Reviewed by Sandip Stapleton
We were lucky enough to review the game Ice Cool, from Brain Games Publishing and Esdevium Games, which, the box says, won an award for the best children’s game at the 2016 UK Games Expo! Pretty cool, Ice Cool in fact!
Essentially this is a flicking game where 2-4 players flick coloured penguins around the board. The board itself is also a really clever design as it is a series of different sized boxes that you arrange in a set shape to make up the board. The board and the boxes are meant to resemble a school and its different rooms. I think the name Ice Cool is meant to be a play on the words High School, but for penguins it would be on ice.
The premise of the game is that the penguins are running around the school, by being flicked by the player, looking for fish to eat. But there is a hall monitor who is trying to catch them to get them back into class.
It’s really quick and easy to set up and the pieces of fish and penguins are well built. It’s a shame the boxes can’t be arranged in more than one orientation but the game is really fun as it is.
We played this with our nearly 6-year-old and she loved it! Her flicking technique wasn’t great but she still enjoyed trying to aim to get her penguin through the doors so that they can get their fish. As adults, Mummy and Daddy found it fun trying to perfect our technique to get the penguin to move in straight or curved lines. One game lasts about 20 minutes.
It’s a great game and definitely one for the family but I would say kids under 5 would get frustrated with it. This is definitely one that will be coming with us on our caravan holiday in case we get a rainy day!
Availalble to buy from Amazon here.