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Top 5 Food-Themed Games


When we're hungry, our minds generally turn to food. The designers of these games must have been hungry! Here are my picks for the best food-themed board games and card games.

1. Mamma Mia!

Mamma Mia!
Image courtesy of Rio Grande Games
For 2 to 5 players, ages 10 and up. Designed by Uwe Rosenberg, published by Rio Grande Games.

Speaking with a bad Italian accent will add even more enjoyment to this game in which you're trying to make sure the right ingredients get played to complete your pizza orders. Some strategy, some memory, a lot of fun.

2. Too Many Cooks

Too Many Cooks
Photo courtesy of R&R Games
For 2 to 5 players, ages 10 and up. Designed by Reiner Knizia, published by R&R Games.

You know the saying about too many cooks, right? In this game, everyone is a chef and you're all making soup. The problem is you're all using the same pot! Pea soup, French onion soup, and mushroom soup are what's on the menu. Mixing ingredients can be okay, but watch out for the chili peppers... they ruin everything.

3. Lord of the Fries

Lord of the Fries
Photo courtesy of Cheapass Games
For 3 to 8 players, ages 12 and up. Designed by James Ernest, published by Cheapass Games.

Another game of filling food orders, but with a twisted attitude. There's no "beef," there's "cow meat." And the cards feature zombies working in a fast-food restaurant. Many people rate this as one of the best releases from Cheapass Games.

4. Tin Soldiers

Tin Soldiers
Photo courtesy of R&R Games
For 3 to 5 players, ages 10 and up. Designed by Al Newman, published by R&R Games.

The epyonomous warriors in this game are cans of food, as players compete in a very clever trick-taking game. Smart use of the Catsup Cannon is vital to victory. (Would you expect anything less?) The game comes packaged in a metal Band-Aid type of box.

5. Halli Galli

Halli Galli
Image courtesy of Rio Grande Games
For 2 to 6 players, ages 6 and up. Designed by Haim Shafir, published by Rio Grande Games.

Players create a large fruit salad with bananas, strawberries, lemons and plums. On each turn, the mixture in the salad is changed. When it contains exactly five of one fruit, the players race to be the first to ring the bell and win all of the face up cards.

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