Fish, Fish, Squish! – The Squish or Be Squished Family Action and Memory Game for Parents and Kids – 2 to 4 Players – Ages 5 and Up
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- A FAMILY MEMORY GAME: This fun action game combines creativity, memory, and heart-pounding excitement! Make your dough fish, flip the cards, and try to keep them from getting squished! This game is sure to provide a lot of giggles, chatter, and mashing.
- SQUISH OR BE SQUISHED: To play Fish, Fish, Squish! first you make your school of colored dough fish using the provided molds. Then lay the cards out face down in a 6x6 grid. Each player takes turns flipping the cards, which have happy cartoons of blue, yellow, orange, or purple fish. The player who spots three fish in a row gets to squish any opponent’s fish, and the player with the last fish wins!
- FOR PARENTS AND KIDS: A great game to play with the kids, you can also (with some supervision) let them make, play, and squish together! Recommended for 2-4 players ages 5 and up. Playing time averages 15 – 30 minutes.
- ABOUT WINNING MOVES GAMES INC: Founded in 1995, Winning Movies is a leading producer of iconic board games, card games, and handheld puzzles. With a talented group of designers, developers, and marketers, our mission is to provide happiness to consumers by offering classic, retro, cool, and fun games for play with friends and family.
- PRODUCT SPECIFICATIONS: Fish, Fish, Squish! contains 1 deck of 54 colorful fish playing cards, 4 re-sealable bags of safe modeling fun dough (in blue, yellow, orange, and purple), 4 plastic fish molds, 4 player mats, and complete, easy-to-follow illustrated instructions. Instructions include proper squishing techniques!
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Fish, Fish, Squish! is a fun action game that combines creativity, memory, and heart-pounding excitement! Sure to provide lots of giggles, chatter, and mashing, this game is easy to play. First you make your school of colored dough fish using the provided molds. Then lay the cards out face down in a 6x6 grid. Each player takes turns flipping the cards, which have happy cartoons of blue, yellow, orange, or purple fish. The player who spots three fish in a row gets to squish any opponent’s fish, and the player with the last fish wins! A great game to play with the kids, you can also (with some supervision) let them make, play, and squish together. Recommended for 2-4 players ages 5 and up. Playing time averages 15 – 30 minutes. Contains 1 deck of 54 colorful fish playing cards, 4 re-sealable bags of safe modeling fun dough (in blue, yellow, orange, and purple), 4 plastic fish molds, 4 player mats, and complete, easy-to-follow illustrated instructions. Founded in 1995, Winning Moves is a leading producer of iconic board games, card games, and handheld puzzles. With a talented group of designers, developers, and marketers, our mission is to provide happiness to consumers by offering classic, retro, cool, and fun games for play with friends and family. Your comments, thoughts, and suggestions have helped us shape the vision of who we are today, and we hope we've repaid you by helping make lasting memories for you and your family.
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Fish, Fish, Squish! doesn't take much time to play. The box says 15-30 minutes but in truth it is about 5-10 minutes only. In fact, set-up time (especially for four people) probably takes longer than it does to play the game. Now, this isn't something like Ikusa or Cthulhu Wars where you have lots of pieces to set up. Fish, Fish, Squish! is actually pretty simple in this regard. Some of the time is spent shuffling the 54 card deck and then creating a 6x6 grid out of them. Yes, you will set some of the cards aside in case the game reaches its conclusion without a winner. The real block of time is spent molding your fish to squish! Fish, Fish, Squish! comes with four bags of extremely high quality clay. It's fantastic molding clay and honestly, it's probably worth the purchase price of the game. The game also comes with four resealable bags so once you open the clay from their original airtight packaging, it won't dry out as quickly. I should note that because clay does eventually go bad, this does mean Fish, Fish!, Squish! has a limited life-span. The good news is that it will take a long time for the clay to dry out (We're talking months/years) and by that time your kids will probably no longer care about the game.
The game comes with four fish molds, all of which are exactly the same, but you get one for each player to shorten the setup time. You make five fish of your chosen color by putting the clay into the mold and then removing it. Without fingernails, it can be hard to get the clay fish out of their molds and trimming the lines off the figures once released can take time and be tricky – especially if you have anal-retentive children who want their fish to be perfect. So again, setup takes long than the time to play the game.
Actually playing Fish, Fish, Squish! is short and simple. Each player goes (from youngest to oldest) and on their turn, they flip a single card from the 6x6 grid over. This continues until someone makes a three-of-a-kind. This does not mean that they have three of the same fish revealed, but rather a line of three different fish (yellow, red and purple). This line can be horizontal, vertical or diagonal. Once a player has made a line, they can squish one of the other players' fish. Lose all of your fish and you are out of the game. The winner is whoever still has a fish left at the end of the game. Pretty simple, right?
Well, there are a few problems. The first is that with more than two players, you will almost always run out of cards in the 6x6 grid. Even with a two player game, that nearly happened every time. The game does have sudden death rules of "add another line of six cards to the board" but that doesn't mean even this will be successful. You can end up having two or three sudden death lines (which uses all the cards) and have no declared winner. This is because of the randomization. Bad shuffling can end up with the cards not equally scattered across the grid, but with a massive clump of one color in a contained area. We saw it happen more than once. The randomness of the game not only increases the replay value of the game, but also can cause the game to be unbeatable – so to speak. This is a notable problem but one that can't essentially be solved because it really is just bad dumb luck when this situation occurs. Kids won't mind though, unless their fish squishing is down to a bare minimum. Perhaps it would be easier to make the game work as a Memory clone but with fish mashing. It wouldn't certainly remove the sudden death aspect that is often needed.
Another issue is that some little kids won't process all the possible lines once the majority of the cards are revealed. Heck, some adults will have this problem. You will have three of a kind but a young kid might only be looking vertically or horizontally and forget diagonally. The good news is that the rules of the game note this and remind parents to help view all the possible outcomes that occur when a card is flipped. For adults that miss a three way that they have just made, well there's no excuse.
Adults probably won't find Fish, Fish, Squish! very fun. It's a little too simple and shallow for them. The squishing of a clay fish is always satisfying, no matter your age group though. Young children (once they hit double digits, the fun factor in this probably decreases sharply) though, should have a blast with this. The game helps teach spatial recognition, pattern recognition, probability outcomes and lets you mangle something made of gooshy clay. I can't see this being a game kids will want to play for than two or three times in a row without getting board, or even once a day for weeks on end, but it is something that will be enjoyable in short bursts and something a parent can do with their child. With a price tag of under $15, you WILL get your money's worth with Fish, Fish, Squish. I'm just not sure for how long.
I like this game because it isn't just random. You don't know what the card is before you flip it but there are certainly cards with better odds of giving you a chance to squish depending on what's already flipped. My daughter, who just turned four, struggled with the concept of which card is best to flip. My one issue with the game is the prep time. You have to shuffle the cards and lay thirty six face down. The most time, however, is spent making all the fish to be squished. You take playdoe and form a fish using a mold. With just two players that's ten fish and it can take some time. From my experience the prep time can exceed play time. Having said that squishing the fish can be a lot of fun,
This lists ages from 6-15. It is most definitely for the younger crowd! It is great for helping youngsters develop stronger color identification skills, sequential ordering, and lose a little frustration. Biggest issue is making sure one player is not picked on more than others.
Most children like playing with clay or shaping dough. It is fairly hard to get the clay out of the molds. We solved this by getting Play-Doh - it was not as crumbly and "dry" as stuff which came with the game. Took care of that problem.
The idea is to get three different fish in a row (in any direction). Once you do that, time to start squishing fish! It is very easy to set up, instructions are quite simple, and it is fun for the youngsters. It usually takes about ten to fifteen minutes prep time to get fish ready for playing the game.
I would recommend this to anyone with younger children (Kindergarten age up to fourth or fifth grade).
Most recent customer reviews
It is a fun memory game.