Posts Tagged ‘Osprey Games’

Review: Zoo Ball

Posted on October 18th, 2017 under , , . Posted by

In today’s review, we look at a product that does not actually contain minis. Instead, we are looking at the board game Zoo Ball.

A big thank you goes out to Osprey Games for sending me this product for review.

Zoo Ball Board Game Review
Zoo Ball Review

Zoo Ball by Osprey Games

Zoo Ball is a nice, simple and fun dexterity game where players control a team of three “blockers” and one “scorer” and try to score goals before their opponent. When someone scores, the game resets and everyone starts over again.

This is a game for two or four players. Please note the “or.” There is no variant for three players.

In the two player version, you use the circles on the board as the goals. The big circle is used as the goal for people that may need some advantage (such as kids), while the smaller circle are for those more confident in their skills.

when you set up, you always place your scoring disc (the one with the orange sticker) in the middle of your circle. You may place the “blockers” wherever you wish on your side of the field.

Zoo Ball the Board Game
Above is how I set up my pieces for a two player game. The rabbit is my scorer while the other three are my blockers. 

On each turn, players may flick either all three of their white disks, as pictured below, or they may flick their scorer. Once the pieces are flicked, the turn flips to the opponent.

You may flick all three of your blockers in a turn. 

…or you could flick just your scorer. Only the scorer may actually score a goal.

With two players, this game plays fast and fun. With four players, it plays just as fast, but much more chaotic. Below is the starting setup for four players.

Zoo Ball with Four Players
Above is the set up for four players. You may set up your pieces however you wish in the semi-circle. The triangle is your goal that you are protecting. To score, you need to get your scoring piece into the goal directly across from you. In the picture above, red is trying to score on blue and black is trying to score on white. 

Personally, I had more fun with the four player game than the two player game, but that might be because of the company that I had over. It was a great group of people and it had been a while since we saw each other.

As you can see below, the game gets hectic with more players. All those pieces are on the board after just the first turn.

A four player game in progress after the first pieces are flicked.

Overall, this is a good game. That said, I do have two criticisms of the game. The first of which is price. The game retails for $40 Canadian, $30 American or £21.99 for my friends in the UK. When I received the box, I thought it was a pretty light game for that price point.

Upon opening the box, I found a folded up gaming mat, some playing pieces, a number of stickers and a very small rule book. Below are some pictures of the contents of the box.

Upon opening the box, I found a folded up gaming mat. 

When you first receive the game, you have to put the stickers on yourself. I have already done that with my copy.

Under the rulebook is a sticker sheet. They give you more stickers than playing pieces so you can choose which animals you want on each team. Presentation wise, it shows nicely.

My other criticism of the game is its playing mat. For some reason this mat holds creases. In the rules, it tells you not to iron this mat – so you may end up wondering how to make this mat flat.

Before playing for the first time, I flattened the creases with some heavy books. That worked to some extent. I also heard that you can fold the mat in the opposite directions of the creases to reduce the issues with the folds.

In subsequent games, I just took the mat “as is” out of the box. The picture below and the ones above are all without taking steps to straighten out the mat. Now, to justify the effect of the creases, I went into further games that the creases are there to simulate rough terrain.

While the mat takes creases, it also works. The pieces slide across it nicely.

The play mat can be susceptible to taking on creases and folds. This can either be something annoying to some players, or a more challenging way to play for others. In the pictures above, I did not take any special measures to take out the creases. 
If the creases bother you, you can try to flatten them with books (which works to some extent) or by folding the creases in the opposite direction (untested by Must Contain Minis). 

Despite my criticisms, Zoo Ball is a good game. It is fast, simple and fun. The cartoony artwork has its appeal and the pieces slide across the mat nicely.

While the price might bother some people, I am sure there are others to whom this won’t be an issue.

There are two groups to whom I would recommend this product. The first is to family with kids. I could envision this game being a lot of fun to play with children. The second is to the people that just want something quick and simple that sets up and plays within minutes.

If you are interested in learning more about Zoo Ball, I embedded some YouTube Videos by Osprey on how to play the game.

Video for Two Players

Video for Four Players

Until next time, Happy Gaming Everyone!!!

Disclosure: Osprey Games provided Must Contain Minis with a copy of Zoo Ball for Review.

Battle Report – Frostgrave: Ghost Archipelago – ‘The Stone Circle’

Posted on October 17th, 2017 under , , , , , , , . Posted by

  The Blood Totems must have been a warning to outsiders, but to the crews of Ares and Arturo they were an invitation to press deeper into the watery region. Finally a massive circle of stones appeared. The haunted isle must protect something valuable and the crews race to secure it, even as a shadowy […]

On the Paint Table – Infinity, Dracula’s America and more!

Posted on October 14th, 2017 under , , , , , , , , . Posted by

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Battle Report – Frostgrave: Ghost Archipelago – ‘Blood Totems’

Posted on October 3rd, 2017 under , , , , , , . Posted by

  Ares and the Ducks have returned to the Ghost Archipelago and encounter Arturo Bravo in a strange new region. An extinct tribe has left ominous standing stones that vibrate with malevolent blood soaked energies and the glint of hidden treasure. Both crews race to extract them as the Heritor’s blood burns with the thirst […]

Go All in on Ghost Archipelago

Posted on September 27th, 2017 under , , , , , , , , . Posted by

As some of you have no doubt seen Northstar Miniatures are running a new Nickstarter for Ghost Archipelago, the newest setting in the Frostgrave Ruleset. There […]

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Frostgrave: Ghost Archipelago Nickstarter – The Crews

Posted on September 22nd, 2017 under , , , , , . Posted by

One of the first questions that many people seem to have about Frostgrave: Ghost Archipelago is whether the game is compatible with the original Frostgrave. The short answer is yes, but the power level between Ghost Archipelago Crews and the Original F…

Frostgrave: Ghost Archipelago Nickstarter – The Crews

Posted on September 22nd, 2017 under , , , , , . Posted by

One of the first questions that many people seem to have about Frostgrave: Ghost Archipelago is whether the game is compatible with the original Frostgrave. The short answer is yes, but the power level between Ghost Archipelago Crews and the Original F…

Battle Report – Frostgrave: Ghost Archipelago – The Abandoned Watchtower

Posted on September 19th, 2017 under , , , , , . Posted by

  The Royal Physician has spotted an ancient ruin amidst the islands of the Ghost Archipelago and once again is opposed by the Thegns as he searches for more Map Stones amidst the rubble in ‘The Abandoned Watchtower!’ Advertisements

The Ghost Archipelago

Posted on September 13th, 2017 under , , , , , , . Posted by

The Ghost Archipelago has returned. A vast island chain, covered in the ruins of ancient civilizations, the Archipelago appears every few centuries, far out in […]

Bolt Action Campaign Sea Lion

Posted on September 10th, 2017 under , , , , , , , , , . Posted by

The second campaign supplement for Bolt Action Second Edition leaves the road of historic events and goes for the What-If scenario of the Operation Sea Lion. These were the plans of the german forces to invade Britain. Sea Lion is another big expansion for Bolt Action, at least page-wise. At 124 pages it shares the […]

Battle Report – Frostgrave: Ghost Archipelago – Ep 01 – X Marks the Spot

Posted on September 5th, 2017 under , , , , , , . Posted by

  Arturo Bravo races to beat at longship full of Thegns to an artifact of great power in ‘X Marks the Spot’, but something immensely dangerous has made its lair atop the treasure!

Battle Report – Frostgrave – Ulterior Motives

Posted on August 28th, 2017 under , , , , , , . Posted by

 
Ulterior Motives adds a huge number of subplots and extra dimensions to your games of Frostgrave! Jan and I check it out as we play the Silent Tower between his Orc Witch and Georg-Oskar the Illusionist!

Bolt Action Battle Report (1200 points) – British vs German

Posted on August 14th, 2017 under , , , , , , . Posted by

In today’s Bolt Action Battle Report, 1200 points worth of Germans take on the British in a Late War battle over a little town. Check out this table. Just stunning!Check out this gaming table. Simply Beautiful!!!The ArmiesMy opponent tonight is Jeremy …

Bolt Action Battle Report (1200 points) – British vs German

Posted on August 14th, 2017 under , , , , , , . Posted by

In today’s Bolt Action Battle Report, 1200 points worth of Germans take on the British in a Late War battle over a little town. Check out this table. Just stunning!Check out this gaming table. Simply Beautiful!!!The ArmiesMy opponent tonight is Jeremy …