The Lost Lighthouse Reviews: Ice Cool

So, looking for a new game? Maybe a dexterity game? With penguins…with bow ties!  If like me, you answered yes to all of those questions then Ice Cool is the game for you. 

There’s so many fun elements of Ice Cool, the game board is even made up from the box itself. You peg all the interior boxes together to make a sliping and sliding school.
The rules are super simple. If 3-4 players are involved, 2-3 of you are runners and 1 of you is the catcher. The runners get to make one flick during a turn, and their aim is to get completely through a doorway with their coloured fish above it. If they make it, they take their coloured fish and take a card from the draw pile. Each card is labeled 1 to 3 points. The catcher has to flick their penguin, bump into the other penguins and take their hall pass, giving him/her access to the draw pile. The round ends when one runner has all their fish or the catcher has everyone’s hall pass. The game ends once everyone has been the Catcher. Then points are added up and the highest  score wins. Those are the rules, but they aren’t the game. Not by long shot. The game comes from laughing so hard when your friend’s about to win by flicking a penguin two inches through a doorway,  but ends up fluffing it and flicks him half way across the room instead! 

The penguin play pieces are awesome. Just the way they move and wobble is great to watch.  Beware though,  if your cat’s like Monty, he’ll want to get involved! Setup is incredibly quick so you can start flicking right away. 

Brain Gomez and Brain Games have produced a game that has ticked every box on my “great game” list: lots of dexterity, gets people animated and up on their feet, and makes people rethink what a board game is or what they can be. 

If you want a quick game that all the family can enjoy, including the cat, then pick up Ice Cool. Also if I didn’t mention…they have bow ties! 

RRP £29.99

The Lost Lighthouse Reviews: Flick ‘Em Up

There’s a snake in my boot! Sorry, that’s my last Toy Story reference (probably). As we continue with some awesome dexterity games, it would be a crime to miss out Flick ‘Em Up. So grab your Stetson, stick on a western playlist and flex your digits, you’re about do some serious flicking!  

Seriously, how cool does this game look!?

Flick ‘Em Up  was a huge hit last year with its plush wooden “you know I’m worth it” box, and it was. But now Z-Man have released a plastic version, with a massively reduced price to boot. Only a few games in my life have been fun to punch and put together, and placing little rings on plastic cowboys gets included in that. It can also play 2-10 players! 

When it comes to rules, dexterity games thankfully tend to be quite light on them, meaning they are great for cracking out when you have people round who are new to gaming or have trouble picking up complicated rules. 

It’s not looking good for the Sheriff

The core rules behind Flick ‘Em Up are these: meeples activate one at a time between the teams. Once activated your meeple can ether move or shoot, or one of those twice. To move, you simple place the movement disc in contact with your meeple and flick it. As long as it doesn’t touch anything you then place your meeple where the disc ended up. If it does touch something it counts as a failed move and nothing happens, wasting the action. To shoot, you place the bullet disc next to your meeple and flick it, trying to hit an opposing players meeple. If they topple over they have been wounded and take a heart token. What makes shooting harder is all the debris in the way, and friendly players! If you hit a team mate, they take a wound!

There’s lots of extra cool rules for duelling, entering shops and throwing dynamite! One of my favourite extra pieces is the rifle counter, which basically let’s you “aim” your bullet when you shoot which is useful for people like me who can’t hit a barn door. The rule book comes with lots of missions to play through, with extra rules being added as you go. 

We really enjoyed Flick ‘Em Up. It’s nice to see my board game collection slowly lose the time draining non interaction hard-core strategy games, and quick, fun, light hearted games that has everyone talking to each other like, this take their place. Whether that’s just a shift for me, or the community in general I’m unsure but I know when I see a batch of new releases, it’s games like Flick ‘Em Up that catches my eye! 
Flick ‘Em Up retails at 32.99 RRP. 

Next week we’ll be looking at Red Rock Tomahawk, Flick ‘Em Ups awesome Native American expansion!