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The Sneaky, Snacky Squirrel Card Game Review

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Reflex games like Speed or Slapjack have been played for generations, and The Sneaky, Snacky Squirrel Card Game from Educational Insights by Mary Jo Reutter takes the time-tested formula and turns it on its head. Typically, games have players attempt to gather or shed their cards in the reflex games, making it a test of dexterity to see who can juggle their decks and slap. Sneaky, Snacky Squirrel Card Game focuses specifically on the slapping.

sneakysnackycardgameRules are easy enough for young players to understand and exciting enough that adults will want to join in. Four decks of “Acorn Slap” cards are stacked in the middle of the table, each a different color. Players take turns being the dealer, who draws the “Sneaky Snacky Dealer” cards out one by one from their partially enclosed box that discourages peeking.

These  Sneaky Snacky Dealer cards come in three types: a “Sneaky” card with a tiptoeing masked squirrel, a squirrel holding a colored acorn, and a squirrel holding two acorns. Players are to make no slaps on “Sneaky,” but when a “Snacky” acorn is revealed, the first person to slap the colored card from the table wins it. If one of the “Double Snacky” cards is pulled, two cards are up for grabs, causing a flurry of slapping all over the table. By differentiating the cards, players are in a constant state of anticipation and nearly have a conniption when the “Sneaky” card, which is statistically the most prevalent, comes up.

Whenever there is a slap, the dealer cards shift to the next player, balancing the game for everyone. Play continues until the dealer deck is out of cards, and then players add up what they have collected. The player with the most cards wins the whole game. Each game only takes a few minutes, and players will return to it again and again.

By using orange-yellow, blue, red, and purple, Sneaky, Snacky Squirrel avoids all but the very rare blue-yellow color blindness. Even in this case, a marker could quickly add a symbol to the orange or blue deck to make them easily distinguishable. Parents or teachers nervous about potentially excluding anyone should have no worries over Sneaky, Snacky Squirrel.

The Sneaky, Snacky Squirrel Card Game is for three to six players aged four and up. The instructions make it easy for younger players that might not be ready for more advanced reflex games using a typical deck of cards. The game comes with a wealth of educational value in color recognition and strategic thinking, but the best of all is how much fun it is in the anticipation and then rush to slap.

Four out of Five Stars

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Jeff Provine is a Composition professor, novelist, cartoonist, and traveler of three continents. His latest book is a collection of local ghost legends, Campus Ghosts of Norman, Oklahoma.