Hoot Owl Hoot is a game by Idea Duck, LLC, published by Peaceable Kingdom. It is for 2-4 players. In this game, players will be working together to help safely return a parliament of young owls to their nest before the sun rises. If the sun rises before all the owls are safely home, the game is over and the players have lost.
To begin, players should decide which difficulty level to play; beginner, intermediate or challenge. This determines how many owls will be used during the game, from 3 to 6. The sun token is placed on the sun start space. The cards are shuffled and each player is dealt three each. These are placed face up in front of the player. The remaining cards are placed face down in a pile. Play now begins.
On a player’s turn, they will perform 3 steps; play a card from their hand, move either an owl or the sun token and draw a new card. The first step is to play a card from the player’s hand. If a Sun card is in the player’s hand, they must play it. This will move the Sun token up a space on the sun track. If no Sun card is in the player’s hand, they are free to play a color card. This takes us to the next step. Moving an owl or token. As I stated a moment ago, sun cards move the sun token up a space. However, color cards allow a player to move an owl to the next unoccupied space that matches the color card played. If the next space is occupied by another owl, the player is able to move past the occupied space to the next available space. Players can say “HOOT!” each time they pass over another owl token. The game can end in one of two ways. Either the sun token can reach the end of the sun track, thus heralding sunrise and the defeat of the players, or if the players are able to help all the owls back to the nest before the sun token reaches the end of the track, the players win.
This game has some really cute parts to it. All of the tokens are made of thick cardboard. They are really cute and fun. They are great for smaller fingers. The cards all have bright colorful filled circles on them and are easy to distinguish between the colors. The board is laid out really well and is easy to set up and play with. I like the art especially the owl tokens and so does my daughter. I think this is a well designed children’s game.
9 out of 10
The rules for this game are eco friendly and are printed on the inside of the box lid. The rules are not that difficult. There are a few pictures that explain the game a bit better but it’s not really necessary. Everything is super easy to learn and explain. My daughter had no troubles with learning how to play.
9 out of 10
The game is a lot like Candyland in a sense, that is if Candyland had a game timer. The fact that this is a co-op game is great. My daughter and I both like working together to win the game. The colored cards were easy to figure out. My daughter had no trouble playing the game at all. She really like hooting like an owl as one owl passed over another. It was really cute. Of course after winning the game and getting the 3 owls home, she immediately wanted to get the other 3 sitting in the box home as well. Looks like another great game that has excited her enough to want to play more of. I call that a win.
9 out of 10
Hoot Owl Hoot is a light children’s game of color recognition and decision making. It takes about 10-15 minutes to play. It’s very easy and kid friendly. It has several difficulty levels so it can grow with your child. It’s a great little co-op game that my daughter really enjoyed. As I stated earlier, my daughter felt bad for the remaining owls that we hadn’t played with so of course we had to play again to get them home as well. My daughter is turning into quite the little gamer which makes her Daddy rather proud. I really like how fun the game is and that it appealed to my daughter so well. I’m expecting that she’ll have names for each of the owls the next time we play the game. This is a great children’s game that parents will enjoy as well. It’s definitely more fun than Candyland. I highly recommend it for parents of young children. You’ll hoot with delight over this one.
9 out of 10
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