Hasbro 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.
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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.
Legal DisclaimerFor ages 3 and up
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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.
If you haven't played the game, it's really simple (you can completely ignore the instructions, trust me). You snap the two blue tray halves together, then squeeze all the blocks of ice in it. There are a bunch of small blocks of ice, and one big 4x4 block, which is used to hold the little red bear figure. Typically, this big piece goes in the middle of the tray, but you can put it wherever you want. Once everything's in, flip the tray up and you and another player take turns smashing blocks of ice out with the little hammers until the bear falls. Whoever makes him fall loses.
As I mentioned, there are many times when I was about to go "ooh, I win!" when playing because it looked like the bear had no chance of standing up when a certain block would be knocked out, only to see him hold his ground. The ice blocks are held in very tightly when you get them all in, so there's nearly no chance of him falling by accident or the big square falling out. I have to warn potential buyers that this game is a bit flimsy- the tray could easily snap if you apply too much pressure when putting it together, so don't rush anything and you'll be fine. I also give the game 4 stars for educational value because it can teach your kids tactics and seeing that if you knock x block out, x blocks will go down with it because nothing will hold them in place any more.
Don't Break the Ice is a great game for a very fair price. It's good to see that a classic from my childhood is still fun to play over 20 years later.