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Andrew Tullsen
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Intro
If you are reading this review, you have probably already read that is an abstract game about penguins kicking a soccer ball on any ice field. Okay, enough intro.


Components

This is a Nestor Game. What does this mean? Well, if you are up to date on the latest geek news, you would know that this guy over in Spain started up a cool little publishing company for abstract games. The key ingredients are:
-A mousepad-like board
-Cut Acrylic pieces
-A carrying cloth cylinder

First, the little carry bag thing is a cool, nifty idea, even if it doesn't fit on your shelf with the other games.
The folding board rolls up nicely, and unfolds like a charm.
The acrylic pieces have sharp edges, not like the soft wood edges on a meeple for example.


Setup and the Goal

Each player starts in a corner with no pieces on the board, and must get the soccer ball to the other player's starting corner.

Each player has a large (Mama) penguin, a medium (Papa) penguin and little (Baby) penguin.

The Mama can kick 3 spaces/slide 1 space.
The Papa can kick 2 spaces/slide 2 spaces.
The Baby can kick 1 space/slide 3 spaces.

On your turn


The penguin can stand up, or slide or kick the ball.

Standing up allows you to slide in any direction on your next turn.

Sliding is done on your belly and you must continue in the same direction you were pointing, but you can turn as you slide.
If you slide into an opposing penguin who has the ball, you tackle them and take it from them.

Kicking is the only way you can move the ball - once you have it, you must kick it to move it on.


So, how does it play?
Move your penguins around, slide them from space to space, kick the ball away from your opponent. Tackling is cool, and often leads to tense situations. After you are tackled you are knocked down (and must take a turn to stand up). So the penguins maneuver into position around the ball, not wanting to be the first one to touch it. So you have to cleverly block access to the ball.

I like how the penguins are played differently - The little penguin darts around, steals the ball and kicks it one space. Mama penguin, once she gets there, gives the ball a big kick out of the area. Papa is cool, as he can kick the ball, and then slide to grab it next turn - if no one can catch him, this is quite effective.

My Rating
The production of the game is excellent - great for traveling, as you can just stuff it into a backpack/suitcase and it won't get harmed.

The game is a fun little abstract game, and can sometimes see-saw back and forth for a while, but it's a cool 2-player filler.

I give it a solid 7.5

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Wolfgang Zelller
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Howitzer_120mm wrote:
The Mama can kick 3 spaces/slide 1 space.
The Mama can kick 2 spaces/slide 2 spaces.
The Mama can kick 1 space/slide 3 spaces.


That's what you get from using copy and paste.
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blush Whoops - fixed now.
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Diz Hooper
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Great review. This is a fun little game.
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Joe Joyce
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thdizzy wrote:
Great review. This is a fun little game.

I have to second that - got to play the game at NonCon a couple years ago, and I'm glad to see Avri getting somewhere with it.
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