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Store:  Kids Games, Ding & Dent
Genre:  Cooperative
Format:  Board Games

Doktor Igel

Doctor Hedgehog

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Ages Play Time Players
4+ 15 minutes 2-4

Designer(s): Christoph Rotburg

Manufacturer(s): HABA

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Product Description

Who will, with a bit of luck with the dice and some clever thinking, gather the most apples and pears? The players have to take into consideration not only how to increase their own provisions but also how to help the hedgehog care for its poor friends so that the game can be won. If the players only think about themselves without thinking of the common good, it may be that the hedgehog can't fulfill its task and then they all lose the game. The players throw the dice one after the other: if a fruit appears on the dice it is stuck into its spiny bristles. If there are already two fruit of that kind, the player can decdide whether to keep the fruit or give it to the hedgehog.

If the dormouse or the robin appears on the dice, the hedgehog is moved to the place of the animal in question. But watch out that Doctor Hedgehog doesn't lose any fruit while crossing the bridge. As soon as the hedgehog arrives at the friend's spot, it gives the animal in question the fruit it needs to recover.

Some luck with the dice and clever decisions for the common good are needed so that the hedgehog can help its friends.

A dice game of cooperation where there can still be a winner.

Product Information

  • Designer(s): Christoph Rotburg

  • Manufacturer(s): HABA

  • Year: 2001

  • Players: 2 - 4

  • Time: 15 minutes

  • Ages: 4 and up

  • Weight: 941 grams

  • Language Requirements: Game components are language-independent. Manufacturer's rules are printed in multiple languages (including English).


  • 1 hedgehog with brush
  • 18 apples
  • 18 pears
  • 3 bridges
  • 2 baskets
  • 1 game board
  • 1 die with symbols (of fruit and animals)

Product Reviews


Average Rating: 5 in 1 review

This Doktor makes house calls
May 12, 2003

Like a lot of Haba games, this one is a little pricey. But you get quality in both the game bits and the game design. Doktor Igel provides an interesting challenge. Players must work together or they risk losing as a group. You can win by collecting the most pieces of fruit. But be too selfish and you and all the other players may lose. Very interesting game design.

Roll a die. If it come up fruit, take what it shows from the tree for yourself or place it firmly on Doktor Igel. If it shows the mouse or bird, push and drag the Doktor along the path to the creature's home to drop off the fruit it needs. If a piece of fruit falls off as the Doktor moves, it goes back into the game box. If you don't have the fruit it needs when you arrive, all players lose and the game is over.

Moving the good Doktor over the bridges adds some excitement to the game. I am interested professionally in how children learn risk taking. This issue and the theme of responding to the sick animals makes Doktor Igel a must-have for the family game collection. Plus, you get to play with Doktor Igel, the cutest game piece I've seen.

Five stars for playing with young children, though I think older kids and adults will enjoy it as well.

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