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Score: 8.8/10  [1 review]
3 out of 5
ProdID: 8833 - Hippo
Developed by Helvetiq

July 3rd, 2018

Hippo product reviews

Are you afraid of hippopotamus ? You should not be. In Hippo, they are grateful. You should rather be afraid of your opponents. The goal? To get rid of your chips as soon as possible.
Two solutions : give your chips to the hippos or give your chips to the other players. All the players will be kept in suspense until the very last seconds of the game.


In the hippo board game, the goal is to get rid of your chips as soon as possible
The solutions are to give your chips to the Hippos or give your chips to the other players. All the players will be kept in suspense until the very last seconds of the game
The hippo board game includes a game board, three dice, and 48 chips and requires two to four players
This game develops the ability to calculate, to Anticipate, and to think strategically
Its small size means it can be easily carried and stored.

dice   maths   placement   sums
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Review by: mizim (Miriam)
Dated: 18th of April, 2021

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This Review: 8.8/10
Score 8 out of 10
Easy to Understand:
Score 9 out of 10
Value for Money:
Score 10 out of 10
Personal Choice:
Score 8 out of 10

Hippo was the first game from Helvetig that I purchased and it set off a chain event that has led to me owning most of their small box range. This game is small enough that it can sit on your flattened hand and not overflow (unless you have rather small hands like my youngest...) What is great about this size is that you can fit several of these into your bag, not take up much space and still have a good source of entertainment. The board itself, is several pieces of board, so you can lay them out, 12 in the row, or if struggling with space you can make it two rows of 6 and have it loop around.

The premise is simple, you have a set number of life preservers and your goal is to be the first player to place them all on the board. To do this, you roll the two dice and can place two life preservers down (one for each number rolled) or one life preserver on the number equaling the sum of the dice. But be careful, bump someone else's one off the board and it gets returned to you, bump off your own and you have to take the whole column (opponents life preservers and yours) and must then place theirs before your own. If lucky, you can place your buoy with the hippos and those cannot be knocked out of the board. This is an easy enough game to pick up and play but still has enough strategy and planning required to win the game.

We've had this for almost three years now and it is still going strong.

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