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Mush! It's dog sledding time!
Welcome to Alaska, where your team of dogs led by the Musher of your choice is ready to compete in the Iditarod.
In Top Dogs, players must pick their best combinations of dogs to form the strongest team to compete for each race and win the trophies of different values.
But, other players have the same dogs to choose from and the competition can become sneaky!
As soon as each player has chosen their team, each set of dogs are evaluated for team strength and the trophy is awarded. So jump on your toboggan and choose wisely in this dog-eat-dog game of psyching out your opponents.
Players: 3 - 5
Time: 20 minutes
Ages: 8 and up
Weight: 307 grams
Language Requirements: Game components are language-independent. Manufacturer's rules are printed in multiple languages (including English). This is a domestic item.
- 100 dog cards
- 5 musher cards
- 10 trophy cards
- instructions (English, Spanish, French)
Average Rating: 3.5 in 2 reviews
Bought this on a whim for a friend that teaches special ed students and they liked it. I also played with her and she loved it, despite the box saying 3 players are needed it can be easily adapted into 2. Great for youngsters and dog fans with 20 minutes on their hands
This game I bought for the library under a math grant. It was the artwork of the small dog that sold it. There are other cards just as funny like a Bigfoot musher. The game is light but, for playing with children a lot of fun and the game does require some thinking.
All the players get a deck of dogs cards number 2 to 6. All the decks are the same. Each player takes the top seven cards. A trophy card is flipped up. All the players then select three dogs from their hands to make a team. They place their teams face down. Once all the teams are selected everybody flips they teams up. The player with the highest point team wins. If two players tie for first place than the second highest player wins. After the winner is found everyone discards they team plus one more card from their hand. Players then draw four more cards from their deck.
It is the rule about ties that makes the game tricky. Sure you can put all you high point dogs together but, someone else can do that the same thing and this makes it possible for someone with a low score to pick up the trophy. It is also not possible to pick up all the trophies so which ones do you go for? Do try to collect a lot of little ones or wait for the big one? What are the other players going to do?
The math element is not as strong as say 24/7 or Take it Easy. Still, it is not a bad way to introduce the idea that math games can be fun. The game does teach other skills as well. You do have to plan ahead in this game. Such as holding onto big point dogs until you collect three. The game also builds memory like Fish Eat Fish in that you have to keep track of what cards the other players have used. It does also have the fun value of Rat A Tat Cat. It's quick, holds a bit of a challenge, and has some humor to it.