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Igel Ärgern

Publisher: Doris & Frank
Players: 2-6
Reviewed by Debbie Pickett
Reproduced here with kind permission from Funagain Games.

Hedgehog heaven

Igen Ärgern is a delightful and fun game for up to six players. Each player has four hedgehogs that they are trying to move from one end of the board to the other. There are six rows on the board, corresponding to the faces of the single die that is rolled by each player every turn. One hedgehog - yours or someone else's - in that row must be moved forward one space. This is pretty pedestrian so far, but what makes the game interesting is that you can move one of your hedgehogs into an adjacent row if you like, which can influence your own chances of winning (which is achieved by getting three of your four hedgehogs to the finish).

There is one black square in each row, which stops hedgehogs who land there from moving forwards until EVERY other hedgehog on the board is up to or beyond that point. This can really put a crimp in a leader's position. A player's hedgehog can also be held back if there are other hedgehogs on top, since you can only move the top hedgehog in a pile.

This tiny and simple game has a wonderful free-for-all race feel to it and there is a surprising amount of skill needed to win. (Some of the forty-odd variants will affect this amount of skill one way or the other.) But win or lose, you'll always have a good time playing Igel Ärgern. It's a game that everyone will adore, especially hedgehog fans.

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