As a longtime board & card game nerd, I’ve managed to keep the house well stocked with board and card games. Seeing all the colourful boxes and watching us play them as they grew up, the kids have been clamouring to get involved with them for a long time now. Sadly, kids often struggle to come to grips with the subtleties of a five hour space-themed territory capture game. It was obvious we needed to get to grips with games that the kids could enjoy too so we invested time in trying to find great games that parents can enjoy with their kids without losing the will to live. Polar Panic is the latest game we’ve had the good fortune to try out with the munchkins.
Polar Panic is a simple game of matching colourful pictures to score points. Players take turns to turn over cards showing collections of fish. If a player turns over a card and it shows a fish matching one of those already uncovered, players rush to grab the pair. It’s a cool mixture of classic games like Snap with something more contemporary like Hey! That’s My Fish!
The game has a few modifiers to keep things interesting. Usually, unlike usual pair matching games, cards are left face up after they’ve been revealed. This helps players compare newly revealed cards to the ones already visible. But uncover an eskimo card and they get turned face down again!
Play continues with players picking up matching cards until eventually someone reveals a polar bear! Then it’s all over and players count their cards.
All the kids loved Polar Panic. It’s a simple game to learn but it stays engaging and is a great way to teach kids about identifying things that are similar with a bit of a competitive element. Polar Panic is now a regularly requested activity in the evenings after school.
The thing I really loved about Polar Panic is that it is a really well made and contained game. Many games are great but come in huge boxes or packets that fall apart too easily. Polar Panic comes in a neat little tin that could easily be thrown in a bag or suitcase for taking on holiday or going camping. It’s games like these that become staples of family excursions as they can be pulled out whenever you have a bit of time and floor/table space.
We’d definitely recommend grabbing a copy of Polar Panic if you like simple, quick card games and have kids that love puting iPad down for a bit and playing games together around the table.
Polar Panic is available from Cheatwell Games.
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