Thursday, September 23, 2010

Review: Poo Card game

Who wants to play Poo?! Wait, where are you all going?!

Poo is a fun, fast paced card game for 2-8 players ages 8 and up, and takes less than 15 minutes to play.

It's quite the intellectual game. Here is the basic concept: Each player is a monkey, and you fling poo and mess with each other until only 1 monkey remains. I am fairly certain no poo or monkeys were actually harmed in the making of this game.

The game play is pretty straight forward. Start the game with 5 cards each. At the start of your turn you draw a card into your hand. You can then play a card from your hand - usually to fling poo at another monkey or to clean yourself off. Outside of your turn you can use cards to defend yourself from incoming poo or foil the other monkey trying to fling poo. After you play a card, draw another card from the pile. Different cards cause (or remove) different amounts of poo, and when you reach 15 points of poo you are out of the game.

There are 5 types of cards in the game:

- Poo: these cause poo points to your opponents. Some target 1 opponent, others target multiple opponents. Eg: King Kong Poo, The Big One

- Defense: these can be played outside of your turn as an opponent is about to fling poo on you, and stops or redirects any poo points that would have been given to you. Eg: Block, Dodge

- Mishap: these can be played outside of your turn as an opponent is about to fling poo on you, and causes a negative effect to the poo flinger. Eg: Just a Fart, Cramp

- Clean: these are played during your turn to remove poo points from you Eg: Found a Towel, Sharing the Love

- Event: these are played during your turn, and have an effect on the game. Eg: Zookeeper Turns on the Hose, Escaped Tiger

While clearly aimed at a younger audience, this game is a blast for adults as well. There is very little strategy involved, but you can add a social aspect by ganging up on a particular player or trying to protect a player. We played a couple games of Poo on the ferry ride home from PAX.

I was going to wrap up by saying this is a fun quick game that could be played anywhere, but I don't think you should ever play with poo at the dining room table.


  1. Heehee, I definitely have to pick this up! I have a huge wishlist of fun, quick tabletop games that I am now introduced to because of PAX that I want to get.

  2. I played poo at PAX and found it enjoyable. The guy demoing the game was a bit dull and Sake, Bryan and I were wrecked at that point so I think we missed out on the fun that could be had with lively back in forth. I did love that they had little brownish orange gems as the counters. I'm thinking about getting this game for my teen game night at the library since I think it would go over well with that age group.

  3. yeah, the demo at Pax was ok, but I had way more fun playing it with friends on the ferry ride home. I can't find anyone locally who sells it (should have picked it up at Pax!) so I have had to special order it. Also, I went to a dollar store and bought a bag of black beads to use as counters (I wanted brown but they didn't have that colour) :-)