We finished off with a game I nearly decided to give a miss at Essen. I’m glad I did pick it up as it is great fun with the family and is a game of pure skill. Twelve igloos sit in the middle of the table and each igloo hides between 2 and 13 beads. Circling the igloos are a series of 9 cards displaying a single number or a range of up to 3 numbers. Players frantically shake the igloos trying to determine by sound alone how many beads they contain, then placing them onto a card with a number they think matches the beads in the igloo. Once all the igloos have been placed, each igloo is checked to see if the player got it right or not. If they did, they win the card which also displays a number of eskimos (VPs). If they were wrong they lose one of their 10 life tokens. The game ends when one player or more is out of life tokens or when all the cards are gone. Life tokens are added to the VPs on your cards and the player with the highest total wins.
Mark K managed a perfect score in this game – perfect if losing all your life tokens in just three rounds can be considered as such. In the first round, we all were not listening closely enough as only one card got taken (by me) and we all lost a stack of life tokens. However, Nige and I then became more attuned to the skill of the game and forged ahead with me being just that bit more skillful. This is a good fun family game that will see lots of play and laughter. Surprisingly, though, ‘No-Fun’ Nige thought it was good fun as well. You can’t get a higher recommendation than that.