We’ve been playing a very silly and fun card game at home in this past week. It’s called Killer Bunnies and the Quest for the Magic Carrot.
How we ended up owning and playing this game is an interesting story. Our family went to a gaming conference last weekend and, among other games, we watched a table of many players enjoying Killer Bunnies. Both my wife and I remembered seeing the box several months ago in a local games shop (The Game Shoppe) and how we thought the game looked “cute” but didn’t buy it. There we were watching a bunch of people obviously enjoying themselves playing this card game and we had to try it ourselves. Before leaving the conference we purchased our own copy and played it several times that same evening at home.
It’s a non-collectible card game; it does have several expansion decks you can add. You have to add the expansion decks in a certain order since they build upon each other. The initial box comes with a blue deck and also includes the optional yellow deck. We purchased the red deck with the game – it’s the next in the series. Each add-on deck adds about 50 cards, an additional colored die and enhanced rules to support the new cards.
This game has a very fun theme too. The basic idea of the game is that you are collecting carrot cards whenever you can. One of the carrot cards is revealed to be the “magic carrot” at game’s end. It can change with each playing. You need to keep your bunnies alive and have at least one to win. Of course the objective is to kill the bunnies of your opponents. It’s actually fun to see all the interesting ways this game provides for the killing of the bunnies. It’s full of humor.
I scanned a number of the cards and have included some here for your enjoyment. The bunny cards are either blue, yellow or pink. Pink are the special carrot cards. There are also red bunny cards because of our first expansion pack.
On the front of each bunny card you either have a bunny, aggressive card, weapon card, special card, or very special card. The trick about the weapon and aggressive cards are that they require that you have live bunny in the “bunny circle” or the card is inert. The bunny cards themselves are of varying types. You can have a timid bunny, a sinister bunny, a lumbering bunny, and a couple other kinds. The bunnies are also of a color, green, orange and purple shown here. The colors work something like a “suit” in a regular card deck. Having three bunnies of either same kind or color gives you a multiple turn advantage. It also makes you a likely target for weapons from your opponents.
A few of the other cards include:
Choose A Carrot
This card allows you to pick up carrots from the marketplace. You will need at least one carrot to win. An obvious strategy is to keep your bunny alive and get all the carrots you can in hopes of having the lucky carrot at the end of the game.
The bunnies need water and cabbage to survive. A less frequent “Large Prune Danish” card can also provide nourishment for your bunny.
The Magic Fountain
This is an example of a card that allows a player to roll several of the colored dice in the hopes of some reward.
A Weapon Card
This Trojan Bunny shows some of the funny cards a player can place as a weapon against another player’s bunny. Most of the weapon cards are things like slingshot or meat cleaver. The Trojan Bunny card is interesting because it punishes the other player if they play a weapon against someone else.
If you get one of these cards your own bunny immediately dies. I love the little picture and description for this card.
The rules are pretty simple, and the game is luck based – although a reasonable strategy is to try to create a situation where the odds are highly in your favor. My son really enjoys the game because it’s easy to play and he gets to kill the other player’s bunnies in fun ways. And he wins the game too. Killer Bunnies is twisted and very funny. If you set a limit of how many carrots are available in the game you control how the game can run too. It’s a card game so it plays quick and requires no real setup time aside from shuffling all the cards.
The box says it plays with 2 to 8 players. It works with 2 players but the dynamics are lots more fun as the number of players increase.
Killer Bunnies is a lightweight game and hardly to the depth and strategy of many of the other games I’ve written about here. But our family has been playing it pretty often. All you have to do is say the word “Bunnies” and we’re all off to give it a game. We had one of those moments again this past weekend where Melissa and I paused to note how wonderful is was for our family to be sitting around the kitchen table playing this silly game instead of watching television or playing video games or other solo pursuits. I think that’s the reason I BLOG about these games. They really are a great way for our family to do some things together. Someone pointed out that while our son is in this age range we’ll probably be able to continue, and as he grows closer to being a teen these games will probably be less interesting. That seems likely to me too. So we’re happy to enjoy these activities whenever we can for the next few years. And my wife and I will undoubtedly keep playing our board games – and now a few card games – as time goes on.