CHOKING HAZARD -- Small parts. Not for children under 3 yrs.
CHOKING HAZARD -- Toy contains a small ball. Not for children under 3 yrs.
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- Take turns blocking paths and crossing bridges until one player is completely cornered
- Players end their turns by placing a blocker on any bridge
- The first player to trap the other spy with blockers wins!
- Addictive fun - you'll want to play again and again
- Trap your opponent in this step-by-step strategy game for two
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Ok, but there is a puzzle to this game. Did the designer overlook that
there is a way to position your initial blockers so that, if you move
first, you always win? ALWAYS?! My 14yo son discovered this after only
But wait, we thought, this just can't be.
It's too simple! Win in 6 moves? It's no fun.
So we set to studying the rules. Says you can't initally block the arc of
three bridges connected to your opponent's starting space. Nope, he didn't
do that. He placed his five initial blockers in the middle of the next
outward arc which has seven bridges. Then on his first move, he moved his
man to the space blocking the sixth bridge and put his blocker on the
seventh bridge. Ouch, there I am trapped. My turf is reduced to four spaces
where I dance about while in subsequent turns his blockers tighten the noose.
Meanwhile, of course, he has the rest of the board to dodge my blockers.
Well ok. The rules do say place your initial blockers THEN decide who
goes first. So I copied my son's setup. I placed my five initial blockers
in the middle of the seven bridge arc in front of him, just as his were in
front of me. Then we faced off. So . . . who goes first? Maybe that's the
REAL game! Negotiating going first given you'll then win. Or, perhaps it's
negotiating new rules so the game isn't trivial.
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If I haven't overlooked something, I'm not sure what Hank Atkins, the
inverter, had in mind here.Read more ›
The components were of fairly good quality. The rulebook was also pretty easy to understand, seeing that it is roughly two pages in length. It didn't take long at all for the kids to catch on after a two-minute primer. I think the rules however could include a way to balance things out for the player who starts second. Player one clearly has the advantage of moving first, giving him or her a leg up when the round winds to a close. I have yet to experiment with my own variants, but perhaps the second player could go twice in a row during his/her first move? Had the board been bigger and more options available, this more than likely wouldn't have been a problem. The black player in "Chess", for example, can turn things around quickly due to the complex nature of the game.
There's also a way to almost completely trap player two right from the beginning by strategically placing the four "randomly" placed bridge blockers and then moving the spy into position on the first move. I don't want to ruin the setup by revealing this "cheat" as it pretty much breaks the game, so I'll simply say that I recommend placing only two random bridge blocker pieces during game setup instead of four. It'll make for a slightly longer game, but it'll prevent player one from automatically winning.
This game definitely focuses on strategy as opposed to luck, in fact I'll go as far as to say that there is absolutely no luck involved. That's assuming of course that you don't count the blunders players may or may not make throughout the course of the game. There's a lot of thinking ahead in this game, even in the very beginning.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A fun game we bought for our daughter as a birthday gift.
Very interesting game and make you really think how to block the opponent. Read more
Fun game for my 9 year old nephew, played it several times during his visit. Not too hard to get the rules down, involves alot of thinking ahead to play.Published on January 13, 2014 by Heidi
Easy to play. Maybe a bit too simple for our needs, but glad to have it around for the grandkids up and comingPublished on February 24, 2013 by Susan Fremont
The rules for this game are so simple, they can be covered in a few pages. It is a great game for just two players because it makes you think strategically, as you try to plan how... Read morePublished on February 20, 2013 by Just trying to get by
This game was fun right out of the box. It is easy to learn, and relatively quick to play so you can try out several strategies if your first ones are not successful. Read morePublished on September 9, 2012 by Amy A
My son loves this game! It's so much fun! I love that it's simple to set up, easy to carry, and transportable. Read morePublished on July 17, 2012 by Juan Carlos Osorio
this game was lots of fun, moved fast and
engaged all the players with even the 'game-watchers'
getting into it with their opinions from the sidelines
wanting to... Read more