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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.
Warning: Choking hazard. Small parts. Not for children under 3 years.
Top Customer Reviews
My young son loves this game and we play all sorts of variations including moving the main ice piece that holds the bear to different places so we can experiment with the "physics" of the game. (So there is a true educational element.) We also try to put the ice pieces back in the frame using different patterns of insertion. This helps kill the time factor in getting the game pieces ready to play.
With its minimum of rules anyone can pick this game up in a minute. It's fun and can be played by "kids" of all ages. Given its low price, it's a no miss. Even if little children get more fun out of making the bear fall than not, so what? Think of it as a more versatile "hammer & peg bench" toy.
There are some durability issues. If one of the tabs that hold the ice breaks, you are out of luck. The frame consists of two pieces that slide together and the connection is prone to breakage. Still, at this price point it's a lot easier to replace than many of the fragile toys that cost far more. In fact you could buy every toy in the Milton Bradley "Cootie" line and still be under the cost of just one other plastic toy.
A good bet for a good price.
Break the Ice is a simple game anybody can play. There is a man sitting on a big piece of ice. You want to knock out the pieces around him, but not knock out piece that will send him falling. It's simple enough but it does take some stratedgy.
We have a lot of kids that come through my house for different reasons, and I've never met one that didn't get a kick out of this game. It's a fun family game and a must for a small child.
Thus it was when I was looking for a gift for my three-year-old niece, that I was looking for a gift that fit my sister's strict parameters for appropriateness:
'Please, nothing that makes noise, especially an agonisingly repetitious noise.'
'Nothing that can stain walls, carpets, floors, or ceilings.' (which made me wonder, just what is it that kids do with their paints and crayons that they can reach the ceiling?)
'Nothing that takes batteries.'
'Nothing with choking bits or fragile things that break easily.'
'No more dolls.'
'No more stuffed animals -- she gets buried in the ones you've given her already.' (oops, I guess that was a plea for originality!)
So, these guidelines (commandments, actually) in mind, I ventured into the world of children's toys, and was bewildered with the array of inappropriate gifts. Floor to ceiling in some shops -- who purchased these things? Was my sister being overly harsh in her strictures? Was the rest of the buying public that foolish? (on second thought - don't answer that!)
So it was that I came upon a few things that qualified, and high among them was the game Don't Break the Ice! I remembered this game fondly from my childhood.Read more ›
The game is designed to have the bear's block in the center of the board. You can also set it up with the bear in different areas to see how that changes the strategy. Knocking pieces out one by one lets kids experiment to see which blocks are actually needed to hold the bear in place the longest. And there's something that is simply fun about tapping the pieces out and waiting for the whole set-up to collapse.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The set was not complete. It was missing 1 "block of ice" which makes the game impossible to play.Published 3 days ago by Joan Diden
My 3 year old can play this game and has so much fun. We play it all the time along with Pop the Pig. This is fast and easy to set up. Read morePublished 8 days ago by Dee's Happy
Oh my goodness, I'm so glad we finally found the original version as it has been out of production for over 6 months. Read morePublished 8 days ago by Catherine Beck
Just like I remember playing as a kid. Same hard plastic ice and mallets. Fun game, sometimes the ice pieces seem loose so you can just move them to a different area and it seems... Read morePublished 14 days ago by DAWN
It does the job. I just wish they made the games like they used to when I was growing up.Published 21 days ago by verbena42
I had this when I was a kid and got it for my children hoping they like it as much as I did. They did! They had no idea what it was but after playing it they had a ton of fun. Read morePublished 29 days ago by Janet G