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Peter R.
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Lies grow in the silence of those who hear them - Ursula K. Le Guin
Lies grow in the silence of those who hear them - Ursula K. Le Guin
Hi there!
Zoff im Hühnerhof is a very light, but great produced children game.

Each player gets a wooden chicken and ten wooden grains. The chicken hut is firmly attached to the gameboard itself. Then there is the wooden farmer with a plastic "spoon" attached to it. This "spoon" is used to throw the grain into the yard. There is also a cardboard-raven on the fence and a small cardboard-fox hidden behind the fence. The yard itself is divided into separted spaces which are closed by smaller cardboard-fences depicting some grass itself. All in all very good looking and really inviting to have a play.

It is a children game and therefore not very complex at all. The rules are very clear and easy to grasp. An adult can explan this game without problems to the children.

First the players throw some grain into the yard using the farmer-spoon-catapult. Each space in the yard depictes some flowers and/or some raven-flowers. For each flower in its space, the chicken may move one space. If a chicken moves nito or over a space with some grain, the player may take its grain. For each feather, the raven moves on and after some turns the fox may become visible behind the fence.
The chicken run into the yard and try to get the grain that is all distributed around in the yard. If the grain doesn't land inside the apropriate spaces, the player my retry again. In our games it happened quite a few times, that the grain landed INSIDE the chicken hut. We had to pull it out and rethrow: Annoying. Still, throwing the grain is the must fun part of this game.
After some turns, the fox becomes visible. Now all chickens head for the hut. Still the players continue to throw their grain into the yard to move the chickens, but they can't take any grain anymore. The player with the most grain, when all chicken are in the hut wins the game.

Nobody really can plan where the grain may land, as it bounces over the little spaces and tends to land somewhere but not in the aproriate space , so it is just important to try to aim in the direction where its own chicken is moving. Thats it!!! Then, if you get lucky, you pick up more grain than the other players and head back for the hut.
It doesn't feel like a real game, more like a toy. And as such it is working wunderfull.
I just can't repeat it enough: the components are really great. It should be bought because of them alone, but there is not much game!
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