Animal Upon Animal*

Animal Upon Animal (original title: Tier auf Tier) is a delightful and family-friendly stacking game that challenges players to carefully balance wooden animal figures to create an ever-growing pyramid. The game is designed for all ages, showcasing both fun and skill in a simple yet engaging format.

Gameplay Overview

  • Stacking Mechanics: Players build a pyramid by skillfully stacking wooden animal figures.
  • Variety of Animals: The game includes 29 charming wooden animals, like penguins, crocodiles, sheep, and serpents.
  • Dice Rolling: Each turn involves rolling a die to determine the stacking action, such as placing one or two animals, passing an animal to another player, or extending the base.
  • Penalty for Falling Animals: If pieces fall during your turn, you must take up to two of them back.

Special Features

  • Child-Friendly Design: The game is designed for young players but is equally enjoyed by adults.
  • Educational Aspects: Helps develop fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination in younger players.
  • Simple and Quick: Easy to learn and play, making it suitable for quick gaming sessions.


Animal Upon Animal is an excellent game for families and players looking for a light, fun, and engaging experience. It's particularly well-suited for young players, offering a playful way to develop important skills. The game's simplicity, combined with the charming design of the animal pieces, makes it a delightful choice for both casual play and educational contexts.

Nominated for 5 awards and won 1.

⭐️ Nominated for Kinderspiel des Jahres 2005

  • 2 - 4 Players
  • 15 Minutes
  • 4+ years old
  • Immediately playable

We like Animal Upon Animal so much that we recommend it in the following board game recommendation lists 2024

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