Hey That's My Fish
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- Ages: 8+
- Number of Players: 2-4
- Playing Time: 20 minutes
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Your job seems simple: race across a random arrangement of icy fish deposits with a colony of up to four penguins, as you attempt to seize the most fish. But watch out! Competing penguins will try to block you off while the ice floe around you shrinks away. Grab the best fish and outmaneuver your opponents to ensure victory. Whichever player’s penguins collect the most fish by the end of the game is the winner! Hey, That’s My Fish! is infinitely replayable. The 60 hexagonal tiles that each display 1-3 fish are used to randomly construct the board, which will have your penguins traveling a differently shaped path every game. As you hone your strategy with every new map, will the icy shapes lead to your demise or will you claim victory? Hey, That’s My Fish! is frenzied fun for any setting, from a light and family-friendly experience to a tense and strategically satisfying face-off. Easy to learn, this exciting board game is accessible for players of any experience level, from casual to competitive gamer.
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I first came upon Hey, That’s My Fish! via a downloadable app on my kindle. I played it a few times but against a CPU it was only so-so (which is the main reason I have issues playing video games for more than 20 minutes). However, my five year old son caught me playing and Judah asked if he could try. I figured the nature of trying to go for the most amount of fishes while trying to keep yourself from being trapped and managing multiple pawns would be too much for him but I acquiesced. Of course, as is so often the case, I was wrong and he was right. The success of fun had by both him and his two year old brother (with my help) led to be my buying the board game version.
Brief Game Synopsis
Players take turns maneuvering penguins over a map made of hexagon shaped tiles contain between 1 and 3 fish. When the penguin leaves the tile it is on it removes the tile, eats the fish, and scores that number of fish as points. The player who eats the most fish at the end of the game gets heartburn…and the win…because I assume they turned the fish into fishsticks…because…penguins totally eat fishsticks.
Toys With Rules
Hey, That’s My Fish! is a small, non-complicated game with a small, non-complicated set of rules. My version is the small box Fantasy Flight so as per the expectation, the rulebook is glossy and well laid out – but that is not exactly much of a feat as the game is so simple (to learn, not necessarily simple to master).
Boards ‘N Bits
It is a Fantasy Flight game, so it is pretty and shiny and pretty and functional and pretty. Each of the four penguins you control has different molds and my son likes to examine them and dance with them.
My only real complaint is a double edged one. I love that the game is so small and compact but it means that the tiles themselves are fairly small and my son has some issues taking them without disturbing the other tiles in the grid. Not a big issue or anything, just something he has gotten annoyed with during gameplay.
This is a quick enough game that I do not mind playing it a few times here and the but there is honestly not much I am wowed about. There are other 2-4 player games that hit the same itch (Ninja Camp) but this is easier to explain and does not require reading so I find I can get it played more often.
One thing that cracks me up is the main reason my sons like playing the app is because they like seeing the animation of the whale coming up and eating the penguin when they get stuck on a tile and unable to leave. The board game does not have that and I didn’t give it a second thought. However, my sons complained about it and then found an old rubber whale that they now use to eat the penguins. Judah did this in front of some adults in my gaming group and now when they play it, the guys in my group ask for “the rubber whale treatment”…it is…awkward…
Here is the conversation I had with my five-year old about the game:
JUDAH: I really like a few things about Hey, That’s My Fish! Like that you can trap the others people’s penguins and then the other people’s penguins can only get a couple of points. If you do it really smart, you can make penguins on the edges get stuck on island if the player is not paying attention. But if the other people, if the other, the other guy, he can then trap your penguin.
ME: Judah, buddy, you know the point of the game is to collect the most points (fishes), not to necessary just trap the other players penguins.
JUDAH: Heh heh. Well, dad, when I play, I will always trap your penguins.
ME: I could try and stop you since I now know your strategy.
JUDAH: You haven’t been able to yet. But yeah, if you trap the other person penguins then it would be harder for them to win. It’s just a really weird idea for a game, but I like it and I like penguins. The only thing I do not like about it is that when a penguin is trapped then no whale comes and eats them (as stated, this happens in the app version he was first introduced to the game through and he has attempted to remedy the situation himself).
+ Size makes it easily portable
+ Easy and quick to setup and teach
- Size makes tiles unwieldly for small fingers
- No whale to eat the last penguin
Purchase, Play, or Pass
I think this game is a Play. It is not expensive or anything, but I suggest testing the app out if possible first to see if it capsizes your dingy (or floats your toboggan or whatever idiom you prefer).
Durability- This goes to the Fantasy Flight games version hands down. In this production the tiles are very thick (albeit small) and printed with vinyl finish. The Mayfair version is printed on the same kind of tiles as Catan, which do not impress me to be honest. They are not as thick as these, and the ink on paper finish is no durable at all.
Quality of Bits- Once again, this goes to Fantasy Flight. The print is on vinyl finish, and the tiles are HEAVY. they are thicker than the full sized game by far. The Penguins however, leave something to be desired. In the Mayfair version, the penguins are hand painted and finished to look like penguins, wearing different colored accessories to signify what team they are on. In this version, the penguins are simply solid colored and stuck in entertaining poses. They get the job done, but are not as pretty as the Mayfair ones. I imagine this is done to keep this version easy on your wallet, and do to the fact that they are small. The quality is where it counts so I supposed we should forgive FF this one.
Gameplay - same as the original... A strategic and clever mix of moving penguins to take as many fish as possible while leaving your opponents buried alive by their mistakes. At my house, there are NO friendly games of Hey That's My Fish. We play for the survival of the species. = )
Packaging - The box is small (about the size of any given Fantasy Flight card game (lets use Rat-a-Tat-Cat as an example) and is made of the same thick, durable, vinyl printed material as the tiles themselves. It was MADE with travel in mind, and it WILL endure abuse.
Final thoughts - I feel the need to reiterate... this version is small. Take whatever image you are getting in your mind right now... and shrink it. The entire board is 8x8in when using the standard construction archetype. this is GREAT for travel, but there are obvious downsides... Pieces can get lost easier this way, and it is a bit tedious setting the game up (a problem I have with the original to be honest) I will post some pictures tonight for reference's sake, so watch for them.
A solid purchase by any account! You won't be disappointed!
Overall the game is fun as stated but we rarely play it because of the set up and so many little pieces. I'm considering making a tray of sorts to hold them together better but we play so many other games that unfortunately it's just not a priority.