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Jahnie Dez
United States
KATY
Texas
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9.5
Mar 2013
Great family game! Great usage of components and theme- the artwork is top notch! My kids love this game, and i as well. The gameplay is catered towards good memory and sneakiness- things the kids are very keen at ;-) - which adds to the excitement and attractiveness of the game. The usage of the game box and the slide mechanism to portray a "jump into the pond" theme is very clever! We love it!
2013-03-12
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Ken Ferguson
United States
Howell
Michigan
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9
Nov 2011
Found for $14.99 at toysforthought.com. This may seem a bit exaggerated at a rating of 9. Yes, it's a children's game. But really, it's one of those Hey, That's My Fish kind of games with a wonderful depth to it. The graphics are wonderful! The design with the little slide for the frogs going "under water" is genius and so very thematic. My wife and a sat here laughing as we played. There's this SCREWAGE??? factor to it. But it's a wonderful type of screwage because you're not really sure if you're actually doing it. The other person sits there and pretends like they don't care as their frogs die in the low depths.
2011-11-26
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Jonathan Tang
United States
Portland
Oregon
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9
Dec 2010
One of the best filler games I've played. It distills the hidden identity of games like Clans or Quicksand, and simplifies it so that kids can play.

Really really good. One of the better simple games I've played in a long while.
2010-12-10
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MMB
United States
Florida
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9
Jul 2011
Brought by Santa Claus. 1st play 12/25/10. My daughter had no clue how to play this well. I killed her and ended the game as well. Played 3-player game. I won again even though Mystery Bob played all his frogs and I only got 3 of mine in the pond. Mystery Daughter still doesn't "get" the game.


Update 7/17/11: This game just keeps getting better and showing different ways to approach and play it. It can be an attacking game, a strategy/tactical game, or a race. Any way you play it, it is fun and interesting. Raised to a 9 rating.
2011-07-17
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J K
Lithuania
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9
Apr 2015
Looked like simple game for children, but actually found it to be quite deep. And lots of fun trying to guess who is everyone, and trying to mess their frogs.
2015-04-14
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Els
Belgium
Welle
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8.5
May 2015
Heel leuk hidden identity kinderspel
2015-05-19
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Melissa
Australia
Parkville
Vic
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8
Jan 2011
A very, very good kids'/family game. Beautiful components but still very reasonably priced. Popular with our 7-going-on-8 year old and adults have enjoyed it as well. Recommended.
2011-01-18
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Boris
United States
New Jersey
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8
Nov 2010
Good abstract with attractive components and a nice scoring mechanic. The rules are simple -- just a few sentences long --, but once you start playing your realize just how devious Water Lily strategy can be.
Abstract buffs should not dismiss this for the low recommended age and the kiddie looking theme: When played competitively, this is definitely NOT a kid's game.
Sort of like Hey! That's My Fish!
2010-11-22
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Francis K. Lalumiere
Canada
Brossard
Quebec
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8
May 2011
(Rating as a kid...)
Genius of a children's game.
Some memory, some tactics -- total fun.
Give it a shot!
2011-05-13
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Philippe Keppens
Belgium
Meldert (Aalst)
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8
Jun 2011
This is a real hidden gem. This is mega-fun to play!
2011-06-05
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Yurkis Szulc
Poland
Gdańsk
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8
Jan 2013
Very clever fast children game wich is not boring for adults too.
2013-01-27
Giles Pritchard
Australia
Shepparton
Victoria
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7.8
Jan 2011
A beautiful little family game. Quite abstract, bu very well done and magnificently presented. One of those quick little games that is a gem to own. Glad we got this - great little game.
2011-01-26
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Geoff Hall
United Kingdom
Yate
Bristol
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7.5
May 2011
Really nice kids game with some real decisions to be made and a very amusing little theme. The components are good and the slide mechanism that requires memory as well as giving the kids something tactile to experience is very well done.

RATED FROM THE PERSPECTIVE OF PLAYING WITH MY KIDS.
2011-01-13
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Marcus E.-L.
Germany
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7.5
Oct 2010
Great children game! Tested this in Essen.
2010-10-25
Konstantin Gorbunov
Russia
Moscow
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7.5
Jan 2011
I think there's no need to hide the scoring part of the box. For deeper games eliminate the memory element of the gameplay and concentrate on pure thinking and bluffing.

Thus if not for children the game is easily made and compactly carried.
2011-01-02
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Hilary Shugart
United States
Bandera
Texas
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7.5
Aug 2011
My youngest LOVES this game-she will even play with the components solo just for fun. While its not the most stimulating for adults, it's still much better than so many children's games! And again, the components are so nice and appealing that I don't mind playing this with her regularly.
2012-05-22
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Adrián García
Spain
Arroyo de la Miel, Benalmádena
Málaga
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7.5
Dec 2011
Juego "infantil" con identidades ocultas, con un sistema de puntuación final super ingenioso. Me cautivó en cuando lo vi. Las partidas son muy rápidas, con mucha risa, y unos componentes mu cucos.
2011-12-14
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Johannes Wentu
Italy
Parma
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7.5
Jan 2013
Fan simple fast entry-level game with very nice components. the perfect gift of a gamer to a non-gamer but also a light entertaining filler.
Avoid if u dont like to use memory in ur games
2013-01-26
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Falafel Palmer
United States
Seattle
Washington
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7
Nov 2010
Light game/ kids game. I like the mechanic but probably don't need to own it. Wish I had someone in the right age range to get it for.
2010-11-15
koen verstraete
Belgium
ruddervoorde
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7
Sep 2012
played it with children but here there's some tactics in the game. It's more difficult then at first sight because of the memory aspect.
2010-10-03
david karasick
United States
Gladwyne
Pennsylvania
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7
Nov 2010
I'm all wet!
2010-11-04
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Brett
United States
Santa Clara
CA
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7
Oct 2010
One of the hidden Gems of Essen 2010
2010-10-27
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Dea Draper
United States
Boise
Idaho
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7
Jan 2012
Players: 2-4
Duration: 20 mins
Type: children's racing

I rate children's games according to how excited I am to play with the appropriately aged child. And although fun for adults too and a good family game, this leans towards more of a child's game.

Simple, well explained rules. Easy to set up. Short duration. Good quality, nice components. Box used as gameboard with a built-in slide.

Fun strategy with the covered slide. Can't reach the hidden slide too early or too late. Most points wins. First in the slot scores 1, on up to four. Those after position 4, score nothing, so remembering how many have entered the covered slide helps win.

Players can move any frog, not just their own, to position their frog for the highest points. This encourages good planning.

This is a fun game to play with children, one I hope they request more often than others.
2012-02-08
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Justin Moore
United States
Louisville
Kentucky
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7
Jan 2011
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2011-10-18
Eric Franklin
United States
Milton
Washington
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7
Dec 2010
Played with the right group, this is an extremely cutthroat and brutal game.
2010-12-31
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Zee Garcia
United States
Homestead
Florida
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7
Jun 2014
Beautifully produced kid's game that is easy to explain and could be enjoyed by adults as well. There are few kid's games that I enjoy myself and keep around, even though I have no children (for example, Igloo Pop). This is another keeper.
2011-04-21
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Javi Santos
Spain
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7
Dec 2010
An abstract with a hidden colour mechanism. It looks at first as a children's game, but is not. It reminds a bit to Knizia's racing turtles. Quite nice.
2010-12-20
Peer Sylvester
Germany
Berlin
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7
Aug 2011
Nice filler game with hidden identities. Works much better with 4 than with 3 or 2.
2011-01-01
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Patrick H.
Canada
Pierrefonds
Quebec
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7
Jan 2011
A good little game that won't find an audience due to a theme and artwork that makes it look like a kids game. While kids can play it, there's more than enough here to keep adults on their toes. You've got hidden player identities, memory, and bluffing. All this and it comes in under 30 minutes.

I won't say everyone should own it, but it's worth a play.
2011-01-21
Jonathan Takagi
United States
San Marcos
California
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7
Mar 2012
There's probably a few too many hidden identity games, but this one is quick enough and overproduced enough to make it stand out. It does seem that when playing with kids it will be pretty obvious who is who, and the movement constraints mean that at some point you have to tip your hand. But there are some interesting decisions to make and the theme is kind of fun.
2012-03-30
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Aurelio Agustin
Venezuela
San Diego
Carabobo
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7
Jul 2011
Sencillo de jugar pero con una gran dosis de estratégia.
2012-05-11
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Terry
United States
carlsbad
California
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7
Jun 2011
Initial review: This game plays quickly, and certainly has some interesting decisions in it. Do you move your pieces out first? Do you wait?

The idea of hiding who you are doesn't seem to really matter much, nor is it particularly easy to do if you are trying to rush your pieces to victory. So that's a little flawed.

Overall though, it's a good challenge trying to maximize your score. Starting out rating 7.
2011-06-03
Kevin Whitmore
United States
Albuquerque
New Mexico
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7
Jul 2011
Charming. Nice race with hidden objectives. Plays fast. For some reason (the checkers) it makes me think of Igel Argern.
2011-07-16
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Chester
United States
Temple
Texas
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7
Jun 2011
This is a quick-playing children's game, or its a cagey secret-roles game of clever tactics, misdirection and deduction (played with adults). I think it works fantastically on either level.

There may be a turn order advantage for the first player, but I suspect with more play that will prove to not be an issue. The fact that you can slowly figure out what color frogs the other players are interested in (if you are playing close attention) but you never know for SURE is what makes this game work at a serious-play level.

An overproduced (that's a GOOD thing!) clever filler that won't get the attention its deserving of by adult gamers.
2011-06-29
Alex Sorbello
United States
Albuquerque
New Mexico
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7
Sep 2011
A great game with more thought that is fast.
2011-09-05
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Chris Talmadge
United States
Clinton
CT
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7
Jan 2015
My youngest loves this game. Good strategy, quality components, nice artwork and a decent enough theme make this a game we play regularly. Score discs of your own color, but not too early or too late.
2015-04-26
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Ray Wolff
United States
Chantilly
Virginia
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7
Jan 2012
Nice looking fun family game.
2012-01-13
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Ti Gars
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7
Feb 2012
funny and simple for kids & not too bad for parents either
2012-04-04
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Adrian Mckinnon
Mexico
Naucalpan
Estado de Mexico
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7
Jul 2012
Fast fun, a bit of chaos, but highly enjoyable.
2012-07-20
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Anita Juhasz
Hungary
Budaors
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7
May 2013
Gyerekjatek
2013-04-26
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Andrew Turpin
Canada
Falmouth
Nova Scotia
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7
Jan 2015
Decent childrens game.
2014-11-15
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Antony Hemme
Canada
Montréal
Québec
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7
Mar 2014
Good game have few rules and lot of possibilities.
Water Lily is a good game.
2014-03-01
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Bilulu Bilulu
Belgium
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7
Sep 2014
NEUF
2014-09-27
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Samuel Favre
Switzerland
Sion
Valais
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7
Jul 2014
Water Lily looks easy and for really small kids, but I don't think so. The mechanic is simple but winning is not so.

It's a very interesting game to help kids developping memories and thinking I think. Give it a try !
2014-07-30
Baggioo
Belgium
Kapelle-op-den-Bos
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7
May 2015
For children
2015-05-17
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Jan
Belgium
De Haan
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6.5
Oct 2010
Nice children's game. I like the mechanics of the game.
2011-03-18
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Jonathan Franklin
United States
Seattle
Washington
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6.5
Nov 2010
Cute memory game.
2010-11-12
Matthew Ward
United States
Albuquerque
NM
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6.5
Nov 2010
Not much to the game, but relatively fun. I like how the box is part of the board and the simple mechanics.
2010-11-14
Andrew Knaack
United States
La Jolla
California
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6.5
Feb 2011
Board Game Club Owns (in my collection just to easily navigate through games)
2011-02-01
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Tom Vasel
United States
Homestead
Unspecified
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6.5
Dec 2010

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