NHL Ice Breaker: The Card Hockey Game
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NHL Ice Breaker: The Card Hockey Game is licensed by the National Hockey League and features all 30 of the league's teams. You get all the great action of the game on the ice with NHL Ice Breaker. Game play is built around CSE Games' specially-designed 54-card playing deck (52 standard suited cards plus two Jokers). The game is based on the simple mechanic of high-card or high-hand wins. Opponents play their card(s) simultaneously and the player with highest card or highest hand executes his/her action indicated on the card played.
As players win hands, the puck is moved up the ice and toward the opponent's net. Along the way, players may land on special Ice Breaker squares, which can shift momentum in an instant. Once in the Shooting Zone, it's a classic contest of shooter versus goalie.
NHL Ice Breaker separates itself from other hockey-based games in that it has a true hockey 'feel'. The game is both accurate and fast-paced. Combining elements of popular card games, players must decide how best to play their cards. Cards can be played individually, in pairs, two pair, or three-of-a-kind. It is up to the player to decide how cards are played. The specially-designed playing deck adds a level of strategy, yet immediate familiarity, not seen before in the gaming world.
I picked this game up at this years WBC and have been playing it ever since. It comes in a nice sturdy metal tin and contains a board a deck of cards and .... a really cool little puck!
It's a combination of war and poker. Using a regular deck of cards each player picks a card out of his 5 card hand and they compare them as in War. High card then gets to move the puck according to a direction and distance arrow on the winning card.
Players try to advance the puck to their scoring area where they again compare cards the shooter scores if his card is higher than the goaltender.
There are spaces on the board where if the puck lands on it the player turns over the next card and gets a special "Icebreaker" result. This could be a breakaway (shot from the scoring area) to a penalty (lose a card) or a turnover the puck (opponent gets to play two direction cards).
Once through the deck of 54 cards is a period. Three periods to the game with some special OT rules if tied.
Players also get to choose their favorite NHL team and if their logo turns up on their shot or goaltending card it's an automatic goal or save.
This is a nice fast play hockey game that can be played anywhere that a 9x12 board can be set up.
And it has a PUCK!!