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How to Play Chompin’ Charlie Board Game: Rules and Instructions

How to Play Chompin’ Charlie Board Game: Rules and Instructions

Objective of Chompin’ Charlie

The objective of Chompin’ Charlie is to be the first player to collect five acorns and add them to your secret stash.


  • Insert Chompin’ Charlie into the top of the tree trunk. You should place Charlie so the holes in his feet line up with the pins in the tree trunk.
  • Place all of the acorns inside the acorn holder.
  • Each player takes a secret stash card.
  • Gently pull back on Charlie’s tail. You should hear a click sound to confirm that you pulled the tail back far enough. Once you hear the click you should let go of the tail.
  • The youngest player starts the game. Play proceeds clockwise/left during the game.

Playing Chompin’ Charlie

To begin your turn you will roll the die. What you roll on the die determines what you will do on your turn.

If you roll a single color acorn (blue, green, red or yellow), you will take an acorn of the corresponding color from the acorn holder.

Rolling single color acorn in Chompin' Charlie
This player has rolled a yellow acorn on the die. They will take a yellow acorn and feed it to Charlie.

Should the die land on a multi-color acorn, you will choose an acorn of any of the colors from the acorn holder.

Rolling multi-color acorn on the die
This player has rolled the multi-color acorn on the die. They can choose an acorn of any color. This player chose a red acorn.

If you roll the double multi-color acorn, you will take two acorns from the acorn holder. You can choose the color for each acorn you choose to take. You can choose two acorns of the same color, or two different colors.

Rolling a multi-color two acorn on the die
This player has rolled two multi-color acorns on the die. They decided to take a green and blue acorn.

If the die forces you to take a color that is no longer in the acorn holder, you will take one of the corresponding colored acorns from your own secret stash or another player’s secret stash.

Once you have chosen your acorn(s), you will feed them to Charlie. Press the acorn until it falls into his mouth.

Feeding Charlie in Chompin' Charlie
This player rolled a symbol on the die that forces them to feed a yellow acorn to Charlie. They will push the acorn into the mouth until he “eats” it (it falls into the game unit).

If nothing happens after you add the acorn to Charlie’s mouth, your turn ends. Play passes clockwise to the next player.

Pick Up Acorns

Once too many acorns are added to Charlie it will trigger all of the acorns to fall out of the base. They will slide out from underneath the tree stump.

Once acorns start rolling out of the tree, all of the players will race to pick them up as quickly as possible. You can only use one of your hands to pick up the acorns. There is no requirement on what colored acorns you need to collect. Therefore you should take whichever colored acorns you can.

Grabbing acorns
Acorns have come out of the base. The players will race to pick them up and add them to their secret stash.

You should add the acorns you collect to your own secret stash.

Adding an acorn to a secret stash.
This player grabbed an acorn and added it to their secret stash.

To continue playing the game you will push down on Charlie’s tail to reset the tree. Once you hear the click sound you will have pushed far enough on the rail. You can then let go of the tail.

Winning Chompin’ Charlie

The game ends as soon as one player collects and stashes five acorns. They will shout out “acorns” as quickly as possible.  The first player who collects five acorns and places them in their secret stash wins the game.

Winning Chompin' Charlie
This player has placed an acorn in each space of their secret stash. They need to say “acorns” as quickly as possible. They will then win the game.

Chompin’ Charlie FAQ

If you have any questions about how to play Chompin’ Charlie, leave a comment below on this post. I will try to answer any questions asked as best and as quickly as possible.

Components for Chompin' Charlie

Chompin’ Charlie Components

  • Chompin’ Charlie
  • Tree Trunk Base
  • Acorn Holder
  • 24 Acorns
  • 4 Secret Stash Cards
  • Die
  • Instructions

Year: 2021 | Publisher: Goliath Games

Genres: Action, Children’s

Ages: 4+ | Number of Players: 2-4 | Length of Game: 10 minutes

Difficulty: Light | Strategy: Light | Luck: Moderate-High

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