It’s not uncommon for us to receive games well in advance of when they are available for purchase. Every once in a while, we’ll tell you about Kickstarter campaign or maybe some kind of game announcement, but sharing about things that you have no way to purchase just seems wrong. In my opinion, it gives off the feel of “Ha, ha! We got to play this but you can’t!” So we don’t do it. We may play those games ourselves, but hold off on sharing here until we have someplace to link whether that be the publisher’s website, a retailer like Amazon or Target or even eBay like we do with games from thrift stores. As we walked through Gen Con 2021, we spotted Flip Over Frog from Hub Games and realized it’s finally available at retail. With that knowledge in hand, we are comfortable sharing about it!
Flip Over Frog supports up to four players and only takes about 15 minutes to play. When you’re ready to play, set the compact 4×4 board in the center of the table then shuffle the square frog tokens face down to create a draw stack with each player drawing three to begin the game. Place the round frog tokens face down. Each player will randomly take one then secretly check the token’s color. The winner will be the player with the most of their color showing when the game ends so it’s important to keep your identity hidden!
There are two types of square tiles: frogs and snakes, each with their own ability. On your turn, you’ll play a tile, resolve the effect then draw back up to three. Frogs may be played on an empty space on the board or on a tile that has been flipped face-down. Once placed, all tiles adjacent to the arrows would be inverted from their current position.
In some cases, that means they are flipped upside down and other times the opposite. If the arrow points to a stack of two then it will flip both to reveal the lower tile that was previously face-down.
If you think flipping tiles can cause havoc, wait until you see what the snake tile does! Unlike the frog tiles, it only gets played atop a face-up frog. Then, both the snake tile and the immediate frog tile are removed from the game. If there happens to be a face-down tile below, it remains as-is.
The game continues until either all tiles have been played or all 16 spaces have face-up frogs. All players reveal their secret frog token to determine which player has the most showing. Much like Gekitai, the simplicity of Flip Over Frog makes it easy enough for younger kids to play. At the same time, more seasoned players can focus on the strategy required to ensure a victory. The only complaint we have is there isn’t anything in the rules to break a tie. As I mentioned before, Flip Over Frog is now available on Amazon or direct from Hub Games. If you’re curious where else it can be purchased, check with your local game store or reach out to Hub Games on their social channels (Twitter and Facebook).
How do you feel when you read about something interesting then discover it isn’t available for sale anywhere?