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Jake Drake
Germany
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10
Sep 2007*
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2015-07-30
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Keith Stump
United States
Knoxville
Tennessee
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9
Apr 2009*
Initial play of this showed me that this one is a keeper...can't wait to play this with a full contingent of adults. This may move its way to a 10 after more plays. The balloon bits are very cool, and I'm glad that Mark Jackson's comments on this game pointed me to get this one.
2009-04-13
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Bolton
Lancashire
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8.8
Jun 2008*
Extraordinarily simple - each person has a secret objective, 3 balloons to get to the end of the track, roll and move the balloon of your choice. And yet, somehow, this is fascinating for kids and adults alike. It must be the secret objective because the fear of accidentally helping your opponent looms large. Kids play it a lot faster than adults, and often better too. Great pieces.
2008-06-07*
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Ken Spontelli
United States
Mansfield
Texas
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8.25
May 2007*
This game can get a bunch of players, it can stretch to handle up to eight, playing and engaged in a short time. It's a good starter and I use it often when a group is just assembling at an event. A light game with hidden knowledge and a fair amount of "take that" action. If you want the game, look for Himmelsstürmer on German eBay; when you do your search make sure to check the "worldwide" box. You can normally find it for under $10 US. If you're signed in to your eBay account, you can use this link to find it. Himmelsstürmer
2007-05-10*
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Doctor Apollo
Australia
Newcastle
New South Wales
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8.2
Aug 2007*
This is a cool game.

The 'bumping' mechanic works well and the plastic balloons look great. Does not overstay its welcome and can be played by even the youngest family member who can identify colours and count to 6.

I guess the most disappointing feature of the game is the lack of different objective cards available for gameplay - I don't understand why only 8 cards were printed from the numerous possible (8C3 surely?) balloon combinations.
2007-08-30*
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Mark Jackson
United States
Goodlettsville
Tennessee
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8
Mar 2007*
A rare animal indeed: a Nik Sewell design that actually holds together over multiple plays. (And I'm a fan of his designs...) :-)

That said, this game is a delightful pastime in the vein of Undercover & Midnight Party... and it plays well with up to 8 players.
2007-03-23*
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Stven Carlberg
United States
Decatur
Georgia
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8
Dec 2007*
I still call this game Himmelsstürmer, the German title I first knew it by. It's a very light romp where players are at the mercy of the roll of the die. What makes it fun is that who wants which three balloons to win is a secret. A good, pretty quick diversion which we go ahead and play with as many as 8. Oh, and of course the little plastic balloons are SO much fun! (I'm talking about the original Parker version, not this odd one where you lay out a course with cards instead of playing on a board.) PS: I've posted rules to the game in English in the General Articles folder.
2007-12-30*
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Mike
United States
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8
Sep 2008*
Simple and elegant game play and game pieces.
2008-06-26*
Owned
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United States
Utah
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8
May 2010
[my rating is for kids]
2010-05-16
Brett
United States
Santa Clara
CA
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8
Nov 2010
Hare & Tortoise light. Great game as a "Gateway" game.
2010-11-07
James Torr
United States
Torrance
California
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8
Jul 2015
Rated as a kids game. There a lot of games in which the color of your pieces is a secret from the the players. This one, with its lovely components and simple rules, is a great one for the under-8 set. Even if they're unable to keep all their colors secret, it doesn't break the game, as with some in this genre.
2015-07-03
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fer moros
South Korea
Kwang-Ju
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7.5
Feb 2005*
A great light game. Very easy, beautiful and appealing to children. We played a 7 players game, and we all like it very much. It plays up to 8 ! I have to admit i really like all Nik's games
2005-02-02*
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robin h.
United States
North Carolina
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7.5
Feb 2007*
have homemade copy. Love to play this with the entire family, a great bluffing game.
2007-02-19*
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Geoff Kemp
United Kingdom
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7.5
Feb 2015
Good honest family game without the luck aspect so hidden layers!
2015-02-01
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Mic James
England
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7.4
Jan 2010*
sometimes old games are the best and this is one of the best...simple to play,but you will be hooked...very rare,but worth looking out for....paid £5 on ebay for it.
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2010-01-10
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Randy Cox
United States
Clemson
South Carolina
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7.2
Sep 2009*
Cute little kid game. The secret agenda (hiddne goals) is beautiful. A little slow at times and it's the fault of the game, not the players, if situations cause slowdowns.
2009-07-22
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Eddy Richards
Scotland
Allanton
Duns
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7
Mar 2002*
Good clean fun, another light-hearted closer, as well as something the kids enjoy.
2010-04-16
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Steve Easton
United Kingdom
Woking
Surrey
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7
Apr 2003*
This is a great bluffing game that anyone can play. Not much skill involved but much more fun than most kiddies' games.
2003-04-16*
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Fiske Warren
Australia
Perth
Western Australia
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7
May 2004*
Simple fare but OK
2004-05-11*
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Matthew Maisey
England
Wells
Somerset
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7
Sep 2004*
This works really well. A great 'crossover' game for kids with enough thought to make it worthwhile.
2004-09-09*
Paul Jordan
United Kingdom
Westbury
Wiltshire
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7
Sep 2004*
This is a simple (usually quick) bluffing game. It does slow down a little near the end though. I love the balloons pieces in this game.
2004-09-10*
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Ken Boone
United States
Berea
Ohio
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7
Dec 2005*
This game is similar to Verflixxt! and is just as good.
2005-12-13*
Steve Zamborsky
United States
Cincinnati
Ohio
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7
Dec 2005*
This game is just like Caylus, only with hot air balloons and a die. Zambo likey!
2005-12-14*
Becky Zamborsky
United States
Berea
Ohio
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7
Jan 2006*
For a roll and move game this is quite enjoyable. Can accomodate up to 8 players which is a plus, and makes a great opener or filler.
2006-01-24*
I'd rather be gaming...
Australia
Brisbane
Queensland
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7
May 2006*
An enjoyable, light, racing game where you have to try and get your three coloured balloons over the finishing line before anyone else. As every player's three coloured balloons are known only to themselves there is an amount of bluffing involved in trying to advance your coloured balloons whilst sabotaging the rest. The balloon playing pieces are lovely.
2006-05-17*
Jeffrey Vaca
United States
San Diego
California
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7
Jan 2007*
Fun fun fun, and beautiful to boot! Not very complex, but accommodates plenty of players. Ranks right up there with Das Letzte Kamel.
2007-01-02*
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martin blackham
United Kingdom
belper
derbyshire
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7
Feb 2008*
Surprisingly tactically complex for such a simple looking game.
2008-02-19*
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Gordon Robinson
United Kingdom
Sutton Coldfield
West Midlands
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7
Nov 2008*
Played 10 Fine 30 minute family game. The rules are a doddle to teach and everyone thinks they just might win right up to the end. Scales well between 2 and 6 I belive you could take it right up to 8 players if you wished. This game is way better than Ausbrecher AG, the two games feel very alike.
2007-02-26*
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Donald Dennis
United States
Pawleys Island
South Carolina
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7
May 2007*
A fun game that turns out to be a little deeper than it seems at the start.
2007-05-15*
T. Hedden
United States
Cambridge
Massachusetts
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7
Jun 2007*
[Initial Impression: 7]
This game has the lightness of a marshmellow, and can be just as tasty. The concept is utter simplicity: players roll a die and then choose to move any one of 8 colored balloons. Now for the major twist: each player is secretly assigned 3 balloons that need to cross the finish line in order to secure the win. Most of the game is in trying to determine who is championing which balloon, how best to stymie their efforts while misleading them into helping you. In order to win, you'll need at least some help from a few of the other players, who won't necessarily know that they are indeed aiding you. Then comes another minor twist: you can't win on your own turn, so putting your last balloon over the finish may actually hand the win to someone else - you can risk it, or hope that another player will move your last balloon over the finish on your turn. It adds up to a very enjoyable game, with plenty of fun and just enough strategy to be a nice gaming snack. I could see it being especially fun with kids, but adults can enjoy it too.
2007-06-30*
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Joseph Cannon
England
Burgess Hill
West Sussex
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7
Dec 2007*
Good family game, with great balloons!
2007-12-29*
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Teppo Saarinen
Finland
Turku
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7
Dec 2009*
A nice, fun, fast-paced game, should be easy enough for older kids too. Definitely needs a rules fix to prevent gridlock, though.
2008-04-12*
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Ari Heino
Finland
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7
Dec 2009*
The more balloonists, the better.
2008-06-10*
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Hilko Drude
Germany
Goettingen
Lower Saxony
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7
Dec 2009*
Nice simple dice rolling race with some twists. Reminds me a bit of Wunderwatschler.
2009-12-21
Owned
For Trade
Surya Van Lierde is pure Eurosnoot and proud of it!
Belgium
Michelbeke
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6.8
Jul 2010
Very light, but fun
2010-07-01
Andrew Martin
United States
Santa Cruz
California
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6.5
Sep 2008*
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M. Bader
Germany
duesseldorf
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6.5
Apr 2005*
Good little filler racing game, the ballons are very nice to look at. Also great for children.
2005-04-03*
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Andy Leighton
England
Peterborough
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6.5
Feb 2006*
If I was rating this for kids I would rate it at 8.5.

We enjoyed it, but discussed creating our own set of cards to make it a bit more challenging.
2006-02-11*
Valentine John
United States
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6.5
Sep 2007*
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2007-09-27*
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Steve Bailey
United Kingdom
Sheffield
S Yorkshire
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6.5
Mar 2014
Surprisingly fun game - a new years party favourite (you can be pretty drunk and still understand the rules.) Kids game, nice board & bits.
2007-04-22*
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Treacherous Cretin
United Kingdom
Unspecified
Hampshire
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6.5
Nov 2007*
Simple roll and move with a few amusing twists and some strategy. Nice filler game
2007-11-14*
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Mat Furse-Roberts
United Kingdom
Oxford
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6.5
May 2013
The only roll and move I'll play. Good fun. Not great fun but good, family, fun.
2013-11-07
Australia
Sebastopol (Ballarat)
Victoria
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6.2
Apr 2009*
Jan 09 - First play. Light filler, full of chaos. Roll and Move with a bit of tactics.
2009-01-04*
Stephen Tavener
United Kingdom
London
England
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6
Jul 2004*
Simple filler with beautiful plumage
2004-07-14*
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Kevin Nunn
United States
Houston
Texas
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6
Oct 2004*
This light racing game would be enjoyable to anyone that liked Heimlich & Co.
2004-10-22*
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Anye Freer
United States
Arlington
TX
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6
Nov 2004*
Fast and silly, a little like a Colovini game or Royal Turf with balloons.
2004-11-07*
Dave VanderArk
United States
Coopersville
Michigan
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Mar 2005*
Good lightweight game, lots of fun to play
2005-03-06*
Anthony Simons
United Kingdom
Royal Wootton Bassett
Wiltshire
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6
Dec 2006*
Not a bad game as a filler; some elements of Heimlich & Co, but executed as a race so fairly different in play. Easy to learn and often cunning and underhanded play.
2006-12-20*
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United States
Bay Area
California
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Sep 2005*
Sam Marsh
United Kingdom
Unspecified
Wiltshire
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Sep 2005*
Fun for a family evening.
2005-09-20*

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