I’m always looking out for games to add to the children’s collection, so this looks like a game that be worth checking out.
Innovative Flicking Game to Be Launched at UK Games Expo 2016
On June 3rd at the UK Games Expo 2016, the board games publisher Brain Games is launching Ice Cool – the first flicking game with pieces that curve and jump. The game has been nominated for UK Games Expo Awards 2016 in the Children category. It stands out with two major innovations: flicking techniques and a Box-In-A-Box setup.
After two years of development and prototyping, Brain Games introduces a new board game featuring two major innovations that make flicking more exciting and game setup faster.
The special form of flicking pieces creates a new bag of tricks – players can make the pieces slide, curve, jump, dive or bump against the walls. All the ways figures move and interact ensure a gameplay that always surprises with what is possible. Success is skill-based and accessible for different ages – everybody can train and improve their flicking skills. With simple and intuitive rules Ice Cool becomes an obvious gateway game while the engaging gameplay and movement around the table makes it a fun filler-game for game nights.
In addition to a new approach to game pieces and flicking techniques, Ice Cool introduces another innovation in board games – Box-In-A-Box. It is a new game-board concept that is very quick and easy to setup. Each Ice Cool game contains 5 boxes that players fasten together with pins creating an immersive 3D game board in less than a minute.
In each round one of the players takes the role of the Hall Monitor – his aim is to catch each other penguin. The others, however, will try to run through several doors, thus gaining fish on their way. When either the Hall Monitor has caught each other penguin once or any of the others have gone through all of the doors that have fish on them, the round is over. Each player will take the role of the Hall Monitor once and at the end of the game the winner will be the one with the most points on their fish cards.
“This game is very special to us as we have spent two years fine-tuning two innovative ideas. With this game we strive to do something literally “game-changing” and hopefully the innovations in this game will be a commonplace several years from now. This game is our most ambitious project so far and we are happy with the response from our international partners. Ice Cool will be launched in more than 16 countries worldwide during 2016,” says Egils Grasmanis, CEO of Brain Games Publishing.
Ice Cool is a children game for 2-4 players ages 6 and up, however adults will enjoy it as well. One game takes approximately 30 minutes to play. The box includes 4 plastic penguins, 5 cardboard boxes – rooms, 16 wooden Fish tokens (12 fish in 4 player colors and 4 fish in natural color), 45 Fish cards (each showing 1, 2 or 3 victory points), 4 color reminder cards, 4 penguin ID cards.
For the first time, the game will be available to public at the UK Games Expo 2016 where it is also nominated for the UK Games Expo Awards 2016 in the Children category. Ice Cool can be pre-ordered on BoardGameGeek.com for £24.00 and picked up at the UK Games Expo booth #E32. The Expo standard price will be £30.00.
About Brain Games
In 2004 three board game enthusiasts embarked on a mission to grow board gaming culture in Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. It started with localization and distribution of the popular game “Settlers of Catan” and now Brain Games is the largest board game distributor in the Baltic countries.
In 2011 development and publishing of new original games was started and later Brain Games Publishing was established. Since then Brain Games Publishing has developed and published 8 games that are available in more than 30 countries.
- Boardgame Geek Link: https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/177524/ice-cool