Animal Game Cards is a card game consisting of 36 animal cards, three cards with the rules explained and one card, which can be filled out in case an animal is missing. Each animal card details five sound parameters of the animal – pitch, duration, loudness, width of vibrato and speed of vibrato. The card game is played like car cards.
- Scanned set of Animal Game Cards as above, larger file
The rules are as follows:
The deck of cards is dealt out face-down and evenly divided to the players. Each player picks up their pile of cards, still face-down, and uses only the top card at all times. The youngest player starts. He/she chooses which parameter to compete in - either pitch, duration, loudness, width of vibrato or speed of vibrato - either by saying it out loud or by showing 1-5 fingers, signifying one of the five parameters.
The players study their cards and when all are ready, they perform all of the parameters of their cards sonically (using voice or instruments) - all at the same time. Sounds of very short duration may be performed twice. The holder of the card with the highest number of the chosen parameter (the highest pitch, longest duration, loudest, widest vibrato or highest speed of vibrato) wins the other players' cards of the round. The numbers on the cards are what matters, though if several cards have the same numbers, the players agree on who actually played loudest/highest pitch etc. The winner of the round chooses the next parameter and starts the next round.
The game is over when all of the cards belong to one player. If the game must be finished before a certain time, the players agree on a game length, use a kitchen timer and count the piles of cards when the alarm sounds. The player with most cards wins.