While we’re all about board games, we know that getting outside and soaking up the summer sun is still very important. But that doesn’t mean we can’t take our competitiveness out with us! This week we found a game imported from Great Britain by Perisphere and Trylon – Flipping Fishes.
At first look I didn’t think too much of the game – the components are limited to a ping-pong-like paddle, some paper fish and color-matched cardboard plates. Certainly our girls would not find much entertainment in this simple game when they’ve become accustomed to harder strategy titles like Village, Trench and Student Bodies. But I forgot to consider the social aspect of running around the yard with their neighbor friends. This made Flipping Fishes well worth the buck or two we paid at Goodwill.
Like many outdoor party games, Flipping Fishes is a race to perform a task. In this case you are trying to get your fish onto your plate without using your hands. Your only tool is the previously-mentioned paddle, which you carefully insert underneath your fish and flip it into the air towards your plate 20 to 30 feet away at the finish line.
Thanks to a slightly-more-than-gentle breeze in the air, the paper fish did not make a straight line to the finish. Flip too high and they easily veered off to the side. Too low and they wouldn’t proceed very far.
Although the included rules didn’t specify, we found that we could enjoy the game in two different ways. First to play it as intended, with it being a mad flipping race until all players get their fish on the plates. The other was to play golf-style, with each person taking turns and keeping track of the number of flips needed. This made for a longer game, but actually more enjoyable because everyone could watch (and make fun of) an errant flip or a gust of wind.
With each round lasting under a minute, Flipping Fish would be a great picnic party game for all ages. Think of it along the lines of an egg toss, potato sack race or bat spin race – a fun activity where everyone has an equal chance of winning along with an equal chance of getting made fun of!
You can still find new copies on Amazon for well under $10, or keep an eye out for one at your local thrift store. It wouldn’t be too difficult for you to make your own using construction paper, real paper plates and some type of paddle or spatula from the kitchen. If you do, send us photos so we can share!