Lost Puppies is a cooperative game for children age 5 and older.
Two to six players work together to help find several lost puppies
and deliver them to their own homes before nightfall.
Using logic, critical thinking and luck, players locate the lost
puppies on the map-like game board and find unblocked paths to
get the puppies home. Night cards can block certain paths and can
only be removed with the help of flashlight cards. So during a
player's turn, she turns over a card on the board hoping to find
a puppy. Instead, she might draw a night card to block the path,
a flashlight card to unblock the path, or even a "take a peek" card
to look under a card before deciding whether or not to turn it
over. If she finds a puppy, another player may try to find a path
to deliver the puppy to its home.
Each player gets his own turn and makes his own decisions, but
no one wins or loses. The game ends either when all the puppies
are safely home or when no more plays can be made. If the game
ends with lost puppies still on the board, the players are encouraged
to think more critically about their moves and start the game over
to bring all the puppies home the next round. Once the game becomes
too easy, three more challenging versions are suggested.
Lost Puppies definitely kept the attention of my soon-to-be 5-year-old--simply
because of the bright colors and very cute puppy cards. It has
helped him develop logical and critical thinking skills as well
as the recognition of the numbers 1-12, which are located on the
night cards and corresponding places on the map. The game is quite
simple to learn and very fairly priced.