I am excited to bring this series back, as it has been a long time coming. I have a few more that I am working on, so please come back for more! During my journey through the different thrift stores and clearance aisles, I came across Killer Bunnies under an eclectic assortment of Halloween and Fall themed decorations.
Now, the main intent of this series was for me to talk about games I never heard of or games that may have been forgotten by time. I had hoped to gain an understanding of why people abandon games. Sometimes a certain game just doesn’t stick with the people playing and sometimes a game is great for maybe one night. As I develop my own games, my hope is that I can learn from these finds.
In all honesty, I have seen this game played before when I worked with kids, but I couldn’t just leave this game sitting there for $4.00! All the pieces were there in the box, unopened! I don’t understand why I still run across games that weren’t even played, I honestly don’t know if I ever will. I get that sometimes you may get a gift like that pink bunny suit your great aunt so lovingly made for you, and you just want to get rid of it. A game though should at least be played once before you get rid of it. My wife had not played it yet so I picked it up. After taking the cards out of their wrappings I laid everything out and started to read and explain the rules for our first game.
I know the glaring gameplay issues that people have taken the time to write about. Namely, the win condition. For those of you who may not know, you can play an amazing game of Killer Bunnies and still lose. You can set every turn perfectly, you can collect half of the carrots provided, you can amass a bunny clan that causes fear in the hearts of your enemies, and even with all this greatness, you lose to your four-year-old kid brother you joined the game midway.
Not to get more dramatic in expressing my disdain for the win condition here. I will let you know what I am talking about. Once all carrots have been claimed, the game is over. Only those with at least one bunny in play can win. If you do not have a bunny, all the carrots you have amassed go to the player who has at least one bunny in play and the most “Kaballa Dollas” (In-game Currency) saved. While this does provide a base level strategy in the game, just try to hold on to one bunny and get carrots. That’s it because at the end of the game we slowly turn over the normal carrot cards and the very last carrot card in the separate carrot card pile is the “Magic Carrot” and its owner is the winner.
There are plenty of reviews out there that will tell you why this is a bad game to pick up. I will say readers that there are some pretty cool avenues for house rules to make this into a much better game. This game can honestly be turned into a solid drinking game too. Also, even though I am not a fan of the win condition, as you can see in the above picture it does get suspenseful when you are at the final two cards and it is anyone’s game. The wife and I had some fun joking around with each carrot card that was revealed to not be the winner. We both had one card left, and all the game came to the moment I turned over the second to last card and I was the victor.
What about you readers? Do you happen to like this game a lot? Am I missing something regarding the strategy of the game? Have you run across unopened or unpunched games at your local thrift store? Would you ever donate an unplayed game to a thrift store? Let me know in the comments below!