Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Hey, That's My Fish!

Publisher: Fantasy Flight Games
Designers: Alvydas Jakeliunas and Gunter Cornett
Players: 2-4
Ages: 8+

Hey, That's My Fish Rules:

Hey, That's My Fish! is a game of penguins, ice, and fish-gathering strategy.

Quote of the night = "That's a lot of frickin' penguins!"

First off, kudos to the title. How fun is it to exclaim "Hey, that's my fish!" a bunch of times? (with the occasional "Dude, where's my fish?")

The playing field consists of 60 hexagon tiles that are situated in a grid. Each of the tiles has 1, 2, or 3 fish on it.

The playing pieces are your penguins. You must move your army of penguins to collect as many fish as you can. Here is the problem; when you (or your opponent) collects fish, they collect the fish tile. The more tiles that go missing, the fewer paths your penguins have to choose from. This will eventually lead to your penguins becoming stranded.

Once all the penguins become stranded, you count up your fish and he player with the most fish wins!

The amount of strategy that goes into playing this game can get a little hairy (feathery?) if you aren't the type to play your chess games 4 moves in advance. The more players, the greater the challenge - instead of trying to figure out what one player might do, you need to figure out what 3 other players might do before your turn. In other words, there were a lot of "Crud! I didn't see that!"going on in the One Zillion Games house.

We really liked this game as a 2, 3, and 4 player game.

The one thing I would change about Hey, That's My Fish! has to do with the removal of the approximately quarter sized tiles. If your penguin happens to move off of a tile from the middle of the grid, it is a little hard to remove that center piece without mucking up the rest of the board.

My solution? Boogers. Not the mucous-from-your-nose kind. The sticky stuff that you find inside junk mail to hold bits of paper together. I acquired a significant amount of these "boogers" from the latest Kohl's ad and balled them up to use as a tile grabber. The problem with my booger-fix? It got too dirty and too un-sticky too quickly.

My suggestion?
Nerf Dart + Hot Glue Gun + Penguin


One Zillion Games was provided with a review copy of Hey, That's My Fish!. The fact that a sample copy was provided, in no way influences our opinion of the game.

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