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Store:  Card Games, Family Games
Format:  Card Games

North Pole

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Ages Play Time Players
9+ 30 minutes 2-6

Designer(s): Christopher Rama Rao

Manufacturer(s): Cambridge Games Factory

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Product Description

Penguin vacation family card game – race to the north pole and back; beware of cracks in the ice.

Product Information

  • Designer(s): Christopher Rama Rao

  • Manufacturer(s): Cambridge Games Factory

  • Year: 2011

  • Players: 2 - 6

  • Time: 30 minutes

  • Ages: 9 and up

  • Weight: 280 grams

  • Language Requirements: This is a domestic item. Manufacturer's rules are printed in English. Game components are printed in English.

Product Reviews


Average Rating: 3.5 in 1 review

Of course the family loves it - you get to race penguins!
May 30, 2012

In North Pole, players are penguins from the South Pole. While on vacation, these penguins decide to amuse themselves with a race from Base Camp to the North Pole, with the first to make it there and back being the winner.

The game uses cards for two purposes - first of all to denote the landscape on which the game is played, but also for a set collection mechanic which determines penguin movement. The basic flow of play is that players take turns to play cards from their hand in order to move, and then at the end of their turn they draw two new cards. Different kinds of movement include Waddle, Snow Shoe, Sled, and Dog Sled, which are distinguished by different combinations of cards and their relationship to the location card your penguin is moving to. You can also use Blizzards to cause havoc on your opponents' plans, or Repair the Ice to fix holes in the ice.

North Pole features charming artwork and solid gameplay that will especially amuse children. Yet there are enough decisions about which cards to collect and play that the adults can enjoy it too. As such, it's ideally suited as a family game that is more than just a matter of luck-of-the-draw, and the race theme really helps add appeal.

EndersGame, BGG reviewer

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