Chicken Coop Dominoes Tinby Cora Malone
This isn't your typical dominoes game.
The idea of the game is to build "chicken legs" out of dominoes that start from the Chicken Coop Hub. You start by spreading out the dominoes in your "chicken yard". The game gets going when a player gets a double nine domino, which gets placed in the centre of the hub. Next, only dominoes with a nine can be placed in the six positions around the hub. From there, you add on dominoes to create a "chicken leg" — obviously!
When someone gets a double domino, they have to press the centre of the hub, which makes a clucking sound. This lets everyone know that normal play has been suspended until three "chicken toes" have been placed onto the double domino. Once the chicken leg has its three toes, normal play resumes -- again, obviously.
I had never played dominoes before and neither had my children, so we didn't have any clue as to what this game would be like. After reviewing the instructions (a couple of times), we set out to play dominoes for the very first time. What a hoot! Or should I say, what a CLUCK!
My daughter and I had a lot of fun playing this game. I thought it would be a little complex for her but she soon caught on. My 6-year-old son didn't join in on the game because it would have been too difficult and frustrating for him. After the game he and my daughter got into the action by lining up the dominoes and then watching them fall into each other.
All in all, I think this a great game. But it is definitely not suited for younger children than the recommended 8 years -- unless they play with the dominoes in their own way, as did my son.