As part of my role in the Blogger Board Game Club we review a new board game each month from Esdevium games. This month it’s been ‘Hey, That’s my Fish!’ which comes in a small box but it has a large personality!
Inside the box you get some hexagon shaped playing pieces to punch out and some playing penguin pieces. They come in four colours – blue, red, yellow and green and there are four each. If you’re playing with 2 players you use all four, 3 players, 3 penguins each and 4 players 2 penguins each. They each have a different pose and expression, Phoebe has her favourite ones but they change each time!
At the start of the game and before playing, you have to assemble the playing area, which is designed like an iceberg area. Each hexagon is a separate ice floe, so you have to put them together, in alternating rows of 8 and 7. When we first did it, I thought, what a hassle, but it doesn’t have to go in a specific order, and after playing a few times it was fun setting it up – just don’t do it with a toddler around who likes to swipe the table. Strictly 4 and up.
How to play Hey, that’s my fish!
Once the board is set up you choose your penguin colour and place your penguins anywhere you like, as long as the tile has only one fish on. It’s a game of strategy so pretty soon you figure out that starting at a corner or the edge is best and work your way in. You can move anywhere you like in a straight line forwards, backwards or diagonal, but you can’t change direction or go through another penguin in that line. The tile you started from is yours. So aim for 3 fishes if possible. The winner is the one with the most fish at the end, the tiles have 1, 2 or 3 fish on them. If you get stuck and can’t move, or stuck on an ice floe with sea around it, you have to retire your penguin and you get the tile it’s on. It seems a bit complicated by reading the rules but once you play it’s very easy. The skill comes in working out a strategy, and I can see it working on different levels.
You can see from the above picture you soon start getting gaps and trying to work out where to go. It’s a bit like an introduction to chess. It’s a good fun game for winter and Christmas. A winner in our house, it’s small enough to stow away but once out it’s lot’s of fun. You can get your own via Amazon and participating retailers.
Disclosure: we were gifted the game in return for an honest review.