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Kids in Germany love "Zicke Zacke Hühnerkacke" – and not just because of the rude word. ("Hühnerkacke" means chicken shit, though the English title of the game is the politer "Chicken Cha Cha Cha".) The rhyme may be a bit cheeky, but there's no doubt about the fun you get from the game. Like many other "designer" games it bears the Zoch brand name. The appeal of Zoch creations such as "Burg Appenzell" and "Niagara" goes beyond game-players great and small, as is clear from their numerous awards. Zoch was acquired by NORIS-SPIELE in 2010 and is now a part of the SIMBA DICKIE GROUP.

 

THE ZOCH STORY

1987: Klaus Zoch's "Bausack" hits the market – and in 1988 makes the shortlist for "Game of the year".

1996: "Bamboleo" is given a "therapeutically beneficial" seal of approval and "Aztec" wins the "Special Great Game" award.

1998: "Zicke Zacke Hühnerkacke" scores a double triumph, winning the "Kid's Game of the year" award and the "German Children's Game Award." Soon afterwards, "Chicken Cha Cha Cha" is available in 20 foreign versions.

2002: "Villa Paletti" wins the coveted title "Game of the year" and sales immediately rise above 300,000.

2003: Appearance of the first adult games, "Goldbräu", "Niagara" etc.

2005: The Cha-Cha Chickens are joined by an entire poultry family: "Au Backe" ("By Golly!"), "Hick Hack in Gackelwack" ("Pick Picnic Tuckbox") and "Zicke Zacke Entenkacke" ("Duckling Dancing"). "Niagara" wins 'Game of the year' award.