I discovered Hey, That’s My Fish! at Mox Boarding House, a local board game shop with a restaurant. They let you bring your own board games or check out board games available at the front desk. We usually ask for a game that’s quick and fun for our 9-year old, and Hey, That’s My Fish! fit the bill. It was perfect because it only took 10 to 15 minutes to play a single game, and while the rules are easy to learn, the game proved surprisingly deep when it came to strategy.
You can play Hey, That’s My Fish! with 2 to 4 players. I’d say it’s more fun with 3 to 4 players. Let’s get started.
- Begin by laying out the fish tiles, then players should place their penguins on single-fish tiles.
- With every turn, you can move a penguin in a straight line, in any direction. Once you’ve landed on a tile, take the tile where the penguin was. Now you have one fish. So, the key here is to move to a tile with two or more fish, because then you can collect more than one fish in the next turn.
- As players take their turns and collect fish, huge holes will start to appear on the board. See if you can trap your opponents’ penguins, but be careful not to get stranded yourself! A stranded penguin won’t be able to collect more fish, obviously.
This is what the board might look like at the end of a game. Fast, simple and fun, with plenty of room for strategic thinking and planning. I hope you give it a try!