Monday, July 30, 2012

Quao (Pronounced "Cow")

Publisher: Wiggity Bang Games
Players: 3-6
Ages: 13+
Quao Rules: http://www.wiggitybang.com/quao/quao_pics/Quao_instructions.pdf
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Quao: The Ultimate Dictatorship Game is a pretty succinct title. In a nutshell, players take turns being a dictatorial cow. A dictator with all sorts of rules (sometimes changing), to boot.

The goal of the game is to navigate your way through the 4 rounds and be the first person to get rid of all of your cards in that 4th round. Each round has one player as the Quao and there is a definite advantage to being the Quao - you are the only player that knows all of the rules and then you get to punish everyone for breaking those unknown rules.



There are different kinds of cards that you use during play (as pictured above):
Jaquas: Embarrassing revelations - This card requires a personal revelation such as "Name the first thing you would do if you were invisible."
Quak: You, the entertainer - This requires you to perform a task such as answer a question or "Choose an opponent and have a thumb war. Loser draws a card."
Cheeta': Reward or abuse those you choose - This card can either help or hinder such as "Reverse the order of play."
Bully Q: Lather, rinse, repeat - This card adds silly requirements to other players for the duration of the current round such as "Before you draw a card, you must flex your muscles and flash a cheesy grin." If you forget, the Quao will punish you with a card.
Quao Rules: These are the rules that only the Quao knows and contain similar tasks to the Bully Q cards.
JoQuer: The joke's on you - This card is used to avoid punishment from the Quao.

Now, when I first opened this game, it all seemed very complicated. I was wrong. Just play a practice round and it will all make perfect sense - I promise - or maybe you just won't care because your brother is oinking like a pig while your mom is flexing her muscles.

Let's talk about the teen and up age suggestion. I think that this suggestion was made for 2 reasons:
1. There is a lot of reading and a lot of information that players need to follow.
2. One of the card types, as mentioned above, is the JaQuas.  Give ANYBODY a legitimate reason to say "Jackass" over and over again, and they will take it (and enjoy it). This is the same issue that the game Fact or Crap has.

The reading issue is really a personal suggestion. You should know the abilities of your youngsters.

The JaQuas issue can be easily remedied with a Sharpie as seen below:

I like "DonQui" the best
Or you can just let everybody say JaQuas over and over again.

I like this game.  It is a lot of fun. It has a chaotic, drinking game kind of feel without the red Solo cups (unless you are into that sort of thing). Another thing I like about the game is the company web support.  If you go to the Quao website and become a fan, they will give you a link to print off 10 additional Quao Rule Cards, templates to create your own Quao cards and a really cool Quao Qrown. I highly recommend the extra play experience that the Quao Qrown creates!

One Zillion Games was provided with a review copy of Quao. The fact that a sample copy was provided, in no way influences our opinions of the game.

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