Hamsters vs. Hippos Kickstarter Preview Video (Successfully Funded on 11/19/2021)

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Quick Look: Hamsters vs. Hippos

Designers: James Freeman, James Staley, Adam Staley
Artists: N/A
Year Published: 2021

No. of Players: 1-6
Ages: 8+
Playing Time: 15-40 minutes.
Find more info on BoardGameGeek.com  
From the Publisher:

The hamsters have escaped their enclosure at the zoo and are making a run for it! Suddenly they come across a pond and see their most prized possession, the lily flower!

Unfortunately, lurking below the surface is a hippo waiting for his favorite snack. The hamsters have to take a risk and gather as many flowers as they can before all of the hippo’s friends arrive to join in on the feast!

The game lasts 4 rounds with each player representing a little hamster. The player with the most flowers at the end of 4 rounds wins. Each round ends when hamster is eaten.

Each round, add another hippo card to the deck before shuffling and dealing the cards out. Since extra cards are placed to the side, the extra hippos may or may not be on the board.

The game goes 4 rounds, with the winner being the player with the most flowers collected during the game. If there is a tie after the 4th round, keep adding rounds (with the 4 hippo cards) until a winner is declared.

Playing a round:

A round ends as soon as a hippo card is flipped. Any hamsters that are still on grid when this card is flipped, lose all the flowers that they collected that round. Shuffle the cards adding a hippo, then deal out the next pond to start the next round.

Taking turns, each player ventures out onto a lily pad, starting by moving onto any card along the edge of the grid.

Each turn, they must either move, or spend 2 flowers to peak under an un-flipped card. If they move, they must move onto an adjacent card (including diagonals). When landing on that card, they can collect any flower that is on top of it, and then must flip the card and perform the action (if any) underneath. If there are flowers underneath, they collect those too from the flower pile. Once a card has been flipped, a player can no longer step back on to it. Player can take up to 2 moves per turn, no including forced moves made from flipped cards.

Players can move off the board (from any lily pad on the edge) to safety during their turn. If they do so, they are out for the remainder of that round, but keep anything they collected in their permanent storage

Players can keep going until a hippo card is flipped, or until the last player has moved out of the pond


Disclaimer: The publisher provided the prototype copy of  Hamsters vs. Hippos. The opinions expressed in the review are completely my own.



 Today Harry of @North of 60 Gaming talks about a great family game now on Kickstarter, watch and learn about Hamsters who love lily’s and the Hippos who love to eat Hamsters.
00:00 – Opening Credits
00:20 – Introduction
00:55 – Unboxing
04:23 – Setup
07:53 – Game Play
13:22 – Final Thoughts
16:13 – Closing Credits
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Find Harry’s other North of 60 Gaming video’s here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCib-5moL1sQ3Y_FE6CGvBEg
After watching Harry’s review, if this sounds like a game for you at the time of this posting Hamsters vs. Hippos successfully funded on KICKSTARTER on 19 November 2021, and surpassed it’s funding goal with 480 backers pledging $19,202 to help bring this project to life.
Check it out and Late Pledge HERE.
Find out more at BGG
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Harry Jacobs- Reviewer


Harry has been a gamer for over 5 decades, his first games were strategic war games from Avalon Hill and Strategic Publications Incorporated (SPI).  Currently he resides in Yellowknife Northwest Territories in Canada, a city known to hold most of the cold weather records in Canada.  While not playing games or working, his five dogs keep him busy around the house and yard.  He is active in Ptarmicon Game Knights a club dedicated to bringing gaming to the communities in the Territories and can be often found teaching games both on club nights and at their various events. He looks forward to bringing his reviews and perspective of various games, in order for you to make an informed decision around buying and playing games. You can also catch Harry nigh-lighting as the North of 60 Gaming HERE.

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