Meeple have been used in board games for over 20 years. First coined by Alison Hansel during a game of Carcassonne, the word caught on and has become synonymous with people-shaped wooden tokens used in board games of all types. Some games expanded on the people concept and started creating wooden animal shapes as tokens, thus creating Animeeple.
I’m a sucker for a good animeeple. They add an element of fun while enhancing a game’s theme and setting. If you’re like me and appreciate a good animeeple, here are some games to consider.
Agricola: All Creatures Big and Small
The horses, pigs, cows, and sheeps of Agricola: All Creatures Big and Small, the little brother to Agricola.
The squirrels, hedgehogs, turles and rabbits of Everdell
Mr. Cabbagehead's Garden
The pollenating bees of Mr. Cabbagehead’s Garden
Hot Tin Roof
The cats of Hot Tin Roof
The first player dinosaur of Evolution
Survive: Escape from Atlantis!
The sea serpents, whales, and sharks of Survive: Escape from Atlantis!
The cats, birds, mice, and racoons of Root
The butterflies of Mariposas
The polar bears of Ice Flow
The eagle, deer, turtle, bear, and buffalo of Parks
Hey, Hey, That's My Fish!
The penguins of Hey, Hey, That’s My Fish!
The sheep, fowl, oxen, pigs, and goats of Offerings
The llamas of Llamaland
Through the Desert
The colored camels of Through the Desert