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Hare & Tortoise

newer English language edition of Hase & Igel

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Product Awards:  
Spiel des Jahres
Game of the Year, 1979

Ages Play Time Players
12+ 45-60 minutes 2-6

Designer(s): David Parlett

Publisher(s): Rio Grande Games, Abacus

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Product Description

In the classic Hare and Tortoise players are racing their rabbits around the course, as fast as they can. Players must learn how to moderate their movement, however; because carrots are needed for movement, and the only way to get more is to move backwards! Players must balance the patient movement of a turtle, while making leaps forward when they can to win this race. An excellent exercise in arithmetic, this gem of a game handles up to six players and offers many choices and decisions, as players zoom their rabbits around the track.

Product Awards

Spiel des Jahres
Game of the Year, 1979

Product Information


  • 1 board
  • 5 markers
  • 1 die
  • 112 cards
  • 6 game summary cards
  • 1 rule booklet
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Product Reviews


Average Rating: 3.9 in 21 reviews

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An award winning classic race game
June 19, 2012

Hare and Tortoise is an award winning classic race game from David Parlett. It's playable with 2-6 players, but the amount of players does change the game significantly, and it is perhaps best with four players.

The fable-like theme and the visual artwork is appealing. But despite cute appearances, this is not a family game for young children, but a challenging game with considerable depth. There's a lot of math and tactical calculating, and depending on your taste you'll either love this or hate it.

The bottom line is: This classic race game has stood the test of time, and whether you'll enjoy it depends on the amount of players and your taste for gameplay with tactical calculation.

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Multiple Different Strategies
January 11, 2006
A really cute little game. The best thing about it is that it is simple enough for 8 year olds to play, yet there are a variety of different possible strategies. For instance, my son will save up a big bunch of carrots and then spend them on one giant move. Others will try to stay in front to get certain goodies, but there are distinct advantages to staying behind too. Very clever. No wonder it's so popular.
Math practice! Yeah!!
May 10, 2005
This game is a bit too much like studying math for me to like it very much. Sure it was interesting a bit for one play, but I never had a desire to play it again (and I even won that first game). I get the feeling that you could plan ahead of time what is the most efficient way to go about your business, and then make all your decisions based upon those principles. Perhaps this game is a great way to trick your kids into studying math. I would rather play another game though. In fact, Cartagena took the same concept, made it more simple, and took out the math!

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