Compete for the Biggest Catch
- What: Aqualin Game
- When: 8 years and up
- Why: Easy to learn, hard to master
- Where: Amazon
Looking for a fun two-player game that will challenge kids and adults alike? Check out Aqualin, an ocean-themed matching game.
This strategy game works by matching sea creatures on either color or type, with each of the two players assigned one method. But there’s a catch. On every turn, a player can move one piece already on the board either vertically or horizontally as far as they’d like. Players start with six of the 36 tiles, and take turns placing one tile on the board on each turn. The game ends when the grid of 36 squares fills up. Determine the winner by calculating points. Bigger groups earn more points, ranging from one point for a pair to 15 points for a group of all six animals. Sea creatures types include turtles, jellyfish, crabs, fish, sea stars and seahorses, one each in pink, purple, yellow, red, blue, and green.
The plastic tiles have a nice heft to them and stand up well to scattering, dropping, and general play. We haven’t had our game long, but so far the design on each tile has shown no signs of wear. All the pieces fit easily back inside the box for easy storage between games. Beyond the instructions, no reading is required to play the game itself. While younger kids likely won’t grasp the finer points of strategy involved, they can still enjoy matching the various tiles.
Challenge your kids to a game of strategy with this sea-themed creation and see how their skills stack up.