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Madeleine Scott
United Kingdom
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10
Jun 2008*
only my second 10 out of 10 (with mr jack). the best game at the uk game expo 2008 and not just voted by me! perfect to play and i LOVE those polar bears!!!
2008-06-15*
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Andrew Saunders
United Kingdom
Blackpool
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10
Jul 2008*
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Michael Saunders
England
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10
Jul 2008*
A dozen plays and counting pushes this to 10. A fantastic gateway game. And the best game production for 2008 so far.
2008-07-08*
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Ken Litko
United States
Indiana
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10
Jul 2008*
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nicolae g
United Kingdom
London
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10
Nov 2013
the game that got me into board games. shame it's so low on charts. lovely,lovely game designed for all ages.
2014-10-25
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James Marriot
United Kingdom
Oxford
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9.5
Jun 2008*
My University gaming group played a late prototype of this game and, to a person, was very impressed. Most notable was the simplicity and ease of play coupled with the depth of play. Whilst this can lead to over-analysis by 'gamers', it also offers potential for a quick, fun end-of-the-session game.

I have now seen the published version, which does not disappoint. The components are very classy; especial mention should go to the plastic ice floe tiles. If I were to offer a whinge, it would be the size of the board and bits. I like big, chunky pieces, but I have big, chunky fingers, so this is a minor, subjective criticism!

Game play has tightened since the prototype. Balance in a 4 player game is excellent and it now scales very well for 2 to 4 players. The result is an impressive family / gamer's game. I can't give it 10 (because it is not Chess or Go), but I have no hestitation in lifting my initial grade by 0.5

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I took the opportunity to play the prototype version at Spiel 2007 in Essen with the designer, Dean Conrad. I am very glad that I did.

This is not fully a traditional 'Euro-style' game; nor does it necessarily aim to be, but do not dismiss this merely as a family game either. With a board comprising a hexagon field of 70 or so spaces covered by 30 moving ice floe pieces of varying designs (in a very nice translucent ice-blue plastic), the Ice Flow board offers millions of configurations, creating the choices and dilemmas which make Euro-games so compelling. Added to this is a pleasingly logical rule set, objects with multiple uses, a good deal of player interaction, and a simple move-explorer / move-ice dynamic that keeps the game driving forwards.

I played 2, 3, and 4 player games. Whilst the game scales well, it has to be said that the 3-player played marginally better than the other two. However, I am conscious of the fact that testing a prototype at Essen cannot compare with a rigorous home-group 'thrashing'. Moreover, I know that Dean is adding internal modifications to the game to bring both the two-player and the four-player in line with the three-player, that is: the right degree of race and chaos.

My rating here (9) reflects both the game's clear potential and my eagerness to own and to play the published version.
2008-06-03*
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john plant
United Kingdom
Ledbury
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9.5
Feb 2014
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Dan Sattary-Javid
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9.5
Feb 2015
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Alberto Diomede
Italy
MILANO
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9.1
May 2015
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Tim Bancroft
United Kingdom
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9
Jun 2009*
Really enjoyable and giving great complexity from simple rules and complex. Is it really Light-Medium? I don't know as I seemed to find more about the game and find more strategiet to try the more I played.
2009-07-16
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Caroline Berry
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9
Dec 2008*
Clever game which can be quite stratigic, but could also be played without so much thinking.

The pieces are also really lovely.

We incorrectly played our first game with discarding the rope after use rather than leaving it behind. This still made for a very good and very close game.
2008-07-29*
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Steve R Bullock
United States
Palm Coast
Florida
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9
Sep 2008*
This is one sweet game! I rarely enjoy a game as quickly as I did this one- it struck me as fun the moment I read about it months ago, and when I got it and played a game I could not help but think of it as one of my new all-time favorites. It has just enough going on for the game to be interesting, but not too much to make it crazy. Fantastic pieces - even a plastic lover like me likes the wooden bits in this one, especially since I also get those great blue plastic tiles!
2008-09-28*
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Robbie
Belgium
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9
Nov 2008*
The best game at Spiel 08 to my opinion
2008-10-27*
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Markus Welbourne
United Kingdom
Braintree
Essex
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Jul 2009*
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Els Dellaert
Belgium
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9
Jun 2009*
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Darren Thornton
England
Exeter
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9
May 2011
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9
Sep 2011
Owned
Anna Demon
United States
Vienna
VA
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9
Dec 2014
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Markus Welbourne
United Kingdom
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9
Apr 2013
Owned
David McCulley
United Kingdom
Newcastle upon Tyne
Unspecified
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9
Dec 2014
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9
Feb 2015
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Mateusz Dobrowolski
Poland
Warsaw
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8.7
Jun 2008*
game looks fantastic, it's easy to learn but has many possibilities, even hardcore players can find something interesting in it for them, convincing none gamers to play it, is a pice a cake Girls like it's lookout!
2008-06-21*
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Failing Upwards Since '93!
United States
Bridgeton
Missouri
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8.5
Sep 2008*
Nicely fills its niche.
2008-08-01*
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J. Vandekerckhove
Belgium
Deinze
Oost-Vlaanderen
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8.5
Mar 2009*
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Bulldozers
United States
Crystal Lake
Illinois
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8.5
Sep 2014
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James Sherwood
United States
Summerville
South Carolina
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8.5
Aug 2010
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Lauren Penner
Canada
Warman
Saskatchewan
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8.5
Jan 2011
Owned
Charlie Mote
United States
Decatur
Georgia
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8.5
Apr 2014
Great international race title based on actual events.

Customization ideas: paint "rope" with bright dots to suggest actual synthetic climbing rope. Repaint fish to metalic-robotic blue and sunflower yellow (real fish and then solar-robo fish?)
2014-06-16
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Tom Freeman
United Kingdom
London
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8.5
Jan 2012
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Afonso Vieira
Portugal
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8.5
May 2014
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Jules JS
United Kingdom
Bournemouth
Dorset
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8.5
Jan 2014
Owned
Get up, get up, get up, get down, fall over.
United Kingdom
Bolton
Lancashire
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8.2
Jun 2008*
I am not a big fan of racing games but this seemed pretty good. Lots to think about and some tough decisions, well produced too.
2008-06-05*
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Brian Bailey
United States
Morrow
Ohio
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8.2
May 2009*
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Matt Hiske
United States
Kentwood
Michigan
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8.2
Dec 2009*
Fun theme for a race game which has a lot of decisions and strategy. Nice wooden components!

Top Racing Games:
http://www.boardgamegeek.com/geeklist/35838/page/1
2008-07-13*
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Randy Miczek
United States
Saratoga Springs
New York
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8.1
Dec 2012
nice puzzle game. nice theme can make brain freeze but is fun otherwise. I also played this solo with two players...nice as a puzzle.As time goes on I'm appreciating this game more and more.
2008-07-10*
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Koert Debyser
Belgium
Brugge
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8
Jun 2008*
Interesting tactical polar race game. **** Played a prototype during the Cast Are Dice convention in 2007. Looking forward to play the published version.
2008-06-22*
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Richard Denning
United Kingdom
Sutton Coldfield
West Mids
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8
Oct 2007*
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Timothy Hunt
United States
St Louis
Missouri
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8
Nov 2007*
Enjoyed several playings of this at ChiTaG, and it's a lot of fun - Looking forward to seeing it in production
2007-11-21*
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Exit 191
United States
Buckeye
Arizona
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8
Dec 2010
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David Brain
United Kingdom
London, UK
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8
Nov 2008*
Another terrific family game with cute pieces and lovely production values (the ice floes are a work of art.) I would worry that the lightness of feel will be lost as gamers do tend towards AP when there is the chance to do so, making downtime a bigger issue. That's a terribly minor complaint though; this is the sort of game that should be an SdJ contender.
2008-06-01*
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Brian Moore
United Kingdom
Bolton
Lancashire
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8
Jan 2009*
Great looking game with a touch of screwage. Clever game which can be quite strategic
2008-06-01*
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Paul Allwood
United Kingdom
Whitley Bay
Tyne and Wear
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8
Jun 2008*
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Peter Chilton
United Kingdom
Oldbury
West Midlands
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8
Jun 2011
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Charlie Paull
United Kingdom
Nailsworth
Gloucestershire
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8
Jun 2008*
At first glance a children's race game, this game is so much more! There is a lot more depth than I expected.
2008-06-06*
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Wot!
United Kingdom
Reading
Berkshire
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8
Jun 2008*
bought at UK Expo 2008, Birmingham. There were a lot of this game being played in the evening games sessions. It looked so good that I had to buy this, and got it signed by one of the designers!

Played several times now (2 and 4 player) not dissapointed at all - great game!
2008-06-08*
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Dallas Hoag
United States
Salamanca
New York
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8
Jan 2011
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Todd Sweet
United States
Geneva
Illinois
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8
Aug 2008*
Got to play a couple of times at Origins 2008 and am glad my gaming buddy picked it up for more plays to come. Game is easy to learn with only 2 action steps and only 2 or 3 options on each step, but has lots of strategy and is just plain fun! Can't wait to get more plays!
2008-07-01*
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Jason Kimmings
United Kingdom
Bathgate
West Lothian
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8
May 2009*
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Mihály Horváth
Hungary
Budapest
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8
Jul 2008*
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Ian Delom
United Kingdom
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8
Mar 2009*
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