First Impressions: HIKE by Moosetache Games

24 Jul

Recently, several of us at in the boardgame group at Hypermind had the opportunity to play Moosetache Game’s latest release entitled “Hike”.

Game Components: 80 Cards (7 Suits containing 10 Birds, 10 Bugs, 10 Lakes, 10 Lights, 10 Peaks, 10 Trails and 10 Trees plus 10 Specialty Cards made up of Avalanche, Drought, Earthquake, Litter, Lost, Poop, Spring, The Sun, The Wind, and the Worm), 1 Rule Sheet.

Overview of the game: The game can be played by 3-8 players.  Each player is dealt a hand of 7 cards and the object of the game is to get rid of your cards and score points.

There are a few different ways you can score points:

  • Have the fewest remaining cards at the end of the hand
  • Capture the Worm
  • Plant Trees

Each player plays one card at a time beginning with the first player to the left of the dealer.  When a player plays a suited card, there are three other suits at the bottom of that card.  The next player has the option of playing one of those three suits on his/her turn or playing a Specialty Card that will change some of the rules of how the next few cards are played.

For example:  If player 1 puts down a Bird, player 2 then has the option of playing a Bird, Tree, or Lake, or they may opt to play a specialty card like Drought.  If they play the specialty card, then the following players must do what the card says before the normal play of cards continues.  In this example lets say the player played Drought.  The text on the drought card says “All Players Must Play A Lake”.  That includes the player who played the drought card.

If any player can not play a card on their turn they are out of the rest of that hand and lay all their cards face up in front of them.  These cards will score as points at the end of the hand for the player who wins that hand.

The game ends when a player reaches a certain score.  In a 3-4 player game, the first person to get 25 points or more, wins.  5-6 player game – 35 points or more, and in a 7-8 player game – 45 points or more.

Specialty cards are really what makes this game a lot more fun to play.  The more specialty cards that show up in a round the chances of someone scoring big increases.

First Impressions:  I really love this game.  It’s quick to play and allows for many players in a group to participate.  There are not many games that allow for more than 4-5 players, and this one fits the bill perfectly.  It’s also small enough that you can take it on vacation with you or to parties.

The art work is really nice too.I think Kiril Tchangov did a nice job on it.  All of the artwork really fits the theme well that you are on a hiking trail in the woods near a lake or two.

The game retails for a price of $10.95 and can be purchased through Moosetache Games Online Store or your local friendly game store.  I would recommend putting this one on your list and buying an extra copy or two for Stocking Stuffers this Holiday Season!

I would like to thank Cristina Ramos at Moosetache Games for sending Meet The Meeples a review copy.

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Posted by on July 24, 2011 in Reviews


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