Stacktopus Review (PlayMonster)

What It Is

Stacking cups may seem easy, but stacking them with octopus fingers? Not so much! But that's the fun twist of the game Stacktopus. Each player has to wear three silly sea fingers and use only those fingers to grasp, hold, and move the cups. Flip over a card to see in what order you have to stack the cups (they look like squids on the cards), and then all players race to stack. The first player to finish yells, "Stacktopus!" and if he did it correctly, he keeps the card as a point. If the stack is not correct, one of two things happens. In a two-player game, the other player automatically gets the card. In a three-player game, the other players keep stacking for the point. Then reset your cups, flip over another card, and race to stack again. When the card pile is gone, the player with the most cards/points wins.

The cards are double-sided, with the green side being easier for beginners and the red side being more challenging. You'll always know it's the bottom of the card by the dark blue shadow. And make sure to pay attention to the positioning of the squids; they could be upright, upside down, or nesting inside one another. Sometimes the cards will show a view from above to challenge players to think differently.

Is It Fun?

Stacktopus may look easy, but it's quite a challenge to pick up the cups while wearing the sea fingers. That means, there's going to be a lot of silly fun while playing. Go solo to practice and beat your best time, and play against friends and family to test everybody's speed and dexterity. Even when not playing the game, kids might want to wear the sea fingers for silly roleplay.

Who It’s For

The game is for one to three players ages 5 and up.

What To Be Aware Of

The game includes nine sea fingers, 18 cups, and 24 cards.

  • Fun

  • Repeat Play

  • Assembly & Instructions

    None or Very Easy