One of the board games I played a lot with my younger sister – she is 6-years younger than me – is Thin Ice. I don’t really want to mention that this was like 25 years-ago, but it just shows you how classic this game is!
We got this game for my youngest son’s birthday – and it was just as fun as I remembered. Maybe he doesn’t quite like it as much as I do, but I think Thin Ice is about as fun as can be.
The rules and gameplay for this game is very simple – but there are a few extra things you can do as players that can spice it up! Here is our review and our opinion of Thin Ice – and I hope you enjoy!
Quick Thin Ice Game Overview
This Thin Ice game is for children ages 5+ (simply due to marbles being a choking hazard, younger children can enjoy this game as well) and is for 2 – 4 players.
The game comes with an igloo base, 3 legs, 2 hoops, lots of marbles, a big tweezers, and a pack of tissues. Setup takes two seconds to put the legs into the bottom base, you put those legs into the hoop, you put a little bit of water in the bottom of the base, and you put the marbles into that water. To finish the setup, you take a tissue and you peel them apart to get two thin tissues. You stretch the thin tissue across the top of the hoop, and you tighten it up and place the final hoop part on top of the tissue. Now you are ready to go.
How the gameplay works is you take a marble from the water channel with the tweezers and place it on the tissue. You pass the tweezers to the next player and they do the same thing. When the tissue breaks and the marbles fall down, whomever is holding the tweezers is the loser. You keep score like the basketball game HORSE – the loser gets an I by their name, and the first player to lose three games spelling the word ICE is the loser of the game.
It is a lot of fun!
Our Thoughts on the Game
Like I said at the beginning, I’ve been playing Thin Ice for 25 years, so I’m probably a little biased in saying how much fun I have with this game. But seeing my kids panic as the tissue looks like it is going to tear is priceless.
We do like to mix this game up from time to time in our household. For example, maybe we will put a full tissue on the hoops instead of a thin tissue – then we will splash some water on it. Or maybe we will put a couple of wet spots onto the thin tissue – basically just some ways to keep the game fresh while having some fun with it!
I enjoy this game, my kids enjoy this game, so there really isn’t much more to review about it!
Final Thin Ice Game Grade
We are going to give Thin Ice a Gold Star rating – partially because of great memories I had playing this game when I was younger and being able to pass on the fun with my kids – but also because it is a fun game. I love hearing the excitement that happens from kids when they are thinking the tissue is about to collapse!
This game is a lot of fun and should make a great addition to any household that has some young children in it! And the more players the merrier – which is always exciting when you are playing games as a family.
Other Board Game Links of Interest
We have reviewed a lot of different boards games because we have played a lot of different board games in our household. Check out this list of great games we have reviewed:
- Let’s Go Fishin’ Game Reviewed
- Don’t Break the Ice Game Reviewed
- The Sneaky Snacky Squirrel Game Reviewed
- Lucky Ducks Game Reviewed
- Shark Bite Game
- Banana Blast Game Review
- Pop the Pig
- Dog Man Attack of the Fleas Board Game
- Top Trump Mario Brothers Match Game
- Bluey Bingo’s Bingo Game
- Kanoodle Game Reviewed
- THE BEST BOARD GAMES FOR YOUNG CHILDREN
With a list like that, you are going to find some board games you enjoy!