Fauna Game Review
A trivia game where you don’t have to know the answer!
Most trivia games require you know the exact answers and can be quite frustrating if you play with people who know a lot more than you. Because of this, they don’t make good family games. I remember playing Trivial Pursuit with my parents, and I had some fun, but I had no chance of winning.
Fauna is different! In this animal trivia game, you get points for being close to the right answer. This means that an educated guess could score you points, or you could just play next to someone else if you think they know the answer.
Each round the top of a card is revealed. It tells you an animal, how many regions of the board it lives in, and its scientific name. The card will also tell you if you are supposed to guess the weight, length, height, and tail length (you will guess at least 2 of these for each animal).
On your turn you will use one of your 6 cubes to guess an answer. You can place it in an area of the board to guess where it lives or on one of the numbered tracks at the bottom to guess one of the stats of the animal. After each player places one cube, you have the option of placing another or passing. Your cubes score points if they are correct guesses or if they are next to a correct guess.
Once all of the players have passed, you look at the bottom of the cards and see the correct answers. All of your cubes that score points are returned to you, and the cubes that did not score are discarded. Then each player is allowed to retrieve one of their discarded cubes. If you have less than 3 cubes, you draw more so that you have 3 to start the next round.
The fact that you can lose cubes for incorrect guesses adds strategy to the game. Sometimes you might only place a couple cubes so that you make sure you have some for a later card where you might know more info.
What I like about Fauna:
- This game truly teaches you about the animals.
- It plays up to 6 players.
- It is fun (even though it is educational).
- Our animal-loving kids actually have an advantage over us.
- Even when you don’t have a clue, you can guess based on other people’s answers.
- There are 360 different animal cards, and we only use about 6 per game.
- Elijah likes the anticipation as he wait to see if he is right, and debating whether it is worth risking playing more cubes.
- Ruth likes that we all guess on the same animal, not one person per animal.
- Isaiah enjoys the fact that you get points for being close because it is hard to guess exactly.
Whether you enjoy animals or trivia, I think you will like Fauna.