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Ocean Limbo

Ocean Limbo

Fall 2012 Games
Ages: 5 & Up
Manufacturer: SimplyFun
Price: $34.00

Ocean Limbo is a game for 2 to 4 players. Each player gets a slanted board, and they go in order sliding an ocean animal down the board. Essentially, it's Tetris with ocean animals. Each player has 15 oddly shaped ocean animals (starfish, seahorse, octopus). The first one lets go of a particular animal at the top of the board, and then each player in turn does the same. The interesting thing about the game play is that the players do the same thing in each round, but with different scoring - in the first round, the goal is "limbo" -- to have all the animals as low as possible on your board. On the second round, players want the animals they stack to remain as low as possible, while still covering all of the air bubbles in the water scene on the board. The goal is to have as few points as possible, so in round 2 players gain points for the height of their animal stack and for having uncovered bubbles. Then, in round 3, players want the bubbles to be uncovered - they benefit from bubbles that are uncovered. It's fun to have game play that's easy for kids to figure out, but then a scoring system that makes them strategize differently in each round. Testers really enjoyed playing the game. The instruction booklet also lists some information about each type of animal featured in the game.

Rachel Schiff   ©2012 Parents' Choice

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