Hey, that’s my fish! is a game for ages 8+ is for 2 to 4 players and takes about 20 minutes to complete.
The gameplay is great at helping children develop mathematics, decision making (logical and critical) and encourages strategic thinking.
The game is a simple game to learn and a great stepping stone for games like Chess. Hey, that’s my fish has two primary strategic elements like chess but chess has 3. These 2 elements are time (who has the initiative) and space (freedom to move).
The game includes sixty sturdy tiles, which have one, two or three fish on them, each player has his or her own plastic colour of penguins.
The sixty hexagonal tiles are laid out in rows, making the “board” I found this took a while to set up and I didn’t like this part of the game. The pieces are quite small and easy to knock out of place. Each player takes a turn initially placing his or her penguins on tiles.
After the penguins are placed, each player has a turn moving their penguins in one of the six directions through the sides of the hexagonal tiles. After a penguin has moved, the owning player collects the penguin’s start tile from the board, leaving a hole. Penguins can move as far as they want until they either run into another penguin or a hole, at which point they stop.
The game is over when no one has a legal move left. Each player counts the fish on the tiles they have collected. The player with the most fishes wins!
The game I was sent to review was a travel version. Although it’s great to have a compact version I found the hexagonal pieces hard to place as they are quite small. It’s available in a larger version so I would advise you purchase that version if you have no patience setting things up like me.
The instructions are clear and easy to follow. If you are like me and haven’t played chess before you will find this game quite challenging to start. The more you play the better you get, it’s quite addictive once you get into it.
My 7-year-old didn’t like this game but he’s going through a phase of not liking board games. I do try and encourage him to play more with board games but unless it’s on the PlayStation or his iPad he’s just not interested.
I think family board games are so important for learning so many important skills and will continue to encourage gameplay in our house. Family game time also is great for encouraging you all to find time to be together as a family!