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Catch the river pirates’ bounty! Treasure chests from a capsized boat are heading for the waterfall! Who will collect the most valuable ones at the bottom of the falls?
This game is reminiscent of those arcade token games where the coins are on the verge of falling over a ledge, and one more token put into play pushes against the others causing a cascade of coins off the edge.
This "push the coins" mechanics is what makes it a huge success with our youngish children. Unlike "childish" games (like Candyland), however, this game is actually fun for the adults who are playing with the kids.
The key to success is to delicately place new water discs and push them carefully so that no barrels fall over the falls on your turn. If you push barrels over the falls on your turn, you have to give them to the previous player. It does take a small amount of finesse to know where to place the new discs so that the least number of discs go over the edge. A successful turn is one where you push barrel-laden water discs precariously close to the edge so that they are sure to fall off on the NEXT player's turn. The "X" on the dice (skip your turn) is just the right amount of "HAH!" needed in the game, especially when there are barrels dangling precariously at the edge.
This is a great 2-player game with high replay value if the age is right. I doubt this would be a good "adults only" game, but I've only played with children (ages 5+) and we have a blast every time! No yawning here!
Children's games are a different breed. They need to be short and visually pleasing (given the demands of a very tough crowd of 5 year old critics) while still providing something in the way of an interesting game. And let me tell you, designing an entertaining game that plays in less than 10 minutes is not nearly as easy as it sounds. But Flusspiraten, like Galloping Pigs before it, succeeds very nicely.
The ship has capsized spilling all its treasure into the river! The seething rapids are too violent to swim in, so the treasure will have to be caught as it falls over the waterfall.
The box is small, which won't prepare you for what is inside: the WATERFALL! The game is actually set up inside the box: first a plastic ledge goes on on side of the box, then the surface of the river (a small plastic ramp) is placed so that it rests on the plastic ledge inside the box and juts slightly over the other side of the box leaning slightly upwards (yes, yes, I know, rivers can't flow upstream and then fall off a cliff -- why bother me with these trivial details? ;) Then a wooden plank is lays horizontally on the surface, and the surface is covered with frother rapids: small plastic disks that come in two sizes. Then 13 colored cubes are placed randomly on the plastic disks -- sorry! I means 13 treasure chests get tossed into the river, and players try and catch as much falling treasure as they can!
On your turn, you roll a customized die and carry out the results. The luckier among you will roll an 'X' entitling that player to sit out that turn, but most of the time a player will roll a 1, 2, or 3, requiring him to add 1, 2, or 3, disks to the seething raging river. The player pulls the wooden tree piece back to the plastic ledge, places the disks against the tree, then slides the tree forward till it hits the banks of the river. The disks of course are pushing against each other and changing positions, and whatever treasure comes over the waterfall goes to the PREVIOUS player. That's right -- previous. Which means on your turn, you are trying to prevent any treasure from going over, but also trying to get it as close to the edge of the waterfall as possible in order to force the next player to push it off for you!
This game is great fun as player try and add the disks in such a way as to sacrifice little and try and gain much. It is a simple game, well suited to children (one of its biggest fans is 4-year old Kimmy Kay!) with a simple, well though visual presentation, short gameplay, and fun results. It may even appeal to the gamer crowd that enjoys filler like Loopin Louie. Simple, fun, inexpensive. One of the better children's games I've had chance to play.