Friday, October 17, 2014

#90: Tante Tarantel (Mark's 100 - 2014)

Tante Tarantel 

Mark's Ranking
  • 2014: 90th
  • 2012: did not appear
  • 2010: did not appear
  • 2005: did not appear
  • rank: 4434
  • rating: 6.21
Print Status
  • OOP
Why It's On The List
  • "Auntie Tarantula" (that's how the game translates into English) is an odd blend of think-y movement decisions (the movement of your bugs is fixed at one space per turn) and wild swings of random craziness (Auntie T., on the other hand, moves at the whim of a die roll). 
Tips & Tricks:
    • This is the first "kid game" on the list... but there's enough going on here to make it a nice end of the night filler game.
    • My boys were both playing this by the time they were 5 years old - WITH adult help. The endgame scoring & the odd movement system for the spider (along with the German language notes on the board) require some supervision.
    • Timing your exit from the web is key... since the point values fluctuate, it's important to think about player order & the appropriate level of risk.
    • This game was #18 on my Kid Games 100 back in 2009.
    • Tante Tarantel was reprinted in 2009 in a "two games in one box" edition with the also fun (but not quite as good) Igel Argern

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