Cheeky Parrot Games has four titles currently in print. All sell reliably at dozens of retail outlets across New Zealand and Australia. All are offered in our trademark, sturdy, one-piece magnetic closure box.
Our most recent release began as a self-published card game. We worked with the creators, Weta Digital artists Tim Kings-Lynne and Beck Veitch, to prepare Hoard for a larger market under the Cheeky Parrot label. We ran a successful Kickstarter campaign from May-June 2016, which helped to fund a special print run released in the North American market. Kickstarter backer and Australasian market copies have bonus features such as the magnet box with gold accents. The game’s setting is familiar to all Kiwis: the cavern of a sleeping dragon. How much treasure can you steal and secure before it wakes up?
Raid the Pantry is in its third printing and was the winner of the New Zealand Games Association’s New Game of the Year Award 2013 and other accolades. It is a rummy-style cooking themed game featuring beautifully photographed ingredient and multicultural dish cards. Like many traditional card games, it can be played individually or with a partner.
We worked with first-time designers Claire Ahuriri and James Dunning to bring Cat Capers to the market in late 2015. In this small board game, players take on the role of cats contending for the best adventures on offer on a suburban street (chase the postie or some home decorating, anyone?)
Granny Wars has been our best seller so far, selling its first 1000 copies in New Zealand within two years of its release. It is a fast-playing game of secret identities and special senior tricks. Can you help your nana stay on top in the highly competitive town handcrafting competition? Granny Wars can be played by up to eight people.
Cheeky Parrot distributes our own and SchilMil Games titles to retailers in New Zealand and Australia. SchilMil’s present titles are Komodo and Kenakalan. Manifest, also pictured, had a successful initial print run and is presently unavailable. In January 2019, we expect to have copies of Auztralia available.
In 2016 we made our first distribution deal with a small off-shore independent publisher, Hemisphere Games of Canada. Their game, Karmaka, had a big Kickstarter campaign, raising over 1100% of its target. We ordered copies for distribution to New Zealand Kickstarter campaign backers and our retailers. A competitive card game that plays out over multiple lives, Karmaka players begin as lowly dung beetles and work to ascend the karmic ladder round by round. We sold through our supply within a year and eagerly hope for a reprint.
In 2016 we also helped Creative Mathematics (formerly Statistics Learning Centre) to source games and teaching aids from our manufacturer in China. We distribute the Dragon Games for them. It is their commercial adaptation of the Dragonistics data cards used in New Zealand schools to teach about maths and statistics.
In 2017 we brought over copies of Kiwetin, a light racing game for 2-6 players by first time designers Flyos Games of Montreal. Featuring detailed miniatures, a long board and custom dice, you begin the game as forest spirit Ki, We, or Tin, which have variable speed and grasping abilities…but don’t count on finishing the game with the same identity! Rüne cards and action tiles vary the gameplay.
Most recently, we’ve secured New Zealand distribution rights for Oaxaca: Crafts of a Culture, a gorgeous starter Euro with dice rolling and allocation and engine building mechanics. The creators of Oaxaca ran a successful Kickstarter campaign, reaching their target within the first 36 hours, and many stretch goals to improve the production value of the game, including linen finish on the box and cards, a small expansion, and a solo mode.