a blast!