Cindy Crushes Programming: Tacocat and Happy Salmon Table Top Game Reviews
I recently had a tabletop game night at my library. It was super fun. We played some classic games like Exploding Kittens and One Night. Some of my favorite games to play are Uno, Apples to Apples, Tsuaro, and different versions of classic games like Monopoly and Clue. We just got the Animal Crossing version of Monopoly and it is super cute. I also tried a couple of new games, and thought I would share my thoughts below.
Tacocat Spelled Backwards Party Game by Exploding Kittens
This is a game that has two players and you both try to get to the other side of the game board. You play your card and try to get the lowest card in your hand to move the Tacocat to your side. This is a game of strategy and luck.
Thoughts: This game was not popular with the teens. They thought it was okay but it was more confusing than they wanted in a game. The game felt like it took a long time even though the game took a short amount of time. The detailed description of the game was super cute and they loved that part, but I would not play it again with the teens. One great thing about this game is that it does have a video online that shows how to play the game.
Happy Salmon by Exploding Kittens
This is a fun card game! You are trying to get matches with the other players. Once you get a match you can discard the card. You have to do a motion like a fist bump or Fish Bump as the card says. The player who discards the most cards wins. You need at least three players to make the game work.
Thoughts: I loved this game. It brought joy because the teens were working to get their matches and doing the Fish Bumps was fun. It helped them come out of their shells. It made the game upbeat and joyful. I would do this game again and in fact this game is art of our circulating game collection and the teens checked it out after the program
I love playing games. I always like to learn new ones with the teens. What games are you playing with your teens or even your fellow librarians?
About Cindy Shutts
Cindy Shutts is the Teen Services Librarian at the White Oak Library District in IL and she talks programming every 1st and 3rd Wednesday. You can follow her on Twitter at @cindysku.
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