Tumblin’ Monkeys

Number of players
2-4
Recommended age
5+
Competition type
all vs. all
Playing time
10
-20 min
Difficulty
Easy
Cost or investment

Brief description of the game

30 monkeys hang from a 30-stick lattice. Players must remove the sticks trying not to let the monkeys fall to the ground. A game of skill, strategy and chance.
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How to play "Tumblin' Monkeys"

Set up before start playing

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PLAYERS

Tumblin’ Monkeys is a game for 2 to 4 players, from 5 years old.

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REQUIRED OBJECTS

Tumblin’ Monkeys is a commercial game. It is easy to find it in stores specialized in board games, in large supermarkets and in any ecommerce.

The set includes 30 monkeys, 30 sticks, a colored die —orange, green and pink— and a plastic tree that is actually the game board.

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MOUNTING THE PALM TREE

The game takes place in a tree —or rather a palm tree— that comes disassembled. The two pieces of the trunk are easily assembled together. Then the trunk is placed on the base and finally the branches are added on top.

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PLACING THE STICKS

Place two sticks of each color in each of the levels of the palm tree. There will then be 6 sticks per level.

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THROW MONKEYS

Drop the monkeys from the top hole. If one of them falls to the base of the palm tree, pick it up and throw it again until all the monkeys are hanging from a stick.

With that, we are ready to start playing!

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TURNS

Tumblin’ Monkeys is played in turns clockwise, passing the turn to the player on the left.

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WHO'S FIRST?

The player with the least number of years starts.

Goal of the game

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HOW TO WIN A GAME OF TUMBLIN' MONKEYS?

The goal of the game is to remove the sticks carefully trying not to let the monkeys that were hanging from the stick fall to the base of the palm tree.

Tumblin' Monkeys rules: playing a game

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A TURN OF THE GAME

The player whose turn it is performs these actions:

  1. Roll the three-color die.
  2. Put out a stick from the highest level where there are sticks and of the color obtained in the die. If there is no stick of that color on that level then you do nothing and pass the turn.
  3. If any monkey falls, you must pick it up and keep it.

As the turns go by, some monkeys will fall to the ground and others will move from one level to a lower level. This increases the difficulty of the game, but also makes it more fun and exciting.

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FROM TOP TO BOTTOM

We insist on this basic and key rule for the game: no sticks can be taken from a lower level if there are still sticks above it. You start by removing the sticks from the top level and when there are none left you move down to the next level, and so on.

As the turns go by, some monkeys will fall to the ground and others will move from one level to a lower level. This increases the difficulty of the game, but also makes it more fun and exciting.

Game over. Who wins?

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END OF THE GAME

The game ends when there is no monkey left in the palm tree.

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AND THE WINNER IS...

The player with the fewest monkeys wins.

Tips for playing Tumblin' Monkeys

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CHOOSE THE RIGHT STICK

Tumblin’ Monkeys is not only a skill and pulse game, it is also a strategy game. Choosing the right stick can be the difference between winning and losing.

First look for toothpicks that don’t have any monkeys on them. If there are, you know what to do. But usually you’re not so lucky.

Next, look for sticks where just below the position where you think the monkeys will hang down, there are many sticks on the lower level. And logically the fewer monkeys you have the better.

Buying guide and tips

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There is not much advice to give except to tell you where you will find it at the best price. And the best price, around $20, you’ll find it on Amazon.

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LOODENS rating

 
Tumblin’ Monkeys is a must-play game, one of those games that everyone should play sometime in their life. It is suitable for all ages because although it looks like a children’s game, we can’t help but imagine a group of friends playing this game after drinking three or four beers. They’re sure to have a good laugh with the little monkeys!

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