Cobra Paw

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Ninja-like know how steals the game! Ninja-like reflexes, sharp recognition skills, and mental fortitude steals the game in our new tile-snatching challenge known as Cobra Paw! Players take turns rolling the dice (featuring 6 unique symbols), spotting the tile with the matching pattern, then grabbing it before their opponents. The first player to snatch up 6 tiles wins the game and bestows great honor to the Grand Shidoshi, Master Meow!

This game builds hand-eye coordination. It is out-of-the-box fun with simple rules that allows young children (6+) to understand how to play the game very quickly. It aids younger children to gain patience through turn-taking, and is a fast easy game to learn about winning and losing.  

It’s important to remember which tiles you have already captured. Often, you’ll be looking for the tile to grab in the center pool but it’s actually in your own stash. Then another player swipes it from right under your nose! As the tiles in the center dwindle, it’s helpful to shift your focus onto another player’s tiles in an all out attempt to steal instead of searching the middle playing area first. Another helpful tip is to figure out the quickest way to recognize tiles and come up with a description in your head… some players search for colours so when the dice are rolled, they’re searching for “RED/BLUE” or whatever. While other players may recognize shapes better, so they might search for “SLASHES/CIRCLES”.
Anthony, one of the designers at Bananagamrs, Inc., tells this story: “I brought the game to my friend’s house when we first received production samples. We played several times. We had each won three games so we decided to have a tie-breaker. Towards the end of the game, we had each managed to claim 7 tiles (8 tiles wins in a 2-player game). The next roll would decide the game, and the winner overall. We rolled the dice and when we both went to grab the winning tile, it got knocked off the table, onto the floor. We looked at each other for about a half second, and then both of us dove on the floor as if we were Indiana Jones, trying to capture some mystical artefact worth millions of dollars. Keep in mind, we’re both 40 year-old dads, so it’s kind of ridiculous that we were diving to win a game of Cobra Paw. I ended up with the tile, but I was also a little closer. I think Master Meow would have been pleased with our competitive intensity.”