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Nibbled, The Action Card Game with Bite! Game Card Game
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- Quick playing: “nibbled” is a fun, quick playing and easy-to-learn action card game, that helps young children with color recognition, counting and basic math skills. No reading required!
- Let's play: each player clips 4 plastic fish on themselves. Draw a card, guess the color of the fish on the card, flip to see if you're right. If yes, unclip a fish and place it on any opponent!
- Object of the game: be the first player to be “fish free” (get rid of all your fish) and win the game.
- Everyone gets in the action: the nibbled game includes 5 special “Frenzy” cards. Flip a "Frenzy" card, yell "Frenzy" and every other player removes one fish and clips it onto another player!
- Contents: 16 plastic clip-on fish, sheet of eye stickers, deck of 52 cards, instructions.
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Look out! you’re being “nibbled” by some friendly little fish. Nibbled is a fast-paced, easy-to-learn game that starts with kids clipping 4 plastic fish onto themselves. Guess a color – flip a card. Guess correctly – Unclip one fish and clip it onto an opponent. Winner is the first player to Unclip all their fish. You start with little plastic fish clipped onto you. On your turn, guess the color of the fish on the card and flip the card to see if you’re right. If you guess correctly, you can Unclip one (or more) of your fish and clip it to any other player. Most of the 52 cards have pictures of one, two or three fish. Some cards have all fish of the same color and some have two or more fish of different colors. This is important in gameplay as you are trying to guess a color on the card. In addition, there are 5 “Frenzy” cards, which are special. Frenzy cards let all players in on the action at the same time. Players always remove the same number of fish shown on the card as the correct color guessed. The first “fish-free” player winds the game! the nibbled game help young children with color recognition, counting and basic math skills. No reading required! 2-4 players, for ages 4+
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The game is simple. Each player gets 4 of these little clamp-y plastic fish (8 with two players) and the clip them to their clothing or hair. Then you take a guess of one of 5 colors and flip a card. If there is a fish or two on the flipped card which matches your guess, you get to take that many fish off of yourself and clip them to another player. The first with no fish left on them wins. (There is also a "frenzy" card where everyone gets to take off one fish and put it on another player.)
The most important thing about this is that the fish are NOT scratchy or pinch-y. They remind you of a hair clip, but the little teeth are very smooth. I played this first with my teenage kids just to test it out and we purposely tried to make them hurt ourselves and could not. Maybe with super tangly hair and trying to slide it out without opening would be the only way. They didn't pinch skin at all. Even just clipping them on a little pinch of skin didn't hurt at all. The springs aren't that tight. That was a good thing. It was also surprisingly fun to play. There is a small amount of strategy to know to "give" your fish to the person with the fewest fish. There is a little counting/one-to-one correspondence to realize if you say "yellow!" and flip your card and see 3 yellow fish, that you get to take off 3 fish. And there is of course color recognition. The different colored fish on the cards aren't shaped differently, so if you can't see (or don't know) colors, you can't figure it out by knowing something like the long fish is blue and the purple fish has a big tail or something. They all look the same on the cards (except of course the colors.) Some cards have different combinations (such as 2 blue fish and one yellow one) so here and there you have a better chance of getting it right. All the included colors are represented on the back of the cards, so the kids don't have to remember which 5 colors are in the game. Also, they can point to the color on the back of the card to take their guess, so speech isn't a prerequisite (which may be a skill some players don't have.)
There is more learning in these simple games than many people realize. Just in this one there is color recognition, color naming, counting (all the way to 16 if there are 4 players), turn-taking, understanding of quantities of more or less, prediction and strategy of putting your fish on someone who is close to winning, social behavior of working toward a goal, emotionally managing the feeling when you lose (even adults could use this skill sometimes! ha ha!), understanding of sportsmanship by not peeking at cards, fine motor skills to clip the fish, etc.
I should add that the clipping may be something that you may want to alter. My teenage kids and I played it a few times and laughed at the goofy places we could clip the fish to each other. Of course non-children may like the idea of clipping these to silly or inappropriate places. There are some who could probably turn this into a drinking game somehow (Drinking and fish do go together after all!) And older kids could get inappropriate with the fish, too, so you may want to set up rules for places to clip such as "sleeves only" or "no faces" or something. Another idea is to make a necklace or bracelet out of yarn and only clip them to that (or use one mitten per kid, one of those plastic lei necklaces, mardi gras beads or something where it is more detached from anyone's body.) You could even just clip them to a piece of paper or cardboard tent on the table and not even let them touch each other (which may be the most correct thing to do with some kids.) It is fun though, to clip them to another person (and they look funny with all those fish hanging off of them), but you know your players and you should adjust the clipping as needed.
Overall it is very fun and simple enough for even young kids. The only thing I would change would be to include a couple of spare fish in case one gets broken or lost. Also the eyes are just stickers that you have to stick on yourself. I wish they were painted on or molded into the plastic. If my stickers start to peel, I may upgrade mine to have googly eyes. Googly eyes are awesome! ha ha!! It might also be nice to have a more-advanced add-on deck sort of like Uno where you can reverse or skip or wild or something because the fish are so fun, they don't really have to be only used by small kids. Maybe they can make a "Nibbled Party" with lots of fish and lots of options of cards to mix and match. I suppose I could just get another set and make up my own cards!
Each card has different color fish on the bottom. If you can guess which color fish are there, you can remove some fish from yourself and put them on those around you. There is also a "frenzy" card that lets everybody pick somebody to get a fish. Its very simple, and yet basic strategy starts to become clear as you play.
One thing I will say is that this game is labeled in a way that implies it's a kids game. I almost think this game is better for adults in a certain way. I think kids that are too young might have trouble following the very simple rules. But you can still make it work. Just know that this game should really be seen as more of an "all-ages" game in my opinion.
This game can be adjusted to play with more or fewer people, so it's a perfect party game. It's simple enough you can learn to play quickly, but it has enough structure that some basic strategy becomes obvious. I think it's a great party game for people of all ages and I recommend it.
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What a fun game to play with my 5 year old! It has just a little bit of strategy and lots of fun.Read more