Don't Break the Ice
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- Tread carefully and win in this classic game
- Tap out ice blocks one by one
- Take your time and do some thinking to keep the polar bear from sinking
- To win, the bear must stay on top
- For 2 to 4 players
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CHOKING HAZARD -- Small parts. Not for children under 3 yrs.
3 years & up. Tap out ice blocks one by one, but Don't Break the Ice! To win, the bear must stay on top. One wrong block, and he'll go ker-plop! 2-4 players. No reading required.
A polar bear is happily skating across the ice. He's gesturing thumbs up. A big smile stretches his face. Uh-oh. What's that tapping sound? A block of ice just disappeared from his pond. And there goes another one. The polar bear is running out of room to skate. In Don't Break the Ice, two to four players take turns wielding plastic mallets and tapping out ice blocks. The goal is to keep the polar bear skating for as long as possible. But as the game progresses, ice blocks start falling faster and faster. And then, there goes the bear! Luckily, these ice blocks don't melt. The game can quickly be reassembled and soon the polar bear is skating again. This bear might lose his footing, but he's always got his smile. --Wendy Slotboom
Safety WarningWarning: Choking hazard. Small parts. Not for children under 3 years.
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|Item Dimensions||6 x 5.4 x 10.5 in||10.51 x 2.52 x 10.51 in||10.5 x 10.5 x 2.2 in||5.25 x 10.5 x 5.25 in||5.25 x 10.5 x 5.25 in|
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If you have never played Don't Break the Ice, the object is to try to make a game last more than two minutes, which is unlikely. After spending several minutes putting plastic cubes of "ice" into a frame, each player takes a turn using a flimsy plastic mallet to knock out only one ice block at a time. The person who knocks down a 2x2 block of ice with some skating bear-dog-yeti thing on it is the one who loses. There are several strategies out there that are equally likely to not be all that entertaining including the bash like crazy strategy, the engineer who takes 20 minutes to take a turn strategy, and the "maybe I can make this thing float with my mind" strategy. Either way, the actual playtime on a given round is almost always shorter than the time spent setting up. My kid is able to help me set it up now, but I have to do some of the later pieces.
It is an okay game for nostalgia purposes, but if you have not played then seriously, don't start now. Pick a new game and stay away from this one. Kids, however, will love it.
I don't know that I have ever made a return to Amazon and I am pretty certain this is maybe only the third product review I have ever written, but literally, this game arrived in the mail less than two hours ago and now it is packed, labeled, sitting next to the front door to head to the post office for return.
FYI The game Ker Plunk by Mattel is also in the box for return. Essentially the same reason. Both games are made of such poor quality, they are obviously meant to be disposable- and that being sooner than later. Very disappointed. Don't waste your money. I plan to look elsewhere for an original version of both games.
The game is set up with blocks of ice in a square frame. You place an ice skater on top of one of the blocks and the players start hammering down one block at a time. The object of the game is not be the player who hammers the last block that will make the ice skater fall down. It is a very simple to set up and likewise very simple game to understand that even a pre-schooler can start playing in no time.
The game is made by Milton Bradley. It is rated for 3 years old and up. It can be rated as 3 year old to 100 because there is really no limit in age to enjoy this toy. Another plus is that this is not a very expensive game.
Seriously, they ship it in a box TOO SMALL TO HOLD IT ONCE IT'S ASSEMBLED! That and taking the side pieces apart every time is SURE to end up with them getting broken. So for the sake of able to ship a smaller box they force you, the consumer, to either live with breaking it down every time or having to scrounge up something else to store it.
Don't get me started on the Jenga box likewise too small...