Father-Son Games: Heul doch! Mau Mau
I first played Heul doch! Mau Mau during lunch with some coworkers in 2019, and I immediately loved it and thought Asher would love it, too.
The gameplay is fairly simple: play a card numbered 1-7 on your pile in front of you, but where the game gets interesting is that the card you play must match either the color or number of a card already in front you, and it cannot match the color or number of either of your neighbors' cards.
That doesn't sound all that hard to do, but my goodness, it's harder than you would expect!
This is fantastic game if you just want something where you can sit back, throw down some random colored onions on a pile, munch on some delicious snacks, and chit chat.
Did I mention that the cards are colored onions? Aesthetics matter. Sure, the cards could be just numbers and solid colors, but where's the fun in that? I like looking at the facial expressions of each onion.
One thing that I don't love about this game is that there's no English publication of it. I had to order it from Germany, and I had serious doubts that it would ever show up. I ran into a customer support nightmare where I was being bounced around between English, Indian, and German Amazon customer support personnel, and none of them had a good answer for what was happening with delivery in Illinois.
So keep in mind that while I do love this game and was more than happy to have it shipped from Germany, it may not be worth it to you to do the same, unless of course you live in Germany, and then, enjoy!
I introduced Heul doch! Mau Mau to Asher because he can count, he knows his numbers, and it's not that difficult to learn the rules. It's also a shorter game, which we can play after his siblings have gone to bed or down for a nap.
Short and can be played during nap time seem to be requirements for my gaming these days, but everything is a phase, and I look forward to playing heavier games in the future.
I think Heul doch! Mau Mau is fun because I get to decide if I want to play a card on my pile, or Mommy or Daddy's pile.
I also think the red onions look funny, and I enjoy looking at the smiles on each different onion.
It's not too hard for me to play the game, but Daddy has to remind me to draw a card at the end of my turn. Sometimes, I forget that I can't play a card on my pile, and then Mommy or Daddy will tell me that I can't play that card.
I think the name is funny to say, too.
Was it a good idea to introduce this game?
Yes! It's easy to teach to young kids as long as they can count to 7 and know their colors. They also need to be able to identify numbers 1 through 7.
It's a lightweight game that doesn't take long to play, which is good for young boys who get squirmy sometimes.
How long did it take start to finish?
Our first game we played, we took out some cards, and the whole game with explanation probably took 20 minutes. Since then, we've played with the whole deck, and I don't know that it often goes over 30 minutes.
What things did Asher need help with?
Remembering to draw a card at the end of each turn so that he always has 4 cards.
On occasion, he needs a reminder that color and number cannot match his neighbors' face up cards.