Chef Pop de Pop Review (Gamewright)

What It Is

Chef Pop de Pop is a popcorn counting game for two to six players. The object of the game is to collect the most cards to win. You collect cards by adding up the popcorn on the dice and matching them to the total on your cards.

Each player receives four cards that they display face-up in a row in front of them. The rest of the cards get stacked face-down into the draw pile. The first player shakes the popcorn shaker and looks at the black action die to determine how to proceed. If the action die says "Pop", all players race to be the first to pop out of their seats and shout, "Pop!" The first player to do so moves all four of his cards into his scoring pile and draws four new cards. That ends the round.

If the action die shows a piece of burnt popcorn, the shaker must collect one burnt popcorn card and add it to his score pile. This card will subtract one point from his total at the end of the game. If the action die shows a bowl of popcorn, the shaker can take a card from any player's score pile and add it to his own. And if the action die shows a popcorn kernel, the shaker draws the top popcorn card from the draw pile and adds it to his row of cards.

With the exception of the "Pop" action die, once the shaker has made his move, all other players have a chance to score cards. Count up the various flavors of popcorn shown on the die in the shaker. Then compare each flavor's total with the popcorn on your cards. If you can combine one or more of your cards to equal the total of a single flavor, place those cards in your score pile. For example, if there are two buttered popcorn in the shaker, and you have two cards each with one buttered popcorn on them, you can score those two cards. Once all players have collected their cards, everyone draws cards from the draw pile so that they have four cards again. Then, it's the next player's turn to be the shaker.

The game ends when either the popcorn draw pile or burnt popcorn pile runs out. All players count up their cards, and whoever has the highest score wins.

This game comes with 80 popcorn cards and one popcorn shaker.

Is It Fun?

Counting, math, and color matching combine in this "corny" game. The game play is simple, but the action die adds some excitement and physical activity by changing up the basic shake-and-match play.

Who It’s For

Chef Pop de Pop is for ages 6 and up.

What To Be Aware Of

The game also includes instructions in Spanish.

  • Fun

  • Repeat Play

  • Assembly & Instructions

    None or Very Easy