Publisher: Bazaar Bros Games
Duration on box: 30 minutes
Age recommended on box: 8+
Time to learn: 5 minutes
What wriggles like a large mammal through the water? My sister trying to mine a manatee. Luckily we sometime share a brain, and I was actually able to guess correctly. You know, right after she puffed out her cheeks, made a round motion with her arms, and shimmied.
Animal Ailments is a silly. wild, miming game for the whole family. Fun for young and old alike, this game is a fun twist on the tried and true game of charades. On each turn, the mimer tries to get their fellow gamers to guess first the animal listed on their green animal card. Then, once the animal has been guessed, the mimer needs to convey the animal's poor ailment on their red aliment card. All in one minute or less. Expert mimer? Well then you'll have to option to steal points with steal mime listed on each card. This fast moving game plays out in about 30-minutes or when the first person reaches 15 points. Points are earned by guessing the animal ailment combo and for getting correct guesses out of other players.
If you enjoy silly games and do not mind making a fool of yourself, this game is for you. If the idea of watching your Uncle Jeff act like a "sleep-walking donkey" sounds hilarious, then this game is really for you. This had my entire family from my 10-year old daughter to my mother rolling with laughter.
The best part about this game is the variety. There are optional rules to suit everyone. Playing with young kids? Remove the 12+ cards. Non-competitive relatives? Play the no-points option? Girls Night In? Play the drinking game version! If anyone is asking, that last suggestion is my pick! There is even a NSFW expansion pack for the nights you and your friends are feeling especially feisty.
Launching on Kickstarter February 7, this game is sure to bring smiles and laughter to everyone who plays.
Simple to learn
Hilarity for the whole family
The current deck is a well done prototype. Help this project fund and reach the stretch goals to improve the quality.
Gateway Game Score: 10/10
Overall Rating: 8/10
Review by Fifi McFluffins who is, if you must know, named after a cat.