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Carry a Big Stick: A Review of Fish for Fish

Quick Look: Fish for Fish

Designer: N/A
Artist: N/A
Publisher: YULU
Year Published: 2019
No. of Players: 2-4
Ages: 4+
Playing Time: 5-15 min.

From the publisher:

When playing Fish for Fish, you are survival campers and the lake is your only source of food. Everybody is starving, so there’s no time to waste. Assemble your fishing spears as fast as you can and reel in as many fish as you can.

Put your survival skills to the test — find out how to assemble your spear the fastest and score the most points by catching the most fish. 

Find more info on BoardGameGeek.com

I received a copy of Fish for Fish for the purposes of this review. All opinions here are mine--or those of the young fisherfolk who played with me!

Review: Fish for Fish


Are you looking for a quick physical dexterity game to help your kids get their wiggles out on these long winter afternoons? Fish for Fish might be the game for you!

Components and Setup:

It's all about the spears! Fish for Fish comes with 4 plastic spears that have a suction cup a the end. There's a little bit of setup when you first open the game, as you'll need to tie an elastic band onto each of the two colored handle pieces. Each time you play, you'll slide the pieces together with the brown stick part and add on a colorful feather tail. This can be a little hard for little hands to manage, so constructing and deconstructing the spears is a job best left to the teens or adults.

The game also has a set of 15 colorful, laminated cardboard fish cards with a fish on one side and a point value on the other. Let the kids scatter these around the floor while you assemble the spears!

Game Play and Mechanics:

Fish for Fish has a simple premise: you are fishing for your dinner. Use the suction cups at the ends of your plastic fishing spears to catch fish from the floor. Once all fish have been caught, add up the total value (each fish is worth 1, 2, or 3 points) and the player with the highest value wins.

The Good:

Fish for Fish has proven irresistible to all the kids I've tried it with. There's something wildly cathartic about the flinging motion needed to flatten your suction cup onto a fish... and even though a single game from start to finish is usually only about 3 minutes long (including adding up your points), kids always ask to play again, and again, and again.

As a gameschooling mom in a chilly climate, I love physical games like this that give the kids a constructive way to release some energy in a playful atmosphere... that can be packed away in the box when I decide I've had too much! The simple addition from counting up your score each time is great practice, too.

The Bad:

Fish for Fish has proven irresistible to all the kids I've tried it with. If it's an option on the game shelf, they hone right in on it and want to play it every time! Some days are just better for quiet games, so occasionally it has to be tucked silently in the closet.

It can also be a little frustrating for friends who want to assemble and disassemble the pieces themselves, but it's fairly quick work for grown-up hands.

Players Who Like:

Fish for Fish is a great option for families and groups who like physical games like Twister, Off the Grid, or Cranium Hullabaloo.

Final Thoughts:

Fish for Fish has found a permanent home in our gameschooling collection, perfect for those antsy days when we just need to release a little energy and get a little wild, splashing through the stream, hoping to spear the most fish.

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About the Author:

My name is Alexa: I'm a life-long game player and homeschooling mom to two awesome kids. I've loved board games since my early days playing Scrabble and Gin Rummy with my grandmother, and life only got more interesting when I married a Battletech enthusiast and fellow game lover. We've played games with our kids since they were small, and I helped start a thriving homeschool co-op where we have weekly sessions of board games with kids.  In a family with kids raised on Catan and Pandemic, life is sure to be fun! You may run into me on Twitter, BoardGameGeek, and other social media as MamaGames. Be sure to say hi!
Carry a Big Stick: A Review of Fish for Fish Carry a Big Stick: A Review of Fish for Fish Reviewed by MamaGames - Alexa C. on April 29, 2020 Rating: 5

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