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Heave Ho!

English language edition

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Ages Play Time Players
10+ 30-40 minutes 2

Designer(s): Richard Borg

Manufacturer(s): Kosmos, Rio Grande Games

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Product Description

Players play cards instead of using their own muscle-power in this Scottish tug-of-war game. A player can play cards on either side of the rope: high cards on his side and, naturally, low cards on the other. With an energetic "heave-ho!", players compare their strengths and move the whisky barrel in the direction of the strongest team. Beware: both players have access to a handful of tricks! Traitors can exist on both sides. The rope can break! Or Nessie can join one side to help or feed! At the end, the player who has the whisky barrel on his side of the board, wins the round. But a full match is the best of five rounds!

Product Information

  • Designer(s): Richard Borg

  • Manufacturer(s): Kosmos, Rio Grande Games

  • Artist(s): Franz Vohwinkel

  • Year: 2002

  • Players: 2

  • Time: 30 - 40 minutes

  • Ages: 10 and up

  • Weight: 405 grams

  • Language Requirements: This is an international edition or domestic edition of an imported item. Game components are printed in English. Manufacturer's rules are printed in English.


  • 1 game board
  • 5 wooden whisky barrels
  • 55 cards
  • 1 rule booklet

Product Reviews


Average Rating: 4 in 6 reviews

Scotland Forever!
September 21, 2003

I finally got a chance to try this, and it's a hoot. Heave Ho! is simple, but there is some strategy and tension.

The game reminds me a little of Ivanhoe. There are cards with different values, and you are constantly trying to beat the other guy's score to win the round. Unlike Ivanhoe, however, you can play cards of low value on your opponent's side, if you wish, to bring his score down.

The colorful graphics of this game are excellent, as good as any I've seen. The Scots characters, particularly the Robust Dames are hilarious. The artwork alone warrants this game a 5 star rating!

I enjoyed this game, look forward to playing it again, and I highly recommend it.

One heck of a fun game
May 30, 2003

This game is just plain fun to play and it has this 'just one more game' feel to it. Yes it is luck driven but it does have a certain amount of strategy. Knowing when to play the right card can win or lose you the game. I am always amazed how some people seem to equal luck with ok game. A game that has luck is not necesarily a bad game. In this case it is just the opposite. A solid 4 for me.

The Funnest of the Kosmos Two-Player Series
February 25, 2003

This game is quick, light-hearted fun involving reversals of fortune that keep things moving. Players compete in a tug-of-war by playing numbered cards onto their own or their opponent's side of the board with a few action cards thrown in for surprise. In some ways, the intial set-up of the game is the best part. Players essentially divide the deck (20 cards each) and race to sort a deck of cards into the two piles: the ones you want and the ones for your opponent. Whoever finishes first gets to complete the other player's sorting. Highly-recommended.

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