Sticky Chameleons is a game by Théo Rivière, published by IELLO. It is for 2-5 players. In this game, players will take on the role of a hungry chameleon. They will be competing to fill their empty bellies with the tastiest and juiciest bugs that happen by. Of course they’ll have to be careful that they don’t get stung by a wasp or get their tongue tangled up with another chameleons. In the end, the player that can collect 5 Yummy tokens first will not only have a full belly, but also be declared the winner.
To begin, all the insect and wasp tokens should be randomly placed all over the table without overlapping each other. The Yummy tokens should be placed separate from the insects, but where every player can reach them. Each player is given a sticky tongue. The first player is chosen and is given the Insect and Color dice. Play now begins.
The game is played over several rounds. Each round is made up of 2 phases; observation and meal. The first phase is the observation phase. In this phase, the player with the dice rolls them on the table. The Insect die will show which insect the players should try and catch, while the Color die shows which color of insect to catch. For example, a purple praying mantis or a green catterpillar. Once this is determined the next phase begins.
The next phase is the meal phase. In this phase, players will simultaneously try to catch the insect, that was determined to be the yummiest one, with their sticky tongue. It should be noted that players can not use anything except their sticky tongue to catch an insect with. Once an insect is caught, the player can remove it with their hand, returning it back to the table. Any other insects or wasps that a player happens to get stuck to their sticky tongue can not be touched until the end of the round. However the player is allowed to shake their tongue to make them fall off. Also of note, other players may still try to take the yummiest insect as long as it’s not been returned to the table. This includes using their sticky tongue to try to snatch it from off of another player’s sticky tongue. Once a player places the yummiest insect token back onto the table, the round ends. The player then collects a Yummy token and takes control of the dice. However If the player had a wasp on their sticky tongue at any time, they do not gain a Yummy token. Players will then return any insects or wasps that they caught back to the table. A new round will then begin.
The game continues with players trying to catch the yummiest insect so that they can collect Yummy tokens. Once a player gains their fifth Yummy token, the game ends. That player is the winner.
This game comes with some very cute and silly looking pieces. The sticky tongues are some kind of sticky rubbery substance and will stick to anything. It kind of reminds me of the same substance those wall walkers and spiders were made out of. You could throw those things on the wall and they’d stick. It was the weirdest thing. I think this is the same stuff. The game also comes with several tokens. There are the yummy tokens which are fairly thick cardboard. These have chameleon head with a crown on it. They’re pretty darn cute. The insect and wasp tokens are all quite a bit thinner but are still made of cardboard. These look cute and silly. I especially like the silly face that the caterpillar makes. I’m guessing that these are thinner so that they won’t be too heavy to stick to the tongues. Finally there are 2 dice. Both dice are white. One has different colors on it and the other has shadow images of the different bugs to be eaten. Everything in the box is super cute and silly looking. I quite like the different pieces, especially the insects. Even my daughter enjoys the silliness of the insects. She does think the sticky tongues are kind of gross though. She said it’s like slime. Slime or not, it’s definitely sticky. Overall the pieces are good quality and are fun.
8 out of 10
The rulebook for this one isn’t all that long and is pretty well straight forward and simple. There’s nothing difficult in it to understand at all. It’s very easy to read. There are lots of pictures and examples of gameplay throughout the book. There’s a great picture of how to set up the game that I really like. Everything detail is covered. The book looks good and doesn’t take long to read. Overall there’s nothing to complain about. It’s well designed and gets the job done.
8 out of 10
This isn’t a hard game but it does require a bit of aim and some good reflexes. Both of which I don’t have. Even though some of the pieces are quite large, I still have trouble getting my aim just right. I’ve tried flicking the thing like a sling shot and even throwing it like a rope. Seems the easiest thing is to just lower it down from above. Of course by that time, my daughter has already Wonder Womaned the thing and snatched it up before I can get to it. Needless to say I don’t win very often. I will say though that the game is rather silly and fun. I can’t tell you at the times that we’ve laughed while playing the game. This is a nice family game that gets everyone up from the table and makes them actually work for the win. I’m not usually a big fan of dexterity games. Mainly because I’m not all that good with them. I’m not good with this one either but I do find the humor and laughter that this game brings to be a breath of fresh air. This is one that the entire family can play. You might even be able to get Grandma and Grandpa to give it a try. Nothing better than watching the little ones completely own their elders. This game will definitely make you laugh. It kind of reminds me of the frantic fun that you have while playing Hungry Hungry Hippos, just not as loud. I think families with younger kids will definitely enjoy this one. I would recommend giving it a try. It’s silly fun.
8 out of 10
Sticky Chameleons is a light weight family friendly dexterity game that everyone can enjoy. It’s a very fast game to play. Most game sessions last around 10-15 minutes. The artwork and pieces included with the game are very good. I especially like the silly look of the different insects, as does my daughter. It does take a little bit of skill and patience to be able to use the sticky tongues. That shouldn’t deter those of us with bad reflexes though as a lot of fun and laughter can be had very easily with this one. Fans of dexterity games, especially families with younger kids, will definitely enjoy this one. This is a great family friendly game that everyone can enjoy. I would definitely recommend giving it a try. Stick with me, it’s a lot of fun.
8 out of 10
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