Gassy Gus Review
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Players: 2-4 (ages 5+)
Playing Time: 10 minutes

Kids love a good fart joke—just ask the makers of the Shrek movies. So what kid wouldn’t love a game that’s all about farting?

Gassy Gus is a silly kids’ game that takes even less time to learn than it does to play. It couldn’t be simpler. To begin, players are each dealt five cards—each with a numeric value and a picture of some kind of food (like beans or nachos or broccoli or macaroni and cheese)—and two Belly Buster Soda cards. In the center of the playing area—sitting in his recliner, his tray table in front of him and his silverware in hand—is Gus, a hungry guy with a slight gastro-intestinal problem.

Starting with the youngest, players take turns feeding Gus by playing a card from their hand. After playing his or her card, the player loads up Gus’s belly with gas by pulling up on his head and slamming it down again—the number of pumps of Gus’s head corresponding with the number on the card played. With each pump of his head, Gus’s belly (which is actually a balloon) gets a little bit bigger—until, eventually, he just can’t hold it in anymore. When he lets loose, the player responsible has to draw two cards. If it doesn’t happen, another player can play his or her Belly Buster Soda card—and the player must give Gus’s head three more pumps.

The first player to get rid of his or her cards wins the game.

Gassy Gus may not be the kind of game you want to play in polite company—but it’s sure to have your kids giggling and making fart sounds for days. Whether that’s a good thing or a bad thing is for you to decide. At the same time, however, it’ll help teach younger kids numbers, so it’s not just about farting. At least not entirely.

This simple, silly game will give the kids hours of gassy entertainment. You never know when Gus will blow—which makes it even a little bit exciting. And, believe it or not, it’s actually amusing for grown-up players for a while, too—though it does start to lose its entertainment value a bit after three or four games. Fortunately, however, the kids won’t need you around to help them play. It’s easy enough that they can play on their own—so you can leave the room, close the door, and let them giggle all they want.

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