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Pete Belli
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This game is set in a tropical paradise called Tiki Island where colorful carved totem figures compete to be the top Polynesian Idol. This review will use glyphs -- or picture writing -- from Polynesia. Many of these symbols are part of the Hawaiian Glyphs board game. I will translate the glyphs.

 


This review will be a cooperative effort with a Geek from Polynesia called Laka-Po-Nent. His name translates as "wargame player with no local game group" in English.


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He says Tiki Topple is a fun game. Your friends will dance with joy and the dog will bark.

 


The components are beautiful, like a sunset over Tahiti. The game includes a colorful mounted game board, nine delightful tiki idol figures, a plastic storage tray, and some really nice cards. The rules are printed in English and Spanish... but not Polynesian glyphs.

 


Tiki Topple can be enjoyed by two, three, or four players. It is designed for little or big Polynesians ages 10 to adult and takes less than 45 minutes to finish.

 


The game features nine colorful idols. His culture counts things as one, two, three, four, or many. They have no symbol for the number nine so he will use glyphs representing his Uncle Lefty who was attacked by a shark near Fiji. Only the top three tiki idols count for scoring purposes. Players use a set of seven action cards to move a tiki up or down. The play of a nasty "Tiki Toast" card removes an idol from the game. Players are given cards that provide hidden tiki idol objectives. Some card combinations leave multiple players working to get the same idol to the top of the stack! Very clever.

 


He says Tiki Topple is a good game for new players. The rules are relatively simple but the game offers a rich play experience.

 


He says you may have to use your brain because Tiki Topple works well on several levels. A casual game can involve a lot of "Gotcha!" moves and goofing around. A serious game can require careful planning, deception, and a willingness to be patient. If another player is ahead of you on the victory point track and you both appear to be pushing the same tiki idol into the first position, watch out! You may need to sacrifice that tiki to prevent a clever player from increasing his or her lead.

 


Tiki Topple is not expensive. He traded two Mahi-Mahi fish for a copy at his local game hut -- about $15 in American money.

 


He says no matter how far you have to walk... no matter how far you have to sail in your catamaran... get a copy of Tiki Topple soon.
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nathan hayden
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Excellent review. This is really a great game. Short, simple, a wonderful filler game for any game night.
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Can't say I've ever had a game of mine reviewed quite like that. Pretty funny! Thanks!
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Keith: A fun game deserves a fun review. Congratulations on a fine design.
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