My kids can put it together much easier than the real version of Don't Break the Ice that I also have. They also love the spinner that tells them which colors to knock out. I will need to buy more because they fight over getting to play this.
Most reasonable adults can figure out how to play it just fine. It holds together well, comes with two hammers, an actually detailed penguin. It does not have one big piece with a slot for the penguin to slip into, the penguin just sits wherever you put it. In addition, this game comes with a wheel to use on your turn to decide whether you'll hit white, blue, your choice, or lose turn. My 4 year old son prefers this one. We love it
I bought this to replace a game that is similar for my play therapy office. Both games get a lot of use but this is a new favorite. One of the ways my clients like to play this game is to hide the penguin underneath and try and guess where the penguin is. It takes about a minute to set up in between games but goes quickly if 2 people are working on it.
I bought this game to replace my "Don't break the ice game" that lost pieces after years of use. I primarily got it for my 3 year old niece and 8 year old nephew, however my adult brothers and I ended up playing this game for about an hour after we received it; it was fun! I'm giving it 4 stars because the pieces are a little difficult to fit in and my 8-year old nephew needed help getting the pieces in. However, both my niece (with a little guidance) and nephew were able to play the game and they had a lot of fun!
This game was a hit! Literally. We decided to order this one instead of don't break the ice, which this is a generic version of, because of the ice-pick on the hammer that this game has, and the other one does not. While this is not the name brand, and the pieces are a little more flimsy, it is a great buy. The pieces fit tight, the added pick on the hammer is a bonus for precision, and the kids had a ton of fun creating different designs in the ice attempting different strategies.
I remember playing this as a child so I jumped on the chance to add it to my family game drawer. The instructions are very easy so any age can play it. Even my two year old had fun hitting the ice and watching the penguin fall down. However she can not play with it alone as it can be a choking hazard with small pieces. It takes about 3-5 minutes to set up each time before playing but I don't mind that. Classic game
Assembly is easy: Flip the tray upside down: Install the legs around the edge. Install the blocks in the middle. Put it right-side up, and place the penguin in the center. Unlike the 1980's version, there are no special blocks, nor foot locks, to keep the center creature (ice skating guy, a red bear, or in this case, a peguin), so flip the center block and just set the penguin inside. Snap the hammer head onto the arm. This is a great rendition of a childhood favorite. HEX instead of square. It works best if you put the center block upside down, and set the penguin inside of it. Otherwise, it falls over and knocks pieces loose. Gameplay is simple: Take turns tapping out a block with a little hammer. Whomever drops the penguin loses. This comes with a spinner you can use to dictate "blue" "white" or "player choice". Or, you can just always do player's choice. You could do more than 2 people if you want. You can drop as many blocks as you want, but only by tapping one block. Whatever block you tap first is the one you have to tap out. Strategy comes into play, setting it up so the penguin is supported by a long, single row of blocks, or a triad of blocks. Or, you have a loose block fall out and doom yourself.
Love this game. Had the square blocks variant as a kid; the hexagon blocks make it even more interesting. My kids love it too.