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Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is so unique about this game?

    • It's not just ONE thing, but more a combination of things:

      • The inception was the brainchild of...well, a child​.  lol

      • The game play and concept are original as players must (are strongly encouraged to) call out different phrases and make gestures during the game.

      • The interaction not only seems to help people break out of their shells, but it also helps break any tension when players are just getting to know each other.

      • This game has literally brought people together, turning acquaintances into friends.

      • This game plays well with kids, adults, and even a mixture of kids with adults.

      • This game has inspired other kids to design their own games.

      • This game is visually-impaired and color-blind friendly.

      • This game meshes will with MOST subcultures.  (Cat people may not be fans)

        • Don't worry feline friends!  A kitten version is already in development and will hopefully be released after the Puppy version has gained national acceptance and recognition, but please buy the Puppy one too.  It's super cute!

  • How can I buy this game?

    • Originally, only 100 limited edition decks were ever produced, and they were sold out within 2 weeks.

    • But don't fret!  We just ordered more stock that is available now!  Quantities are limited, so please grab em in time for Christmas!  :)

    • Buying options include:

      • Online via our website ​& secure payment system

      • Local residents can message us through our website to arrange a meet up/exchange

      • Locally at Exploration Place - 300 N. McLean Blvd; Wichita, Kansas 67203 (316-660-0600)

  • Do we actually HAVE to say, “Oopsy Poopsy!, Squirrel!, Here puppy, puppy!, and Puppy stay!” to play the game?  Can't we just NOT say it?

    • We obviously cannot make you say them; however saying the short statements...

      • is an excellent way of stepping out of your comfort zone, letting go, and having a lot of fun!

      • is so funny to see how other players will personalize the sayings and gestures

      • really makes the game more fun and enjoyable, especially for any spectators!

  • What is this yard that you speak of?

    • The YARD is the area immediately in front of a player where their puppies are placed.

  • Can a person draw from the discard pile?

    • Short answer is, "No."

    • Oopsy Poopsy is a “PLAY FROM HAND" and then "DRAW TO REFRESH" type of game.

      • Picking from the draw pile doesn't always work.

    • Now the longest answer is, "Depends on how cut-throat you want it."

      • In the instructions download, there is a version listed under "Alternative Game Play Options" that incorporates taking cards from the discard pile, but only under special circumstances.  Still, our preference is for the REGULAR game play that DOESN'T allow it.

  • What happens when a player forgets to replenish their hand?

    • This style of play can take some getting used to, so when this happens, simply allow that player to refresh their hand as soon as they notice.

    • There is a more cut-throat version where it's more, "Too bad, so sad!"  You can find this version of play in the "Alternative Game Play Options" section of the instructions download.

  • When someone plays a Squirrel or Bone card, do I HAVE to play a Stay?

    • Nope!  Stay cards are always optional and sometimes a key ingredient in a person's game strategy.

  • Does playing the Stay card count as an action or turn?​

    • Not at all!  Because the Stay card is only used to counter the Squirrel and Bone cards, it's never played during your own turn.  Pretty cool huh?

  • Is the Perfect Collar card kind of like a wild card?

    • Yes.  Yes it is.  It has all three charms and goes with any color puppy.

    • In the instructions download, there is a version listed under "Alternative Game Play Options" that involves the Perfect Collar card that some people find fun.

  • Why do some puppies have a T-bone steak in their mouths?

    • They are not interested in Bones (because they have a steak. Get it?) so they will NEVER be lured into another player’s yard by a Bone.  Think of these puppies as "Bone-Immune."

  • Why do some puppies have a black leather jacket and dark shades on?

    • ​​They are way too cool to chase Squirrels so will NEVER become lost chasing a Squirrel.  Think of these puppies as "Squirrel-Immune."​

  • What happens to my puppy when someone tosses a Squirrel card on it?

    • Well, if you do NOT use a Stay card on it right away, it becomes LOST chasing a squirrel.

    • It stays in your yard, but now has a squirrel card placed sideways on top of it.

    • It also doesn't count as one of the five puppies you need to win the game.

    • You can overcome this by placing an additional puppy in your yard for every lost puppy.

      • I.e. You have 2 lost puppy, so you place 1 additional puppy to compensate for it.

      • I.e. You have 2 lost puppies, so you place 2 additional puppies to ​compensate for it.

    • You could also play a Dog Whistle to find your lost puppy and make them count again.

  • How many Squirrel cards can be in a player's yard?

    • In regular game play, a maximum of only 2 Squirrels can be in a player's yard at any time.

    • In the instructions download, there is a version listed under "Alternative Game Play Options" that increases the maximum number of squirrels to 3.

  • When my puppy becomes lost chasing a squirrel, is it still my puppy?

    • Yes!  It is still your puppy, BUT it does NOT count as one of your puppies in your yard.

  • How do I find MY lost puppy?

    • ONLY with a Dog Whistle card.​

  • Can I find ANOTHER player's lost puppy?

    • Yes, but ONLY with a Pet Carrier card.  These cards are very rare, so it may not happen too often.

  • Can I use a Pet Carrier card to find MY lost puppy?​

    • No. ​The Pet Carrier and Dog Whistle cards are NOT interchangeable

  • Can someone counter the Pet Carrier card?​

    • Nope!  You can't say, "Stay!" to a lost puppy.​

  • Does the game always seem to start off really slow?

    • Most players will spend a few turns building their hands before finding a puppy/collar match.

    • This can take a bit longer in 2-person games and while learning the game.

      • New players may take up to 45 seconds to choose an action

      • Veteran players may only take a 1 second to choose an action

    • So the relatively slow starts pretty much disappear as players learn the game.

    • Regardless of there being new or veteran players, the game will ramp up quickly.

    • The more players, the faster the game takes to ramp up.

  • Did your 5-year-old daughter really invent this game?​

    • Yes!  You can view the history of the game on this video.

    • We developed the game play with a few coworkers over a 3-month period, but every change was approved by Chloe before it was implemented.

    • Quite honestly, this game would not exist if not for Chloe's imagination.

    • The best ways to show that she is the creative genius behind the game is...

      • The original game name was "Color Puppies" (the game has colorful puppies in it)

      • The next name she came up with was "I Want Puppies" (the object of the game is to collect 5 puppies in your yard)

      • The card art in the newest version is her actual drawings!

        • We scanned the drawings in to our computer and then traced them in Adobe Photoshop.

      • Her original deck had a Toy card that was eventually replaced by a Bone card after we addressed a problem designing a Special Puppy that would be immune to a Toy card.  The Bone card just made more sense, and she agreed.

  • Is this game for kids or adults?​

    • Yes and yes!  Kids love it.  Teens love it.  Young adults love it.  Older adults love it.  In fact, we've even received letters that senior citizens enjoy it because of the colors and easy-to-read large text.​

  • Will I enjoy this game?​

    • Chances are that you will as 99.8753% of everyone who has ever played it, has asked how they can get a deck for themselves.​  In fact, we've even bet our livelihood on it!