Hey! that's my fish review by Count Zero
If you are not fed up with watching Mumble dancing away in happy feet and can squeeze in more penguins then Hey! that's my fish is worth a look. Don't be put off by the child friendly cover, this is a great game that will get your brain working.
Opening the box you get 60 hexagonal ice flow tiles, each depicts a number of fish from 1 to 3. You also get 16 wooden penguins in 4 colours. Not a huge amount of pieces but its fine for the money.
Setup is very simple, the ice flow tiles are placed in a grid of 7 hexes by 8. They are staggered slightly so that the hex pieces work. There is a good diagram in the manual showing how you should do this. There is also a good play sheet available on board game geek to help kids set the game up. Once the ice flow has been put down players take it in turn to place one of there penguins on ice flow pieces that only contain a single fish.
Once all the penguins have been placed the game starts. Taking it in turns a player moves one of his penguins any number of spaces in any direction from his ice flow hex. The only limits are that they cannot move over any penguin including there own, or over an empty space. Once the penguin has been placed on its new hex the player removes the starting hex and places it next to him. So after a few moves you will see the ice flow starting to diminish as hexes are removed.
This can help or hinder you by allowing you to either cut yourself off or cut other players off. Sometimes its not the best strategy to go for all the 3 fish pieces.
Play continues until you cannot make any moves, you are now out and the other players continue until everyone can no longer make a move. The tiles your penguins are left on are now taken away and added to your collection. Add up all the fish you have and the winner is the one with the most fish.
As you can see there isn't a great deal to the rules of Hey! that's my fish but its a quick game to get on the table, teach and play. The game box recommends it for children aged 8 and above, but my younger kids enjoy playing it, even if they don''t get the strategy just yet.
Quality pieces and well put together. The penguins look good as well. 9/10
Clarity of Rules
Rules are very well put together, colourful and full of examples you will be playing in minutes 8/10
Games take about 20 mins, so there is always time for another 9/10
Good quality pieces that feel good 7/10
Don't be deceived by this game, it's not just for kids. A fun light game abstract game that will played again and again (8/10 not an average)