Having had played and enjoyed several Dr. Finn’s games we were exhilarated to receive a prototype copy of his latest Kickstarter project “Let Them Eat Shrimp!“. This filler style game can be played by 2-5 players in 15-30 minutes. As you can see from the theme and artwork this game can also be enjoyed by children as well more seasoned gamers.
I must admit initially when looking at this game I thought well this game is obviously themed for children and the mechanic used is so simple. In fact that is what makes this game shine. Early in this game the tile placing seems very simple which is great because it allows players to learn what is going on before more strategy slowly swims it’s way into the game. As the grid fills up players will find themselves in tricky situations. Thinking about what their next move will be as well as how they can mess with the other players next turn.
Note: Images displayed below are of the prototype. Final Graphics will vary.
The primary mechanic in this game is simple and has the player placing tiles (fish) of different shapes down on a grid. After placing a tile the player will take action based on what sea creatures their tile has covered. As you can see from the prototype game board displayed below the grid consists of many sea creatures.
Some of the creatures are good and some not so good.(SHARK!) Below is a break down of the different creatures found on this grid:
Fish Eggs: (Triangle, Hexagon, Quadrangle, Diamond) – When covered players simply pick up the corresponding shape from the supply.
Starfish: When covering this creature players will roll the dice and then pick up whichever tile shape shown on the die from the supply. If the player rolls a starfish they can choose whatever shape they like from the supply. If they are unlucky and roll a shark they will have to return a shape of their choosing from their personal supply.
Shark: When covering the shark players will be losing a fish tile from their supply. Which shape is decided by rolling the die. If a Starfish is rolled the player got lucky and won’t have to return any of there fish tiles. If the shark is rolled then the player can choose a tile of their choice to return.
If you play the Advanced game the strategy is apparent from the first move on. In the advanced game instead of simply placing one tile, each player will work through a round in which they must place 4 tiles one of each fish type. Players can keep track of what 4 fish tiles they need to place using the included player mats (See image below). There is a lot of thinking which comes into play because players must try to use their 4 fish tiles to replenish the 4 needed for the next round. At times I found myself tempted to pick up shrimp or possibly push my luck by covering an area rich in fish eggs but also containing a shark.
The game also comes with 3 game boards which are double sided. They allow players to play a more difficult game by choosing grids with more sharks or a little easier with less. It’s obvious the game creator spent time trying to balance the placement of creatures on the grid. You can see shrimp (worth 2 pts) are sometimes placed close to sharks making them tempting but also with risk.What we liked:
If you like filler games you should check this game out. This game is not someone throwing their first kickstarter project together. Dr. Finn’s has a proven track record of games which are fun. Let’s go eat some Shrimp!
Note: Some of the backing levels also include some older games Dr. Finn’s has put out