Gold Choice Award Winner
Overall 9
Play Value 10
Cost Value 9
Design 9
Quality 10
Parent Appeal 9
Safety 10

Crowded Waters™ Game - Survival of the Fishiest

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Age:8+
MSRP:$24.99 ca
$19.99 us
Model:#2812
Works best for a 2 player or a 4 player game.
Editor's Review

An interesting new strategy game that helps gets kids planning ahead. That's because a player's hexagonal shark pieces moves in whichever of the eight directions he pointed it during the previous move. This is certainly the most effective game we've seen for this in the sense that the specific task of aligning the token seems to be an effective way of getting kids to focus on the next move - which is an important strategic skill. The trick is to keep an eye out for intruders crowding your waters, then find an open spot to move and aim carefully as you commit the direction of your next turn. Our testing kids particularly loved aiming for the edge of the board, only to swim off the edge next turn and re-emerge on the opposite side. 

A few extra tokens would have made this a Platinum game. Our testing families enjoyed both two and four player games, but those that tried  three player game ran out of tokens. If you want to play with three players we can suggest a few...

Tester Reviews

KIDS:

The best part of this game going across the board. I also like the shark that dies at the end. Controling two colors is a little difficult. Emma (F9)

I like that you have a dead fish piece for the shark dying when you run out of room. I also like that you can go off the edge of the board to the other side. I like how you can move the shark any direction including diagonally. I wish there were more pieces for the 3 player game since you can run out. I'm good at planning my moves using the end of the board. Kyle (M8)

I love playing this game with my friends! It is a lot of fun and I like having to think ahead and plan my moves out. I really liked playing this game when we were four players best, it reminded me a lot of Stratego where you have to think ahead so you don't get your shark in a bad spot. Madeline (F9)

This is one of my favourite board games because i really have to think and strategies how to win. It is fun and challenging when playing with others that like the challenge. Camilla (F10)

ADULTS:

Good strategy game, we prefer playing 4. When there are only 2 players you must plan alot more because you may bloc your otherself. The big game changer is when the sharks cross to the otherside of the bord. Ann Lemire

This was a good game with an easy concept to follow, but one that required thinking ahead and planning strategically, a good skill for kids to learn. Using the flip overs on the edges on the board is key to victory. It's funny as I found my 8 year old son is better at thinking through how to not run out of room when flipping off the edges over to the other side. He tended to win due to this skill most of the time. We almost ran out of tiles playing the 3 player game but there was no problem with the amount of tiles for 2 or 4 player. When you play 2 player and control 2 colors then it's sometimes hard to keep track of which color's turn is next. It's a good length of time to play (about 20 minutes) and requires kids to plan out their strategy. As a parent I felt the box didn't have to be so big as the pieces would have easily fit in a smaller game. Allison Munro

A fun early strategy game for the whole family that reminded our girls (7 & 9) of Stratego. It was one of the first games the kids would pull out when a babysitter came over or friends were here. We did notice that when we played the three player game one of us ran out of coloured tiles. We could not figure out what should happen at that point so we just re-started the whole game. Julie Jolicoeur

Good strategy game, we prefer playing 4. When there are only 2 players you must plan alot more because you may bloc your otherself. The big game changer is when the sharks cross to the otherside of the bord. Ann Lemire

I really like this game. It requires strategizing. Great for thinking things through and organizing your ideas in order to make good moves to win. I like how this game can pull the family together to work and play together. Great board games are hard to find for 9 and 10 year olds and this one is a hit in our house. Easy rules to follow. Orietta Miranda

Manufacturer's Description

It’s a strategy game of survival, and these waters can be treacherous! Turn by turn, players arrange their colored sharks tail-to-snout, trying to trap their opponents. Get surrounded, and you’re fish fry: the last player with room to swim wins! 

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