There is a sweet spot in game design, in my opinion. A game that is intended to appeal to a wide audience should be simple to learn, simple to teach, have few rules, and should present interesting choices at every step.
Hey, That’s My Fish does that and more.
It’s quick to play (less than 20 minutes – most rounds I’ve played have been less than 15), quick to learn and teach, and appeals to a wide range of ages and tastes.
In Hey, That’s My Fish, players take on the role of penguins who are trying to (unsurprisingly from the title and art work) eat fish. The game is played on a field of hex-shaped pieces, each of which contains 1, 2, or 3 fish.
Players take turn placing their penguins and once all are placed, they move from hex tile to hex tile, eating fish. Once a penguin leaves a tile, they take that tile since it’s now “eaten”. This means that there is now a hole in the board. Penguins can not jump over these holes, so each player must plan carefully to maximize the amount of fish they can take, planning their routes
Once the board is completely “consumed”. players count up how many fish they took. The player with the most is the winner.
Hey That’s My Fish is a great light strategy game. It’s very family friendly and plays very quickly. Because the board is laid out randomly each game, there is a lot of replay.
There are digital versions available on IOS and Android.
Hey, That’s My Fish
Designed by Günter Cornett and Alvydas Jakeliunas
Published 2003 by Fantasy Flight Games
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A great light family-friendly strategy game!
My Kids love this game.