Thursday, February 16, 2012

Abandon Ship

Publisher: Alderac Entertainment Group
Designer: Reiner Knizia

Players: 3-7

Ages: 10+

Abandon Ship Rules:

There are only 3 game designers that I know by name.  The first is Kim Vandenbroucke, designer of Scttergories Categories, because I follow her blog, The Game Aisle.  The second is a Tim Walsh, designer of Blurt! and Tribond.  The third is one we've known around the One Zillion Games household for years; Reiner Knizia.

Reiner Knizia has designed hundreds of games (here is a list).

Abandon ship follows a group of seven rats on board, which according to the cover is the HMS NVRSNKS. Well, as bad luck would have it, the ship IS sinking and the rats are in a mad dash to make it to the deck before it is too late.

One of the things I like about Abandon ship is that the players are not individual rats that control; all of the players have the power to move any one of the rats, backwards or forwards depending the roll of the 8 dice.

But how do you decide which rat to move and how? Each player chooses a disc at random at the beginning of the game. Each disc contains 3 colors - those are the 3 rats that the player is rooting for to make it to the deck.

There is a kicker, though. The first rat to the surface gets lost in the mad confusion of people trying to flee the ship, so only the second, third, and fourth rats to the deck score points. On the way to the surface you can pick up some cheese for some extras points.

A race to the top with multiple people control long the rats is bad enough, but add to that the fact that each "round" the ship slides down the board, threatening to swallow up the rats that are too deep in the bowels of the ship.

We liked this game a lot.  Well, almost all of us did.  My 5 year-old son enjoyed the rat meeples (Reeples?), but lost interest in waiting for the ship to sink - apparently, we wanted more, faster sinking.

My 8 year old had no problems with the game play or strategy and enjoyed playing.

OZG Kids' score: 7 points

OZG Grown-ups' score: 9 points

 One Zillion Games was provided with a review copy of Abandon Ship. The fact that a sample copy was provided, in no way influences our opinions of the game.

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