Ryan and his two youngest children, look at Flip Over Frog, a new family game from HUB Games.
Prepare yourself against what may be one of the cutest covers in board games, in Flip Over Frog.
However, though it may ooze with cuteness, is it any good? Just for kids, or will adults enjoy this one as well. Well, that is what we hope to answer here.
In Flip Over Frogs, by Japanese designer Okabe Takuya and published by Hub Games, players play…what else – frogs. In this 15 minute game, players each have their own color frog – yellow, blue, green or red/purple. However, the frog they have is to remain a secret until the end of the game. You see at the end of the game, you want your frog color to be the most common frog face-up on the board. How does one do that? Well instead of me trying to explain it, I will use part of the BoardGameGeek description which does a great job explaining basically all the gameplay:
“After dealing three tiles to each player, the game begins. Tiles can be placed on any empty space on the 4×4 board, or on the back of any face down tile. Frogs may NOT be placed on top of face up tiles.
When placed, the arrows on the tile which surround the frog tell the player which nearby tiles should be flipped. If a tile is stacked on another, both tiles are flipped together. Only the newly placed tile causes other tiles to flip.
Also included are four Snake Tiles which remove any one face up Frog Tile from the game. Both the Frog and Snake are discarded, freeing up a space for a new tile to be played.
Players keep playing a tile and drawing back up to a hand of three until either no more tiles can be played or the board has sixteen face up frogs on show. This triggers the end of the game, and the player with the most frogs face up is the winner.”
The only other thing to mention is that arrows on the tiles either tell you to flip all the orthogonal frogs or all the diagonal frogs next to the newly placed frog.
Flip Over Frog may have cute art that may draw some, but it’s the gameplay that is going to get both gamers and “non-gamers” to stay. This is an excellent example of a very good 15-minute game that can appeal to just about everyone, seasoned gamers or just playing with the family. This is also a great example of a game that can be played with mixed ages – both adults and kids – and all enjoying their time together. There is even a chance that the kids may actually win, which was the case with our 5-year-old in our last 4-player game of mixed ages. That’s not to say that if you just wanted to play with adults, you won’t find it fun. It may not be the deepest game (and it’s not meant to be) – but there are some things you need to take in account, like trying to deduce what color other players have, remembering what is the underside of the frog (if it’s on top of another frog) and of course deciding when to play your color (when you actually get your color).
Overall, the only negative thing I can say about Flip Over Frog is that it doesn’t come with a tile bag, instead, you have to place the tiles facedown on the table and draw from that. I personally would have liked a bag, however, that may have affected the great pricing of $15 (plus it comes in a very nice compacted box that doesn’t take up a lot of room). Actually, the price point makes this a perfect game to give as a gift to a non-gamer family and the rules are super easy to understand and it may open up their horizons about what games can be. As for a gamer family or just a season gamer – not only is the pricing point great, but so is the fact that it doesn’t take a lot of shelf space with its compact box (5in x5in) and its 10-15 playtime means it doesn’t take up a lot of your time if you’re short on it or can be played to open up a game night or between games. All in all, Flip Over Frog, is a croaking good time! 4 out of 5 flies! (I had to get some frog puns in). However, don’t just take it from me, I will close out with short thoughts from my 5th grader and Kindergartener that have played it a couple of times now:
Olivia Meeple (Kindergarten): I like it because it’s beautiful. And that Flip Over Frog has the secret frog circles and one of the frogs is Pink (Dad edit: red) and purple mixed. I like playing the snakes and that they get the frog and takes out a frog from the game. I think this is a perfect game for kids because almost every kid will understand and I find it fun.
Gavin (5th grade): I enjoyed Flip Over Frog. The art is really cool, and the gameplay is as equally as cool. The concept of being able to turn over frogs and place a new frog on top is a really cool feature to the gameplay. I would recommend Flip Over Frog to anyone, at any age who likes board games in general.
Thanks to HUB Games for sending us a cover of Flip Over Frog to review for an honest review.
Flip Over Frogs can be found at Amazon.com here: https://www.amazon.com/Hub-Games-Flip-Over-Frog/dp/B07YQGDCZL/