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Posted: A year ago, last updated 9 weeks ago.

Author: Rob Prior, @GeekDadGamer and Jo Robertson.


Animal Upon Animal 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.

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

Components: Dice and Placeables

Developer: Haba USA (@Haba_USA)



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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.

Play StylePlay Style

You can play with 2 to 4 players in the same room.

You can play this game in the following styles:

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Skill Rating

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.

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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. 


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

Diversity and InclusionDiversity and Inclusion

We haven't documented diversity and inclusion information for this game yet.

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