Animal Games

Have fun discovering Animal Games.  These are original card, dice, and checkerboard games.  Each game is associated with an animal.  All game rule booklets have a picture of an animal or animals on the title page.  Most have an animal in the game's name.  Some such as Birds On A Wire have animal qualities -- the cards are laid out "like birds on a wire".  Others such as Crabs On A Blanket use playing pieces to represent animals.

You will find free rules for a number of Animal Games here.  New games will be added over time.


You can find rules for original games in articles on the Game Articles page.  Look for articles marked with an 'O' for original game.

A free ebooklet "Five New 5-Dice Games" is available at the GetFreeBooks website.

And four inexpensive Animal Games rules ebooklets are available from Tradebit.  See the eBooklets page for details.


The Animal Games in sequential order by year are:

2008
TOP DOG
 
2009
DICE BOWLING, MAGPIE, POLAR BEAR SLIDE, CATCH UP, DIAMONDS, HEDGEHOG
 
2010
COCKROACH, CHICKS IN A BASKET, THIRD RAIL
 
2011
SNAIL'S PACE, ROEBUCK, MOSQUITO, POSSUM, MINNOWS,  EIGHT TINY REINDEER

2012
ORANGUTAN, WARTHOG, SIXES AND SEVENS
 
2013
PREHISTORIC, HADDOCK

2014
DALMATION, TIC-TAC-TOE ON A CHECKERBOARD

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A dice game for 2 to 4 players. You need to catch up to the high roller.   60k v. 2 Apr 9, 2012, 2:33 PM Paul Hoemke
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A board game for 2 players. You add to a pattern of light and dark.   61k v. 3 Jul 30, 2012, 9:47 AM Paul Hoemke
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A dice game for 2 to 6 players. You create sequences.   68k v. 2 Apr 9, 2012, 2:35 PM Paul Hoemke
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A dice game for 2 to 6 players. You match the opening roll total.   68k v. 2 Feb 22, 2015, 10:35 AM Paul Hoemke
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A card game for 3 to 6 players. You try to take the most Diamonds.   75k v. 2 Apr 9, 2012, 2:36 PM Paul Hoemke
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A dice game for 2 to 6 players. You roll three dice instead of a bowling ball to knock down bowling pins.   95k v. 2 Apr 9, 2012, 2:36 PM Paul Hoemke
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A card game for 2 to 4 players. You look for reindeer toys.   69k v. 2 Apr 9, 2012, 2:37 PM Paul Hoemke
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A card game for 2 to 6 players. You play pairs of cards.  55k v. 1 Sep 7, 2013, 2:34 PM Paul Hoemke
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A board game for 2 or 4 players. You carefully place playing pieces.  81k v. 2 Apr 9, 2012, 2:37 PM Paul Hoemke
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A dice game for 2 to 6 players. You roll scoring combinations.   82k v. 2 Apr 9, 2012, 2:38 PM Paul Hoemke
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A card game for 2 to 4 players similar to Dominoes. You try to run out of cards.   62k v. 2 Apr 9, 2012, 2:38 PM Paul Hoemke
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A card game for 2 to 4 players. You try to place cards on a layout.  71k v. 2 Apr 9, 2012, 2:39 PM Paul Hoemke
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A card game for 2 to 4 players. You arrange cards in proper sequence.  111k v. 1 Nov 13, 2012, 2:48 PM Paul Hoemke
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A board game for 2 players. You slide polar bears across the ice.  76k v. 2 Apr 9, 2012, 2:42 PM Paul Hoemke
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A card game for 2 to 6 players. You try to run out of cards.  60k v. 2 Apr 9, 2012, 2:46 PM Paul Hoemke
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A card game for 4 to 6 players. You try to collect certain cards.   62k v. 1 Jun 6, 2013, 10:20 AM Paul Hoemke
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A card game for 4 players. You try to play a card in each round.   59k v. 2 Apr 9, 2012, 2:40 PM Paul Hoemke
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A card game for 3 to 6 players. You play the right cards to take tricks.   65k v. 1 Feb 22, 2015, 10:35 AM Paul Hoemke
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A board game for 2 players. You race snails across a board.   77k v. 2 Apr 9, 2012, 2:40 PM Paul Hoemke
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A card game for 3 to 6 players. You try to take every third trick.  57k v. 2 Apr 9, 2012, 2:34 PM Paul Hoemke
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A checkerboard game for 2 players. You form multiple tic-tac-toes.   63k v. 1 Feb 22, 2015, 10:33 AM Paul Hoemke
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A card game for 2 to 4 players. You try to play the most high cards.   47k v. 2 Apr 9, 2012, 2:43 PM Paul Hoemke
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A board game for 2 players. You try to land on your opponent.   58k v. 1 Feb 22, 2015, 10:34 AM Paul Hoemke
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