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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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ales stesko
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10
Mar 2009*
G&G 2Pilgrims
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10
Jul 2011
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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Péter Molnár
Hungary
Budapest
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9
Jan 2009*
Ne tevesszen meg senki a jatek vidam szinvilaga, egy kokemeny brain burner jatek rejlik mogotte. Ovatosan lepkedjel a sodrodo jegtablakon, legyen elegendo elelmiszered az utra, vigyel magaddal kotelet a nagy akadalyok ellen es nezzel korul, mert folyamatosan leselkednek rad a vad jegesmedvek. Zsenialis kis jatek, menet kozben a Lost Valley es a Mr Jack jutott eszembe. Nem volt rovid a parti, de koszonheto annak, hogy egy ideig ugy erezte mindenki, hogy veszelyes uj jegtabla behozatalara elkolteni a draga akciopontot, mert a tobbiek eldezsmaljak elole. Aztan bebizonyosodott, hogy nem eszek olyan forron a kasat, oda is kell erni. Izgalmas volt vegig, nagyon tetszett.
Update1: Az elso par jatek nem a pontos szabalyok szerint zajlottak. A masik jegtablajat nem lehet mozgatni, hacsak nem nincs rajta sajat babu (mi nem vettuk figyelembe ezt a szabalyt, igy lett egy kicsit nehezebb mindenki szamara, sebaj lehet igy is jatszani, hardcore verzio). A legsulyosabb hiba es ezt a legutolso jatek utan neztem meg mert egy kicsit furcsa volt, hogy a jegesmedve mellett valoban el lehet menni, de ugyanugy le kell fizetni 1 hallal. Igy mar felertekelodik jelentosen a szerepe, mert ha mar fizet az ember akkor megfontolando a mozgatasa. Aranyos kis jatek, tetszik az egesz csaladnak, ami meglepett.
2008-07-07*
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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Nathan Vaca
United States
California
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9
Aug 2008*
I would have given it a 10 if I didn't get stuck a lot.
2008-08-31*
Louise Snell
United Kingdom
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9
Sep 2008*
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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kim hong
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9
Feb 2009*
Carl Jongol

Kansas
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9
Mar 2009*
Marcus Kröhn
Germany
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9
May 2009*
Markus Welbourne
United Kingdom
Braintree
Essex
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9
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
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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
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9
Dec 2014
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Feb 2015
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Jackson Chan
Canada
Calgary
Alberta
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8.9
Oct 2011
Pretty fun. Beware the game will never end if all you do is keep attacking each other with polar bears!
2011-10-29
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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Maria Liti
Greece
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8.7
Oct 2011
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Alan Paull
United Kingdom
HUNTINGDON
Cambridgeshire
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8.5
Jun 2008*
Ice Flow is a very very good game. A transitional-type family game that will be played by both gamers as a light trek-across-the-ice and by families as a regular exploration. Shades of Yspahan in target perhaps, though very different concept and mechanics. Hopefully at least as successful as Yspahan. Very attractive pieces especially the floes themselves.

Probably the most attractive game for release in 2008 - and it's got polar bears!
2008-06-23*
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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Bruno Peeters
Belgium
Zwijndrecht
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8.5
Feb 2011
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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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Jon Enns
Canada
Herbert
Saskatchewan
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8.5
Feb 2011
Lauren Penner
Canada
Warman
Saskatchewan
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8.5
Jan 2011
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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
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
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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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Oct 2007*
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