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Igel Ärgern + Tante Tarantel
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Store:  Family Games
Edition:  Tante Tarantel, Igel Ärgern
Theme:  Bugs / Insects
Genre:  Racing
Format:  Board Games
Other:  Essen 2009 releases

Igel Ärgern + Tante Tarantel

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Ages Play Time Players
8+ 45 minutes 2-6

Designer(s): Frank Nestel, Doris Matthaus

Publisher(s): Doris and Frank

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Product Description

In Igel Ärgern, the aim of the game is, to be the first to get 3 of his 4 hedgehogs from start to goal. The trick is that the racetrack has six numbered lanes and every turn a dice roll decides on which lane you have to move forward. To use your forward step with a own hedgehog you have the option to take a small side step in between. But since the hedgehogs tend to stack on the squares of the board and only the uppermost hedgehogs may be moved, it happens quite often that you have to move someone else's hedgehog. Additionally there is a black field on every track on which a hedgehog has to wait for all the other ones to pass...

In Tante Tarantel, help your bugs to escape from the spider web. Your "host" Auntie Tarantula runs around, dice driven and with increasing pace. So you have to be very careful not to be eaten by her. On the other hand you can sometimes give another player's bug a little push, so that Auntie will eat him!

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Average Rating: 3.6 in 7 reviews

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This is definitely not for everyone
May 01, 2000

After reading many of the reviews posted at this website, I took a chance and purchased this thinking it would be a light-hearted avenue to an evening of gaming enjoyment, with the understanding that the role of the dice was critical. Boy was I wrong.

To elaborate a bit, my gaming partners are my daughters; aged 12 and 14. Both are relatively open minded about playing and trying new games.

The rules were very straight forward and easy to follow. First, roll the dice. Second, make a lateral move using one of your own pieces, only if you choose to. Third, move a gamepiece in the track with the number matching that of the dice roll forward one space. this piece may or may not be one of yours. This can result in a strategic move for you, or it may force you to make a positive move for one of your opponents.

My eldest daughter totally objected to any move that she was forced to make that benefitted an opponent. My youngest daughter objected to other players being able to laterally move on top of her piece, thusly preventing any possibility of advancement on her part.

I personally rather enjoyed the game and the many nuances involved. I would have given this game a five star rating because of originality, design, re-playability, and the many other variances and options available.

However, when one's gaming partners quickly become totally disgusted, ther is no point in continuing. I feel that the biggest drawback to this game is that it is totally dependent on the roll of the dice. If you are lucky enough to have a piece on that race track, the game is yours.

Note: this review refers to a different release of this product.
by David
WOW! 40 games in this box.
April 07, 2000

This is a simple race game. Each player gets four hedgehogs and places them one at a time on one of the starting squares of the six tracks. The length of the tracks are only nine spaces counting the beginning squares. It's a short race but it's not an easy race. At the start of your turn you roll a die. Each row is numbered and you have to move a hedgehog in the row corresponding to the die roll, regardless of who it belongs to. Before you move you can move any hedgehog you own one space to the right or left. You can move onto other hedgehogs and block them from moving. There are blocking squares scattered over the board that freeze the hedgehogs in them until everyone has passed or drawn even to their position. The winner is the first to get three of their hedgehogs into the last row. This game comes with forty different variations that can make it much more strategic or just different. Fun for any age group. Even my three year old likes to play with the pieces.

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Hedgehog heaven
August 16, 1999

Igen rgern is a delightful and fun game for up to six players. Each player has four hedgehogs that they are trying to move from one end of the board to the other. There are six rows on the board, corresponding to the faces of the single die that is rolled by each player every turn. One hedgehog - yours or someone else's - in that row must be moved forward one space. This is pretty pedestrian so far, but what makes the game interesting is that you can move one of your hedgehogs into an adjacent row if you like, which can influence your own chances of winning (which is achieved by getting three of your four hedgehogs to the finish).

There is one black square in each row, which stops hedgehogs who land there from moving forwards until EVERY other hedgehog on the board is up to or beyond that point. This can really put a crimp in a leader's position. A player's hedgehog can also be held back if there are other hedgehogs on top, since you can only move the top hedgehog in a pile.

This tiny and simple game has a wonderful free-for-all race feel to it and there is a surprising amount of skill needed to win. (Some of the forty-odd variants will affect this amount of skill one way or the other.) But win or lose, you'll always have a good time playing Igel rgern. It's a game that everyone will adore, especially hedgehog fans.

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