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Publisher: Selecta Spielzeug & Rio Grande Games
Number of players: 2 - 4
Official Recommended Age: 5 years and above
Users' Recommended Age: 6 years and above
Playing Time: 20 minutes
Publisher's Game Description:
Splash! And Eddi Elephant lands in the water. The other animals giggle and guffaw. Manni Mouse is doubling over with laughter. He knew that there wouldn’t be enough room on the raft! Every year, the animals go on a rafting tour on the wild river, and nobody wants to miss out on the fun. But will there be enough room for all?
BGG Dea Draper: "Very different! Glad there is a timer! Encourages planning, spacial development, co-operative play. Very nice components. I like the mechanics of scoring points. I ENJOY playing this with the children."
BGG Oskari: "A quick betting round followed by a hectic real-time cooperative part. Lots of fun, and works great for adults as well. Superb component quality and lots of different animeeples."
BGG Saku Sairanen: "Great children's game which adults can also enjoy (and suck at :-) In my first game I had fun but didn't get any points in a game with my wife and a four-year-old daughter."
BGG Morgan Dontanville:"Light collective bidding on how many animals can fit in the raft. Cute little team building game where folks that want the animals to fit on the raft band together. Fun party game. Easily plays more than four with some makeshift Yes/No markers."
BGG Cubsfan31:"Great game for kids! Simultaneous bidding (similar to Incan Gold) where each player decides whether or not to press their luck on whether or not they can complete the puzzle within the time limit using the currently selected animals. Nice mix of large and small animals, the combination of which must figure in to the decision - great for kids to try to visualize the puzzle ahead of time. If everyone agrees that the puzzle is solvable, another animal is added, and this continues until one or all players believe the puzzle can't be completed. Players who believe they can finish then must prove so within the time limit or lose the points to the player(s) that declined.Excellent components all the way around -- I think this game is going to be a keeper with the kids!"
How To Play:
At the start of each round, players lay out ten Animal cards around one raft. Each player has two chits, Yes and No, and they secretly vote on whether they think all ten animals will fit on the raft.
If all players say "Yes," then another animal card is drawn and players vote again. If some players vote "Yes" while others vote "No," then those players who voted "Yes" flip over the sand timer and work as a team to try to fit all of the animals on the raft. The players of whichever team guessed correctly win some points depending on the round, and whoever has the most points after six rounds wins.
BGG C.O.:"I find it exciting/thrilling to see how others configure the pieces. I also think it is super fun to try and configure them yourself. Overall, I admit that it may be simplistic and is certainly very quick (great for a filler between heavier, longer games) but I do find it challenging sometimes to accurately guess. Overall, it's just a blast, it kept me on the edge of my seat. Fun fun!"
BGG James Smith:"Great fun game that is really cool to play. It is often great fun when you are with a player(s) who won't concede and thus you can force the raft to have way too many animals and laugh and the greed of the other player(s)!"
BGG Giles Pritchard:"This is a very fun little push your luck game, combined interestingly with a speed and spatial skills element. It is very simple to play, but also a lot of fun to sometimes fit as much as you can, and sometimes to push others into giving you points. A good little kids game, and a great addition to the Selecta/RGG stable."
BGG Laszlo Molnar:"Great and original idea for a children's game and it works pretty well."