Birds skid and slide across a melting ice floe, grabbing handfuls of herring to the cries of: “Hey, That’s My Fish!” Don’t get fooled by the cute box art, featuring cartoon penguins. Don’t kid yourself that this is a children’s game. Hey, That’s My Fish! is all about plotting grid movement, blocking your opponents, and grabbing as much fish as possible. It’s every penguin for themselves out there, and it can get competitive, fast!
Hey, That’s My Fish! is an abstract strategy game. A series of hexagons make up one big modular ice floe, so no two games will ever be alike. Between one and three fish sits on each hex. Players have penguins miniatures, each one starting on a hex, too. On a player’s turn, they move one of their penguins in a straight line (so in one of six directions, leaving their hex). They claim the fish token they were standing on – it gets removed from the ice floe.
These penguins don’t like jumping! They can’t jump over other penguins, and neither can they jump across gaps created by the removal of hexes. The ice floe shrinks with every move. It’s possible to ‘trap’ your rivals, and leave them adrift as this iceberg reduces in size. Of course, they’ll aim to do the same to you! The trick is, can you snaffle up all the valuable fish in doing so? The player with the most fish at the end, when there are no moves remaining, is the winner.
Fantasy Flight Games are better known for ‘bigger box’ games like Twilight Imperium (Fourth Edition) and Arkham Horror. Hey, That’s My Fish! is a much shorter experience, coming in at around 20 minutes. It’s snappy and a perfect example of a ‘filler’. Got time for another quick game? Go on, then!
Player count: 2-4 players
Game length: 20 minutes