Ei Noon is a fast little game full of good laughs and hopping good fun.
Jeremiah & Kara
Publisher: Igel Spiele
Designer: Oliver Igelhaut
Artist: Natasa Kaiser
Game Type: Card Game
Game Type: Speed Thinking
Initial Year of Release: 2019
Age Range: 7+
Expected Playtime: 15 minutes
Number of Players: 3-5
Click Here For English Rules
Theme and What is it?
Quickly and quietly you hop down the trail. You are a bunny, and Easter is just around the corner. You’ve put off preparations, and now it’s too late. The egg stores are all sold out and you must resort to thievery to accrue the eggs you need for the holiday. You’ve reached the chicken coop and pause just outside the door. Slowly you peek inside. Not a chicken in sight. With a smug smile you clamber up the ramp, bunny fingers outstretched as you reach for the nearest egg.
Suddenly, there’s a flurry of feathers and a cacophony of clucking. The guard hen has returned, and she is not happy to see you! You abandon your design and race from the coop, the angry hen hot on your heels. Finally she stops and heads back to her home. “Whew!” you sigh, wiping beads of sweat from your bunny-brow, “That was a close one!” You pause just long enough to catch your breath, and with a steely determination bounce down the path – back toward the coop.
In Ei Noon, players play cards and move bunnies around a little nest as they try to collect eggs. By thinking fast, acting quickly, and avoiding the guard hens, one player will stash the most eggs and earn the title of “most egg-salent bunny”!
Ei Noon is a super simple card-snatching game. To set up, the nest card is placed in the middle of the table with thee 2 hen meeples and bunny meeples equal to the number of players are placed around the edges. The matching colored bunny cards are placed to the side of the nest, within easy reach of all the players.
Each round, one player will deal a facedown egg card to each player. Then on the count of three the cards are flipped, revealing a number of chicken feet and bunny paws. The chicken feet symbols on the cards show how far around the nest each guard hen will move, and the paw prints show how far each player’s bunny will move — once they’ve chosen a bunny of course!
One really interesting aspect of this game is that the bunnies aren’t assigned to specific players. When the cards are flipped, players have to figure out very quickly which bunny would work best with the movement on the card they’ve flipped. They just don’t want their bunny to end on the same side as a guard hen.
As soon as they have an idea, players snatch up the bunny card they want and place it in front of them.
After all the bunnies have been chosen, the player who dealt the cards counts up all the chicken feet symbols and moves the guard hens accordingly. Then they move each player’s bunny around the nest equal to the number of paw prints on that player’s card.
Whichever bunnies end their movement on a side of the nest without a hen gets to tuck their egg card into their little bunny satchel. The most successful egg-snatcher at the end of the game wins!
I had no egg-spectations for the game. What even is this game? There are chickens, and bunnies, and everything is in German. Unfortunately, my 3 months of German class weren’t enough for me to translate. Once I managed to hunt down the English rules (provided in the red quick link button at the top of this review), and saw how unique the game was, I was really intrigued!
We rustled together a group, and within 5 minutes we were playing. It took us a few rounds to get the hang of things, but once we did everyone was cheering, groaning, and laughing as we raced the bunnies around the hen-guarded nest.
Game Build Quality
Ei noon comes in a tiny pink and blue box with just enough room for the cards, meeples, and rules sheet to fit inside. There’s a tiny bag for the meeples, and that’s really all the storage that’s needed. Everything fits so snugly that things don’t shift around once the lid is on. The cards are a little thin, but they shuffle well. The meeples are cute and they stand up nicely on their own.
The artwork for Ei Noon is simple. The bunny cards have a picture of a colored bunny meeple, and the symbols on the cards are just chicken feet and bunny paws. The most complex artwork can be found on the box lid, and it’s a beautiful little drawing of a chicken and a bunny with the Ei Noon title twisting between them.
The bunny paws and chicken feet are really easily distinguishable from each other, which is so important as players are frantically trying to figure out where each hen will move, and where each bunny could move each round. There are two different colored hens – a black one and a brown one. Any black chicken feet symbols correspond to the black hen, and the brown chicken feet correspond to the brown hen. The colors are really similar to each other which can make it kind of hard to see at a glance which chicken is moving how many spaces. The only improvement I think they could have made would be to choose chicken colors that were more distinguishable from each other.
Ei noon is a fast-paced frantic egg scramble fraught with mild tension, medium hysteria, and good-hearted laughs. There are feelings of triumph when you successfully snatch up the bunny you want milliseconds before your opponent lunges for it, and feelings of despair when you realize you counted wrong and the bunny you grabbed won’t actually get any eggs! There are feelings of blank-brained panic as you stare at the bunny cards and watch them vanish in the blink of an eye.
There’s a unique table atmosphere after everyone flips their cards. There are a few seconds of complete silence as everyone tries to mentally move the hens around the nest and figure out which of the bunnies could successfully snag them some eggs. The silence is followed by a slow building scream as bunny cards start disappearing. It’s a fast little game full of good laughs and hopping good fun.
Age Range & Weight
The recommended age for Ei Noon is 7+ which I think is perfect. Seven-year-olds might not be able to play the game really well at first, but that’s okay because this game would also be an excellent tool for teaching kids how to count. They have to count up the chicken feet each round, and then move each hen the right number of spaces around the nest. Then they have to count the bunny feet on each players card and move the bunnies the right number of spaces.
Ei noon is an extremely light game that would be perfect for playing between bigger games, or before game night while you’re waiting for everyone else to show up.
Ei Noon is a delightfully simple egg-grabbing game. The rounds are lightning fast and full of tension. This would make a great Easter gift, especially for someone who enjoys playing the same game again and again until they’ve mastered it. For some quick, lighthearted egg-thieving fun, definitely check out Ei Noon!
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