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Who Stole the Cookie? is a game designed by Chris Castagnetto, published by Victory Point Games. It is for 3-8 players. In this game, players will be trying to figure out where two cookies are located. They will do this through deductive reasoning. The player that is able to find the cookies will be declared the winner.

To begin, you will determine how many cookie cards and how many crumb cards that you will be playing with based on the number of players. Those cards are then shuffled together. The top two cards are placed face down in the middle of the play area and then each player will draw two cards. They will look at one of the two cards and place both face down in front of them. Play now begins.

On a player's turn, they are allowed to do one of four actions; peek, switch, shuffle or declare. To peek, the player simply looks at any card, either in front of a player, including themself or in the center. Switching allows a player to swap the places of any two cards. Shuffling allows the player to shuffle the two cards in front of them and then place them back face down. They then get to look at one of them. The last action that can be done is to declare. To do this, the player announces where they think the two cookies are. There are only a few restrictions on this. A player can not choose a card in front of themself unless they have both cookies. They also can't choose a card in the middle unless they believe both cookies are there. Once they have declared the locations, they then secretly look at the chosen cards. If they are right, they win the game. If they're wrong, they have to declare that they were wrong, put the cards back that they looked at, reveal the two cards in front of themself and then they are removed from the game. They must then wait for someone to correctly reveal the locations of the cookies. Once this happens the game is over. The person that correctly identified the locations is the winner.


COMPONENTS
In this game, there is a deck of 18 cards. They come in this neat little package. However I had a little bit of trouble getting the cards out the first time and so I wound up ripping the rules a little bit. Now that I know how to get them out, I don't mess them up anymore. The cards are really well made and look nice as well. The cute little creatures, as well as the cookies and crumbs on the cards are very sweet and nice looking. The whole package of cards is really neat and fits nicely into your pocket. Nothing wrong with that.
9 out of 10

RULEBOOK
Apart from the fact that I messed it up while trying to get it out of the packaging, the rules are well done. There are no pictures or examples of play in these rules, however there's not a real need for it. Everything is really simple to read and understand. I really like that it only takes a few minutes to read and is super simple to teach. For me, that equals a win.
8 out of 10

GAMEPLAY
The game is really easy to play. The deductive aspect of the game is really fun. It's also lots of fun to just mess with the other players just to screw them up. The game doesn't last very long. Regardless of the way that you play, it is fun. This game reminds me of Hanabi and Love Letter. From the way you are trying to guess the right cards and the small amount of cards. I really enjoyed playing this and think this works really great as a filler or warm up game. It's not as intense as some of the other games of deduction out there, but it still packs quite a bit of a punch in a very small package.
9 out of 10

OVERALL
Who Stole the Cookie? is a light weight game of deduction. It's great fun and will really get your thinker thinking. It's really fast and the cute artwork keeps it from being too thinky. I love the simplicity of the game and how nice it all comes together in this cute little package. I definitely would recommend this one to fans of Hanabi, Love Letter or any deduction style games. This is a great game to get the younger players started on deduction games. My kids really like the artwork and the game was a hit with them. I definitely look forward to playing this one again. The price of this one is really cheap and is one that everyone should pick up. If you're looking for a great micro game, this is the one for you. You will definitely enjoy it.
9 out of 10

For more information about this and other great games, please check out Victory Point Games at their site.

http://victorypointgames.com
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