Building beautiful rainbow snakes? If that isn’t a perfect toddler/preschool game, then I don’t know what is! The Hisss board game is a beautiful game for your younger gamers to work on learning their colors, critical thinking, and turn taking. Read the full review below!
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Build a Snake with Hisss Board Game
Hisss is a luck based game where players draw snake pieces, and attach them to existing snakes. If you complete a snake on your turn, it gets added to your ‘snake pit’ and helps you win the game. Older toddlers and preschoolers will love the random fun that ensues!
- Manufacturer: Gamewright
- Manufacturer Age Recommendation: 4+
- Number of Players: 2-5
- Game Length: 15 mins
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How to Play
Play starts with the snake cards face down. The starting player draws one tile and starts the first snake. Play continues clockwise, with players another card and adding it to an existing snake, or starting a new snake. If the colors match the tile can be added to an existing snake. Players can also combine two existing snakes if the drawn card can connect to both of them. There is also a rainbow head and rainbow tail which acts as a wild card and can be added to any snake.
A complete snake contains a head, a tail and one or more body sections. If a player completes a snake, it gets put into their ‘snake pit’. Once all the cards have been drawn and played, the player with the most snake cards in their ‘snake pit’ wins the game!
Hisss has great gameplay for young gamers. Gameplay is 99% luck based in Hisss, which is perfect for toddlers and preschoolers to feel like they are on an equal footing with adults and older kids. I also really like that there is usually only one or two options to play your card. This keeps the decision making simple for young gamers, and allows parents and older kids to guide them without feeling like they’re telling them what to do.
Because the game is luck based and simple, the turns are quick, which is perfect for young kids. This keeps kid’s attention spans and keeps the game moving which is paramount for gaming with young kids.
The most obvious thing kids will take away from Hiss is learning their colors. Snake tiles have a beautiful mix of purple, red, green, blue, yellow, and orange. Kids will pick up on these colors quickly playing the game. The game is also perfect for kids to start to learn patience and turn taking. It doesn’t ask you to wait long between turns, but kids will have to wait just long enough to learn what a turn is and learn that games aren’t always of the ‘go, go, go!’ variety.
What We Love
The was one of the first games we started to play with our kids (along with First Orchard), and the kids really enjoyed building the snakes, they loved the card art, and even enjoyed some free play with the cards. As an adult, a lot toddler and preschool games are pretty painful. I wouldn’t call Hisss fun as an adult, but the game length is short and we really enjoyed watching are kids have fun with Hisss and learn from it.
Given that toddlers and preschoolers will play this game, I appreciate that chose to use large cardboard tiles rather than cards or smaller pieces. Our copy of Hisss has seen a LOT of play over the last four to five years and the cards are still in very good shape, even though our kids have not been particularly gentle with the cards through all that play.
What We’d Change
Hisss fits perfectly with the target age of toddlers and preschoolers. It’s a great teaching tool and a great early game to have in their gaming journey. This game will likely entertain your kids through age two through four or five, which is pretty good at the rate kids develop during this stage of life, but if Gamewright had added another play variant geared towards five and six year olds it would take this game to another level.
We’ve gotten a ton of play out of Hisss at our house, and really enjoyed all of it. It’s a perfect game to introduce your kids to board games and enjoy with them when they’re learning to love board games.
A reminder of our rating scale:
- 1 die = Skip this game, not worth your time!
- 2 dice = May be fun for a few plays, but we think there are better options out there.
- 3 dice = Great game that we really enjoyed and played a lot.
- 4 dice = One of our favorites for this age range, definitely check it out!
- 5 dice = In our opinion this is the best game for this age range, you have to try it!
How does Hisss stack up? 4 dice! This is one to be sure and check out with your toddlers and preschoolers! I’d love to hear from you in the comments, what did you think of Hisss?
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