Hey! That's my fish! is one of my favorite abstract games. It literally has two rules: move in a straight line and pick up the tile you leave. That's it. Yet, they are able to extract plenty of game play and decisions out of these rules. The components are simple, but in the deluxe version they look great.
This is a game that could be over looked as it doesn't have a ton of moving parts nor a ton of components. It is abstract which will turn off a lot of gamers. I'm not the largest fan of abstract games either. Yet, this one is quick enough and easy enough to teach and play. It doesn't overstay its welcome at all. It is a fun filler that can be played between any two gamers. I can play this game with nearly any gamer. With the painted penguins, it will grab the attention of people passing by.
While not the greatest game and a game you are likely to buy due to price or to get free shipping, yet a game you may be surprised with.
I have the Deluxe version so these components may not match your copy. My Penguins are very nice and fully painted. They are made to last and look great on the board. The tiles are nice, but not the thickest tiles I've ever seen. I would only upgrade to this edition because of the Penguins.
The rules are just one page front and back. The rules are in full color with plenty of examples and pictures. There are really just two rules in this game and the rule book does a great job.
Flow of the Game:
The board is set up with a bunch of tiles that have between 1-3 fish on them. These fish are going to act like VP when the game ends and the number of fish will determine the winner of the game.
Each player gets a number of Penguins based on the number of players. You will be moving these penguins around the board to eat fish.
Playing the game is easy: you move your penguin in a straight line and pick up the tile that you initially started on. The fish on this tile is now VP to score at the end of the game. If you are unable to move at the start of your turn, you are eliminated from the game (you can still win by scoring at the end of the game).
The game is this simple: move and pick up the tile you stepped off of. These tiles score a different number of points.
Should I buy this game?:
Yes, for an abstract game. You have to enjoy an abstract game that is think-y. This is the sort of game where you have to think a few moves ahead. What could my opponent do? What if I did this and they did that? This could drive some gamers crazy. Even so, this is a game that you can play with your family, non-gamers, or even gamers. I don't know if gamers will want to play this all the time, but it can be a time killer while you are waiting on the next game to start.