Cockroach Salad

cockroach salad box front


In Cockroach Salad players are building a salad with cards showing tomatoes, lettuce, peppers, and cauliflower, but they won't always be honest about which ingredient they are adding to the bowl!

Along with the 120 regular vegetable cards (30 each of the four vegetables named above) are eight special vegetable cards -- two of each type that show cockroaches. On his turn, a player plays the top card from his deck onto the central pile (the "salad"), calling out the name of the vegetable as he plays it. Unless, of course, he has to lie!

  • Are you playing a card that matches the card just played? You must lie.
  • Does your card match the claim of the previous player (maybe he had to lie!) You must lie.
  • Are you playing a Cockroach card? If so, you shout "Cockroach!", and the next player starts a new pile so that the cockroach card stays visible.
  • And if your card matches any visible cockroach card, you must lie.

Think fast! If you make a mistake, or if you hesitate too long, you'll have to pick up all the cards played up to that point. The first player to get rid of all his cards wins! 

  • 2 to 6 players
  • ages 6 and up
  • 20 minutes

Check out Cockroach Poker, another great little game from Drei Magier Spiele! 

© Karin Belanger 2016