In November of last year while I was browsing through the seemingly thousands of Black Friday deals, I came across something that made me do a double take. I was looking through the toys and games category at an area store and saw something called “Doggie Doo”. I just had to click on it to see what in the world this could be.
It turned out to be a four-player game where you feed a plastic dog and then scoop poop.
Game Overview: Parts and Supplies
This game doesn’t come with many pieces. You have a plastic wiener dog, connected with a plastic leash which is used as an air pump. It also comes with a little container of “dog food” which is basically yellow slimy stuff (very similar to “gak” if you remember what that is). Four different colored shovels are also included along with one die. There is also a yellow bone, which goes in the dog’s mouth. No assembly is required, though you do have to put stickers on the die.
Gameplay and Objective
The premise of this game is very simple. Gameplay starts by “feeding” the dog. You tear off some dog food, put it in the dog’s mouth, and then put the bone in the dog’s mouth to serve as a plug. Each player takes a turn and rolls the die. The die has different numbers, which correspond to how many times the player can squeeze the leash.
Here is where it gets interesting. Squeezing the leash forces air into the dog’s mouth, which in turn forces the food to move through the inside of the dog. After about 15 to 20 squeezes the food reaches the dog’s “rear end.” The player that makes the doggie “doo” gets to keep that pile of doo on their shovel. The first player to collect three piles of doggie doo wins the game.
As I mentioned at the beginning, we thought the concept of this game was hilarious and bought it for my mother-in-law almost as a gag gift. She actually has a wiener dog, so that made it even funnier. But anyway, we opened the game up that same day and tested it out. One of the best parts of the game is that with each squeeze of the leash, the air moving through the dog generates “gassy” fart noises as the food is digested. We all about died laughing the first time a pile of doggie doo actually came out its rear end. Ask my wife, I’m typically not a “laugh-it-up” kind of guy. It takes something seriously funny to get me laughing, but this was so funny I was literally crying.
There are some tips and tricks to make sure everything works correctly, though. The game comes with a little doggie bowl that you use to measure out how much “food” to feed the dog. If you put too much dog food in, it makes it really hard to go through the dog (he gets contsipated). At the same time, if you put too little dog food in, it leaves too much of a gap in the tube and the air pressure doesn’t move the food. Another tip we found was that if you dip a piece of the dog food in vegetable oil, it goes through the dog quite easily and makes the game really fun. After 15 to 20 squeezes of the leash, it comes flying out the other end!
The game says it’s for ages 4 and up, and I think that’s probably pretty reasonable as long as there is at least a somewhat older child playing with the younger one.
Does your family enjoy games? If so, what are some of your favorites?