Taco Cat Goat Cheese Pizza Review – Is The Game As Fun As The Name?

If you were good at memorizing rhymes in elementary school, you would rock this game! Since we felt you were continuously looking for new games, specifically family-friendly card games, we couldn’t help but meet you with ‘Taco Cat Goat Cheese Pizza’. You’ll be fascinated when you understand how closely the game relates to the name. Oh, and don’t worry, the name isn’t as impossible to remember as it seems. You’ll get used to it! 

To cut to the chase, we will talk about an easy to learn & master card game, which is engaging for all ages. Most likely, it will become the connecting dot of all family members and make you forget about your phones for a while. After this game made it to our favorites group, we couldn’t wait to do a structured review about it. Below, you’ll find all the pieces of information you need: the manufacturer’s details, instructions, extra packs, design, and even our game experience. Have a blast! 

  • Details about the game;
  • Outside & inside the box;
  • Game rules;
  • Our experience;
  • Shops & competitors;
  • Extra packs;
  • FAQ;
  • Conclusion;

Details About ‘Taco Cat Goat Cheese Pizza’

Manufacturer: Dolphin Hat Games;

Designer: Dave Campbell;

Released year: 2017;

Origin: China; 

Product dimensions: 3.5 x 2.5 x 1 inches OR 8.9 x 6.4 x 2.5 cm;

Game type: Party card game;

Age range: 8 and up;

Players: 3 to 8; 

Level of difficulty: Easy;

Number of cards: 64;

Playing time: 10 to 30 minutes;

Amazon ratings: 4.8 out of 5 stars (36,328 total ratings);

Outside & Inside The Box

Yup, as always, you guessed it! We’re about to judge the box, and the inside of it, a.k.a, the part without which the game wouldn’t make any sense: the cards! 

Taco Cat Goat Cheese Pizza - Front Of The Box

Well, deciding if this color is yellow or green is a whole new challenge I swear! Anyways, whatever color you want to call it, the box has the name game written vertically on both sides. It has some basic lines drawn on it, which I’m pretty sure have no meaning. The front is simple, not very creative, right? But have you seen the sides? I mean, have you really seen them?

The sides look amazing. The whole name is spelled but in drawings. And they look very amazing too. Very colorful, artistic, perfect… And that’s all about the sides. Enough to be adored! It’s finally time to check the most illuminating of ’em all: the back:

Taco Cat Goat Cheese Pizza - Back Of The Box

What do we have here? Yup. The game name is on top. Classic. There’s a little game description, a catchy question for you, the manufacturer’s cool logo… On the bottom, you’ll get all the basic rules to play: age, players, and game time. Right below, you’ll find copyrights and some details about Dolphin Hat. That’s all dude!

Let’s continue with the cream of the game, our very beloved cards. As mentioned above, ‘Taco Cat Goat Cheese Pizza’ has a total of 64 playing cards. If wondering about the cards’ size, they all have the size of a normal deck of cards. There are 55 cards of each element mentioned in the name: Taco, Cat, Goat, Cheese, and Pizza, and there are also 3 cards of each 3 special cards: Gorilla, Narwhal, and Groundhog.

Taco Cat Goat Cheese Pizza - Cards

As you can see, all cards have different colors and illustrations on them. The name is written on both sides, so you may read it from whatever point you’re looking at, and the illustrations help as well. The back of the cards is quite like the box. Not quite, lemme correct myself. It’s exactly like the box!

How To Play The Game?

Taco Cat Goat Cheese Pizza - Playing The Game

What do we need the cards if we don’t have a clue on how to play them? Well, it’s no use crying over it. That’s why we’re here. To make your life easier! Let me mention the basics one more time:

  • You need to have a group of 3 to 8 people to play with (the more players the more competitive it gets);
  • Everyone should be 7 years or older. Not because of the content, but because if the players are younger, they may mess the game up. 

One of you, volunteering or not, becomes the dealer, and deals all the cards equally to all players, facedown. Remember when I told you that you must be good at memorizing? Well, you should memorize how the words on the name are ordered. The player on the dealer’s left begins by flipping their top card over on the table. While doing that, they should also start by saying ‘Taco’.

Remember that no one should see their cards. You should hold the deck facedown, and flip the card & say the word at the same time, no peeking is allowed. Going clockwise, the other player continues by flipping one card and saying ‘Cat’. This continues until someone’s word and card laid down match. For example, if it’s your turn to say ‘Goat’, and your card is a goat. 

When that happens, everyone has to slap the pile of cards placed on the table. The last player to do so collects the entire deck and puts it in their hand. We mentioned some special cards too, didn’t we? You should complete the below-mentioned actions right after the special card is shown, and then slap the pile:

Gorilla: Beat your chest as if you were a gorilla;

Narwhal: Form a horn above your head using your hands;

Groundhog: Using both hands, knock on the table.

The first player who gets rid of their hand (not literally hand, we mean hand of cards), continues one more round of saying ‘Taco, Cat Goat, Cheese, Pizza’, and whenever they slap the deck first, they win! 

Our Experience: Did ‘Taco Cat Goat Cheese Pizza’ Turn Out To Be Very Childish?

Let me tell you something. I purchased the game as a getaway for the kids of our family, you know, to make them stay away from their phones… Some days later, we found ourselves having as much fun as them playing ‘Taco Cat Goat Cheese Pizza’. Now, it’s our little weekend tradition: every Saturday, we play the game together with my parents and my little brother.

I’ll share with you my first experience with the game. I became the dealer and dealt the cards equally to all of us, mathematically, everyone got 16 cards. My dad started first, and as I explained to them, he flipped the card without peeking, and said ‘Taco’. This was his first card:

Taco Cat Goat Cheese Pizza - Experience Card 1

We continued playing and nothing happened until my second turn. I flipped my card, and at the same time I said ‘Goat’. Guess what? They matched! Yey! Of course, I was the first to slap the pile, and my dad was last… Bad for him, he had to take all the cards! 

Based on the rules, the player who was last to slap the pile, in our case, my dad, begins the next round, and that’s what he did. The game went with the same flow, but the laughs were just getting bigger! I was last to slap the pile I guess 2 times, while the other players broke records! I assume they were having too much fun and didn’t concentrate that much. 

After some time, my brother drew a Gorilla card. It was hilarious watching 4 people beating their chest only for a card game, lol! I don’t know where my mind went, but I was the last person to slap the pile. I think I was enjoying the atmosphere and didn’t want it to end… 

Taco Cat Goat Cheese Pizza - Experience Card 2

Back and forth, this is what happened. We played cards, collected piles, played special cards & completed the actions, and so on. My 9-year-old brother managed to win the game! He got rid of his cards first and played until he got a match with the cards. I was the second to win and then our parents. 

We loved how close the game brought us. Everyone was laughing and doing their best to win a card game. This is what makes life better. We got both the Halloween edition and the Christmas one for the holidays, and they’re just as good as the main game. 

Shops & Competitors Of ‘Taco Cat Goat Cheese Pizza’

We know you’re barely waiting to know about the shops you can get the games from. Here are our most trusted ones & the game price: 

Gracefully, besides being an astonishing card game, it is also cheap. ‘Taco Cat Goat Cheese Pizza’ is one of the under $10 card games, and we love this fact! 

You’re curious, aren’t ya? Here are the games’ competitors:

1. Throw Throw Burrito – $13.49

Throw Throw Burrito - Competitor

Instead of slapping the pile, now we have to throw some tasty burritos! The game includes 120 cards, and it is designed to be played by 2 to 6 players, ages 7 and older. It is an adventure itself and requires enough space to play. You will use normal cards and special cards to create combinations and declare wars with the other players… Don’t be sorry, dominate! 

2. Exploding Kittens – $13.99

Exploding Kittens - Competitor

If it turns out you’re into kittens, along with explosions, consider Exploding Kittens! It is made to be played by everyone who is 7 years or older, in groups of 2 to 5 players. It comes with 56 cards, including Exploding Kitten, Defuse, Tacocat, See The Future, Nope, and dozens more. It is a game that requires using your strategy and getting as creative & competitive as you can. Be careful of the exploding kittens though. It’s like slapping the pile last! 

3. Taco Vs. Burrito – $15.85

Taco Vs. Burrito - Competitor

Well, game creators love tacos, don’t they? The game you’re seeing takes only 15 minutes to play! It contains a total of 64 cards, recommended for all people over 7. Make a group of 2 to 4 people, and enjoy the food fight: taco vs. burrito! It’s all up to you to make the weirdest, the craziest meal of all time, and win the game! Your friends’ cards affect your game too! Just like in ‘Taco Cat Goat Cheese Pizza’! 

Extra Packs Of This Card Game

The core game itself is a blast, but why not have some extra packs? They make life better, and we’re not even exaggerating! There are a few editions & expansions, but here are some of the most popular ones:

The Halloween Expansion – $9.99

Taco Cat Goat Cheese Pizza - Halloween Expansion

Meet the Halloween standalone expansion of ‘Taco Cat Goat Cheese Pizza’ (you’re still wondering what a standalone expansion is?). It has 64 playing cards, just like the main game, and all the playing rules are the same. The only difference is that all characters are Halloween-dressed, and the names of special cards are more themed: Boorilla, Arrwhal, and Hogula. That’s all it takes. And besides, who says no to a good, scary Halloween game?

Santa Cookie Elf Candy Snowman – $10.00

Santa Cookie Elf Candy Snowman

Yup. We’re always up to Christmas games! This is the festive edition that comes with the same number of cards, 64. The same rules are applied, but only the cards (respectively the words) change. We won’t have to say ‘Taco Cat Goat Cheese Pizza’ anymore, instead, we say ‘Santa Cookie Eld Candy Snowman’. We know you’re dying to know about the special cards. They have such beautiful names: Reindeer, Drums, & Silent Night. What represents Christmas better than these three? 

On The Flip Side – $8.49

Taco Cat Goat Cheese Pizza - On The Flip Side

Well, some people are born to do things the upside-down way, and all we can do is show a standalone expansion made for them! Again, it has 64 cards, and 3 special ones: Panda, Moose, and Flapjack. The difference is that words are written the opposite way, so it’s not ‘Taco’ anymore, but it’s ‘Ocat’. And the pictures sometimes are upside down, so, that’s how the direction of your palm should be. Easy peasy lemon squeezy, huh?

Were these all the extra packs? God forbid, no! However, we wanted to show you our favorite ones, which undoubtedly made the game better! 

FAQ

1. Is the game truthfully recommended for kids? Do they get the rules? 

  • Absolutely yes. There aren’t any big words written on the cards to make it complicated for them to read. Also, the illustrations on each card make it way simpler. It’s very attractive considering how colorful it is, and how many cool actions it provides. 

2. What about colorblind people? Is it possible for them to play? 

  • There’s no obstacle regarding this situation. It’s enough reading the words on the cards and the game goes all normally. The colors just make it more creative and more appealing to play.

3. What happens if a player slaps the pile incorrectly?

  • If someone thinks the word and the card matched (when they didn’t match) & slaps the pile, that player takes the whole pile, just as if they were last to slap it. It’s up to you to decide if you will also ‘punish’ players who tend to slap the pile, and then regret it and take their hand away. 

4. Can it be played by only 2 people? 

  • Instructions on the game box don’t say so, but yes you can. Just like we modified the ‘Cards Against Humanity’ game of 4 players, into a game for 2 and 3 people. It’s always more fun with more people, but there’s no struggle when playing it with only one friend. You follow the same rules, and the second to slap the pile takes it all. 

5. If I buy another deck, is it possible to play with more than 8 people? 

  • Based on our experience, that doesn’t perform well. Each player should be close enough to the pile, so everyone has the same distance when they need to slap. With more than 8 people, it gets too messy.

6. How good is the cards’ quality?

  • It’s honestly amazing. They’re thick enough to have a comfortable game, to be long lasting & to handle rough play. They’re not waterproof, unfortunately, but a coffee spill wouldn’t hurt them that much. However, it’s better to protect them. They fit on any standard card sleeves.

Conclusion: Is There Anything Left To Mention? 

We spilled it all. Every little detail. Every little rule. What’s left to you is to enjoy every card of it, and do your best to have fun. Gather your favorite people and spend some priceless minutes having fun. To conclude it all, here are the game’s pros and cons: 

What We LoveWhat We Wish Was Different
The creativity, design & illustrations are beyond amazing;
It is great for all ages, from kids to elders;
There are also themed packs for your preferences;
The game is very easy to learn & to play;
It awakens that competitive spirit within you;
Makes a great gift for everyone;
Also requires a bit of physical activity: slapping, beating your chest, and more;
Entertaining enough to keep everyone away from technology;
Has an affordable price.
Waterproof cards would make the game perfect;
The hand-slapping sometimes can get a bit dangerous, especially when more people are playing.

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