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Pengoloo Review

No. of players: 2-4
Amount of time to play: 10-15 min
Age requirements: 4+
Set-up time: minimal

Pengoloo is a memory game for kids that even adults can enjoy. You must collect six penguins before anyone else to win.

Pengoloo Rules Description:

Pengoloo comes with twelve penguins. Each penguin covers a colored egg and there are two eggs in six different colors. On your turn you roll two special dice with sides that match the colors of the eggs. If you reveal an egg that matches one of your die results you keep the penguin. If you are able to reveal eggs that match both of your dice, you get another turn.

When you claim a penguin it goes on the track in front of you which is numbered one to six. In future rounds when looking to match die results you can reveal the eggs under all players’ claimed penguins. You can even play a version that lets you steal penguins you reveal this way.

The first player to collect six penguins wins. If you collect all twelve penguins and no one has six the player with the most wins.

Quick Review of Pengoloo:

Pengoloo is a quick and fun memory game for kids. This game is great for families with younger kids.

The components for this game are excellent. Everything is wooden and looks great. The rules are simple and easy to follow too.

I like that Pengoloo combines some luck into the classic memory game. However you can remove some of the randomness by remembering what eggs have already been claimed. This becomes important to winning as the game goes on.

This game is accessible to all ages and can be taught and played quickly. The variant for stealing penguins is good for slightly older kids too. If you have kids you want to play games with, you should try out Pengoloo. You will be glad you did and so will your kids.

Score and synopsis: (Click here for an explanation of these review categories.)
Strategy 2 out of 6
Luck 4 out of 6
Player Interaction 3 out of 6
Replay Value 4 out of 6
Complexity 1 out of 6
Fun 5 out of 6
Overall 5 out of 6

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