|Players:||2 - 4|
The lunch break is almost there and all of the young penguins would finally get the fish they’ve been craving for. However, some rascals think they are quick enough to snatch some of the fish before the lunch break starts, but they have forgotten one thing – the Hall Monitor! Each school day one of the penguins is designated to watch over the school, and this is his moment to shine – for each rascal penguin he catches he would get additional fish!
A fun run takes place – the rascals are running everywhere and trying to snatch some fish on their way, but the Hall Monitor is trying to catch each and one of them to have some order in the school. Who will be more successful?
Ice Cool is a flicking game in which each round one of the players takes the role of the Hall Monitor (also called "the Catcher") – his aim will be to catch each other penguin and get points for that. The others (also known as "Runners") will try to run through several doors, thus gaining fish (that give them points) on their way. When either the Hall Monitor has caught each other penguin once or any of the others has gone through all 3 doors that have fish on them, the round is over. Each player will take the role of the Hall Monitor once and at the end of the game the winner will be the one with the most points on their fish cards.
The penguins can be flicked in a straight line, make curves and even jump over the walls! Each player will have to use the best of their skills in order to get the most points in this fun and exciting game. It's not just cool, it's ICE COOL!
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You know the game is a hit before the kids ask to play right as they get in the door from school! This has been nothing but true for Ice Cool since we first got it to the table. As a game that you can throw a few tactics into here and there to mix up the game, I find it hard to resist any inkling of interest to get it to the table.
A little suggestion though, if you're playing with varied player counts for the first time, DO skip the rulebook and give the Dized app a go! Dized makes not only learning the rules a breeze but also playing the game fun for everyone when you're just starting out.
My children love this game, it is easy to understand what to do and how to win but a lot depends on luck. I find that getting the penguin through the doorways can be a bit tricky but that adds to the game as it gives the children a lot longer to try and "catch Mum" or get the fish first. I love how the game gets put away, a box inside a box so there is not a lot of packaging and waste.
Ask my son which game to play and he will almost always ask for ice cool! This is a fun little flicking game which feels to me like playing a game of pool with my fingers as the cue!