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Noord Brabant
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"Where's The Ostrich?" is a game from my youth; the Dutch name is "Struisvogels" which translates simply as Ostriches. It's a 1984 children's game by Jumbo.

The game only consists of a box - which is the board - and 24 ostriches. All is cardboard and very colourful. The board and ostriches are nicely drawn cartoons and the colours are bright.

In this 2-4 player game you stick the 24 ostriches in the board before starting the game. You can either let someone who's not playing put them in the board or spin the board a few times before you start. Because this game is all about memory.

The 24 'struisvogels' are all the same, except for their beak (hidden in the board): those are coloured in 8 different colours (red, yellow, purple, green, blue, white, brown, pink) and there are 3 of each colour. Every player has a row of 6 circles on the board - coloured like the ostriches, 3x8 - and each row is different. The object of the game is simple: find the ostriches that match your circles from left to right.

So one player can have a line of circles white-purple-pink-green-blue-brown and has to start with white. When he/she finds an ostrich with a white beak, he/she can put it in his/her circle and search for a purple one after that. On your turn you pull out 1 ostrich, show everyone the colour and if it doesn't match the colour you need, stick it back where it came from. Then the next person takes his/her turn.

The player who has completed his full 6 circles wins.

Where's The Ostrich? is a children's game of memory. As an adult you can win this game by memory or by looking at little differences in the ostriches. But it's a children's game and when we used to play this together, we used to have fun with it. Of course I used to win a lot - being the older one - but that didn't seem to matter that much. So: it's fun, it looks nice, why rate it 5.5? Because it gets old soon. It's only 24 ostriches; 'real' Memory has a lot more images to choose from. And I don't think it's a game for children under the age of 4. So: nice idea, nice artwork, too simple game.
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