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Product: Hey, That’s My Fish!
Age Range: 8 years+
Manufacturer’s Description: Hey, That’s My Fish! is an engaging, award-winning board game of strategic fish hunting, in which 2-4 players control determined penguins hungry for their next meal on a bustling Antarctic ice floe. Do you have the mettle to grab more fishy meals than your feathered foes?
Review: We really enjoy relaxing as a family playing games, and are really enjoying being part of the Blogger Board Game Club as we get to try out new games together. Our latest game is “Hey, That’s My Fish!” and it is really enjoyable to play.
In the box you get 60 ice floe tiles, with either one, two or three fish on each, a rule sheet, and 16 plastic penguins – four of each colour. It is a game for 2-4 players.
To set up the game, you randomly arrange the hexagonal ice floe tiles in a sort of square, with alternating rows of 8 and 7 tiles. You can then rearrange them to redistribute the higher value ice floe tiles if everyone agrees to do so. Then, the players take it in turn to place their penguins onto any of the single fish ice floe tiles of their choosing.
The basic idea of the game is players take turn moving their penguins around the ‘board’ made up of ice floes, with the aim of collecting as many fish as possible. Each move is made up of two steps: move any of your penguins in a straight line, and then collect the tile they just moved from. Penguins can move as many or as few tiles as they want, but they can’t turn corners, or go over (or share a space with) other penguins, or go over a gap in the ice floe.
After a few goes it was easy enough to get into the swing of it and it didn’t take long for us to be trying to figure out ways to cut rival penguinss off from the main bulk of the ice floe, stranding them on small patches of tiles, all while trying to collect as many fish as possible.
Once all of your penguins are unable to move any further, you take them off the board, including the tiles they were stranded on, and it is game over for that player. Play continues until no more moves can be made, left over tiles are put back into the box, and then players tally up their fish and the winner is the player with the highest number of fish.
The age recommendation for this game is 8 years + but Georgie and Lydia understood the concept and gameplay – they just need to work on their strategy! For now we are playing in teams, with each child teaming up with an adult.
Games like these which don’t require lots of bulky pieces or a large board are brilliant for things like taking on holidays as the box is nice and compact. It comes with resealable bags for the penguins and tiles which is always good. I have no doubt we’ll be taking it with us on a trip or two this year. It’s nice to find a new game that James and I can play two player after bedtime, too.
We give this game five stars.