Coconuts (4 Player)
MFG: Mayday Games/Korea Board Games
#of Players: 2 – 4
Age Range: 6+
Overall Construction: This is a children’s game, so the parts that need to be sturdy are and the parts that get wear will hold up for a while. Your components are: 1 rule sheet/book, 4 playmats, 4 spring-arm monkeys, 36 rubber coconuts, 4 red cups, 10 yellow cups, 12 special cards. The cards & playmats are common card stock for a game made for this age range. The rule book could have been a rule sheet, but it has the rules in both English & Korean. The cups are half sized tumblers that are solid enough that you could drink out of them.
The coconuts themselves are a sticky point. They are a solid piece of brown rubber, vaguely shaped like a Milk Dud candy. So children I have played this with have said they looked like poo. If you want you can alleviate them being called poo you can buy the pink or green coconuts. More advantages to buying the pink and/or green coconuts are that they are brightly colored, so easier to find if they go astray, as well as you won’t have to worry as much about people trying to eat them because they look like Milk Duds. Either way they are solid and WILL bounce.
The monkeys are made of a solid plastic with a spring loaded are for flinging the coconuts. The arms can only be pulled down so far because of the legs and will only spring up so far because the arms hit the monkey’s big grin. It is held together with 4 small phillips head screws, so repair may be possible. Word to the wise, because the monkey has a stopping point, make sure to hold down its feet so it doesn’t jump up off the table and sending your coconut astray.
Gameplay: 2 & 4 player games have the same basic set-up with a grid of 9 cups red cups under yellow cups in a cross pattern with the center being a double yellow cup and all the rest being single cup stacks. Playmats are placed across the grid from each other. The monkeys are then placed with their butts towards the line on the playmat. A Three player game is different because the board is set-up in a triangle pattern and the double yellow cups are not necessary.
Each player is then given 2 cards and 8 coconuts in a 4 player game. If you are playing with younger kids I recommend leaving out the cards and at most giving each player at most 2 coconuts. I have seen things get out of hard once kids overshoot the cups and start hitting other players.
You will notice that there are 3 basket icons on the playmat. When a player successfully shoots a coconut into a cup, meaning the coconut stays in the cup (bouncing out doesn’t count, but bouncing in does), they take that cup. If they shoot a coconut into a red cup, they get a second shot. As players collect the cups they will place them over the spots on the playmat and will start stacking them into a pyramid of 6 cups for the win.
Be careful though. If other players see you winning they can try to shoot their coconuts into your cups. They can also accidentally shoot them into your cups as well. If their shot makes it into your cup they take it and you may have to down stack your pyramid depending on the color of the cup they shot it into. In the same way that shooting your coconut into a red cup will get you a second turn, the same applies if someone shoots their coconut into someone’s red cup. Any way you stack it, the first player with their stack of 6 completed wins.
Yes/No Recommend: Yes, Yes, Yes. Not saying that there aren’t times that having this game won’t be rattling, but this is a game that is well worth the money paid for it. You will/can get tons of replay value out of this game. Another big selling point to this game is that it has monkeys and who doesn’t like monkeys? This has to be one of the best re-skins of the classic game Tiddly Winks I have ever seen. This is an attention getter and secretly teaches hand/eye coordination and the ability to figure out how far down you can pull the monkey’s arms to map out the trajectory to hit your target.
For adults who don’t have kids, this game could easily turned into a drinking game similar to quarters or beer pong. Red cups could be 2 drinks instead of just one.
I’m not saying this game is perfect, but most of the potential flaws of this game are solely based on the behavior of the players and the people watching as you play the game. I would like to recommend this game for kids younger than 6, but I believe the choking hazard risk may be too high. As stated above, I do recommend buying the alternate coconuts for the reasons stated above. Buy this game and have endless fun. You can also buy multiple sets if you plan on having more players. This game comes in a 2 Player version as well.
Where To Get It: I received my copy at Gencon and know it was available at Origins Game Fair as well. Upon getting it back to my home game store, I recommended that they get a copy or 2 of this game for the store, hopefully other people will do the same. As this is relatively new I do not believe that it is at any Big Box stores yet. If you would like more information on this game or any other Mayday Games releases please check out their website here https://maydaygames.com/dexterity-games/coconuts.html?limit=all