Have you ever been able to eat just one cookie? Of course not. Now your cookies are missing you need to find out who stole them before they get eaten by someone else!
Publisher: Victory Point Games
Game Designer: Chris Castagnetto
Artwork: Christy Sanderson
Players: 3 – 8 Players
Ages: 13 to Adult
Playing Time: 10 Minutes
Game Mechanics: Memory
Contents: 3 Cookie Cars, 15 Crumb Cards, One Full Color Rule Sheet
Suggested Retail Price: $5.99
Parental Advisory: Safe For Kids
Who Stole The Cookie? is a fast paced, pint-sized memory game that said it’s for ages 13+ but it is really for young children as well. Who ever finds the two cookies, wins the game! This game is super easy to learn and teach and perfect for parties, playing for the family game night or for the grand parents to play with their grand kids, so let’s take a look at what it has to offer!
Who Stole The Cookie? is targeted for a younger audience but it is not a bad filler for any age gamer and the time it takes to play it fits into that situation at game night when everyone is waiting for the person that is always 15 minutes late.
The game starts with two cards face down in the middle and each player draws two cards, peeks at one and sets them face down on the table in front of them. There are only 3 cookie cards in the deck and only 2 are used unless there is seven or eight players, then the third cookie card comes into play.
The sequence of play starts with the starting player obviously who then can take one of the following actions.
Peek: A player may look at one card in front of them, the middle or another player.
Switch: A player may switch any two cards on the table.
Shuffle: A player may shuffle the two cards in front of them, set them back down and peek at one of them.
Declare: A player may declare themselves the winner by doing it in the following order:
- Announce where the two cookies are.
- Player may not choose a card in front of them unless both cookies are placed there.
- Player may choose a card in the middle unless both cookies are placed there.
- Secretly look at the chosen cards.
- If you are correct, reveal the cards and you win the game!
- If you are wrong, replace the cards without revealing them.
- Flip up the two cards in front of you.
- You are out of the game.
That is all there is to it. So it’s a game of bluffing, deception and remembering what you have, what everyone else has and using misdirection to move the cookies around strategically until you can reveal them yourself to be the winner.
The artwork is nothing to write home about but it’s not bad. It’s a very simply done game that completely looks like it targeted for kids who don’t quite care about aesthetics yet. The box is just a folded piece of card stock. The cards themselves are decent stock so you should be able to get plenty of play out of them before they start to wear out.
They say that simple is best and sometimes it is, but not in this case. But is it a great game? No, it isn’t and it isn’t meant to be. Is it okay? Yes. My daughter who is 11 years old liked it because she was beating her dad at games finally. It is a completely light game that takes up about 10 minutes of your time but does offer a tiny bit of strategy and challenge with the memory component. It might be a bit to simple though. Not quite enough there to make it a good game. It needs a little twist to make it a bit better to make us want to pull it out time after time.
Who Stole The Cookie? is just a very quick, light-hearted memory game that fills that gap of time when you need to kill a few minutes. For the $6.00 price tag, it’s a great buy. It’s not a must have and there are games not much more expensive that might be a better choice, but for $6.00 it’s hard to go wrong.
Club Fantasci Scoring (Based on scale of 10):
Rules Book: 8
Component Quality: 6
Club Fantasci Overall Score: 6.5
I am giving Who Stole The Cookie? 6.5 out 10 stars because it is a decent little game that younger kids should enjoy very much. It won’t really hold anyone else’s attention though. Due to the cheaper nature of the product, it almost doesn’t fell like a real game but of course it is. But again, I reiterate, for the price tag, it is definitely a decent game to buy for your kids to play.
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Note: A review copy of this game was provided to me.
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