Frogriders – The fun family game
Frogriders is a colorful family board game from the Spieleschmiede von Eggertspiele, where both the little ones and the big ones get their money’s worth. All compete against each other in the funny frog rider tournament. In terms of gameplay, Frogriders is somewhat similar to the classic board game Solitaire by Schmidt-Spiele ( look here ), in which you skip other players with your pieces and then take them off the board and thus out of the game. So much for the basic rules. But of course there are a few other actions that give the game a lot more depth compared to its forerunner Solitaire.
|2 - 4 Spieler||8+ Jahre||20 - 30 Minuten||29,95 €|
Board game with some tactical elements
Before you start playing Frogriders, read the funny introductory story in the instructions. The story tells of the elven people of the frog riders in the Nordic forests. Every year they pay homage to their ancestors by holding their exciting and legendary tournament. The aim of the family board game is to have got hold of the most valuable frog rider collection in the end. The game is influenced by various actions and given a little depth. Each player skips other frog riders and collects them.
The individual playing figures in the form of frogs, which come in different colors, give the players a different advantage. Therefore, strategic skill is called for in order not to provide your opponents with a cheap template with your own move. A little tactics are therefore required to emerge as the winner of the frog riding tournament in the end.
Colored frogs with different virtues
The frog figures in the game are in four colors – red, yellow, blue and brown. Actions with frogs are always carried out after the jump. We explain the differences and advantages of the different colors here:
- Brown – The brown frog always remains in the player’s possession and counts one victory point at the end of the game
- Red – As soon as you hand in the red frog, you can jump again and add another frog rider to the collection
- Blue – If you give up the blue frog, you can secure one of the prestige cards. This gives you advantages such as special skills or victory points
- Yellow – If you give up one of your yellow frogs, you can take one of the frogs to the supply that an opponent has given up beforehand.
Mission cards and prestige cards
Mission cards and prestige cards come into play as additional elements. Two mission cards are on display and can be carried out by all players. In addition, each player receives two order cards face down, from which each player can choose one. The other is discarded. The combination of these three cards could result in a strategy for a certain direction of hopping. This is the pure luck factor in the game, because of course you cannot influence which of the cards are on display and which you get in hand.
In each new round you have to consider whether you would like to use the advantage of giving in your frog or whether you would rather keep the frog in order to use it for the order card and thereby gain an advantage. The game ends as soon as it is a player’s turn and can no longer make a move.
The rules of Frogriders are quickly explained and, thanks to the very simple implementation of the game instructions, easy to understand. The game is given a bit of a challenge by light strategic elements and is not just a jumping game. This is surely one of the reasons why Frogriders is recommended for children aged 8 and over. The included prestige and mission cards add a little luck, which is why younger players who are not quite as tactical as adults, for example, have a chance on the podium. The playing time is given as about 30 minutes, which works pretty well when you play with several players. Since Frogriders is quick to set up and you can start playing right away, it’s a great game for in between.