Quick Look: Poo Poo Pets
Designer: Sophia Wagner
Artist: Anne Pätzke
Publisher: Pegasus Spiele
Year Published: 2021
In Poo Poo Pets, all players roll their dice at the same time, trying to roll the number combinations shown on the other players’ tiles. As soon as a player does this, they quickly squeeze the squeaky poo pile. All players must pause to see whether the combination is correct, and if it is, the player may take the tile. As soon as a player runs out of tiles, they’re eliminated from the game.
It is pretty much a universal truth that the mere mention of poop is sure to evoke a room full of
giggles when children are present. At least, that was my line of thinking when offered the chance to take a look at Pegasus Spiele’s game line.
As such, having both a 3 year old and a 7 year old in my home, I decided it would be worthwhile to explore the fecal world of Poo Poo Pets ; I mean, what could possibly go wrong, it comes with a squeaky toy poop!
And sure enough, for the first few days of having the game in my possession , multiple fights broke out over who gets to hold and play with the poop…
But, that was pretty much to be expected.
The bigger question was if this object of obsession could successfully be commandeered long enough to see if Poo Poo
Pets is a fun game to play?
So a few nights later, after the 3 year old went to bed, we decided to play the game as a family.
The game was fun and easy enough to play multiple times in a row.
Taking less than 5 minutes to learn, each player selects a color and consequently takes the 6 dice and pet cards associated with that color.
Players then lay out their 6 pets in a column in front of them, arranging them in whatever order they chose. From top to bottom, this is the order your Poo Poo Pets will both be targeted and eliminated.
Each colored group of pets has a series of dice depicting various numbers on its respective card. Some have dice shown with all identical numbers, others have more erratic patterns, while yet others may exhibit a sequence such as 1 , 2 ,3 ,4 ,5 pictured on the dice shown.
Next, the squeaky poop is placed in a position that is central to all players.
Then , the players all shout “Poo Poo Pets!”, or some other such agreed upon exhortation , and the game begins.
Players will frantically begin rolling all of their dice simultaneously.
The objective? To match up your dice rolls with the dice shown on the top most pet of one of your opponents to “steal” them over to your pet collection and be the last player who has pets. So other players can and will be knocked out of
Now thankfully you do not need to roll all the necessary required numbers in a single roll—if at least one of your numbers matches that of one you need , you may retain it for future use by setting it aside until you can complete the
rest of this matching game. When a player manages to successfully pair up all their dice with what is shown on an opponent’s top pet card, they reach over and squeeze the poop, and the action stops.
Players will then check to verify if all the numbers match up. If a player got it right, then they get to bring the opponents’ pet to their side, placing it at the bottom of their column, and giving them a larger “pet arsenal” to stay in
the game longer. The catch is that they flip over the pet card to its “dark” brown side, which now shows a poop. Ewww. I mean, who would want that?
Consequently, if that pet is ever lost, it is not put on another players pet roster anymore, it is ejected from the game.
However, if a player was wrong and gets a potential match between dice wrong, they must forfeit one of their own pets. Ouch!
Then the game resumes with all the dice rolling.
Play continues until all but one player has been eliminated, who is of course, the winner.
All in all, we all liked this game for its simple, brainless fun. Which was rather surprising ,because my wife has typically been into brainier games lately, so I am happy to report that she enjoyed playing this multiple times. My 7-year
old of course loved it, and again, it was also a nice break from more complicated games we usually play with her ;Sometimes, after all, a kid just wants to be a kid, and on this level the game does not disappoint.
Having worked directing before and after school kids programs for many years, I can say that this is one game I
know for sure would keep the young ones busy and out of trouble after school if they had been in my program.
The materials are all of sound construction too, no flimsy cardboard at all, its all good quality card stock that wont bend.
I think that anyone with kids looking for some lighter action would be pleased with this game. It has a cutesy art style that makes good use of children’s propensities to enjoy silliness, and I do appreciate that it is especially good for its
targeted age range. With all of the pressures of academia , it can be nice having a simple matching game like this to give young minds a breather after school, or any time for leisure for that matter, so I can definitely envision playing this game quite a lot now that school is back in session.
For its targeted audience, I say this game deserves a try. Even adults can end up enjoying this one too, so don’t write off the grown ups!
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