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Madd Capp

Madd Capp Checkers Dog Lovers Edition

3.6
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Description

  • Dice Popper
  • Dog bone crowns
  • Dog bowl style checker
  • Game board designed like kitchen floor

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Customer Reviews

For the dogsThis board game has a lot of things my kids like. Dogs? Check! A pop-o-matic dice? Check! Checkers? Uh...Check! By all accounts this should have been a huge hit. But instead it's a muddled mess of poor rules, aggravating game play, and no dogs whatsoever.Let's start with the dogs. This game is "dog-themed." Imagine if all the animated movie Lady and the Tramp featured nothing but dog bowls, paw prints, and bones and that's pretty much what you get with this board game. There are pictures of dogs on the box and some in the instructions and that's it. It's just paw prints on the board, the pieces are dog bowls, and the queens are identified with flimsy foam bones.Speaking of the components, there's three: brown and red dog bowls, a bunch of white bones, and the pop-o-matic. The dog bowls are surprisingly sturdy components, which is totally unnecessary for a game of checkers. The materials should have been spent on creating the queens (Dog Bowl Kings, in this game), which are identified by the bones you place in the bowls. The bone doesn't even fit all the in the bowl. This rapidly becomes a problem when you move a Dog Bowl King and the bone falls out.Besides the not-a-dog theme, there's two twists in how the game differs from checkers. There's the pop-o-matic, which features three dice. These dice have six sides with two possibilities, red bone or brown bone. Depending on which dice you get, you move your piece and/or your player's piece as well!And now we come to the most confusing and aggravating part of the game: each turn, each player can move any piece on the board. Depending on the die roll, the player may not get to move any of his own pieces and only his opponent's and vice versa.The problem with these two innovations is how they interact with each other. Early in the game there's not a lot of places to move (non-King dog bowls can only move forward, remember), which means you very quickly run out of options and forfeit your turn. It also robs player's of agency, frustrating kids who dislike seeing their pieces moved by their opponent and get rapidly confused as to whose turn it is.The popper/"anyone moves" mechanic would actually be helpful during the final stages of the game, where opponents can circle each other forever as Dog Bowl Kings, but the game specifically prohibits this.Here's my recommendations to improve this game:1) Buy some plastic dogs to replace Dog Bowl Kings. Everyone will be happy that they finally get to play a dog in a game with dogs plastered all over it. Also, you won't have to worry about losing the tiny bones.2) Don't use the popper until the first person gets a Dog Bowl King, and then apply the "player controls opponent's piece" rule to every piece, including the Kings. This helps speed up play rather than slow it down.Or you could just buy a cheap game of checkers, three dice (even is red, odd is brown), the aforementioned plastic dogs, and end up with a better dog-themed checkers game for under $10. 2Great fun!My daughter LOVES this game! She and my husband play it all of the time and they aren't sick of it yet, which is a huge bonus with a board game - especially checkers! There's a unique spin to this game that makes it different than "regular" checkers, but you can play the traditional way too. It's also pretty darn cute to look at. A winner at my house with kids & adults alike! 5Five Starsjust the thing for the dog lover 5exactly what i ordered is what i got good quality actually yes i would order againarrived very quickly ! exactly what i ordered is what i got good quality actually yes i would order again 5Fun twist on checkersBought this for my 7 year old who loves to play checkers and loves dogs. It is a very nicely made set and very fun! I've even given one as a gift! 5A lot of fun and a great introduction to the world of checkersAs someone with a long-term serious interest in checkers (I've written the on-line Checker Maven column for over 10 years) I'm often a little wary when someone comes along with an "improvement" to the grand old game. But sometimes, it really works. It all depends what you're looking for.In this case, Madd Capp checkers adds quite a few elements. There's randomization with the "popper" (a very cute gadget). There's the ability to make multiple moves in a turn. There's the option to at times move not just your own pieces but your opponent's as well. And finally, there's the theme: dog bowls for men and adding a bone to the bowl to make a king.Now, I'll never, ever say that real checkers is boring! But as a game of pure skill, with no luck at all, if players are poorly matched it can be frustrating for both the weaker and the stronger opponent. Madd Capp, with the luck element of the popper, keeps both players in the game until the very end. Particularly for the younger set, this definitely maintains the fun factor. The rules are actually a little harder to learn than in real checkers, but only a little, and the game is suitable for a wide range of age groups, and grandparent and grandchild can play with no problems due to skill differences.The equipment is well-made and very attractive. It also seems durable with ordinary care. And, as skills and interest develop, the same equipment can be used to play real checkers at some point, too.I have to admit it --- this product has found the right formula. Yes, I still believe in real checkers, and I think that ultimately a youngster should learn to play and love the real game. But this product is a great introduction and a lot of fun, and new players won't say "boring" and walk away before giving it a chance.Thumbs up and five stars for this game! 5Super cuteMust have for the dog lover you know or are. 5Best Game EverBest Game Ever! 5One StarNot as expected - a toy for a child - not checkers 1Weird RulesCheckers with new rules? We play the same old way. If it ain't broke, don't fix it. The board and pieces are cute though 4
Madd Capp Checkers Dog Lovers Edition

Madd Capp Checkers Dog Lovers Edition

3.6
Error You can't add more than 500 quantity.
Regular price
SG$ 113.00
Sale price
SG$ 113.00
Regular price
SG$ 186.00
Sold out
Unit price
per 
Save 39% (SG$ 73.00)