When monkeys get coconuts in their hands, they quickly put on helmets. Their main aim will not be to get in and pick all that tasty flesh, but to throw them on people passing by. Aiming for the head!
Who would not enjoy that? So let’s first try to mock other people in board game Coconuts, created by Walter Schneider first for company Korea Board Games. Later, the game was released by other companies, but the original version dates back to 2013 and this is the one.
We find it in openable box with crazy monkeys on the picture. Style of illustration clearly points towards Asian continent, as well as processing of the components inside. Here are components ready for four players – board with one monkey and three stumps. Those are positions for rewards. Remaining pieces are colorful baskets (red and yellow), and primarily monkey catapults. They have hands connected with thumbs to each other and are able to hold one of of 36 coconuts. Their upper limbs are stretchy downwards, so immediately after releasing them, they return to original top position. All the fun is completed by set of 12 cards.
At the beginning of the game, players create disposition of cups according to even or odd number of participants. They will thus have a square or a triangle in the middle filled with colored cups (yellow on top, red in the bottom). Around them, players put their starting boards. Each participant also gets one monkey shooter, eight coconuts and two magic cards.
On his turn, a player takes his monkey catapult and places it anywhere behind drawn a red line on his board. He places one coconut in monkey paws, stretches them, aims for some cup and fires away. He tries to hit one of the plastic cups in the middle, so coconut stays laying inside.
Such cup can player take and place it on one of three positions on his stumps. If he received red cup this way, he may play again. If not, then its another participant’s turn. Players try to pick one cup after another, placing them into a line of three and only then can they start building pyramid to win. First player, who gets to build six cups tower on his stumps is the winner.
Coconuts are from start to finish entertainment focused on skill players. Similar stretching, shooting and hitting targets was already in other games and once again, it is all about feelings in your fingers. Stretch monkey hands so coconut flies just the right distance takes a little practice. It is clear, that by doing more matches, players will improve and so new players will have it more difficult to win against experienced coconut shooters.
Game allows positioning of monkey anywhere beyond the red line. This makes it easier to aim as well as estimate the power, because player may try to maintain the same distance. The game is very fast, because turns alternate like hotcakes. Processing works well and meets the requirements of the game. Well, if you like anime graphics.
During the game, players in addition to these options have also a chance to use magic cards. These allow them to influence other players, whether forcing them to pass their next turn or even covering their eyes during shooting. These adjustments to the rules shift it slightly toward the party tune, but together, element of skill is still prevalent .
It is good, that author thought about different numbers of players. Especially in the case of dueling opponents, we get three completely different set of game plan, that guarantees equal opportunities for all participants.
Coconuts is a game, that will satisfy all the skilful players. They are the only target group of this new crazy fun, which is only about shooting coconuts. Main audience is course mainly children aged around six years, but also adults, who do not mind making themself look a little crazy. Coconuts is a fast fun for a limited range of players.
+ number of options for all players
+ cards allow conflicts
+ fast game
+ suitable for children
- only for skillful players
- anime processing is not for everyone