*I received product mentioned in this post for free in exchange for my review and feedback. All opinions are 100% my own.*
Catch The Fox is another game that we received from Goliath Games for our review. I actually received five games from them for my family to play in exchange for my honest review. Catch The Fox is the third in my recent Goliath Games review series. My family has always loved games from Goliath. Most of them aren’t your typical board game and most of them are pretty hands-on and sometime somewhat interactive. I love game like that as a parent and my kids just adore these kinds of games.
Catch The Fox
The first thing I noticed when I first opened the game box was a bunch of little white and red pieces. These are the little chickens that need a little bit of assembly. Nothing difficult or anything. My 8 year old helped me put them together. You basically fit the red pieced inside the white pieces (the chicken bodies) and these red pieces snap into place creating the chickens face when assembled. There is also a few stickers. Not many, a pair of eyes for the fox, the fox’s tongue, and stickers for each side of the die that is included with the game. There are also chicken stickers that are placed on the fox’s boxers.
To set up the game before you start to play, you have to set the fox’s pants. There is a cloth pull tab at the bottom of the foxes feet. You pull on this which allows you to pull out the fox’s green pants. You keep pulling until you hear a click. Then you pull the pants up over the fox as shown in the above photo. The fox’s hands can kind of hold them in place.
The whole idea of this game is that the first player to get five chickens to fill their coop, wins the game. There is a fun way of collecting these chickens and that is when the fox loses his pants and the chickens fall out of his pockets all over the playing area! When I say he loses his pants, I mean he really does lose his pants.
How to Play
First you need to set the fox’s pants as explained above in this post. There are 4 chicken coops which are very durable and thick cards with holes that the little chickens to sit in.
Players take turns rolling the die to see how many chickens they need to place in the fox’s pockets. You can either roll a one or a two. Each time a player puts a chicken or two in the pants pockets (it doesn’t matter which pocket), they then have to press down on the fox’s head one time.
Pressing down the fox’s head will eventually lead to his pants being lost. When that happens, his pants are pulled back into the area below his feet. All the chickens that were in his pockets will now be all over the playing area. All players then hurry to pick up one chicken at a time and place it in their coop with only one hand. Players are supposed to do this as quick as they can until there are no chickens left to pick up.
If no player has filled their coop, the game continues with the remaining chickens until a player fills their coop.
What we thought…
This game is so much fun. My 8 year old loves it. I would say it has a decent play life. It’s recommended for ages 4 years and older and my 8 year old really likes it. My 12 year old likes to play when his brother asks to play with him and he has fun playing too. I do think it would hold the attention of younger kids a little more but my kids still like this game at their ages. The little chickens are pretty small so I would definitely stick with the age recommendation mainly for that reason.
I think this game is great for hand-eye coordination and motor skills as well. It’s also a fun way to learn counting as well. The game is for 2-4 players. If you only have 2 players, the game does end pretty quickly. When it was just my youngest and I playing, we decided we had to fill two coops each instead of only one.
I absolutely love that this game does not require batteries. As much as my boys like to play with this one along with their other games, I think we would end up going through a lot of batteries if they were required. I love how this game works. You never know when the fox is going to lose his pants. The first time it happened I was completely surprised. My son is laughing his head off and I am staring at the fox wondering how in the world he was still standing after his pants were pulled back into his body under his feet.
It happens so quick that the fox never falls over. We really enjoy this game and I definitely recommend it!
Buy It: Head over to Goliath Games website for more information about this game and check out some of their other really great games too. You can buy Catch The Fox at stores like Barnes & Noble, Target, Walmart and online at Amazon. Also be sure to check out Pressman Toy!
Disclaimer: I was not compensated for this post. However, I received free product mentioned in this post from Goliath Games in exchange for my honest review. All opinions expressed in my review are 100% my own.