By Peaceable Kingdom

Reviewed for Kindergarten, 2010

It's every fish for himself in this vibrant visual strategy game. Score points by matching up rows of fish by color and direction; each point earned sends your fish a little closer to the finish line. Inch all your fish to the end, and you win! While its simple, straightforward concept means kids can learn the game in seconds, Fish Stix boasts a game play that's layered and complex. In a word, this game runs deep! Kids seek to maximize points by finding the best placement for each stick, sharpening their patterning skills and visuospatial awareness as they learn to think strategically. Eminently replayable and good for kids big and small, Fish Stix has all the potential to become a family classic. (Peaceable Kingdom Press, $14.99)