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February 24, 2012 Comments off

It’s been a long time since we last reviewed a game here (or posted at all for that matter), so I’d better bet back on the bicycle, as it were…

Miss B received a couple of new games for Christmas and her birthday, the first of which was Frog Rush, another in the rapidly expanding range of Lego games.  This one is a slight reworking of the old Halma or Chinese Chequers games where you aim to get your pieces to a home area across the board and can speed your progress by leapfrogging over other pieces along the way.  Frog Rush has the addition of the random element from the special Lego die, a stork which flies around and eats frogs, and the fact that you can modify the board — there are two layouts described in the rulebook.

Overall this played very well and was lots of fun.  Or would have been if we weren’t constantly having difficulty with the fiddly nature of the pieces which didn’t work well with either my big, adult fingers or Miss B’s little 5-year-old ones.  I’m sure she will get better at this while I will not.  This’ll definitely get played again, though it doesn’t have the charm for casual play that Shave a Sheep has. It does, however, have a lot more depth and is a reasonable introduction to more strategic games. Or it would be if the pieces were twice as big (and much more expensive, sadly).

The verdict from Miss B (aged 5): “I liked the frogs and the bird.”

The game: Frog Rush (Lego), 2-4 players aged 7+.

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