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Drumond Park Pickin' Chickens Game

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PRODUCT: Drumond Park Pickin' Chickens Game (www.drumondpark.com)Drumond Park Pickin Chickens

DESCRIPTION: A 2-4 player game where players must help Farmer Giles keep his chickens safe from the jumping fox! Contains 16 x differing coloured Chickens, 12 x chicken coops, 1 x rotating game base, 4 x double-sided chicken cards, 1 x farmer card and instructions. No batteries required. Suitable for children aged 4 years upwards.

GOOD POINTS: Pickin' Chickens is a wonderful new game from Drumond Park which is great for testing kids memory skills and has a fun jack-in-the-box design!

The game is aimed at young children, with the basic idea of being the first player to collect four chickens from their coops before the fox jumps out!

The game is easy to set up and consists of a plastic rotating game base (called the 'field circle') which has twelve holes in it (filled with a picture of either a chicken or a farmer), and twelve plastic chicken coops slot over each of the holes (thereby covering up the pictures). In the centre of the field circle is a tree trunk which houses the fox's head.

There are a number of other components, including sixteen model chickens in four different colours (red, yellow, blue and green), and four chicken cards (one for each player) which each contain four white chicken spaces; in addition, a farmer card, which as it suggests contains a picture of Farmer Giles!

The base unit is spring loaded (no batteries required) and prior to play, the fox's head needs to be 'set' by pushing it down into the centre of the tree trunk until it clicks into position. All the model chickens can be placed in a pile, along with the farmer card.

To play, players take turns to 'spin' the whole field circle. When it stops, each player must choose a chicken coop to pick up. If a picture of a chicken is revealed, then the player takes a model chicken in matching colour from the pile and places it on one of the white chicken squares on their chicken card.

Drumond Park Pickin Chickens v2If the farmer is revealed, the player takes the farmer card from whoever has it at that moment. Once each player has had their turn, the coops are put back in their holes and the field circle is spun again. 

Sounds simple enough....if however the fox jumps out of the tree during play, each player loses one of their chickens (unless they are lucky enough to be holding the farmer card).

The fox is then pushed back down and play continues until a player has managed to collect four model chickens of any colour to fill their chicken card. 

A great design feature of the game is that it can be adapted for slightly older children, by turning over the white sided chicken cards to reveal coloured chicken squares (in each of the four colours). In this version of the game, players must cover each coloured chicken square with a model chicken of the same colour.

The key is to remember what's under the chicken coops to ensure you get what you want quicker!

The game is simple for younger children to understand and play, and the accompanying instructions are clear and succinct. This is, in our opinion, a really well thought-out game with some great design features to appeal to younger and older children!

BAD POINTS: None that we can find!

PRICE: £19.99

 

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