Kickstarter Tabletop Alert: Bring Back the ‘Mammoth’ and Revive the Tundra

10 min readMay 24, 2019

The woolly mammoth is back! Guide your mammoths across Pleistocene Park, trampling the invasive trees and making room for wildflowers and grasslands.

What Is Mammoth?

Mammoth is a tile-laying game from Soaring Rhino Games for 2 to 4 players, ages 8 and up, and takes about 30–45 minutes to play. It’s currently seeking funding on Kickstarter, with a pledge level of $40 for a copy of the game. Based on the theme and complexity of the game, I think 8 and up is about right.

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Mammoth Components

Note: My review is based on a prototype copy, so it is subject to change and may not reflect final component quality.

  • Game board
  • 4 player trays (not shown in prototype photos)
  • 52 Octagon tiles
  • 2 Octagon Research Center tiles (for cooperative game)
  • 40 Square tiles
  • 72 Small Biocycle tokens (18 each in 4 player colors)
  • 48 Flower tokens (12 each in 4 player colors)
  • 4 Mammoths
  • 4 Animal tokens
  • 4 Baby Mammoth tokens
  • 8 Goal cards
  • 14 Action cards
  • First Player marker
  • 4 Penalty tokens

The board uses an octagon-and-square pattern, which is uncommon: most tile-laying games I’ve played use either squares or hexagons (or occasionally triangles), because they tesselate by themselves. Mammoth breaks the mold a little by having two primary tile shapes, which also makes you think a little differently about adjacency. The tiles themselves are brightly colored-red, yellow, green, and purple-and each color has its own pattern, so you can distinguish them even if you’re color blind. I had some players remark that it seemed a little too colorful for terrain, but thematically it represents fields of wildflowers, so that works for me. Each tile also has paths on it, and these are a lighter red color-it would be nice if…


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