Game Review: LEGO Wild Wool

Having just celebrated my birthday recently, I’ve ended up with far more games than expected. They’ve ranged from the impressively good Ascension to the terrifying Arkham Horror. But not every game is about summoning elder gods and ethereal demons – this one is about sheering LEGO sheep!

Who will get the most wool from their sheep? Shear wool whenever you can – the other players will try to steal it from you or send the scary wolf your way! Grow, swap and scare your way to victory in this fast, fun and unpredictable game.

Suggested Ages: 5 and up
Number of Players: 2 to 4
Playing time: 10-15 minutes
Contents: 117 bricks, LEGO die, building instructions and game rule booklet in English, French and Spanish
Retail price: $9.99 and is available at LEGO Shop and Amazon.

At its core, Wild Wool is a simple game of odds and dice rolls. Each player is a assigned a shorn sheep and as the game goes on you grow wool, harvest it and hope the wolf doesn’t come along. With 117 LEGO pieces, the actual building of the game is very simple. The sheep have come a long way from how I remember making them and the large wolf would be better called a warg based on its size. After assembling the animals, tossing together the special LEGO die and making a giant pile of wool the game is ready.

Most sides of the die offer one of two outcomes in some combination of: grow wool, trade sheep, sheer your sheep or give someone the wolf. One side offers double wool and another always gives only a single wool. Other than that, the game is left to the fate of the rolls with some minor strategy.

As an added rule, your sheep is automatically shorn at the beginning of any turn when your sheep has 5 wool bricks attached to it. The game ends when all the wool from the middle has been claimed.

There’s no surprising amount of depth or strategy to this game as the dice rolls are very random. Sure, a well played trade or wolf giving can swing the tide but after a few games, I got the feeling some people were just luckier than others.

But while the game isn’t crazy exciting or strategic like other games, I can’t help but smile when I see it. For years, I used to raise sheep and was in 4-H and the money I made at the fair was how I used to buy LEGO sets regularly. So seeing sheep and LEGO again makes me impressed at how perfect this is for me.

Pros

  • LEGO SHEEP!
  • Very easy to learn
  • I now know how to make LEGO wargs
  • Cheap

Cons

  • A whole lot of luck
  • Not much strategy
  • I hate sheering sheep

Note: outside the US this game is known as Shave a Sheep.