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Giles Pritchard
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Gulo Gulo (bad puns aside for now)

Gulo Gulo is a fun dexterity game where picking the right coloured wooden egg from the basket is the key to success. This is a brilliant game for children, but is perfect for families because it is a game where the adults can play as well as they can, and the children still have a better than even chance at success. One other game aspect makes this a perfect game for families, it is difficult to fall too far behind, and relatively easy to catch up again.

Gulo Gulo is a great game for families, it is a game where all players can fully, and legitimately, try their hardest to win, and all stand an even chance. Gulo Gulo is a game that can help with colour recognition skills, problem solving skills, gross and fine motor skills and is a fun game, which is most important of all.

In Gulo Gulo players are Wolverines that are trying to be the first to find the whereabouts of Gulo Junior. Players have two choices to make each turn, they can flip over a path tile (each path tile is coloured one of the four main colours – red, blue, yellow and green), whatever colour the tile the player must then pinch an egg from the wooden nest that is coloured the same. The other choice the player has is that they can opt to steal an egg of a particular colour from the nest. If a player successfully steals an egg from the nest they move their Gulo to the next tile of that same colour – and so move along the path toward Gulo Junior.

The trick is that also in the nest of eggs there is a carefully balanced Anti-Gulo-Alarm system, the alarm system is a pole with a weight on it – and if that tips over the alarm goes off and the offending player must move their Gulo piece backwards. It can be tricky indeed to try and maneuver the targeted egg so you can pick it up without knocking the other eggs too much and setting off the alarm.

One rule that is useful to play with (especially with children) is that if the Alarm goes off as a result of someone knocking the table – the basket is reset with no penalty and the egg pinching attempt made again.

Zoch Zum Spielen have yet again done themselves proud with this gorgeously produced game. You can tell this is a company that makes great family/kids games because of the durability, thickness, weight and quality of the pieces. The tiles are nice and thick, the Gulos are cute and hardy, the eggs are well painted and wooden, the egg basket (or nest) and alarm are also of high quality. In addition the artwork decorating this game is a tribute to Zoch and to the artist Victor Boden. Kids will definitely find this attractive and well-illustrated game very appealing – and that’s quite aside from how fun it is to play!

The rules are simply written, have copious examples and are well laid out. There is even a quicker variation for younger children. The designers have done a brilliant job of creating a very playable (and, what is more important: re-playable) family game. The trio of Jurgen Grunau, Wolfgang Kramer and Hans Raggan have done a brilliant job with this fantastic game.

Giles Pritchard.
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