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Farm MiMiQ Review


Quick Look: Farm MiMiQ

Designer: Freddy Andersen, Kristian Dreinø
Artists: Uncredited
Publisher: R&R Games Incorporated, Four Esses
Year Published: 2015
No. of Players: 2-4
Ages: 4+
Playing Time: 10 minutes

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Review:



Farm MiMiQ is the best game of Go Fish I’ve ever played. My boys absolutely love playing it, too. I took it with us to a week-long family reunion, and I’d find my kids randomly playing with an uncle, asking - nay, begging - me to play, or even just my 4-year-old playing with the cards on the table by himself. There’s something special about a game that can capture the imagination of young kids and to have them keep wanting to play again and again is fantastic.

It’s so easy to set up, and gameplay is simple too - perfect for kids to catch onto quickly. I mentioned my 4-year-old had the cards out by himself. Well, he was showing me how to set up the game, and he did a great job! I love a game like that, because when I literally can’t play with them (although I’ll always play if I can), it’s something they can break out on their own. Also, when I do play with them, it’s not a painful experience. Rather, it’s a load of fun for all of us, kids and adults alike.

Below I will mention a few more aspects of the game, and give my thoughts on how those work as far as MiMiQ is concerned.

Setup:

Yup. That's pretty much it.
Simply deal each player 3 cards (making sure no player has three of the same). Put the deck in the middle of the table. (Or off to the side for shorter arms.. ) Boom. Let’s play.

Gameplay:



The gameplay is silky smooth and adds a great bit of laughter as well. As I mentioned above, MiMiQ is similar to Go Fish, however there is one crucial difference. Instead of asking for a specific card, the player asking must mimic (hence the name!) the face shown on the card. 


If I'm looking for a rooster (shown here), I'd make a face to mimic it...
Spittin' image, am I right!?
If the player being asked has one or more of the card in question (as deduced by the silly face being made), that player gives all their cards of that type to the asking player. Of course, you may not ask for a card if you do not have it yourself, so doing so gives a clue as to what you have. Once a player has three of the same card, they lay it in front of them. Once all cards have been gathered, the game ends, and the player with the most stacks of three (i.e. different sets) wins the game.


Two sets: the bull and the cat.
This is great for young kids to start learning the, shall we say, “finer points” of games. Listening to what other players have and remembering to ask them when it comes around to their turn is a good skill to develop, and is useful even outside of games (I know, shocker, right?).

Speaking of learning things, the only thing we had an issue with while playing was holding the cards. As in, literally, my 4-year-old struggled no end to hold even three cards in his hand, and when he had to draw more, things got even dicier. I’m not saying that’s a bad design or anything; rather, I think it gives young kids a great opportunity to learn how to use their fingers for things other than picking their noses and poking holes in the cake you’ve been saving for a rainy day (sometimes in that very order). I remember when I was young, I had a special card holder device that I could put my cards into and it would hold them for me. My special-needs brother-in-law uses an ice cube tray (flipped upside down - with no ice or water in it) and uses that to hold his cards. It works great! But, games for young kids aren’t only for entertainment - they’re for learning and growing, too, and MiMiQ does a good job at helping foster that.


My four-year-old holding the cards in one hand...after a LOT of practice. Progress!
In this Farm MiMiQ version, we had loads of fun making the faces of the sheep, horse, goat, and all the other things Old MacDonald likes to keep around. I daresay the face-making mechanic is what is most appealing to the kids, but everything else works nicely alongside it that it’s a good experience for all involved (including adults).

Theme and Mechanics:
The theme of barnyard animals is something most (all?) kids like, and copying silly faces is also something they find fun. The theme and mechanics blend in such a wonderful way that there won’t be many kids who wouldn’t want to play this one over and over again.

Artwork and Components:



The art is silly and fun—just as it should be. The components are simply cards, a rule book, and the box, but it’s pretty much what you’d expect. Nothing fancy, but nothing cheap, either.

Let me back up for a moment, if you don’t mind. The front of the box opens up, giving you a good look at the top card in there. It’s a fun little design that wasn’t necessary, but certainly appreciated, and fun to switch out the top card every so often for a stylin' new look. Here, I'll show you!


Surprise!
The Good:
  • Silly faces!
  • Laughter
  • Age appropriate
  • Fun for adults, too
  • Learn animals, among other things/skills
  • Easy to set up and play (even for the young whippersnappers).
The Other:

I think the only thing I’d mention is the  difficulty the younger kids may (or may not) have in holding their cards in their hand(s). Not a huge deal at all, and after a few more plays, chances are they’ll get the hang of it quickly enough. Plus, they're going to have to learn sooner or later, so why not now?

Final Thoughts:


Farm MimiQ is a fun game that combines things kids like - animals and making silly faces - with a game that not only entertains, but teaches as well. My kids love playing it, and everyone else in the general vicinity can’t seem to keep the smiles off their faces while a game is going either. Farm MiMiQ brings lighthearted laughter to the table, which is every parent’s dream.

Players Who Like:

If you like easy games to teach to kids - and games that teach kids - definitely check out Farm MiMiQ (or regular MiMiQ). Fans of silly faces, farm animals, Go Fish, and games with similar themes and mechanics will likewise enjoy this.


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About the Author:



Benjamin Kocher hails from Canada but now lives in Kentucky with his wife and kids. He's a certified copyeditor through UC San Diego's Copyediting Extension program. He's a freelance writer and editor, and covers everything from board game rule books to novels. An avid writer of science fiction and fantasy, it comes as no surprise that his favorite board games are those with rich, engaging themes. When he’s not writing or playing games, Benjamin loves to play ultimate Frisbee, watch and play rugby, and read the most epic fantasy books available. Follow him on Twitter @BenjaminKocher and Instagram @Benjamin_Kocher, and read his board game-inspired fiction at BenjaminKocher.com.

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Farm MiMiQ Review Farm MiMiQ Review Reviewed by Benjamin Kocher on August 13, 2019 Rating: 5

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