This review was first posted to Kulkmann's G@mebox
Elephant Memo is a children's game, published by Piatnik in 2011. It is a memory based game, suitable for children from ages 4 and up. The game is attractively packaged, in a compact, colourful square box. Inside the box you will find 42 tiny plastic elephants, each about a centimeter tall. The elephants are divided into six colours - white, purple, red, green, blue and yellow.
Just a warning here - the elephants are tiny. I wouldn't let children under three years old near this game as they are a definite choking hazard.
Also in the box are 22 small plastic cups, or pedestals. A sheet of elephant stickers is supplied with the game, one being placed on each pedestal. Finally there is a six sided die, each side featuring one of the six elephant colours.
Please note, my copy of the game came with rules in French, German and Hungarian. There were no English rules in the box. Fortunately the game is so simple, you can probably play it based on this review!
Each player takes four pedestal cups and places them in front of themselves. Six elephants are taken at random from the box and placed on the table, and covered with a pedestal. The object of the game is to be the first player to successfully recover five elephants from the table.
This is a memory game. On your turn, you roll the die, then try to recover an elephant of the colour rolled. You simply select a pedestal and reveal the elephant beneath it. If you located an elephant of your rolled colour, you capture the elephant and keep it. If you selected an elephant of a different colour, you have to pluck an elephant of that colour out of the box and add it to the table, covering it with one of the pedestals from your supply. If you use your last pedestal, you are out of the game.
The game ends when a player has recovered five elephants, or is the last player in the game. This usually takes 5 to 10 minutes.
Elephant Memo is squarely aimed at children. My son has just turned three, and loves it. He just manages to get through a game before he loses concentration. The age recommendation on the box is for ages 4 and up, and I think that's accurate.