Hercules the Ant S$69.90
Designer: Hermann Huber & Michael Huber
Number of players: 1 to 4
Official Recommended Age: 6 - 99 years
Users' Recommended Age: 6 years and above
Playing Time: 20 minutes
Publisher's Game Description:
Hercules is the strongest ant in the world! The little scuttling ant, however, is only able to build an anthill thanks to the teamwork with his friends. They quickly assemble to form a column of ants and pass on the twigs. Will they have finished the anthill before Anthony the anteater appears? A co-operative collecting game for 1-4 players which requires tactical thinking. Includes competition variation.
BGG Phillippe Beaudoin:"A rare cooperative kid games. It can be quite a simple puzzle to solve, even for kids after a couple of times. Also, the end-game is really luck dependant, so some games can be quite short, while in others you have plenty of time to finish. What saves this game is the competitive version. This is really a semi-cooperative game (see Terra) but trimmed down to its very core. The players should really lean to play the odds and favor players who trail behind, otherwise they will simply start playing against the group and throw the entire game away. As such, it is probably one of the best (very rare) games in this area, and not necessarily restricted (or adapted) to children."
BGG Simon acetate3:"Adults may not find this game challenging but kids will truly enjoy it! Once they understand how to play cooperatively, adding the competitive aspect is a must. This is a really cute game that I'd love to play with my own (theoretical) kids some day."
Reviews & Comments:
BGG Dea Draper:"I love it! Building a 6-story anthill is fun and the thematic idea of creating a continuous line of ants to be able to carry sticks to build the anthill is well done. Co-op games for this aged child are especially good--and how appropriate for the theme of ants in a co-op!
The variation with additional pieces allows a winner, yet there is a certain amount of necessary teamwork, otherwise the anteater wins and everyone loses. Since a player can move another's piece, that adds some strategy. I added chips to the game so each player gets one of the same color as his ant, which he keeps in front of him so other players know what color that player is."