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TopiTop Showdown At The Beach

TopiTop Showdown At The Beach

Spring 2005 Games
Ages: 5 & Up
Price: $19.95
The game board is a "beach" with nine areas on which to pile "sand." Two players each get two buckets of their own color. Eight sand piles (four large and four small) are shared. Players take turns putting small sand piles onto big ones, and their own buckets on top, thereby creating a "sand castle." The winner is the first player to complete two sand castles with her own color buckets on top.

As simple as it sounds, there are strategies to discover. What (and where) is the best first move? Should one defensively move a sand pile where the opponent cannot top it? Or is it better to top one's own sand pile even if the opponent can then top his own?

The wood game board and playing pieces make repeated play enjoyable while trying new tactics each time.

Ruth B. Roufberg   ©2005 Parents' Choice

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