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Birds, Bugs & Beans

Birds, Bugs & Beans by R & R Games
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Manufacturer: R & R Games  Visit their site
Designer: Stacey Merril
Players: 2 to 6
Time: 10 to 20 Minutes
Game Type: Card Game
Ages: 6 and up
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Our Price:  $4.87 - Retail $6.95
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From the Publisher...

Birds, Bugs and Beans is a quick-paced, funny, noisemaking card game where players toss cards -- each of which features an animal -- into the middle of the game, looking for the birds, bugs and beans.

Our Comments...

This Mini-Review by Mike Petty originally appeared in the June 29, 2004 newsletter:

R&R Games released this title last year. I picked up a copy for my son and daughter, ages 4 and 5. The box claims the game is for ages 6 and up, but since my kids play a lot of games, I figured I'd give it a try. With a couple modifications, they enjoy it very much.

The game is very similar to Slapjack. Instead of slapping jacks when they show up, though, now players have to perform actions based on four different card types. All players simultaneously reveal the top card on their stack. When birds show up, everyone has to "tweet". Crawling bugs require a slap on the table and flying bugs call for a clap. If a bean shows up, everyone has to "toot" by blowing with their tongues out. When two or more of these cards come up at once, all actions have to be carried out. It's up to the dealer to judge who did all required actions first. Several other animal cards are in the deck as well that do not require an action, so sometimes no action is carried out. If even two or three of these cards requiring an action come up at one time, though, it gets very confusing trying to determine who did it first. Be sure an adult is the dealer!

When a player is first at doing the correct actions, he or she takes all the cards that were played and adds them to his or her stack of cards. As in slapjack, you can play until one player has them all. A second way to play, which we prefer, is to play until only two players are left. At that point, the one with the most cards wins.

To simplify the game, we pulled out the flying bugs. Three actions were enough of a challenge to keep our kids occupied! On the other extreme, you can even allow players to create more required actions based on the other animal cards and get totally out of control. I can't speak to this variation, or even how the game plays with a group of all adults. I will say my daughter (an animal lover) can't get enough of it.

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