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Subject: Hey! That's my fish! rss

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Splash Attack! is a simple children's game about catching fish. The game consists of 10 wooden fishes and a pair of dice. There are three blue fishes, three green fishes, three orange fishes and one red fish (a mean-looking piranha or something). The blue, green, and orange fishes each have a different symbol on their frontside: a square, a triangle or a circle. (Thus, all 10 fish are different.) On the backside of the fish is just the fishbone, not a symbol. Throwing the dices determines which fish can caught: another dice determines the colour (blue/green/orange) and another the symbol (square/triangle/circle).

The rules are quite simple. The fishes are put on board, symbol-side up. During his/her turn, a player throws the dices to see which fish can be caught (the one that matches both the colour and the symbol, naturally). Then all the players try to pick up the correct fish from the board as fast as they can. Whoever was fastest gets the fish and puts it in front of him/herself. Then is the next player's turn, and same process is repeated. If the fish has already been caught, the first player to notice this shouts "Splash!" (or something like that, it's "Loiskis!" in Finnish) and each player tries to grab the piranha instead. If the player who had the correct fish got the piranha, too, the fish pointed out by the dice is "eaten", meaning that it is flipped over to show the fishbone. If some other player was faster and got the piranha, the player who had the correct fish must return it back to the board. Should a player grab the piranha when the correct fish has already been eaten, he/she must return one of his/her own fishes to the board. The game proceeds like this until one player has managed to eat three fish in total - that's the winner!

About the components: The quality of fish components is great. They're big enough, sturdy and colorful. Kids love their looks, and those too young to participate in the actual game like to just toy around with them. The dice are also nice, about double the size of a regular one. The cloth bag for storing the fishes and the dice is nice, too, but it doesn't last forever in the hands of children. Ours was basically torn apart in the end.

Conclusion: Splash Attack! is a fun game where one needs just speed and luck to win. It is obviously very well suited for children - the rules are simple, kids are quick, and because of the luck factor nobody can win all the time. The manufacturer suggested age is 5+ which is about correct. You can play with younger kids, too, with variant rules, such as the one suggested in the rulebook that when a fish is caught, it is immediately "eaten". And like I said, the components are so nice-looking that smaller children can just play with them. A good buy, I'd say. I give it 6 stars out of 10 (for a children's game, that is).

(thanks to Zero for the image)
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