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Crowded Waters™ Game - Survival of the Fishiest

Educational Insights, Inc.

Age: 8 years and up

MSRP (CAD): $24.99

MSRP (USD): $19.99

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An interesting new strategy game that helps gets kids planning ahead. That's because a player's hexagonal shark pieces moves in whichever of the eight directions he pointed it during the previous move. This is certainly the most effective game we've seen for this in the sense that the specific task of aligning the token seems to be an effective way of getting kids to focus on the next move - which is an important strategic skill. The trick is to keep an eye out for intruders crowding your waters, then find an open spot to move and aim carefully as you commit the direction of your next turn. Our testing kids particularly loved aiming for the edge of the board, only to swim off the edge next turn and re-emerge on the opposite side. 

A few extra tokens would have made this a Platinum game. Our testing families enjoyed both two and four player games, but those that tried  three player game ran out of tokens. If you want to play with three players we can suggest a few house rules that seemed to work for us. Basicaly split the fourth player tokes amongst those playing, either to use them just as extra pieces, or if you want to add a new dimension to the game consider them WILD - place them face down to leave the direction open (just for these few pieces) until your next turn. Or if you'd like to make their use a little bit risky consider the tile WILD for all players, maybe using these tiles as an option for other plyers running out of space to jump to the token thereby keeping them in the game while they crowd your waters. Remember, the last shark still swimming towards open water wins.




I love playing this game with my friends! It is a lot of fun and I like having to think ahead and plan my moves out. I really liked playing this game when we were four players best, it reminded me a lot of Stratego where you have to think ahead so you don't get your shark in a bad spot.



I like that you have a dead fish piece for the shark dying when you run out of room. I also like that you can go off the edge of the board to the other side. I like how you can move the shark any direction including diagonally. I wish there were more pieces for the 3 player game since you can run out. I'm good at planning my moves using the end of the board.



The best part of this game going across the board. I also like the shark that dies at the end. Controling two colors is a little difficult.


Julie J.

A fun early strategy game for the whole family that reminded our girls (7 & 9) of Stratego. It was one of the first games the kids would pull out when a babysitter came over or friends were here. We did notice that when we played the three player game one of us ran out of coloured tiles. We could not figure out what should happen at that point so we just re-started the whole game.

Orietta M.

I really like this game. It requires strategizing. Great for thinking things through and organizing your ideas in order to make good moves to win. I like how this game can pull the family together to work and play together. Great board games are hard to find for 9 and 10 year olds and this one is a hit in our house. Easy rules to follow.

Allison M.

This was a good game with an easy concept to follow, but one that required thinking ahead and planning strategically, a good skill for kids to learn. Using the flip overs on the edges on the board is key to victory. It's funny as I found my 8 year old son is better at thinking through how to not run out of room when flipping off the edges over to the other side. He tended to win due to this skill most of the time. We almost ran out of tiles playing the 3 player game but there was no problem with the amount of tiles for 2 or 4 player. When you play 2 player and control 2 colors then it's sometimes hard to keep track of which color's turn is next. It's a good length of time to play (about 20 minutes) and requires kids to plan out their strategy. As a parent I felt the box didn't have to be so big as the pieces would have easily fit in a smaller game.


Manufacturer Description

It’s a strategy game of survival, and these waters can be treacherous! Turn by turn, players arrange their colored sharks tail-to-snout, trying to trap their opponents. Get surrounded, and you’re fish fry: the last player with room to swim wins! 

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  • 88 Playing pieces (4 colors, 22 of each color)


  • Promotes good sportsmanship and social skills