Monday, January 18, 2010

Abandon Ship!

Occasionally I play a new game with my family, and we enjoy it so much that I just have to share it here. This is one I got them for Christmas. My daughters are proud owners of two pet rats, and when I read the premise for this game, I ordered it for them immediately. And I need to give a quick shout out to Boulder Games, who carry a marvelous assortment of unusual and interesting games for all ages (not the kinds of things you'd typically find at Toys R Us or Target, etc.). They ship quickly and are very responsive if there are ever any issues at all. If you enjoy games, please check them out (I have no relationship with them beyond that of happy customer - honest!) .

Abandon Ship was made by AEG and designed by Reiner Knizia. It's is for 3-7 players. The box says ages 10 and up, but my 9-year-old picked it up with no problem. The game involves a long board that is shaped like a cruise ship, and the object is to get your rats off the ship before it sinks. There are bits of cheese for the rats to gobble up as they made their way to the higher decks, which adds points to the players' final score. Complicating matters is the fact that while you have three rats you are trying to save, others may share the same rat as you - or decide to move your rat in a way that makes things harder for you. Periodically, the ship sinks a random number of levels, and occasionally a poor little ratty gets wet. My daughters set up an island nearby, and as rats can swim, they head there and have a little vacation, so no worries!

The board is well made and is colorful and appealing. I wish the rat tokens were a little more stable, as they tend to fall over if the board is bumped, but they are made of wood and - as long as we keep them away from the real rats (who were gracious enough to model the game for me, at the instigation of my daughters) - they should last a good long time. Abandon Ship takes about 30 minutes at the most to play, which makes it a great choice for a school night after homework is all done! It's a fun family game, with enough luck to make it possible for the youngest players to win, and enough strategy to keep the older players (aka me) interested.

Other games I've reviewed:
Hogwarts House Cup Challenge
Sleeping Queens


  1. I LOVE THE RATS ON THE GAME!! Hahahahahahah!!! These photos just cheered me up tenfold! Thank you. Cute game, too!

    OO! My word verification is priati which for dyslexics like me looks like piraty!

  2. Thanks, Cat - so glad to make you laugh! We have to be careful because the piraty rats love to make off with game pieces when we're not looking. :-)

  3. You got rats?! I feel bad for your dog - rats, yuck!

  4. thanks for sharing! looks like a fun game!

  5. Sounds like so much fun!

  6. Sorry, I can't even notice the game (wich I'm sure is good) because YOU HAVE RATS! Ick!

  7. VA Gal - the dog seems to think they are squirrels in disguise that have duped us into taking them in. She is definitely out to get them - while the cat could care less!

    Tamara - Thanks for stopping by. It is a fun game!

    Devinoni - Come and play with us whenever you are free - the girls would love it!

    Nicola - teehee! They are actually very sweet and smart. Litter trained, never bite, come when you call them, and love to eat their veggies. Wish I could say the same for my kids. LOL!

  8. Rats are teh awesome. I know I have likely waxed poetic about rats to you before, but it's always so wonderful to find another rat person. Those two are *gorgeous*!

    fishy and I are always teetering on the edge of getting another pair, but now is not a great time for pets for us.

    Thanks for the referral to that game company, btw. Always on the lookout for interesting and fun boardgames! This one looks great.

  9. Kiirstin - I'm glad you love the ratties too. They make such great little pets. A friend told me about Boulder Games, and I've been ordering from them for a few years now - I love all the unusual games they carry!


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