Mermaid Beach, a card game created by an eight-year-old, plays somewhat like a take-that version of Go Fish. Each player starts the game with a hand of beach cards: these cards include four copies each of items like beach balls, sunglasses, umbrellas, and so on; a dozen mermaids/mermen; and seaweed, sneaker waves and a single sea monster. A deck of shell cards – with cards worth 1-4 points and starfish action cards – is shuffled and placed on the table. On a turn, a player can discard a mermaid/merman or matching pair of items to take the top shell card, discard a mean mermaid to steal another player's shell card, ask another player for an item card (a la Go Fish, drawing a card if you come up empty and scoring if you hit), play a sneaker wave to remove one opponent's shell card from play, or play seaweed to force someone to draw a beach card. If someone collects a shell card that is worth points, that player places the card on the table; if the shell card features a starfish, every player passes one beach card left or right as instructed. The game ends when a player has no cards left in hand or has only the sea monster in hand. In the latter case, this player must discard all of the highest-value shell cards that she has collected. The player with the most shell points wins.
"They enjoy it so much that we’ve started bringing it almost everywhere. Here they are having a game at the hawker centre whilst waiting for food. I love how portable a small deck of cards is." - Lyn Lee - mother of 2 young girls. Read her entire review on Mermaid Beach here!
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|Number of Players||2-5|
|Official Recommended Age||6 years and above|
|Users' Recommended Age||5 years and above|
|Playing Time||15 minutes|