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Food Chain Island Review
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Posted: 3 months ago.

Author: Rob Prior and @GeekDadGamer.


Food Chain Island is a single player strategy game about combing animal cards to get one of them to the top of the food chain. You can only stack animal cards if its predator number is higher, which leads to a web of decisions with unintended consequences. It's a unique twist on Solitaire where the position of your animal cards matters as much as their value.

To start, you shuffle your animal cards and arrange them into a 4-by-4 grid. Each card represents an animal in the Island's food chain and contains an image, the numbers of creatures that they can eat and any special rules that you must follow when you move that card.

One at a time, you move one animal card on top of another, provided they are higher up the food chain number on the card. The aim is to carefully plan each of your moves, so that you always have a next turn and can make your way to an island with only one animal left.

As you progress, you need to choose each move carefully, considering the impact of each move on the evolving geography of the island and your overall chances of success. What starts as a relaxing Solitaire-like game, becomes a fiendish logic puzzle that takes much head scratching to complete successfully.

DetailsGame Details

Skill Rating: 6+ year-olds

Release Date: 26/05/2020, updated in 2021

Genres: Brain Game and Strategy

Pieces: Cards

Developer: Button Shy (@ButtonShy)

Players: 1



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Learn to Play: This takes 5 minutes to learn. The key to learning this game quickly is knowledge of the cards and their special actions, so when you first play:
  • Take time to learn the cards and their special abilities.
  • Consider playing with a partner, taking turns to play.

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

Play StylePlay Style

This is a single-player game.

You can play this game in the following styles:

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Skill Rating

6+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. Younger children may need to play with someone older at first to get a grasp of the special rules and to think about strategy before starting.

Content Rating

We rate this suitable for 3+ years-olds.


There are some expansion packs that can be purchased to add extra creature cards with additional rules, they are as follows:
  • Legendary Creatures
  • Lost Beasts
  • Friendly Waters
  • Tough Skies


We haven't documented accessibility features for this game yet. Our Food Chain Island Accessibility Report details system-wide settings that may help, and suggests similar games with accessibility features. Tweet the developer (@ButtonShy) to let them know about our Accessibility Questionnaire.

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