Rhino Hero by Haba
In class I played numerous other games but I didn’t have anywhere near the amount of fun that I did when playing Rhino Hero because if the influence you can have on your competitors outcome.
This game is age rated for the ages 5-99. This game is played using different tactics depending on which age group you are a part of.
For the age bracket 5-10 the player would be focused on having their turn and then after they have successfully placed their cards on the stack they wold get a sense of relief. They could sit back and relax.
How to play
Players each start the game with five roof cards, and they take turns adding walls and roofs to a single building. Keep your hands steady! The first player to build all of their roof cards wins the game. Alternatively, if the building collapses, the player who caused the collapse automatically loses, and the player with the fewest roof cards in hand wins.
There are two themes in this game. It is a children’s game and a building game.
- Children’s games have to have simple rules so children can play it. It also should have a quick turn around time because children get impatient.
- The game has a superhero animal character which is directed to be appealing to children.
- Board games offer opportunities for early learning.
- Building games: There are other building games such as Jenga, Toccato, Pueblo, which are very basic in the fact that they don’t have a solid theme to them. Rhino hero is directed at children and is appealing and bright.
You have to play strategically to beat your opponents There are different cards in this game: One tactic I used was to save all my Rhino Hero cards until the stack was very high. This made it harder for my opponents.
Some roof cards have special symbols. When placed as a roof on a building floor, the action is triggered.
- Change direction (circular arrows) – play continues in the opposite direction
- Skip (!) – the next player loses a turn
- Additional card (+1) – the next player has to take another roof card into their hand
- Double roof (2x) – a second roof card can be played on it
- Rhino Hero (rhino icon) – the next player must place the rhino on that spot before building
Stacking and Balancing
This game requires players to balance and stack cards. This creates a lot of interest in the game. It also creates an interesting challenge when playing with adults as they try and sabotage the next player. They can do this by creating the stack lopsided there for making it a lot harder to keep the tower alive. As you can see in the time-lapse below we had trouble keeping it upright!
Rules / how to win
There are a few different outcomes to finish the game when playing Rhino Hero:
- You get rid of all your cards before everyone else therefore you win.
- Someone causes the tower to fall they loose, then the player with the least amount of cards win.
- The tower gets built up and everyone has got rid of their cards.