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Animal Upon Animal (2005) is a dexterity game where players compete to stack animals on a precarious pile. You take turns adding animals to the pile using only one hand. It's a game of balance, both physically and mentally accentuated by the cleverly shaped wooden animals - choose the wrong move and everything comes crashing down in front of you.

You start by placing the crocodile on a flat surface. Players then select seven creatures for their pile. With each turn, you roll the dice and then must place that many creatures on top of the crocodile. You win if you use all your pieces first without toppling the pile.

As you play, the tower becomes taller and wider, so the difficulty of stacking increases. Players must use their physical dexterity and decision-making to decide where best to place their animals. What starts as a simple stacking game, quickly becomes a clever balancing act between adding your pieces, whilst making it more difficult for your opponents to do the same.

Our examiner, Rob Prior, first checked Animal Upon Animal 2 years ago. It was re-examined by Jo Robertson and updated 12 weeks ago.
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This is a Dexterity and Push-Your-Luck game with Sequencing elements. You can play with 2 to 4 players in the same room.

You can play this game in the following styles:


Learn to Play: This takes 1 minute to learn. It is a very simple game, but players could start by playing a collaborative game first to get a grasp of which animals stack most easily on others.

Play Time: This game will take between 10 minutes and 15 minutes to complete.


This game is good if you want to:

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Skill Level

3+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. Younger players need to be able to take turns and have the physical dexterity needed to stack the animals without toppling the pile. There's also a version called Animal Upon Animal Junior that's designed for younger players with a cooperative mode.

Content Rating

We rate this suitable for 3+ years-olds.


Animal Upon Animal usually costs £23.99.

Animal Upon Animal

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There are no additional in-game purchases, loot boxes, adverts or subscription costs.
There are a number of alternative versions of this game that share the same basic gameplay, they include:
  • Animal Upon Animal: Crest Climbers - this features animals native to Switzerland.
  • Animal Upon Animal Junior - this features larger animals that are easier to hold.
  • My Very First Games: Animal Upon Animal - this is a version for toddlers with simpler stacking rules. 

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 01/01/2005, updated in 2015

Skill Rating: 3+ year-olds

Players: 2-4

Genres: Dexterity, Push-Your-Luck and Sequencing

Accessibility: 0 features documented (Tweet Developer )

Components: Dice and Placeables

Developer: Haba USA (@Haba_USA)

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