Animals On Board Review | Board Games | Zatu Games UK

    Zed has hand-picked an exciting and varied selection of games in his subscription box. Expect to receive some of the best games as well as a few surprises!

    Subscribe Now »

    Looking for the latest new releases? Then this is the subscription for you, each month you’ll receive an amazing box full of just the newest & biggest games!

    Subscribe Now »

    Our two new Mystery Box offerings will help you pick up some of the latest top of the range games and exclusive goodies, but at a much lower price!

    Order Now »

    Menu

    Buy 3, get 3% off - use code BOARD3 · Buy 5, get 5% off - use code BOARD5

    Buy The Game

    Awards

    Rating

    • Artwork
    • Complexity
    • Replayability
    • Player Interaction
    • Component Quality

    You Might Like

    • Easy to teach and play
    • The colourful artwork
    • The years of replayability
    • Deeper than at first glance
    • Beating your family

    Might Not Like

    • Poor theme
    • Basic gameplay
    • Losing to your family
    Find out more about our blog & how to become a member of the blogging team by clicking here

    Animals On Board Review

    Animals on board

    Introduction

    Animals On Board is a family game about collecting animals to save them from a world engulfing flood. It uses the popular “I split, you choose” game mechanic.

    At the beginning of the game, each player receives one food tile, a flag and an ark (a cardboard rack that tiles can be placed upon). They then randomly choose three animal tiles, choose one to keep and then discard the rest onto the play area. There are lots of different animal tiles to choose from: elephants, lions, tigers, camels etc and they come in groups of five, numbered one to five. Up to twelve of the animals are placed next to each other face down in the playing area.

    The aim of the game is to choose animals from the play area and obtain the highest score by the end of the game. You may have one, three, four or five of the same animal type, but any pairs of animals do not score as Noah claims those for his own ark (what a greedy spoilsport).

    Playing the game

    On your turn you have two choices. Split the animals apart forming a separate group or use food tokens to lure an animal onto your ark. Each animal costs one food token regardless of the number on it. You may buy up to five on your turn if you have enough tokens. (you may never have more than five tokens at any time). When you split animals into groups you receive a food token. So it may take several turns to save up enough for you to get the animals you want. That is unless someone else tempts them onto their ark first.

    Once you have captured an animal your turn is over. The first player to obtain a tile gets to go first in the next round. Animals that have been split into groups can’t be combined again until the round is over. Which is after each player has chosen or the animals can’t be split any more. The rounds continue until one player has ten animals. This ends the game and all the points are counted up. Remember any pairs must be discarded and no points earned from them.Each animal on their own is worth the points on the card. Any groups of three or more animals score five points each and any leftover food tokens count as one point each.

    Final thoughts

    My family and I enjoy Animals On Board regularly. We might play three or four games in a row until we get bored of it. It’s an easy game to understand and play. But although it’s very basic there are a number of strategies to employ to try and get the most points. You can try and collect as many of the same animal as possible. Thus scoring five for each tile. Or just focus on collecting the highest numbers on the tiles. (this method disrupts the other players hands as well but is more difficult to gain a good score).

    My favourite strategy is to try and finish with five food tokens when the game is almost at an end and then take another five animals. This enables me to have more than ten animals in my hand and achieve a high score, but it’s a risky gamble because I often end up with a low score if other players choices don’t go in my favour.

    Animals On Board is an entertaining family game that I will play for many years and will always go back to time and again. My kids love the colourful, well made components and the artwork is delightfully cute. I would definitely recommend this game to any family and given it’s low price it is an absolute bargain!

    Zatu Score

    Rating

    • Artwork
    • Complexity
    • Replayability
    • Player Interaction
    • Component Quality

    You might like

    • Easy to teach and play
    • The colourful artwork
    • The years of replayability
    • Deeper than at first glance
    • Beating your family

    Might not like

    • Poor theme
    • Basic gameplay
    • Losing to your family

    Zatu Blog

    Find out more about our blog & how to become a member of the blogging team by clicking here

    Join us today to receive exclusive discounts, get your hands on all the new releases and much more!

    Excellent
    08000075444
    Bowthorpe Main Centre, Unit 15, Norwich NR5 9HA
    Zatu Games is rated 4.89 based on 11721
    Reviews

    The games arrived within specified time and were as described. Have used Zatu before and we've always had a positive experience.

    The games arrived within specified time and were as described. Have used Zatu before and we've always had a positive experience.

    One of the top 3 go to places for all my Boardgaming needs. Great prices, discounts, deals, fast deliveries, stock availability, etc. Occasionally some items may be listed at an unusually high price ie- higher than RRP = these are generally rare and obvious mistakes given the clear and overall discounted prices of games listed by Zatu, but these are also typically corrected in time by Zatu themselves or if you send them a quick email highlighting the item and it's attributed high price.

    One of the top 3 go to places for all my Boardgaming needs. Great prices, discounts, deals, fast deliveries, stock availability, etc. Occasionally some items may be listed at an unusually high price ie- higher than RRP = these are generally rare and obvious mistakes given the clear and overall discounted prices of games listed by Zatu, but these are also typically corrected in time by Zatu themselves or if you send them a quick email highlighting the item and it's attributed high price.

    A great puzzle and, consisting of 2000 pieces, it has taken a while for my wife and I to complete. We're nearly there, here's hoping there isn't one piece missing.

    A great puzzle and, consisting of 2000 pieces, it has taken a while for my wife and I to complete. We're nearly there, here's hoping there isn't one piece missing.

    I'd had my eye on Scythe for a couple of weeks and decided to buy it as birthday present to myself. Zatu was the preferred option for price and speed of delivery (compared to another online delivery service) and it duly arrived intact and perfect within the timeframe advertised. I would recommend Zatu to anyone for hobby games.

    I'd had my eye on Scythe for a couple of weeks and decided to buy it as birthday present to myself. Zatu was the preferred option for price and speed of delivery (compared to another online delivery service) and it duly arrived intact and perfect within the timeframe advertised. I would recommend Zatu to anyone for hobby games.

    Had my eye on Scythe for a couple of weeks and finally decided to buy it as a birthday present to myself. Zatu was the best option on price (compared to another online delivery service) and duly arrived intact and in perfect condition within the time frame advertised. I would highly recommend Zatu to anyone.

    Had my eye on Scythe for a couple of weeks and finally decided to buy it as a birthday present to myself. Zatu was the best option on price (compared to another online delivery service) and duly arrived intact and in perfect condition within the time frame advertised. I would highly recommend Zatu to anyone.

    Really good prices and deliveries have always been on time. I love that the games all have reviews and recommendations, really helps you to decide which one to buy next!

    Really good prices and deliveries have always been on time. I love that the games all have reviews and recommendations, really helps you to decide which one to buy next!

    My favourite place to shop for Yugioh products, they have a great selection of Yugioh products at good price and delivery was timely, even internationally. I can often find products that are less expensive than anywhere else.

    My favourite place to shop for Yugioh products, they have a great selection of Yugioh products at good price and delivery was timely, even internationally. I can often find products that are less expensive than anywhere else.

    really helpful customer service despite the current crisis, dealt with a courier shipping issue for me. top service. nelly

    really helpful customer service despite the current crisis, dealt with a courier shipping issue for me. top service. nelly

    The best company around. Almost every board game that I look for is cheaper here, the customer service is polite and quick, and delivery is fast.

    The best company around. Almost every board game that I look for is cheaper here, the customer service is polite and quick, and delivery is fast.

    Fast, good prices, accurate and very safely packaged, 10/10

    Fast, good prices, accurate and very safely packaged, 10/10

    Read All Reviews