src=”http://www.gateplay.com/images/products/detail/Igloo_Pop_board_game.jpg” width=”” height=”” />Okay, Igloo Pop might appear to be a game for children, but in the end it also works very well as a game for adults who are sick of playing too many games with complicated strategies. The basic idea of the game is to guess how many beads are in the container you shake and place it on one of the face up cards if you think one of the cards that are on the table indicate how many beads are in your container. You begin the game with 10 wooden disks of your color which indicate your guesses because they must be placed with the igloo when you make your guess.
Okay, now that you have a basic idea how the game is played, I will give you a more detailed explanation. There are twelve igloos in the game. Each one has anywhere from two to thirteen beads in it. There are also nine cards dealt from the deck face up. Each card either has a number on it or a range of numbers. The cards are all worth points with the ones having a specific number on them being more valuable than ones with a range. The game is for two to six players, and one person is chosen to announce the start of the round. When it starts everyone picks up an igloo and shakes it. Then they choose if they think one of the face up cards is a good guess as to how many beads are in the igloo. If they do then they place one of their scoring markers in the igloo and put it on the card they think is the number or range of the beads in that igloo. This continues until all the igloos are placed on the cards or nobody wants to place another igloo on the card.
A couple things to keep in mind when playing igloos in the cards. The first one is about cheating. The correct number of beads is on the igloo. Make sure people are not looking at this number, it ruins the game. As long as everyone plays fair this can be a fun and entertaining game. The other thing to remember is that people can place two igloos on the same number card. After the results are examined to see who will receive points.
Any igloo that is correctly placed on a card gets that card (with the points associated with it), and their scoring disk back. If there are multiple igloos on one card and only one is correct, the person with the correct guess also gets the scoring disks from the people who placed their igloo on that card incorrectly. If none of the igloos on the card are correct then everyone that placed those igloos loses their scoring disks to the bank. Finally, if two igloos are correct the one with the higher number of beads in it wins that card (but the other person gets their scoring disk back). You may ask “how can two igloos be correct?”. Well remember some cards have ranges, so you could have someone playing an igloo on the high end of the range and one in the middle, the igloo that is at the high end would “win the card”.
After each round all the igloos are shuffled so nobody knows which one had how many beads in it. Any claimed cards are replaced by new ones from the deck (unclaimed cards remain). The game continues until all the cards are claimed, or until one player has no more scoring disks. At that point everyone totals their points from their claimed cards and adds it to their scoring disks and the highest total wins the game.
As I said, this was intended as a kids game. As you can probably guess though after reading this review it works for adults as well. I was really shocked by how it worked one time with our family members playing it with the kids in the family. At that point I knew it would fit a niche as far as desires for games in my group of adult friends. It works great for that night you want to play “a game that doesn’t require me to think”. Of course if you have kids this is also great for them as it was intended for them originally. At around $20 it’s not a bad game to purchase if you have kids that you think would enjoy it. Honestly as an adult I wouldn’t buy it just for a group of adults to play, but if someone has kids and has the game then encourage them to bring it with them for those nights you don’t want to strain your brains.