Game Review: Poo

We have played games with zombies, dragons, rat hordes and cheerleaders, but this was the first game I’ve ever played that revolved around poo.  And, yes, I do mean that kind of poo.

When I was given the chance to review “Poo: The Card Game” re-released from Sandstorm Productions LLC last October, I said sure.  I knew it had something to do with monkeys and throwing poo.  Being a clean person and a clean-minded person, I wasn’t sure if it would be much fun.  But, I was pleasantly surprised.

In Poo, you play as monkeys flinging poo at one another. The last one standing wins.

On New Year’s Eve, my husband and I decided to give it a try.  I had to do something to keep myself busy in order to stay awake until the ball dropped.  I’m so not a night person.  We pulled out the Poo deck after our kiddo was in bed.  My husband read the rules and then we got started.  A couple of rules were slightly modified since there were only two of us; the game can be played with up to eight people.

Basically, the objective of the game is to be the last person standing.  Each player starts with five cards in his or hand and draws a new card for each card played until the deck is gone.  We never ran out of cards with just two of us playing.  You get cards to throw poo at your opponents and cards that clean yourselves.  Whoever gets hit and stuck with 15 poo points is out.  A two-player game includes one golden banana card that is like a free life.  You get to return to the game with eight poo spots on you.

The first hand, I beat my husband.  Part of it is luck of the draw.  I was lucky enough to draw defense cards that blocked a lot of the poo he flung my way.  He was unfortunate enough to draw almost no defense cards.  He couldn’t escape the barrage of mess I flung his way.

The second hand went a bit more evenly matched.  I think we had the deck shuffled a bit better by then.  My husband ended up taking me out.  We quit playing after that to keep things even, though I like to think that I somehow won.  I’m a competitive person!

The good news is that the illustrations on the cards are cute. They are cartoonish monkeys.  The cards have no gross poo photos; nothing was even close to be offensive.  It was a fast-paced card game that was easy to learn.  I also like that the price tag is super reasonable at only $9.95.  I look forward to playing it with some friends.  It’s a game that’s fun with two, but I think would be even more fun with a larger group.

I’d give Poo a 5 out of 5 stars.

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