At the beginning of each round, each player receives a secret identity and 2 action cards. The goal is to get your animal to survive the round, reach the other side of the river and – if possible – to be at the top of a predation chain.
After each player has received their hidden identity, all animal cards are put face down on the table. During a player’s turn, that player has 3 options:
- Take an animal from the animal row and place it on the bank or on a boat (there are 2 boats, which can hold 2 animals each).
- Discard an action card and move an animal from the bank to a boat or vice versa.
- Use an action card and perform the action that is described on the card.
If a player has no actions cards in his hands and both boats are full of animals, all players place a vote to decide if the round continues or not. If none of the players have any action cards in their hands, the round automatically ends.
End of a round
At the end of a round, players reveal their secret identity and a scoring phase takes place. Each animal can defeat 1 other animal, but is also defeated by another animal. If multiple animals defeat each other a row of predation is formed an only the animal that’s on top of the chain will score points (1 point for each other animal in the entire row). Surviving animals score 1 VP. Animals in the boat also see if they defeat the other animal (in the same boat), all animals that survived the fight in the boats travel to the home location. In the home location, a final check takes place to see if there is a line of predation. All surviving animals in the home location score 2 VP each.
End of the game
The player who is the first to reach 6 VP, is the winner.
Imagine Rock-Paper-Scissors, but with 7 animals. Some action cards are a little bit overpowered, but most of them will be used to discard and move animals. It’s a nice and quick filler that is at it’s best with a lot of players. The game can entertain up to 7 players and I would recommend playing with at least 4 or 5 players.
(+) nice artwork
(+) easy rules
(-) some action cards are a little bit overpowered