OBJECTIVE OF HEY, THAT’S MY FISH: The objective of Hey, That’s My Fish is to have more fish than any other player when the game come to an end.
NUMBER OF PLAYERS: 2 to 4 Players
MATERIALS: 16 Plastic Penguins, 10 Three-Fish Tiles, 20 Two-Fish Tiles, 30 One-Fish Tiles, 60 Ice Floe Tiles, and Instructions
TYPE OF GAME: Strategy Board Game
AUDIENCE: Ages 8 and Up
OVERVIEW OF HEY, THAT’S MY FISH
Oh, no! The ice has started to break, and the penguins are worried that there won’t be enough food left for them when no ice remains. Everyone should grab all of the fish that they can before the game ends. You must send your penguins across the dwindling ice to collect the juiciest of fish, blocking their rivals along the way! Who will have the best fish gathering strategy?
To begin setup, the game board must be created. Below, the players are able to see how the board should look once it has been fully constructed. Players may switch the tiles around if they choose, but this board setup works for most games.
Each player will then choose a color of penguin to represent them throughout the game. If there are two players, then each player will collect four penguins. If there are three players, then each player will collect three penguins. Finally, if there are four players, they will each collect two penguins.
The players will then place their penguins on the board, beginning with the youngest player and continuing clockwise around the group. On their turn, the player will only place one penguin on the board. It must be placed on a space that is not occupied by another penguin. Once all of them have been placed, the game is ready to begin.
The game is played over the course of numerous turns. The youngest player will be the first player to take their move, and then the turns will rotate clockwise around the playing group. During their turn, the player will move a penguin and collect ice floe tiles. Once they have completed both of these actions, the next player will begin their turn.
When moving a penguin, a player may choose to move any of their penguins for as far as they want, as long as their path is a straight line. The penguin is not permitted to change direction during their move. Penguins are not permitted to land on a tile that is already occupied, and it cannot even move through a tile that is occupied by another penguin.
After they have finished moving, the player will collect the ice floe tile that the penguin began its journey on. As soon as they have collected their tile, the next player will begin their turn. The players have to move a penguin each turn, and if the player is unable to make a move, then the player is not permitted to take any additional turns, removing all of his remaining penguins off the board.
Gameplay continues this way until there are no more penguins on the board, or no more moves can be made.
END OF GAME
The game comes to an end when there are no more penguins remaining on the board. The players will then tally the fish that are on the ice floes that they collected. Whoever has the highest number of fish, wins the game! In the case of tied players, then they share the victory.