Monkeys Up is the game that will have you going bananas! Players compete to get the best score by flipping, switching, and stealing monkeys. Each monkey has a value hidden under its feet that is only revealed when flipped. Victory will come to the player who switches, steals, and flips the best. You will find yourself laughing head over heels until all of your monkeys are up!
Ages: 6 to adult
Skills: Memory, Strategy
18 Plastic Monkeys
RoosterFin games are teacher-created, simple to learn, family friendly games. Joe, the owner of RoosterFin brings a unique skill to board games with his ability to create authentic game engines. His gift is in understanding how math applies to games. Joe's background, coupled with his years teaching kids, enables him to create award-winning games that are continuously simple to learn and fun to play. Since Joe has left his life in the classroom behind, he has devoted his full attention to making great games.
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53 of 53 people found the following review helpful.
Fun game with a Major Design Flaw
By J. Conn
Our family loves games of all kinds and I especially love educational games. My kids are going into first grade and fifth grade, and both really enjoy this game. There is some strategy in paying attention to who switches which monkeys and in choosing what to do after you roll. My first grader needs a little help with the math at the end as it's often just a little bit too much for him. I love that they can play it together and it stretches their math skills and I always love games that come with a "solo play" option. My first grader can do that as long as he has his calculator, so that's great.
The two reasons I gave it 3 stars are:
1. The monkey balance on a rectangular base that is NOT stable enough. If you play on the carpet, they will constantly fall over. If you play on a table, they will fall over when anyone bumps the table. We have found the only way we can play is on a hard floor (which we only have in the kitchen) or on the floor with everyone having something hard to put their monkeys on and they STILL fall over pretty regularly. We've had to quit a couple games because we've all seen all the monkeys that aren't flipped, ruining the game. It would be easily a 5-star game if the monkeys had a larger, maybe round base so they could stand better. I can't tell you how frustrating it is to have them all fall over every other turn or so. One game ended in tears with both kids accusing the other of purposely knocking down their monkeys.
2. The "reverse" option on the die is pretty useless overall. Most times we are playing solo or two people, and it just amounts to a skipped turn. I'd rather have another "steal" or maybe "give away" one or something?
3. The directions are a little confusing at first. We had to play while reading them, but we "got it" pretty quickly. After the first full game, we didn't need to refer to the directions anymore. This is pretty minor, really, and I wouldn't have knocked it down just for this.
4. For some reason, the monkeys that are 0 points have an X instead of 0. I don't know why, this just seems weird. Again, that alone wouldn't have cost it a star, that's just a note.
Overall, this is a fun game that I don't mind playing and doesn't go on forever like Candy Land. It has some educational value and the kids can play it without me. I did receive this game at a discount for my honest opinion, which I've given. With the design flaw, I'm not sure it's worth the full price. If only the monkeys were more stable, it might be our new favorite.
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful.
I gave the game to our 7-yr old twin granddaughters and they liked the game. One thing I found interesting was there were no instructions in the game or on the box. My daughter looked them up online and we were able to play and had fun with it, but that was a glitch.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful.
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By Gayle Ann Chacon
great game, my 6 year old granddaughter played with a 9 year old friend and 31 year old parents!