Confined at home with a child? Why not spend some time around a board game? Perhaps Foto Fish, our recommendation of the week, a great observation game, accessible from 4 years old.
Do you want to discover the wonders that hide under the surface of the ocean? Equipped with your camera, dive among a multitude of multicolored fish, and capture the memories of your discoveries.
Each player places his seabed board in front of him: a grid populated with fish of various colors, and empty squares. Everyone also has their own cardboard camera, with a large hole in the center representing the screen. The photo shoot can begin!
One of the players rolls the two dice, then, as quickly as possible, everyone moves their device on their board, so as to frame the fish represented on the dice. But be careful, the framing must always correspond to the grid, it is forbidden to position it diagonally. And only the fish designated by the dice should be framed, no other should appear on the shot.
The fastest player, and not having made a mistake, receives a large segment of fish, which he adds to his starting fish consisting of the head and tail. Other players who also took a valid photo, but not quickly enough, also receive a fish segment, but a small one this time.
Then we re-roll the dice, we take pictures again, and so on. At the end of the game, the winner is the one who has succeeded in assembling the longest fish.
Why play Foto Fish?
You don’t judge a book by its cover, the dress doesn’t make the monk… you get the idea. The same principle also applies to board games: the illustration adorning the box in no way foreshadows the quality of the game. And fortunately, otherwise we would never have recommended Foto Fish !
It must indeed be admitted that the cover illustration is quite a failure. The little girl is even rather creepy. And that’s a shame, because the rest of the material is of high quality: very thick cardboard trays, nicely illustrated fish, in bright colors and with a friendly air. And it’s even more of a shame insofar as Foto Fish is a really great game.
Autonomy, observation, coordination, and concentration
Intended for the youngest, from 4 years old, it develops autonomy, observation, coordination, and concentration. Thanks to its fast games, fifteen minutes at the most, the attention of the players, even the youngest, remains intact until the end. Finally, like all games in this age group, it also aims to develop the “social” aspect: learning to respect the rules, to wait your turn, to finish the game, to roll the dice, to lose without crying, and so on.
Foto Fish also has the good idea of offering adjustable levels of difficulty, according to the age of the participants. The seabed trays are double-sided, with a side more supplied with fish, and therefore more difficult. And two camera sizes, the smaller one making it easier to frame desired fish.
Interesting board games for young children are not numerous, Foto Fish is from that. With its ultra-simple rules, very fast games, and great equipment, it allows you to have a good time with your family. And thanks to its adjustable difficulty, nobody gets bored and everyone has a chance to win.
- Foto Fish is a game by Michael Kallauch
- Illustrated by Rasa Joni and Gediminas Akelaitis
- Edited by Logis
- For 2 to 4 players from 4 years old
- For games of about 15 minutes
- Priced at € 19.90 at Philibert
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