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Board GameIce Cool (Series) Review
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Posted: 5 months ago, last updated 5 days ago.

Author: @GeekDadGamer, Rob Prior and Jo Robertson.


Ice Cool, and the follow-up Ice Cool 2, is an action game where you flick plastic Penguins around cardboard school rooms to collect points and avoid the Catcher. Like a cross between Subbuteo and Cluedo, you slide, jump and barrel your penguin through each door to collect fish. It's simple fun that gets more skill based as you learn how to jump walls and curl round corners.

Each round starts by deciding who will be the Penguins and who will be the Catcher. You take it in turns to flick a penguin from the starting point. Each door you go through awards you a Fish card for points or special abilities, such as extra goes.

As play progresses, the Catcher has turns to try and hit the Penguins to eliminate them from the game and to collect fish cards to add to their score. The round ends if a Penguin gets through each door and collects all the fish or the Catcher eliminates all the Penguins. The rounds continue until each player has taken a turn to be the Catcher, where upon you total up your points to find out who is the winner.

The result is a game about how skilfully you can flick your Penguin. This, combined with the decision of what to spend your hard earned cards on, makes for an approachable game with some real shout out loud moments.

DetailsGame Details

Skill Rating: 6+ year-olds

Release Date: 30/05/2016

Genres: Dexterity, Push-Your-Luck and Traversal

Pieces: Board, Cards and Figures

Developer: Brain Games Int (@BrainGames_Int)

Players: 2-4



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Learn to Play: This takes 10 minutes to learn. Ice Cool is a really quick game to learn with the simple cat and mouse mechanics. The first time you play it we suggest:
  • Let players spend 2 minutes practicing how to flick the Penguins: slide, jump, curl and so on.
  • Play a round with one catcher and on Penguin so you can see how the scoring works.
  • Let youngest or beginner players have an extra chance to flick, or redo flicks that went wrong.

Play Time: This game will take between half an hour and 45 minutes to complete.

Play StylePlay Style

You can play with 2 to 4 players in the same room.

You can play this game in the following styles:

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Skill Rating

6+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. The simplicity of the flicking action makes it playable by even really young children. Some groups let any player who is a lot younger have two (or even three) chances to flick.

Content Rating

We rate this suitable for 3+ years-olds.


You can purchase either Ice Cool or Ice Cool 2 as stand alone games. If you own both of them it offers more options for the configuration of the rooms.


We haven't documented accessibility features for this game yet. Our Ice Cool Accessibility Report details system-wide settings that may help, and suggests similar games with accessibility features. Tweet the developer (@BrainGames_Int) to let them know about our Accessibility Questionnaire.

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