Saturday, January 21, 2012

Game Profile: Zooloretto

A zoo of a family game in which less is sometimes more!

Classification Family Strategy Game
Mechanics Set Collection, Tile Placement
Theme Zoo Animals
Publication Rio Grande Games, 2007
Ages 8+
Time 45
Players 2 - 5

Zooloretto uses a great mechanic to populate your own zoo.  To start a round players randomly select a tile and place it on a truck.  each truck has 3 slots.  Most tiles are zoo animals, but there are also vendor stalls and coins.  The round continues with players drawing and placing a tile on a truck or claiming a truck and placing tiles from the truck in their zoo.  Each zoo has 3 enclosures for animals with a 4th available for a price.  Only one type of animal can occupy an enclosure.  Baby animals will be gained if the male and female figures of an animal type are placed in the same enclosure.  Completely filling an enclosure can bring you bonus coins.  Coins can be used to move animals and expand a players' zoo.  Any excess animals must be played in the barn.  At the end of the game points are awarded for full enclosures, enclosures with only one empty space, and animals in an enclosure where a vendor cart is present.  Any tiles remaining in the barn at the end of the game count as negative points.  The key is to know when a truck has enough of the right animals and not too many of the wrong animals.

Awards:  Spiel des Jahres (Game of the Year) 2007

We have an open copy of Zooloretto available in our Store Demo Games Library for you to come in and try.

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